In Discussion With Founder and Head Designer, Clint Webster
We understand that finding your new favourite pair of jeans, the kind that fits you perfectly, is not easy.
We all know that a favourite pair of jeans quickly becomes a long term addition to your wardrobe. However the experience of finding and buying the perfect fit can often become exhausting and soul-destroying.
At ClintonCharlie, we find this a tough pill to swallow because we want to help to make shopping for the perfect fit exciting and rewarding!
So to make sure that your next pair of jeans become your all-time favourites, we asked Clint Webster, ClintonCharlie’s Founder and Head Designer of the renowned BootyHuggers jeans, for his 7 tips that you should consider when buying your next pair of jeans.
1. Know The Best Jean Style For Your Body Shape
It is pivotal that you know your body shape and the styles that best suit your body shape.
Big disclaimer – we are talking about fashion, where rules are often made to be broken so you do not need to always stick to the script. We all agree that sometimes it is fun and exciting to try something new or out of the ordinary.
But keep this first tip in mind so that before you start experimenting or straying too far, you are able to keep these tried and tested style truths in mind!
2. Decide On Your Perfect Style And Shop To Match
Before you go shopping, decide on your perfect style! Search on Pinterest or Insta for the perfect style of jeans that you want. Once you have a clear style in mind, you will be able to search for jeans to match. When looking for, or trying on jeans, check to see if they replicate your desired style.
Pro-Tip: Buying jeans will be much easier if you know you are searching for the perfect pair of high-waisted jeans to pair with your favourite top and wedges. You can take it a step further and wear them when you try on the jeans.
This will not only make the buying process more fun, it ensures that the outfit works just as you hoped!
3. Review The Jeans’ Stretch and Shrinkage
When done right, your favourite pair of jeans can last a lifetime.
Always enquire about both the stretch and shrinkage of the jeans after wear and washing.
Each make of jeans is different in cut, size and quality. In some cases, it may be best to go down a size due to a tendency to stretch or up a size due to a tendency to shrink.
Pro-Tip: Search online and read the reviews section for information about fit and quality before buying. And remember it is always OK to ask.
4. Consider Where You Will Be Wearing These Jeans
Yves Saint Laurent once famously said:
“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal and simplicity. All that I hope for in my clothes.”
And he was right.
A great pair of jeans will be one of the most versatile and integral item in your wardrobe. You can ‘dress them up’ with heels and a top, or ‘dress them down’ with a tee and thongs – the world is your lookbook.
So make sure you should consider the purpose of your jeans to help you clearly understand the best style. Styles can range from being suitable for the opera to a rainy day on the lounge, so pick the pair that works with the occasion or outfit you have in mind.
5. Consider The Colour and Shade
“There are big rules and little rules when talking about jeans, colour and shade.” says Clint. When searching for your new pair of jeans you should consider both.
Examples of important ‘Big Rules’ are :
- Dark denim is generally more flattering than light blue
- With the distressed wash look shading on front of thigh lengthens the legs.
Examples of important ‘Little Rules’ are:
- Dark wash skinny jeans look great with loose fitted tank tops
- Dark wash flared jeans are better with tight fitting top
Always develop your own style, accentuate the best parts of your body shape and neutralise other parts. Awareness and understanding of how to utilise colour and shade to your best advantage is an important part of the process.
When shopping for jeans and other clothes, continually think about colour and shade and be sure to enjoy developing and reinventing your style.
6. What To Consider When Buying Jeans Online
“We’re all cautious when it comes to buying clothing online,” continues Clint “but there are a few rules that everybody should follow when buying their jeans online”.
Clint suggests that you should always buy from a brand or company that allows you to return and reship for free. This means that if you are in doubt about the size or fit you can purchase two pairs, say a 10 and a 12, and return the one that is not the perfect fit.
Relying on honest customer reviews can also help people make the correct decision. People are rarely afraid to share negative experiences, and these can easily be seen on social media and review sections.
7. The Final Biased Clint Suggestion: Try BootyHuggers If You’re Looking For The Perfect Fit
If you are not already a fan of our BootyHuggers jeans, after one wear you will be.
Through years of design, experimentation and production Webster has developed a completely unique style and cut of denim that is much more than you average pair of jeans. If you want to know more, check out our article on the BootyHuggers difference here.
“However, what is more important than brand or label,” Webster concludes “the perfect pair of jeans should make you feel comfortable, increase your confidence, and most importantly make you look unbelievably good.”