I’m obsessed with jeans. And not only because I live in what must be jeans capital of the world — Los Angeles — but because I’ve always found it easy to style a nice pair of jeans. I’m not your most fashion-forward mom, but I do like to keep up with the styles and jeans are always classic staples to dress in.
As much as I love buying jeans and hogging up my closet with them, I’ve realized that I have very, very few that I like that truly flatter my body. Somehow, ever since I became a mom and my body changed, I’ve found it super challenging to not spend a fortune to find a pair of jeans that actually fits me without hitting my trouble zones.
I’ve become a picky jean’s shopper and need to be certain that whatever I buy is high on the flatter-meter. With that in mind, I have developed my own criteria of a list of four must-haves for any new pair of jeans I buy from now on.
1. Length: must be short or petite so that I don’t have to spend an extra $15 getting them hemmed. They must also be the perfect length so they can be worn with both sandals and heels or wedges. Yes, it’s possible!
2. Rise: Must not be too low and create muffin top spillage. Yes. Disgusting.
3. Stretch: Must have enough stretch to allow me to play, jump and comfortably sit without the it getting so stretchy I need a belt.
4. Wash: I definitely prefer a dark colored wash because they’re perfect to dress up or down.
As picky and far-fetched as my list may seem, I’ve actually hit gold in my search of the jeans that flatter! I bought and have been testing the Levi’s Mid Rise Skinny jeans and everything about them is exactly what I was looking for. Not only that, but I can finally let go of the notion that “Mid Rise” meant I would succumb to the horrible “mom jeans” world and make peace with the fact that low rise is no longer my kind of rise.
How about you? What is your must-have criteria when shopping for jeans that flatter?
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