5 rules for buying jeans

If your goal is to cultivate a curated wardrobe filled only with the best and the most long-lasting pieces, then the same philosophies apply to denim as much as they do to that perfect suit or pair of shoes. A perfect pair of jeans is like a second skin that never fails to make you look and feel great, so when you’re shopping for that new piece of denim it’s no use settling for second best.

At last night’s VIP Diesel event in Melbourne, denim expert and Brand Manager of Diesel Australia, Mark Giuffre, gave us five tips on what to look for when buying the perfect pair of jeans. Read on after the break to find out what they are.

rules for denim shopping

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Diesel Melbourne VIP Event pictures
Diesel Melbourne VIP Event pictures
Diesel Melbourne VIP Event pictures
Diesel Melbourne VIP Event pictures
Diesel Melbourne VIP Event pictures
Diesel Melbourne VIP Event pictures
Diesel Melbourne VIP Event pictures
Diesel Melbourne VIP Event pictures
Opt for a quality fabric. It seems obvious, but how do you know what you’re buying is quality? Mark suggests always investing in premium brands that specialise in denim. Feel the fabric closely – if it has too much stretch to it, it will likely give way too quickly and lose shape after a few washes. To choose a quality denim, find one that has some stretch, but not too much.
Check the fit of the waistband. At the back of the jeans, along the top, the waistband should sit close to the body. If there’s gaping between the waistband and body, the jeans aren’t a good fit.
Look for straight lines. Straight, symmetrical lines on a pair of jeans show that they’ve been well made, and that they fit the body correctly. Visually imagine lines going across the top of the pockets, across the waistband and across the stitching on the yoke, and check that nothing is askew.
A skinny cut is always more flattering. Mark recommends skinny and slim fits as they’ll always elevate you and give you a longer leg. If you do decide on a slouchy or boyfriend cut, dress it up so you don’t lose the element of effortless glamour.
For a fuller figure, select a higher rise. Don’t be scared that a higher cut will make your derriere appear larger – if the jeans are well made, a high rise will be flattering on the bottom and give you more curve without giving you more hips.

Thanks again to Mark at Diesel for the denim tips. For a selection of social photos from last night’s Diesel event, click on the thumbnails above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.