Great days start with great denim. Jeans are a yearlong staple and iconic anchor in your closet, so it’s super important to find a style (or two) that you love. Denim that hugs your body in all the right places can make you feel taller, thinner and even more confident. That’s why we have so many jeans in flattering fits starting at $29 that’ll feel like they’re made just for you—because they are. Pull ‘em up, zip ‘em up and find the perfect pair!
Everyone loves to wear jeans, but not everyone loves to shop for them. Finding the right fit for your figure can seem like a tough order, even if you have a great stylist to help. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and done the “legwork” for you. Here’s your need-to-know info on the anatomy of denim.
Anatomy of Denim: Inside the Perfect Fit
We offer a wide variety of denim for every body. And no matter the style, each pair of jeans has important features in common. We call this the “anatomy of denim.”
Contoured waist: A waistband that’s cut with a curve to conform to your body. It reduces gapping in the back and doesn’t push down at your sides.
Leg opening: The measurement of the opening at the bottom of the jean.
Stride: The seam below the zipper where both thighs meet on the garment (a.k.a. the crotch).
Inseam: The length of bottoms measured from the stride to the hemline.
Hem: The bottom seam or edge of the jean.
Rise: The distance measured from stride to top of waistband.
Rise: Where do you want your jeans to sit?
One of the first things you need to decide is where you would like your jeans to sit on your hips or waist. Over the years, you may have seen high-rise, low-rise and everything in between go in and out of “fashion”. While we love to follow trends, it’s a good idea to figure out what rise best complements your body type and take it from there.
High-rise: Sits higher on the body, closer to your natural waist. This is a perfect style for cropped tops and tuck-ins.
Mid Rise: Sits at hips. Approximately 1″ lower than the high-rise. Works with just about any length top, which makes them a great go-to all around.
Inseam: what’s your measurement from stride to hem?
Once you’ve determined how high you want your jeans to “rise” up, you need to think south of the zipper. Inseam is the length of bottoms measured from the stride to the hemline. In other words, how long are your legs? The great news is, we offer a wide variety of inseams. Depending on the style of denim you like, inseams can range from x-short (28”) to x-long (36”) in stores and online (did you know that shipping is FREE if you order in store?!)
Fit: what feels right on your body?
When it comes to fit, it’s about feel, not the size on the label. Numbers are just a way to help you discover what works for your body. Most denim styles are available in sizes 2-24, but the size you wear in one style may not be the size you wear in another. Styles are available either in alpha sizing (XS-XXL) or numeric sizing (2-24) and various inseams. TIP: Don’t be afraid to take multiple sizes – up and down –into the dressing room with you.
If you wear size 14, 16 or 18, you have even more amazing choices! If you want more ease in the hip and thigh, start with Plus denim and if you want more ease in the waist, start with regular denim. Our Plus sizes and fits are not simply “sized up” — we’ve taken into account where you have your curves and Plus styles also offer wider knee openings and leg openings. Don’t forget: our stylists know all about (and love!) our denim collection, so they make a great resource.
Style: what fits your body and your lifestyle?
So now that you’re a denim expert, it’s time to pick the styles that work with your body and your day-to-day life. Do you need jeans you can chase the kids in? Denim that works 9-5? Weekend jeans that let you curl up on the couch? We’ve got you covered! Check out our Denim Fit Guide now to see our seven hottest styles of the season!