Here at The Jeans Blog, we are a team of denim experts with a combined knowledge of the denim industry adding up to more than 30 years of experience, for both men’s and women’s denim. We are here to offer our expert advice, giving you tips on fit, cuts to suit your body, inseam lengths, styling, washes, sizing, caring for jeans, fabric blends and more! So if you have a question for either of us, myself (Lorna), Jonathan or Adam, then just leave it in the comment section below and one of us will get back to you! We will also be featuring the most popular and important questions within this post, updating it on a regular basis to include them. Don’t forget to check out some of our popular advice sections below too!
1 – What’s the difference between a skinny jean, a jegging and a ankle peg jean?
Lorna – A skinny jean is simply that, a jean that’s skinny all the way down from the hips to the ankle, but often made of a slight stretch blend like 98% cotton and 2% elastane, or sometimes rigid. It comes with a variety of rises and inseam lengths, often with a 10-12 inch leg opening.
A jegging is a cross between a skinny jean and a legging, it features a really super stretchy denim blend, resulting in very comfortable, lightweight jeans which you can move freely in. These often cling to your legs as they are super skinny.
An ankle peg jean is a skinny jean with a shorter inseam, often skimming the ankles. These can be worn as regular jeans on petite ladies or cropped on taller ladies. Again these have varying rises, but are often very flattering with a 10 inch leg opening.
2 – How do you wear boyfriend jeans in a flattering way?
Lorna – This is a good question and it depends purely on your body type. If you are quite tall with a boyish figure, you are lucky enough to get away with any boyfriend jean, whether it’s baggy, cropped or skinny, they work perfectly with tees and sneakers or you can dress them up with blazers and heels, they are very versatile.
For those of us who are more on the petite side, I recommend choosing a skinny boyfriend jean, these are slouchy in the crotch and thighs and tapered at the ankles. This creates a much more flattering silhouette and looks great with tees!
If you do want to wear boyfriend jeans in winter as well, I recommend only going with fitted slouchy pairs, like a slim boyfriend skinny. Since you will be wearing layers from coats and jackets, the excess material on a baggy boyfriend jean can really overwhelm your figure and give you a larger and sloppy appearance.
3 – What is raw denim?
Lorna – I actually have lots of posts on raw denim in the raw denim section above, but you can actually find a whole detailed post with pictures and interviews explaining everything there is to know about raw denim. You can read my raw denim post here. But, in a nutshell, raw denim is denim that hasn’t been washed. It’s left in its original state for you to break in yourself.
4 – What are the must have skinny jeans for every occasion?
Lorna – Another good question since skinny jeans can be worn day in day out the whole year round. I actually put a post together outlining the washes that every girl needs in this post, featuring 24 classic skinny jeans. But, I would recommend that you have a dark indigo blue skinny which is plain and unbranded, think J Brand or Frame, then a mid blue with some whiskering, a classic black skinny and a light blue with distressing. You will have every occasion for all of these jeans!
5 – I’ve heard a lot about them, but what are Jogg Jeans?
Adam – Jogg Jeans are a mixed fabric blend of sweat pant jersey and denim, creating a hybrid fabric which is soft and comfortable. Diesel originally came out with their Jogg Jeans a few years ago but have one of the largest selections for both men and women. I own about 7 pairs of Jogg Jeans, the Thavar and Krooley cuts being two of my favourites and I can vouch for their comfort and ease of wearing. If you find regular denim too restricting and uncomfortable, I recommend seeking out a pair of Joggs.
6 – What are the most flattering jeans for a pear shaped woman?
Lorna – With a curvy bottomed figure like this, most recommend a bootcut or a slim flare as the extra material around the calves helps to balance out the proportions of the hips. This sort of draws attention away from your hip area, however I find that you can also get away with skinny jeans or straight jeans, the key is tucking them into some mid calf or knee high boots, to add a bit of extra depth below and then layering on a blazer with shoulder pads, this will help keep your figure in proportion.
7 – I see a lot of people out in double denim, but I’m still under the impression that it’s a no go. What’s your opinion on it?
Lorna – Well I personally adore double denim, I wear it often actually. There was a point in the 90s and early 2000’s where people would say no to double denim in fear of looking like a throwback to the 80’s, however the key to making it look fashionable is in the styling. Keeping the denim pieces in different shades, like a dark indigo jean and a light blue chambray shirt or denim jacket, or even going with black jeans and a mid blue denim shirt. It’s important to make sure the washes are varied enough to not look like a one piece suit. You can see my post on how to wear double denim as well. There’s lots of photos and styling options!
8 – How do you wash premium denim?
Lorna – I usually try to avoid washing my jeans for as long as I can, I prefer to rotate them with other pairs and not wear one pair all the time (unless raw), so I avoid washing them for as long as possible. The only reason is because they tend to lose their colour and can also lose their shape as heat can damage the elasticity of the fabric. The best advice is to follow the care label which will usually tell you to wash them on cold and inside out as well. The cool wash minimises any fading and heat damage, while the inside out makes sure the parts that touch your skin are clean and the actual outside wash isn’t getting too damaged. If you aren’t too worried about preserving their colour and details, then you can wash them a little more often!
9 – Is there really a difference between premium denim and high street jeans?
Lorna – Absolutely! I used to wear cheap jeans all the time, I wasn’t really into spending much on them as I didn’t have the budget for that, but I always ended up with the same issues of them getting baggy and stretched out and not really being that flattering. I was thinking to myself how do the celebs manage to look so good in jeans and this is when I first got into premium denim, I realised it was about the fit and details.
Most premium denim brands, like Paige Denim, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, Frame Denim, James Jeans, AG Jeans etc have amazing fits. This is why they cost so much money, they are made in Los Angeles in their factories and are tried and tested lots of times to ensure that they fit perfectly. This includes the back pockets being the right size and positioned correctly to enhance the butt, it includes the stitching being perfectly symmetrical all around, the little details like the rivets and buttons are made to last and then the fabric itself being of a premium quality. Meaning that it wont get too baggy, it wont break anywhere near as fast as cheaper denim, the inside seams should be selvedge (which means sewn/rounded off) and of course the washes look authentic. Making them look like worn in jeans or vintage pairs with natural looking whiskering and fading.
You can’t really find this with non premium denim, it’s not an elitism thing, but if you really want perfect fitting jeans which enhance you and look beautiful while keeping their shape then you should look at going premium. This doesn’t just mean designer as a lot of designers can do denim, like Chanel or Louis Vuitton etc and not be that great (trust me, I know!), but you need to look at premium denim brands who mainly focus on jeans and not a lot more. Since premium denim can be expensive though, if I were to recommend some lower priced jeans which I think are flattering then I would say American Eagle and Mavi, but they will stretch out quite a lot. So to answer your question in short, there definitely is a difference and it’s sort of like that saying, but different, once you go premium denim, you can’t go back.