Clearing out Jeans – a Step-by-Step Process
Let’s face it – most of us are guilty of keeping old pairs of jeans in our wardrobe that we never wear.
We justify it by saying they were expensive, they might fit again one day, or that they’ll come back into style eventually. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to reassess. Don’t hold onto clothing that doesn’t make you feel confident, especially when it comes to jeans. (More about what to do with your Pre-loved jeans a bit later!)
Taking time to declutter your denim can feel like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, however once it is completed you’ll reap the benefits!
Say goodbye to the overwhelm of a cluttered jeans drawer, which can be time-consuming when you are trying to find the right pair.
Say hello to more space and understanding of how to curate a collection of jeans that are perfect for your body shape and personality.
Sorting through your jeans
Before you start to empty out your wardrobe or anywhere else your jeans maybe hiding, download My Perfect Jean Template to track the measurements of your old jeans and to use when you’re shopping for new jeans. It’s a great way to know which styles work for you.
To keep you on track, follow my Five Easy Steps outlined below, to help you find your way out of the denim jungle and into the light of the perfect fit.
Five Easy Steps to Clear out your Jeans
1. Grab your tape measure and make sure to wear your best fitting jeans for this bit. You are going to measure over them.
Take the tape measure and place it on the crotch seam of the jeans, where the leg seam & crotch meet. Bring the tape measure up to your navel, keeping the tape tight. Take this measurement & write it on the ‘My Perfect Jean’ template you have downloaded. This is your unique rise measurement.
You may or may not like to wear your jeans this high, so measure again from the crotch seam up to the top of the waistband of your jeans.
The front rise on a jean is very important to get right.
Here’s some issues that happen when the rise is not right for you.
- The dreaded ‘muffin top’ comes from the rise being too low or the waistband cutting into the tummy area.
- Do you find you’re forever pulling up your jeans? The rise might be too high for you and so it slips down. So, knowing your unique rise is key to finding the perfect jean.
2. The next step is sorting through ALL your jeans!
Pop on a plain white top and have a selection of your shoes handy. Start to try on all your jeans in front of a full-length mirror.
Questions to ask yourself if the jean fits.
- Does the rise on this jean match my unique rise?
- Does this jean flatter my body shape?
- How does this feel when I sit down? Check the jean is a comfortable sitting as it is standing.
If you’re saying YES to these questions, then put the jeans on your ‘Happy Pile’. Keep going till you have gone through all your jeans. You should soon see a pattern forming in the jeans that fit you nicely, a similar rise height and a flattering leg shape.
As you sort through your jeans make two separate piles:
A: ‘Happy Pile’ with the jeans that you will be keeping, that fit nicely and reflect your personal style.
B: ‘See You Later Pile’ with the jeans that do not fit. Too big or too small goes on this pile. These can be donated or sold to others who will love them.
Remember not to get sentimental about styles that don’t fit! If you can’t bear to part with a pair then put them to the side and treat it as an up-cycling project.
3. Sorting the essential jeans from the Happy Pile and taking measurements
Lay the jeans flat and measure the front rise from the crotch seam to the top of the waistband. Add that measurement into the My Perfect Jean Template next to “Rise”.
4. Next measure the inseam or the leg length of the same jean. Here you are building up a blueprint of the elements of the jeans that work for you. Different styles have shorter or longer inseams but by doing this you will find the best length when shopping for different styles. Add the measurement next to “Inseam” on the template.
5. Then measure the “Hem seam” across to give the “Leg opening” measurement. This is a helpful measurement if you want to replicate your favourite jeans.
Often, websites give these measurements in the product details of the jean/ trouser you are looking at. By knowing these 3 essential measurements shopping for jeans, in-store and online will become a breeze.
Donating or selling your pre-loved jeans
Finally, don’t forget to donate or sell your pre-loved jeans. The pairs that no longer serve you can find a new home with someone who will appreciate them. Consider donating them to a local charity or selling them online through platforms such as Vinted or Ebay. Pre-loved boutiques are a fantastic place to sell too as they will try to get the best price, and take a commission from the sale.
Not only does this help reduce waste and benefit others, but it also allows you to recoup some of the investment you made in your jeans. It’s a win-win situation!
Click here to download a handy printout to remind you of these steps.
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