Shopping for jeans online has its ups and downs. On the one hand, you have a huge selection of brands and styles to choose from—on the other, you can’t try them on to make sure the size is right. Enter our new, easy-to-use jeans size finder (you’ll find it on the product details page of every pair here).
Just grab two jeans you already own that fit well, type their sizes into the tool, and we’ll give you a size recommendation on a new pair.
To give it a test run, we asked four of our Nordstrom colleagues to try out new jeans based on our size recommendations. Keep reading to hear their thoughts on personal style, work, and of course, the best denim.
Mario, Assistant Buyer
Wearing Hudson ‘Byron’ Straight-Leg Jeans (‘Atlantis’ Wash)
How would you describe your personal style?
“I would say I have a few styles, but I definitely tend to blend traditional and modern. I can’t place myself in one bucket, but I’m big into henleys, jeans and unconstructed sportcoats. The one thing that hasn’t changed throughout the years…I never leave home without my Yankees cap.”
So you’re an assistant buyer—what does that mean? How did you end up here?
“I partner with our vendors and teams to provide our stores with the best product. It’s an exciting challenge, and I’m fortunate to be in the position I’m in. I started on the sales floor in Roosevelt Field [in Garden City, New York]. I never would’ve thought I’d be working in Seattle, within the heart of company. It’s an interesting twist from what I’m used to, but an exciting change, to say the least.”
When it comes to jeans: dark wash, light wash, grey, black—what’s your preference?
“I prefer dark wash, but I own one of each. Each fills a gap in your wardrobe and provides a ton of options. You can’t go wrong with those four basics.”
Wearing Hudson ‘Byron’ Straight-Leg Jeans (‘Virage’ Wash)
What’s an average day on-set like for you?
“After getting caffeinated, I talk with the art director about the model and lighting for the day and work with hair and makeup. It’s all about the teamwork—from model to stylist, art director to assistants—to get everything shot beautifully. After a long day of shooting, I recap on what went well, help the digital tech get the set prepped, and get ready for the next day’s shoot.”
What do you look for in a great pair of jeans?
“The first thing is how comfortable they are and how well they fit me. For the most part, I stick with brands that age well as I own them. I have a pair of selvedge Levi’s that I love—they only look better as I wear them. But my everyday go-to is the basic Levi’s 511. They’re well-constructed and hold up after being worn for a long time.”
Tell us a bit about your personal style—what looks do you prefer?
“I’ve been into the denims lately—I’ve been called out for my Canadian Tuxedo on more than one occasion. My wardrobe consists of a lot of classic pieces, and I love the heritage looks that are in right now—simple pieces that look good together, that you don’t have to spend a lot of time thinking about.”
Eric, Art Director
Wearing Joe’s ‘Brixton’ Slim-Fit Jeans
As an art director, what’s a typical day like for you?
“I spend about half my workdays on a photo set. We begin at 8am, meet the models and crew, start hair and makeup, alter any clothes that need fitting, and organize the day. A big part of my day is selecting the best images the photographers and crew provide me. The days I’m not on-set, I work on administrative stuff—boring.”
Do you have a favorite pair of jeans?
“I wear Levi’s a lot. They’re classic, a little bit understated, and come in a wide range of fits. And I grew up in Levi’s. I usually wear 514s or slims. For this photo shoot, though, I was wearing Joe’s. I liked them quite a bit—really comfortable, with a little stretch in the denim.”
What’s your style—what type of looks do you gravitate toward?
“My style is pretty casual—I wear jeans a lot. But I try to put things together so I look professional. One of the perks of my job is that I see a LOT of clothing and see what’s trending. I try to dress to impress my high school- and college-age kids. If they’re embarrassed to be seen with me, I know I’m on the right track.”
Wearing Nudie ‘Thin Finn’ Skinny-Leg Jeans
How would you describe your personal style?
“This year, I’ve had a lot of fun transforming my style. I’m leaving heritage behind for minimalism and high-quality basics. A lot of guys have gotten to the point where they’re wearing things comically tight. I’ve been trying to go for simple, longer or looser styles. I’m excited about simple graphics and streetwear for the first time in years—but I save most of that for the weekends.”
Any new brands we should keep an eye on this year?
“I still haven’t gotten into a pair of Raleigh Denim yet, but I’ve met the couple that makes them, and they’re wonderful. Their jeans are made and hand-numbered in North Carolina.” [Editor’s note: Check out our video interview with the couple behind Raleigh Denim, Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko.]
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Ready for those new jeans? Look for our new size-finder tool on the product page of selected pairs. (Hint: it’s in the “Size” area, right below where you select your size.)
Start with our Editor’s Picks below. Great washes, great brands—and each of
these styles features our size finder on its product page.
SIZE FINDER-ENABLED JEANS