How to find the perfect pair of jeans without trying them on: TikTok hack goes viral

Marie Claire Dorking
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A TikTok user has come up with a clever hack to help you find the perfect fit of jeans without trying them on. (Getty Images)
A TikTok user has come up with a clever hack to help you find the perfect fit of jeans without trying them on. (Getty Images)

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is tricky enough at the best of times, but while shops have now reopened following coronavirus lockdown, many fitting rooms remain closed, which means we’re not able to check the fit of jeans before we buy them.

But one TikTok user has come up with a clever hack that promises to help you pick out the perfect pair of jeans, without the need to try them on.

Billie Newland revealed that she stumbled across the trick by accident while doing the washing and catching her arm in the waistband of her jeans.

“I was folding my jeans when my elbow actually got caught in the waistband, and then I realised my elbow to wrist fit in the band, so I thought it could either be a coincidence or might actually mean something,” the 25-yea-old from Iowa, US, tells Insider.

“I tried the elbow to wrist trick on a bigger pair I had just washed and there was more of a gap, so I thought maybe I could be onto something.”

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In her TikTok clip Newland suggests measuring the waistband of the jeans using your forearm, from the wrist to the elbow.

If the arm fits snugly inside, then the pair will fit well.

“If there’s a large gap between your elbow, your hand and the end of the jeans, they are simply too big,” she explains in the short clip. ‘

“On the flip side, if you pick up a pair of jeans and you can’t fit your arm into the waistband, they’re too small.

“But if you find a pair of jeans and your elbow and your arm fit completely snug, that’s your perfect pair.”

Since Newland shared her simple hack it has clocked up over 227K likes and received hundreds of comments from impressed jean shoppers.

But what do the experts think?

According to stylist and author Chelle Shohet though the hack works typically well for high-waisted jeans, it may not necessarily work as well for low-rise jeans that will sit at your wider hip level.

“Another aspect to keep in mind is your body shape and proportions,” she adds.

“For instance an apple shape may struggle with this hack due to having a much rounder upper tummy that could could require a different fit.”

Shohet adds that depending on your shape and proportions you will also need to think about the stretch of the denim, as this will determine the shaping and the support, as well as how the denim sits and hugs your body.

“Again with your shape and proportions, if you are an inverted triangle also known as a strawberry shape you will need to think about the cut of the leg in order to balance out your shape.”

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While shops are open, many fitting rooms remain closed. (Getty Images)
While shops are open, many fitting rooms remain closed. (Getty Images)

Stylist Susie Hasler, who runs Styled By Susie has some further tips for helping to track down the perfect pair of jeans, when you can’t try them on.

“It’s always worth ordering a pair in your size and the next size up, as jeans come up differently in different shops,” she suggests.

“With a skinny jean, they’re going to be more stretchy, so they’re more likely to be true to your size.

“With Mom jeans, or the straight-leg jeans that are in fashion at the moment, you’re likely to have to go up a size, because there’s less stretch, and it’s more of the old-fashion style denim, which is less forgiving.”

Hasler adds that we shouldn’t be afraid to go up a size in jeans, as the most important thing is that they fit well.

“If you are wanting to slim your bottom half, look for dark coloured jeans or ones with ripped knees,” she adds.

“If you want to bulk out your bottom half, go for a lighter coloured denim.”

This isn’t the first TikTok hack users have been loving recently.

Back in June parents expressed their gratitude for a clever pyjama folding trick that helps keep sets together.

Meanwhile another mum came up with a genius hack for cutting a cake perfectly - using tongs instead of a knife.

Also back in June, a mum’s hack caught the attention of parents after she demonstrated how to stop children eating sand in the sandpit by making edible sand.

We’ve also had our eyes opened to a new way of filling up an ice cube tray, making us think we’ve been doing it wrong this entire time.

Oh and lets not forget the game-changing reveal about how much easier it is to cut an avocado with a special £5.50 tool to do the job.