Forever in Blue Jeans
1. WIDE LEG
Habitual “Harlow” cotton-and-polyester jeans, $221, the Blues Jean Bar.
Cotton, polyester, and spandex jeans, $115, Madewell.
3. CLASSIC STRAIGHT
Fidelity “Rev” cotton-and-polyester mid-rise jeans, $204, the Blues Jean Bar.
J Brand “Brooke” cotton, polyester, and elastane mid-rise jeans, $194, Barneys New York.
“Calera” cotton jeans, $125, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren.
Mother “The Looker” cotton, polyester, and elastane jeans, $200, Injeanius.
Alison Barnard, owner of the North End shop Injeanius, spills her denim secrets.
To thine own butt be true: Don’t get caught up in trends or what looks good on a model or your best friend—just because you like the way jeans look on someone else doesn’t mean they will suit your shape.
Mind the pockets: Pockets should sit in the center of your behind and be proportional to its length, width, and curve. For example, if you have a flat derrière and wide hips, you need larger pockets to add shape.
Buy them tight: Jeans with spandex or elastane in them will stretch a full size after you’ve worn them a few times. Try on jeans that are one size up to see how they will fit after they stretch.
Tailor, tailor, tailor: Because we come in all shapes and sizes, it’s hard for designers to get it right for everyone. A tailor can adjust the length (wash them first), nip in waists, or patch holes to prolong the life of your blues.