Denim 101

Everything you need to know to find the best pair of jeans for you.
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Denim comes in so many styles, colors, washes, and sizes these days, you practically need a degree in jeaneology just to keep up! Before you shop, consult our guide to help you make an educated purchase.

Denim Glossary

Rise: The length between the waistband and the inseam. High-rise sits 1/2 inch above your navel, minimizes curves, and holds in your tummy. Mid-rise sits at your navel or 1 inch below and enhances curves in your hip. Low-rise sits 2 inches below your navel and flattens a larger bottom.

Inseam: Measurement of the inside of your leg, from the middle of the crotch to the bottom of your jeans.

Band: Waistband of the jeans. Also, the measurement of your waist.

Bootcut: Widely known as the favorite (and most flattering) cut for most women, bootcut jeans give your legs a longer, slimmer appearance, due to the slightly wider cut below the knee. Generally fit close to the body.

Flared: Modern version of the bell-bottom; generally fitted through the hip, knee, and thigh area, then cut wide below the knee.

Classic Five-Pocket: Skims the hip and thigh; slightly tapered with a roomy cut in the seat to allow easy movement.

Loose: Most comfortable cut; extremely roomy in the hip, seat, and thigh area.

Straight: Cut the same width from hip-to-hem, best for toning down curves in the hip area. Generally not fitted, but body skimming.

Tapered: The ankle is cut very slim, which creates the illusion of smooth curves in the hip area.

Relaxed: Fit with the most room in the seat area, typically with lower-rise waist.

Wash: The general color and texture of your jeans. Dyes, enzymes and stones are used to achieve desired look.

Whiskers: Bleached marks and crease lines across the hip and knee -- looks similar to cat whiskers.

Distressed: Jeans have a worn-in appearance; holes and fraying most common.

Tint: Jeans are dipped into diluted dye of various colors; gold and brown are popular denim tints.

Sand-Blasted: Denim is washed with sand to fade material into a lighter shade.

Corded: Cross between denim and corduroy pants.

Frayed: Edges are loose strings of denim fabric, generally around the waist and ankle.

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