If I Made Jeans (Part One: Inseam)

by Jaime on July 8, 2009

This is one of those things that I’ve thought about time and time again… what if I controlled the world of denim?

Alright, I don’t need to control it, but what if I contributed to it? What would I change, how would I make it better… and where would I infuse my personal style?

First thing’s first: inseam.

I hate the single inseam styles. I know that jeans look better on girls with longer legs. But ask A., who looks damn good in a pair of Diesel Cuddy jeans, if she wants to buy a pair of 35″ Paige Premium Denim jeans for her 30″ inseam legs. Bet her answer will be no.

(PS, I chose this photo of VB because of how… well, how ridiculous these pants look on her. It’s like she’s playing dress-up. Not flattering.)

Every pair should run with inseams at 30″, 32″, 34″ and 36″ (I’d go to 28″, but man… I just don’t think that’s even financially justifiable. Sorry, short chicas.). And no. I don’t mean make different pairs for different girls… separate does NOT always mean equal. Hell, if the past has anything to say about it, separate never means equal.

Change the whiskering/fading/distressing to suit the body.

Change the length.

That’s it. If you (or, in this case, I) can’t make a pair of jeans that work no matter the length, you’ve got a bad fit model and a poor design in your head (or a great design that doesn’t actually pan out in real life).

Stay Tuned for Part Two: Girl, Your Ass Looks Good in Those Jeans (and I swear to god, I’m going to actually title it that, just to humor you.)


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