Fit, First: The “Perfect” Jeans

We’ve all experienced it. When it comes to style, there are certain things you can get away with and others you just can’t manage to pull off convincingly. For me, jeans still represent the one garment I have trouble putting on and feeling entirely comfortable in. For whatever reason, I’m rarely ever pleased with the fit after making a purchase (the woes of being a short and skinny guy). Because of this, I’m always on the hunt for the “perfect” pair of jeans, in form, fit, quality, and durability.

SPOILER: I’ve yet to find one.

But here are a few things that I keep in mind on every attempt:

1. You should define the “perfect” jeans for yourself before you even look at a pair. What would compliment you best? For all you know, you could’ve bypassed them simply because you skimped on a few details.
2. Men, more than women, are notorious for buying without first trying on a product; if we know our general sizing information, we push to purchase. It’s always best to err on the safe side and ensure that the proportions are in line with your expectations.
3. Not every brand sizes on the same scale. You have to “find your fit” because it’s most likely not universal across all offerings.

The lack of a personal tailor at your disposal is no excuse for poorly fitting denim. In order to get a sense of my measurements, I stopped by Uniqlo a few weeks ago to purchase a pair of their tapered jeans. Although it was not exactly true to size, it was the closest to my dimensions. I simply had the length altered to my preference (gratis in-house), and picked them up on the very same day — a service hard to come by in any store.

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