A quick Internet search confirmed my suspicion that other women have contemplated abandoning women’s jeans in favor of men’s jeans. This is especially true of the subset of queer women who desire well-fitting but less feminine cuts.
There are lots of good reasons to switch to men’s jeans:
- They come with waist and inseam sizes instead of one arbitrary waist size, which means it’s easier to get a more tailored fit for your body.
- They are usually of better quality and durability, which means you can keep them longer and save money.
- They have much deeper and therefore more functional pockets, so you can lighten your load and actually fit your phone, wallet, keys, etc on your person.
- They tend to be less trendy, so the classic design will endure through various fads and style evolutions.
But it’s not always an easy transition. It can be hard to know your size (even after you measure yourself) because you have to take into account thighs and hips and booties (and men’s jeans typically aren’t made to accommodate all that). It can be hard to determine which cut will give you the desired silhouette while still being comfortable. And, frankly, it can be hard to negotiate the social expectations of shopping in the men’s department (thank the gods for online shopping).
The bottom line is you’re going to have to try a lot of things before you find what you’re looking for. Here are some strategies I recommend:
- Start in thrift stores. You can try a lot of different styles for not a lot of money. I’ve found a few really great pairs there. And if you find a brand or style you really like, you can always seek it out and invest in a new pair.
- Try sizing up. This will give you a little more room in the hips and booty.
- Go with skinny and slim cuts. They will give you a fitted look without cutting off your circulation like women’s skinny jeans. Relaxed, straight, and loose will work great for some body types and aesthetics, but they are generally too baggy.
- If you order online, try buying the same jeans in 2 different sizes. You can also try buying 2 different cuts in the same size. It helps to be able to compare. Then just send back the ones you don’t want.
Listen, I’m not a jeans expert, and I’m certainly not the most stylish person I know. But, if you’re like me, a few tips can go a long way toward looking nice without having to devote tons of time and energy to it. For those who have some serious coin, you’ll find great, high-end jeans that fit well (or are custom-made). For the rest of us who still owe Sallie Mae a fuck-ton of money and struggle to find well-fitting clothes, I hope this has been helpful. I recently purchased these skinny jeans from Old Navy, and they are great. I would recommend them