The reality: Boutique jean sizing can be confusing and hard! Carrying a variety of different brands equals a variety of different fits, styles and sizes. I’m spilling the tea on everything I know to help you shop for the best fit possible!
1️⃣ Waist Size: My biggest tip, order based off your waist size NOT standard sizing, whenever possible. Your waist size will be the bigger number (example: 26, 27, 28, etc.). Standard sizing will vary greatly depending on the brand and will be the smaller number (example: 1, 3, 5, or 2, 4, 6, etc.). The standard sizing is not consistent or the same across the board.
Judy Blue: 0/24, 1/25, 3/26, 5/27, 7/28, 9/29, 11/30, 13/31 & 15/32
KanCan: 0/23, 1/24, 3/25, 5/26, 7/27, 9/28, 11/29, 13/30 & 15/31
Zenana: 0/24, 1/25, 3/26, 5/27, 7/28, 9/29, 11/30, 13/31 & 15/32
As you can see, that means a size 5 in Judy Blue or Zenana is considered a size 27 but a size 5 in KanCans is considered a size 26. This is why we recommend ignoring the standard sizing. I most often wear a size 27. Which means my true to size in Judy Blues or Zenana is typically the 5/27 and my true to size in KanCans is typically the 7/27. By following the rule of using my waist size, it makes it more consistent and easy to remember.
2️⃣ Length: Also known as inseam! The inseam is the distance from the base of your zipper (or crotch) to the bottom of your leg opening. Knowing your inseam is important to understanding how you like your jeans to fit.
Our boutique jeans come in a standard inseam for each style. We are not able to order that specific style in a different inseam. I also like to point out that the waist size has absolutely nothing to do with the inseam! This was so confusing for me when I first started in the boutique world because I always thought the first number was the waist size and the second was the inseam or length. This is not true for boutique jeans. For a quick reference on inseam based on jean type, see the image in the comments below.
3️⃣ Rise: This is the distance from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch seam. Rise will be slightly different on everyone because of differing torso lengths. As a rule of thumb though, low-rise will typically sit 2" or more below the navel (belly button), mid-rise typically sit just below the navel and high-rise typically sit at or above the navel.
4️⃣ Fit: Pay attention to our descriptions on stretch! Also, watch for the fabric content. Jeans with lycra, spandex, or elastane will have some stretch! Jeans made of 100% cotton will be more rigid.
We want you to LOVE your denim and that starts with finding the best possible fit. We hope this novel 📚 of a post helps and that you learned something new! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any additional sizing questions. We’re here to help! Tap here to shop our denim now!