The Full Theory on Fit
In Part 1 of The Full Theory on Fit, I wrote down all my principles of good fit for underwear, tops and jackets. Now, finally, in part 2 - we're addressing what to look at when trying on pants & jeans, skirts and dresses.
Pants & Jeans
- my best tip is to buy pants that are a little snug at first. Have a look inside the label: if pants contain Lycra or Spandex they will stretch a little with wear. The more they contain of these, or other similar fibers, the more they will stretch with wear.
Don't wash your jeans/ pants after every wear. Hang them over a chair or hanger to air, and after 24 hours pack away until the next wear.
When it is time for a wash (say after 2 or 3 wears), do not use any fabric softener and choose to air dry your jeans rather than putting them into the dryer.
The better care you take of the textile your garment is made of, the more wear you will get out of your items.
A.) The waistband of your jeans should fit snug, but not tight. You should not have to wrestle or struggle into your jeans. You shouldn't have to suck in your tummy to fasten them either.
B.) Check the front pockets of your pants/ jeans. They should lie flat and not gape open or pull. I normally have my seamstress sew my front pockets closed. In my almost 36 years I've never used my jeans/ pants' front pockets for anything.
C.) When you sit down, the back of your jeans should not gape open or fall so low as to show even the tiniest bit of 'crack'.
D.) When trying on pants/ jeans to buy, you want to be able to move about, bend over, reach and sit down comfortably.
E.) The rise of your pants/ jeans (where the waist band sits on your torso) should suit your comfort and your preference for your body proportions and it should stay in place as you move around. You really shouldn’t need to be pulling your jeans up or down throughout the day. If this is the case, keep hunting! My favorite friend (client) calls this rise, a "mik". So if ever you hear me say: "Jou mik is te laag" or "Jou mik is te hoog" I am referring to the rise of your pants in the crotch area.