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How to Find Perfect Jeans
Wendy Woods

Finding beautifully fitting jeans can be tricky business. So tricky that we’ll poll our friends... more

Wendy Woods
November 23, 2015
Wendy Woods
How to Find Perfect Jeans
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Finding beautifully fitting jeans can be tricky business. So tricky that we’ll poll our friends and family to see where they buy their jeans with the sincere hope that their fave jeans will also become ours. Anything to save trying on a million pairs of jeans (am I right?).

But every woman is a different shape, size and proportion, so it is impossible to find one (or ten) pairs of jeans that will work for all women. Anyone who makes a blanket statement that certain jeans are the ‘best fitting jeans for women’ is probably trying to sell you their jeans.

Instead, this absolutely liberating denim guide will not only help you figure out how to find your best fitting jeans, but also help you decipher why your current jeans might not be working for you. Because knowledge is power, right?


Do you pull your jeans? Grab those belt loops and tug up? Constantly worry that you’re showing your undies to the world? If yes, then the rise of your jeans is a little too low.

Low-rise jeans have been in style for a long time, and when you combine that with the stigma that high-rise jeans are ‘mom jeans’, it’s no wonder we’ve been going through our days worried about sliding jeans. We’re also feeling conscious of that little muffin top that low-rise jeans create on all of us.

The truth is you don’t need to worry anymore. Current jean rise lengths span the gamut from super low rise to extra high rise.

What you need be aware of is where the waistband of your jeans ends. Ideally the waistband needs to end above where you start to narrow, where your hip starts to slope into your waist. This will be the most flattering and comfortable jean for you, promise.

(If you happen to have a body shape where your waist widens above your hip, rise might not be as important for you, but you’ll want to make sure there is stretch in your jean waistband.)


Probably one of the most infuriating things about jeans is when you wear them for a day and they bag out and fall down!

This could actually be happening because you need to buy a higher rise—your body will help hold your jeans up—but it might also be because you actually need a smaller size.

Buying a smaller size jean that feels uncomfortable in the store is a really hard thing to do! Ask the sales person for their honest opinion about how much a jean will stretch. She might own the same pair and be able to give you first-hand experience.

Perhaps you’ve had this kind of size suggested before, and bought the smaller, uncomfortable size only to find they don’t stretch out as much as you thought they would, so they never get comfortable. Here’s a hint: waistbands don’t stretch out as much, so if the waistband feels tight in the smaller size go with your gut as to what size fits better. If you’re in a huge amount of doubt as to what size fits right, maybe neither one does and it’s time to walk away.


Shopping for jeans on your own is not recommended. If you do, you may end up with a pair of not-so-flattering jeans in your closet.

Pocket placement is so important to a well-fitting jean, and it’s almost impossible to see that on your own. Instead, shop at a specialty jean shop (where you know they have knowledgeable salespeople), hire a likeable expert, or bring a trusted friend along. Any of these people will help you see the 360 degree view that is so important for finding the best fitting jeans.

Finding perfect pocket placement varies from person to person, but in general you want to ask your second set of eyes to pay attention to whether the pockets are placed too high or low; whether the pockets are giving you a nice curve to your bottom rather than flattening or jutting it out; and whether they look like they are placed too wide or narrow on your tush.


Answer this question honestly: are your hips curvy or straight? Because if you have straight hips whiskers are your friend, if you have curvy hips whiskers should be left for others.

Hold up! What do whiskers have to do with jeans and hips anyway?

‘Whiskering’ is the name for the lines that occur around the hip area in certain washes of jeans. They tend to be lighter lines on a comparably darker wash. These lines create the illusion of curve in a hip, so they look really flattering for women with straight hips.

If you have curvy hips, you can just leave those whiskered jeans on the shelf. Liberating right? You’ll be trying on half the number of jeans you usually do to find that perfect pair!


Probably the most liberating bullet in this guide. What if jeans just aren’t your thing?

How would it feel to just let go of wearing jeans all together. Maybe they don’t actually suit your style. Perhaps leather leggings or sweater dresses or dress pants are more your thing. That’s great! No matter how prevalent a current style is, you never have to include it in your wardrobe if it just doesn’t feel right for you.

Wendy Woods is a Personal Style Coach at THE REFINERY. She is fiercely committed to time-starved women who want an effortless sense of style. Her down-to-earth method allows women to feel accepted and understood while creating a personal style that makes them look and feel beautiful.
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Five Ways to Control Portion Size for the Healthiest Breakfast Possible
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What is the #1 thing you can do to nourish yourself for the day, but not overeat? Two words: portion control.

It is an established fact that we consume far too much as a nation. As individuals we hardly have a concept of what constitutes an appropriate serving size anymore. There are some visual cues that can be engaged to train our kids’ eyes and tummies to right-size our hunger and expectations.

Whether you are mom trying to maintain her weight or dad trying to lose a few or a kid trying to grow, do you know what each should be eating to hit that goal? Each body has different needs so there is no single right answer. It is a really great exercise to use an app or tracker to input each individual’s typical day and obtain your own barometer. No matter what you do, you will see that everything hinges on that #1 thing called portion control.

It is critical to start the day with a breakfast full of the right amount of protein, fibre and fuel.

Top five ways to control breakfast portions:

  1. Consume foods that are pre-measured. Greek yogurt snack packs under 150 calories, 2 Weetabix biscuits, one small banana…anything that has fewer than 3 or 4 ingredients and that limits your consumption.
  2. Research conducted at Cornell University consistently shows that we are affected positively and negatively by serving dish or container size. Tall slim glasses for smoothies rather than large and short and smaller bowls and plates help us feel fuller with smaller, more appropriate amounts.
  3. If you are a juice drinker reduce the amount to the ridiculous. This single mistake can set off your blood sugar and actually make you more hungry all day since your body processes it as pure sugar (even the 100% juice versions) Scour yard sales for tiny 1950’s style juice glasses if you are having juice. That 10-12 ounce glass is for water.
  4. Place small bowls out for cereal or empty cereal boxes into decorative jars and use a measuring cup to scoop a sensible ½ cup amount. Use teaspoons or smaller spoons to eat cereal to prevent soup spoon shovelling.
  5. Pour milk or cream into your mug before you fill with coffee (if you are using sugar, measure level teaspoons and know that your limit is 6 tsp from all sources including juice and cereal)

For a speedy, delicious way to make breakfast portions fun, consider making breakfast popsicles. The goodness is measured in for you and the out the door fun of mornings can go a lot more smoothly.


Breakfast Popsicle

You don’t need to have traditional popsicle molds for these breakfast lifesavers, tiny paper cups on a cookie sheet will do. Consider using a plastic spoon as a stick so it can be eaten as muesli if it melts.

Makes 2-4 servings
Takes: 5 minutes plus freezing time

You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cup 3% plain yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 4 Weetabix biscuits
  • 1½ cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small orange, slice thickly and slice a spot for the spoon to slide through.

Prep and Cook:

Pour into a blender and blend until smooth. Use a spatula to smooth into popsicle molds or paper cups. Top with more plain yogurt to fill to the top and top with an orange slice.  Slide the spoon through and freeze overnight.

Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Expert, Brand Spokesperson, Author (Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day and Ace Your Health: 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck), Speaker, Toronto-Area Nutritionist, Columnist for the international Metro Newspaper and The Huffington Post and regular contributor to both lifestyle and news media. Find her at
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