I don’t typically shop Old Navy, but Hayley’s book The No Brainer Wardrobe raved about their skinny jeans. Since I’d been trying–unsuccessfully–to find some skinnies I was willing to wear in public for over a year, I thought I might as well give them a try. I’m so glad I did!
Here’s what I like about Old Navy skinny jeans:
1. They’re not skin tight like so many of the other skinnies I’d tried–and hated. (This does not apply to Old Navy’s “jeggings”–those are tight.) They fit much like my regular denim down to my knees, but go much better with my boots.
2. They are cheap. At a regular price of about $29, Old Navy denim is much cheaper than the jeans I usually wear. (And sales and coupons are easy to come by.)
When it comes to clothes shopping, I am all about tips and shortcuts that save me time and money so I can get the job done and get on with the rest of my life. Many of you have told me you’re the same way, and with that in mind, I’ve made this handy cheat sheet for buying skinnies at Old Navy.
Most of these guidelines apply to buying any jeans–from any store–made from a fabric that contains spandex. The tricky part is getting the size right, but these tips will help you get it right on the first try!
How to Buy Skinny Jeans That Fit!
1. Pick a few styles of skinny jeans to try on (I tried the Diva and the Sweetheart) in your normal size. The temptation with skinny jeans is to go up a size to compensate for the slim fit. Don’t do it! (The major exception: I needed to go up two sizes to get a pair of Rockstar super-skinny jeans to fit!)
2. Try ’em on. Old Navy skinnies have quite a bit of stretch. If the jeans fit you comfortably, with the right amount of ease–they’re too big. These skinnies are going to stretch out at least one size, and you don’t want them to be saggy-baggy after you’ve worn them for an hour. Go get yourself the next size down.
3. Repeat. (Try them on; go down a size if necessary.)
4. Check the inseam. Old Navy has a ton of options for length: from shortest to longest, they offer petite, short, regular, long, and tall. My local Old Navy carries short, regular, and long for the Diva and Sweetheart styles in store, but only the regular length for the other styles.
5. Grab your jeans and go! If the store doesn’t have what you’re looking for, note your size and inseam length so you can order online. I’ve had great experiences shopping online with Old Navy: shipping is free on orders over $50, I can get cash back by going through ebates, and I can return whatever doesn’t work to the store (even the internet-only items).
That’s all you need to know to fearlessly hit the stores. Happy shopping!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten for buying jeans?
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