Most would assume they couldn't
possibly find a well-fitting jean without trying it on. When you don't know your size in a particular brand, or what style, cut, or silhouette you're looking for, you can end up waiting in a 30-minute-long changing room line, only to end up sweating just two pairs in. But what if we told you that you could find the perfect baby blues without even having to try them on? We asked members of Refinery29's fashion team for the one's they swear by to save you the stress — consider this our version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. If you're long overdue for some denim worth a 2017 #belfie, go forth: There's a pair ahead for every style, budget, and body booty.
"I actually didn't grow up shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch. While I was aware of the shirtless in-store greeters and strong perfume in their stores, I wasn't introduced to its merchandise and main export — denim — until later in life. I've long had trouble finding high-rise jeans and bottoms in general (I'm petite, but have curves and hips), but I found my match at Abercrombie & Fitch on the first try. First off, these jeans are RIDICULOUSLY COMFORTABLE. They don't lose their skinny fit, but still have a good amount of stretch. And the rise is just high enough without totally swallowing my torso. I love them so."
- Ana Colon, Fashion News Writer Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise Super Skinny Jeans, $ 78 $39, available at Abercrombie & Fitch.
"I swear The Gap has somehow stolen my measurements, because their jeans have always fit me since as long as I remember, no matter what size I've been. I've got healthy calves, average thighs, and a substantial butt — without much of a waist, and their jeans never make me feel like a sausage, but aren't weirdly roomy in spots that don't need to be roomy. I like my jeans to have zero stretch, and their originals are made with that really rigid denim, and I'm currently into their wider silhouettes. I own this cropped pair in three styles and washes!"
- Connie Wang, Fashion Features Director Gap Original 1969 Vintage Straight Let-down Hem Jeans, $89.95, available at Gap.
"Let me preface this by saying: I hate wearing pants. I
really do. Proportion-wise, nothing is more frustrating than trying to find a pair that doesn't gape at my waist, but also fits over my thighs and behind, and aren't too long for my 5'2" stature, which is why I tend to avoid shopping for jeans altogether. These J Brand ones, however, are one of the more recent denim purchases I've made: I bought them about four years ago at Bloomingdale's. I love the cropped, frayed hem, the holes (I'm a sucker for holed jeans), and the high- (but not too high) rise." - Erin Cunningham, Senior Fashion Editor J Brand Alana Crop in Demented Black, $198, available at J Brand.
"I don't own these (yet) but they look like the best fitting jean ever, and I've been wanting to try them for a
long time." - Emily Holland, Styling Director Raey Press Straight-Leg Jeans, $152, available at MatchesFashion.com.
"I like my jeans
super high-waisted, but being just barely over five-feet tall, it's rare that I don't have to cut the bottoms of my jeans for them to hit that sweet-spot right above the ankle. These, though, check all the boxes. The straight leg is elongating without being too skinny, and the fit overall is at a flattering middle ground between second-skin and relaxed. They hit right at the waist up top and at the perfect length on bottom, and you bet the back looks just as good as the front, too." - Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Writer BDG Girlfriend High-rise Jean, $69, available at Urban Outfitters.
"Thankfully for my curves, plus-size denim has vastly improved in the last few years. I have three go-to denim brands, depending on my need/budget. If I have more money to work with and need a classic, wear-with-anything style, I go for
NYDJ. They're super-comfy, and the fit is fantastic. If I want something a bit more fashion-forward with a classic twist, I go for Melissa McCarthy. Their fit is so spot-on for me that I think I must have the same measurements as their fit model. If I'm on a tighter budget and want a well-fitting but still unique amd edgy look, I go to Eloquii. They are one of the most trend-focused plus brands out there, and thanks to them I don't have to wait an entire year to try current trends!" - Liz Black, Plus-Size Contributor NYDJ Plus Size Plus Size Anabelle Skinny Boyfriend in Echo Valley, $72.99, available at 6pm.
"I know it's mid-winter, but I can't get enough of a cropped jean, specifically these ones that fit gloriously on my bum. And, after almost a decade of wearing painfully skinny jeans, I am relishing wearing flares and looser fits. Also, my love for frayed denim runs deep as the ocean."
- Alice Casely-Hayford, Fashion & Beauty Editor, Refinery29 UK M.i.h. Jeans Lou Jean, $270 $135, available at M.i.h. Jeans.
"To me, killer jeans means being able to wear them every day of the week without anyone noticing. The Liya cut from Citizens of Humanity aren't too skinny, aren't too boxy, and have an amazing rise. Read: You can style them a million different ways and your colleagues will be none the wiser. Sure, they'll loosen a bit if you (like me) wear them Monday through Friday but that just adds to their charm. Plus, they come in several different washes so if you're opposed to wearing the same pants back-to-back you can swap them out for a lighter or darker pair."
- Annie Georgia Greenberg, Fashion Editor At Large Citizens Of Humanity Liya Fade Out, $268 $175, available at Aritzia.
"Black skinnies are on constant rotation in my closet, and I prefer them to have a thicker feel, a truly inky hue, and be gratuitously stretchy without that sort-of jeggings effect. This DL1961 pair retains its serious stretchiness quotient between washes, and fits nicely on the waist and butt without feeling suffocating. Bonus: They're miraculously not a solid six-to-eight inches too long, which is usually the case for me with any non-cropped styles."
- Alexandra Ilyashov, Senior Fashion News Editor DL1961 Florence, $188, available at DL1961.
"At the risk of beating the proverbial dead horse, I have to say I still can't get over Levi's Wedgie jean. They're slimming, comfortable, and make your butt look like it could rival J. Lo's. If I didn't know any better, I swear the title character in
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was none other than the wedgie." - Bethie Girmai, Associate Stylist Levi's Wedgie Fit Jeans, $89.50, available at Levi's.