If you’re on the shorter side and curvy, the struggle to find a good pair of jeans is more than real. Everything you try on fits one part of your body but not the other. And, heaven forbid you find a pair that’s actually the right length! Tailoring is basically built into your budget.
But, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Through trial and error, I’ve found 3 different brands over the years that seem to work wonders. They have enough stretch to fit those problem areas, are more than comfortable, come at the right lengths and do not make me look baggy.
This is my absolute favorite and definitely for for the average 20-something’s budget! On top of being at Calvin Klein outlets across the U.S., Calvin Klein jeans are usually available at your nearest Sam’s Club or Costco. That’s right, the land of free samples also has some good deals on clothes; and they’re cute! Next time you go, check out the clothing section. A few weeks ago, I picked up two pairs of jeans (one dark wash, one mid) at Sam’s Club for just $12 each!
This brand is a little pricier, but well worth it. They cost around $90 to $125 retail. (Eek! I know.) To get a great discount, look for a pair of Michael Kors jeans at your local department store, T.J. Maxx or Marshalls. The multiple friends and family discounts going on now may even give you a bonus.
I got my first pair at Macy’s a few years ago. It ran around $45 and I wore it almost every week for about two or three years straight. Only now is it starting to get worn out! As anyone without a thigh gap knows, going longer than a season is really hard to do. No need to worry about quality changes, either. I recently bought a new pair of Michael Kors dark wash flared jeans and they seem to be holding up the same way.
Not all fast-fashion jeans are created equal. The brands I found at Forever 21, Kohl’s, H&M and so on, don’t seem to last longer than a year at the very, very most. Zara is a completely different story. I got my first pair on sale for £12 (roughly $17) on sale back when I was in London. I wore them almost everyday there and love to throw them on now that I’m home. They’re still perfect, two years later! I have no complaints whatsoever. Just keep in mind that the straight-leg style is best if you’re curvy, like me. The skinny and other cuts are just way too small for my legs.
(Can you tell I’m a jeans girl yet?) All the aforementioned brands come in various sizes and lengths, so no need to worry. I haven’t had to tailor one yet.
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