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Top 10 Mistakes We All Make Buying Jeans - How To Style

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Top 10 Mistakes We All Make Buying Jeans - How To Style A great pair of jeans is a wardrobe essential. But many of us find buying the perfect pair of jeans an absolute nightmare. In this video I’m going to tell you why and share 10 common mistakes we all often make. I also recently ran a competition on Instagram to win a day shopping with me to find the perfect pair of jeans. To make it possible I teamed up with Toyota New Zealand because like a great pair of jeans, the Toyota Corolla has also stood the test of time. So I thought you might like to see what my lovely winner Jacqui and I got up to when we cruised around town in the new Corolla Hybrid to find her the perfect pair of jeans. And while I’m at it I wanted to share some of my top tips with you too. So here are 10 common mistakes to avoid so you too can find the perfect pair of jeans too. A bit thank you to Toyota New Zealand for sponsoring this video too. Leonie ♡ MORE VIDEOS ♡ How To Find Your Personal Style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZUXQ... Huge Closet Clearcut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTOM9... Minimalism for beginners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7DyM... ♡ MY CAMERA GEAR ♡ Canon 70D http://amzn.to/2zz5itm Canon G7x MarkII http://amzn.to/2yTdrf2 Microphone http://amzn.to/2yyAGtH ♡ CHAT WITH ME! ♡ Blog: http://www.thestyleinsider.co.nz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheStyleInsider Instagram: https://instagram.com/thestyleinsider/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lbarlow45/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thestyleins
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SW (9 days ago)
Congratulations on the Toyota sponsor. So cool! You've come a long way and we'll deserved.☺
The Style Insider (9 days ago)
Ah that's really kind of you to say - thank you :)
Lisa mont (12 days ago)
Love love this video one of the most helpful I have found on this subject. Thank you
Joan Barton (25 days ago)
I enjoy your channel. You have the most beautiful teeth I think I have ever seen. Lucky girl. Thank you for your videos.
Emma (2 months ago)
Did she have to have her jeans altered In length? Very few stores stock petite jeans in store
The Style Insider (2 months ago)
No she didn't actually - she was really fortunate to find a pair that were a perfect length :)
Buffy smith (2 months ago)
I do not look good in high rise every one else loves them but i am built like a boy maybe that is why. I spent 135.00 on a pair of Madewell they are sitting in my closet. They look horrible on me.Hopefully i learned something on your video. Thank you.
The Style Insider (2 months ago)
Thanks for watching :)
I measure from hip to hip that’s always worked for me Also I’m petite hourglass ⌛️ shape so I tend to go for size up to skim my curves this is quite slimming with high waisted jeans 👖
MimAesthetic (2 months ago)
I don't get the neck thing... Why can't people just hold it around their waist and see if,flat, its enough to cover half your waist?
Trude Krause (2 months ago)
May sound contraversial but I don't mind the camel toe "problem" too much. It should not look like it hurts but besides that it's just how women are build. Btw I hope the stonewashed trend is finally going away!
The Style Insider (2 months ago)
Not controversial - each to their own I say :)
Gabino Barrerra (3 months ago)
Great video , very informative.
The Style Insider (2 months ago)
Thank you! So happy you enjoyed my video :)
Beth Roy (3 months ago)
HI Leonie..I love your videos! Can you tell me which style of levis those are in the pocket placement section? They look great!!
The Style Insider (2 months ago)
Thanks so much Beth and gosh i wish I could remember the style but sadly I can't - really sorry :(
Guinevere Pendragon (3 months ago)
Love your tips. More detail at times is helpful. Best care of ALL clothing is to never use any heat in the dryer; fluff on cold and hang. Particularly with all new fibers, your clothing will last. About using the neck; the jeans should meet behind the base of your neck. Fine for mid- and high-waisted jeans but realize with lower cuts it should be a bit larger. 100% cotton jeans can take heat and washing, it's the synthetic fibers which erode.
Madd Scientist (3 months ago)
I wish the hell the manufacturers would get those pockets placed RIGHT!! That is KEY......... the only ones that do is Chico's & the only hard wearing jeans are the original Levi's 501
Sandi Ludwig (1 month ago)
Madd Scientist iI might be dating myself but I miss the 100% cotton regular rise, meaning almost to the natural waistline, about 9 inches, Levi’s jeans. My first one in high school in the late 70s, made my butt look great and was even the right length for me (5 ft.). It seemed tight when I first put it on then molded to my body, very comfortable. And when the label showed size 24, it was for a 24 inch waistline which I had then.
castellana castellana (3 months ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq_iP5lQsAU Toyota supply ISIS with their trucks!!!
Cyndi Moore (3 months ago)
The length is such an issue these days. Short is the trend but snow is too cold for naked ankles!
T Daven (3 months ago)
Your tips about pockets were probably good but who can tell when you put white on white drop down overlay? It maybe website slick and trendy but it doesn’t work from a readability stand point!
MsLouisV (3 months ago)
I must say the car commercial really turned me off
The Style Insider (3 months ago)
That's a shame because get sponsorships makes it possible for me to invest the many hours I do into making great content. Without it I wouldn't be able to pay my bills and feed my family :)
Lupe Perez (3 months ago)
The hardest thing for me when I buy jeans is my waist my waist is bigger than my hips so I get a muffin top 😔 I’m 5”3 130lbs ?
Tina H. (3 months ago)
Which brand is your shoulder bag?
Jadorelamode Paris (3 months ago)
A couple of additional notes ... try on as many of the same size as the store has in stock, I guarantee you will find variances and you might just find one that feels bespoke. Also when buying online,I always buy 2 of the same size style , again just to compare. While I have always thought buying hi end denim was the holy grail, I recently tried a few of H&M’s high rise straight and girlfriend denim and shut the front door - fabulous fit for curvy frames at a fraction of the price. Perhaps it’s due to their new sizing initiative? HTH Good intel and well done!
Faye Cummings (4 months ago)
Finding the perfect pair of jeans is the least of your worries it seems 😁.... keeping your car from wavering off the centre line is way more important.... just kidding... nice tips!
The Style Insider (3 months ago)
Funny :)
Surbhi Dhar (4 months ago)
Once again a great video. All the tips were helpful specially the pocket size one....I had no idea it mattered. Thank you! :) Also if I may ask how tall are you?
Surbhi Dhar (3 months ago)
@The Style Insider Wow! I thought so, you looked gorgeous while crossing the road to the mall :)
The Style Insider (3 months ago)
So pleased you enjoyed my video and I'm five foot 10 and a half (178cm) xx
Beth Hollins (4 months ago)
Any jeans that woman wears is gonna look great. Her bod is great!
Ruth Horsch (4 months ago)
Great Video! Thanks for the very useful tips. Greetings from Germany❤️
The Style Insider (3 months ago)
Thank you and greetings from New Zealand :)
Maria Smith (4 months ago)
Also, wrong, no camel toe is not caused by the area between criotch and zipper being too long. Notice the woman has no caeml toe in the picture. Its caused by the waist being too tight, and the rise being too short, so it pulls the fabric between your legs too tightly. OMG, she knows nothing at all. I feel bad for Toyota.
Maria Smith (4 months ago)
BULLSHIT. The rise has nothing to do with size, but leg length. Im thinner then the lady trying on, and I never ever wear low rise jeans, although I suppse they fit fine, and I never will, because they are tacky. Anything less then a 9 inch rise is simply outdated, and gross. She looked far better in the normal rise jeans at 2:41 then anything else. BTW what is called high rise jeans DO NOT SIT ABOVE THE WAIST. ALL JEANS SIT AT WAIST OR BELOW. High rise jeans sit at the smallest part of you, your waist. All mid and low rise jeans sit far below your waist. A proper fit is just slightly below your belly button, which is a typical high rise today. Its not extreme. Its not even high rise. Its a higher mid rise. Lower rise jean will make legs look really short. It has nothing to do with the size of a person anyhow. If you have super super long legs, you can wear lower rise, although it still looks stupid, but if you have average or shorter legs stick to 9 inches or more. Its going to make the most of your legs, which will improve every outfit. I don't think you know anything. So youre saying that only over weight people should wear normal rise jeans, and everyone else should wear jeans from 2003?
jacqui heywood (3 months ago)
WOW! So much anger. She's just talking about jeans. Chill a bit.
Sherry Edwards (4 months ago)
Great tips. I need to go Jean shopping and will definitely keep these tips in mind.
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
So pleased you found them helpful :)
manasboys (4 months ago)
My mom taught us about the neck trick!!!
Holly Lisa (4 months ago)
Great tips, I didn't realize how important rise was until like ~28 yo 😣
SOFIA PINEL-WHITTOM (4 months ago)
Great videos, because it is hard to find a perfect pair of jeans depending on your body types! xo - Sof from Montreal/Canada
Searelle Polk (4 months ago)
I love levis 550 midrise jeans
Sheilaom (4 months ago)
awesome Toyota.... electric cars....
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Pretty cool right?
Michele van Essen (4 months ago)
Great video! Good tips for us petite ladies. Also love that Toyota hybrid - my dream and future ride! Pleased for you to have such a good sponsor, they're reaching for your target audience as well! 😍👏🙋🏼‍♀️
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Thank you :)
Caroline Y (4 months ago)
Softener also destroys elastic fibers...
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Oh really? I didn't know that but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing :)
shaily J (4 months ago)
I often try d neck trick to measure my jeans n lowers ☺️ n very recently i did try melli high rise jeans from levis fir d frst tym n. Liked it... Do u know some other tips like d neck one for measuring other body parts
Ionela Fessler (4 months ago)
Great video! Love it! Nice advice, quality image and refreshing on the eye.
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Thank you! So happy you enjoyed it :)
CeciliaF (4 months ago)
Can you re-post the pocket details in the description box? I cannot read the writing. Thank you!
Mish_ elle (4 months ago)
Im petite and love joni jeans and theyre the most high waisted jeans ive come across. nontheless your vid had great tips
Ginni McCarthy (4 months ago)
🌠I Loved this Video So Much! 😇💫 You Covered the Topic Really Well and it Looked Like You Had Fun Doing It Too! I Really Enjoy The Way You Present Your Videos and Your Great Smile and Personality. They Often Give Me A Boost Of Inspiration and They're Uplifting. Thanks, For Being You Leoni. 🌟 🌸 😇 ( P.S. It Would Be So Great If You Could Do Some More Videos, That Include Tips, For Fuller Figured Ladies. Eg: How To Choose Tops, Casual and More Dressy, That Are Flattering, Cover the Tummy Area and Bottom, somewhat, yet Still Look Modern and Stylish Too.) It Would Be Greatly Appreciated! Thanks Again.😉 - Ginni McCarthy, Auckland, N.Z.
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Thanks for your kind comments Ginni and your great video ideas - I'll definitely create some videos for the fuller figures ladies and great to see you are also from Auckland :)
mayhit (4 months ago)
Measuring jeans around your neck really, really does NOT work for everyone. My neck is 11.5 inches around. By that metric my waist should be 23 inches for the neck trick to work. My waist is 28.5 inches - and that's my TRUE waist. So even if I'm buying high rise jeans, the neck trick is not going to work.
MegaTinni (3 months ago)
@mayhit yes, and apples can be thin too, it is just determined by the ratio of the measurement of hip vs waist vs bust. Off course the bigger you are, the more pronounced it will become.
mayhit (3 months ago)
@MegaTinni I agree, it's absolutely related to body type. I'm not an apple shape myself, but I have a very high hip flare and a very short waist. I believe some people refer to my body type as an "8" body type. The bone structure of my waist is very broad, despite my being overall a very thin person. I suspect that apple body types, "8" body types, and some rectangle body types will not have much luck with using our necks to measure the fit of our pants.
MegaTinni (3 months ago)
Might be related to body type. I am an apple/have a round shape/waste proportionally wider. This is very obvious when adjusting sewing patterns for my size (and comparing my measurements to the standards of the different pattern companies).
Desiree the one and only (4 months ago)
The problem I have is I don't know which store to go to - where I live, are no big stores. I need to order online, and just guess which size I need.
Heather Blyth (4 months ago)
I like trying jeans in op shops because they have so many different styles and it gets me to consider brands and styles I wouldn't usually go out of my way to find. I have only found 2 pairs that actually fit my body but this video has inspired me to look again! Skirts and dresses are so much easier when you have an hourglass figure!
Lola M. (4 months ago)
Tip #3, “the rise”, the woman didn’t like the fit??? Well, I beg to differ; I thought she looked great in them!!!
Foxy Cinnamon (3 months ago)
And she wound up buying boyfriend jeans that made her bum look totally flat! Where was her waist? I just went up a size, relaxed fit, and rocked some Lee Jeans in a light rinse: hot! And less expensive than Levis.
lanthaotina2052 (4 months ago)
I like your white blouse top. Where do you get this ? If you don’t mind tell me . Thanks so much
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Thank you! It's from Decjuba https://www.decjuba.co.nz
Kay Allen (4 months ago)
Based upon past experience: know where you want the waistband to sit, measure that, then measure your inseam. Buy the pair of Levis that match both the waist and inseam measurements in the style and color you want. Voila! You're done. I myself wear 32 x 36 because I abhor 'high-water' jeans (I am not petite) and I prefer to do my own 'distressing', thanks. I have also found that your body will mold your jeans to fit over time unless you change your weight significantly. Never throw out your no-long-fitting jeans - you will eventually find that with time, you will be able to wear them again as you age. I am now back to wearing the same jeans I had in high school. A Toyota? Honey, buy a Bentley convertible instead.
MrsSuzyClark (4 months ago)
Very helpful, thank you.
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
You're welcome - so glad you enjoyed this video :)
linda o'regan (4 months ago)
Does anyone else find that most jeans have the same size waist as the hips. ??? All jeans that I have tried are far too big round the waist and I can get them on and off without unfastening them. Xx
Gitte Van de velde (4 months ago)
i just kind of gave up on jeans. I don't like the denim colours that are used nowadays (why isn't olive denim a thing?), both new and vintage jeans doesn't fit by rule with my 23 - 24 inch waist, it's not all that comfortable and they have to fit perfect to not have weird creases. Also, high-waisted is getting more and more difficult to find again.
Gitte Van de velde (4 months ago)
@judy simon Still a bit, but they have been becoming less common again - not the VERY wide variety of a few years ago, when everyone wore high waisted jeans.
judy simon (4 months ago)
Actually higher waists are the most common style right now and should be quite easy to find!
Olivia Y (4 months ago)
I have the same problem! I just have to deal with getting the smallest size jeans and not having them fit :/
Jennifer Turcotte (4 months ago)
Hi Gitte! Have you tried Paige jeans? Premium jeans so pricey but amazing fit. They have beautiful colours including green! Plenty of high waisted jeans!
seriouslyinsanediva (4 months ago)
Hello Leoni, I am a new subscriber and very much enjoying your channel.
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Awww that's awesome news - thanks SO much :)
Amy Robbins (4 months ago)
Would have loved to see someone who had curves trying to find jeans. Someone with a boy shape doesn’t have near as hard a time.
Amber Eyes (2 months ago)
UGH.. Finding jeans that can go up your thighs and still fit your waist and not squish your booty is almost impossible. I did see American Eagle has online jeans designed especially for curves. Check it out! I'll buy one pair to see what's up with them.
Guinevere Pendragon (3 months ago)
Depends on the brand. A flat butt is a curse in itself. The throwback mom jeans are perfect for curvy shapes.
Barb B. (4 months ago)
Awesome video, thanks! Great tips!
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
So pleased you enjoyed it - thank you :)
Debra Rozich (4 months ago)
Great video with excellent tips, thank you. Do you know the name of the boyfriend jeans at the end of the video? xo
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Thank you and yes the boyfriend jeans are from Decjuba and you can find them here https://www.decjuba.co.nz
Helen Mudge (4 months ago)
Thanks Leonie, those boyfriend jeans looked great, I did cringe at that plastic bag though. This has inspired me as I'm looking for a blue, straight leg jean for Spring. I have a shorter body, so as a lot of jeans these days are high waisted, I have to be careful they're not too long in the rise.
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
So happy you're inspired and yes def steer clear of high rise if you're on the shorter side. Good luck :)
Christine Madrazo (4 months ago)
Thanks for sharing.
julietteariel (4 months ago)
What are some of the best brands of jeans, in your opinion?
Hennie van der Glas (2 months ago)
julietteariel Try G-star, works for me all the time! I’m about 1 m 68 and curvy.
Leslie Craven (4 months ago)
I liked everything about these very helpful tips. I am an hourglass shape with 10+ inches between my waist measurement and my hips I suffer from the back gape however I recently purchased some mid rise (10”)Levi jeans dark wash of course they fit great and they were under $35. On the other end I have also purchased Paige jeans which have an amazing amazing fabric never do these jeans ever go in the dryer I also wash all dark jeans inside out. I’m working on trying to find a higher wasted pair of jeans. when I sit down I get the bulky crotch any thoughts on this
Naomi Boxall (3 months ago)
Hey Leslie, I've got the same problem with gape. There's a lot of "how to fix jeans gape" videos on YouTube. It's not easy, but omg worthwhile! Good luck!
LisaLisaD1 (4 months ago)
Thank you, great video--do you remember the designer of the boyfriend jeans, loved them! ❤️ Lisa
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Yes they are from Decjuba and you can find them here https://www.decjuba.co.nz
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Yes they are from Decjuba and you can find them here https://www.decjuba.co.nz
Brenda Reid (4 months ago)
I would also like to know the brand as I have a similar build and have been searching for a pair of boyfriend jeans.
elisabeth fors (4 months ago)
Great videos and tips as always 😍🙌🏼
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Thank you :)
Eleanor Meyer (4 months ago)
I thought the levis looked really good. I've just bought a couple of pairs of jeans on sale from country road, just going to check that they tick all the boxes re this list!!! Thank you for an informative vid
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
So happy you enjoyed the video Eleanor and good luck finding your perfect pair :)
olgaaaglo (4 months ago)
What is your accent? Where are you from?
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
olgaaaglo I live in New Zealand but I’m originally from Australia 👍🏻
Gea Sol (4 months ago)
Great video! More like this one, please! :)
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
So happy you liked it :)
Pam B (4 months ago)
Great video. Nice car. And I’m going shopping for jeans.
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Yay! Good luck in your search for the perfect pair too :)
Noelle Teller (4 months ago)
Wow‼️This has been THE BEST video EVER I think on Jean shopping. I am saving this one and sharing it to friends! Thank you Leoni♥
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Awww that's SO kind of you to say - THANK YOU :)
Joyce Burke (4 months ago)
A car commercial in a denim video?
Trude Krause (2 months ago)
Yeah, it feels very forced to look at it in the middle of a denim video. I stopped watching at this point...
Małgorzata Wodka (3 months ago)
Girl, she has to earn money on that new pair of jeans.
jacqui heywood (3 months ago)
Why not? She drove to the shops? D'oh!
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Hi Joyce I know this is not always ideal but as a small YouTuber it's absolutely fantastic for me to have brands that want to invest in me so I can continue to create great content. I hope you can understand and thanks for watching :)
sonnytube (4 months ago)
Very annoying, it’s ruined a very good video 😞
flynn malin (4 months ago)
I cannot read the writing. Grey lettering against a light background, is very hard to see. Perhaps, darker lettering would be a better choice. I like what I hear, though. Great tips, thanks!
flynn malin (4 months ago)
@The Style Insider Please, don't think I was criticizing. I just cannot read it easily. If you made the lettering as dark as the tip# font, I can read that. Thank you for caring about your subscribers. <3
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Sorry about that and thanks for pointing it out :)
Gigi McGuane (4 months ago)
You just gave us nine rules and the tenth one was to break them all. Figure that out.
Gigi McGuane (4 months ago)
I just want a comfortable pair.
amrita p (4 months ago)
I'm around 5'6", and of a slim build( US 2- 4), but I have hips🤓. Most jeans would gape at the back, and the struggle is real. I found high rises to be to be flattering on my body type.
Silvia Khan (4 months ago)
Being a 5’3 curvy fit chick 🐥 it is a challenge! Mostly the length and the waist! When I find some that fits well I’ll buy three in different colors! Lol! Actually recently purchased a pair at Banana Republic in petite but didn’t like how they fitted that much a bit on the short side and the big pockets made my big but even bigger! I returned them! Instead found at Target a few which fit perfect! Previous years I didn’t trust Target pants cause the zipper would open but not this time. If a bit too long I just fold them a bit, if wearing with sneakers or wear full length with boots and heels. Perfection! My sis-in- law a designer advised me to get them a bit on the longer side it makes you look thinner and taller couldn’t agree more.
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
It sounds like you've found the perfect jeans for you at Target! Love your idea of buying them in three different colours too :) That's an oldie but a goodie - especially when you find something that fits really well.
Lori Walter (4 months ago)
it's also important to sit down in jeans to make sure you don't have an unsightly bulge in the crotch area and they don't slide down in back.😉 Nice ride...
Maria Smith (3 months ago)
@MegaTinni Maybe the other three. But this is nonsense. Camel toe is not caused by the area between crotch and zipper. Nothing could be less true. Its caused by pants where the rise is too short, and the waist is too tight. The best way to avoid it is to stay away from midrise things that down't fit like highrise now low rise. The zipper isn't going to reach between your legs where camel toe happens no matter how crazy long it is.
MegaTinni (3 months ago)
@Maria Smith I disagree Maria. I have watched three of her videos, and found sound advice in all three (and no missers, also important).
Maria Smith (4 months ago)
Only if you wear low rise jeans like this woman is trying to sell to everyone. If you wear normal modern jeans that sit higher up, which is not only for big people, then the jeans will not slide anywhere. I wouldn't listen to this woman, she doesn't know much about style, really.
NIKOLETA Κ (4 months ago)
I always do that!
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Yes that's a great tip - thanks so much for sharing :)
Normaloup (4 months ago)
Great tips!
The Style Insider (4 months ago)
Thanks so much! I'm glad you found them helpful :)

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