Let’s face it, shopping for jeans is the absolute worst. No matter what your shape or size, you almost never hear a woman saying, “I have such an easy time shopping for jeans.” It’s always a painful process of jumping around inside a fitting room in frustration, and usually settling for whatever pair fits the least badly. But no more. Our Chicago team tried Zipfit Denim, a new customization service that is making the pain of jean shopping a thing of the past.
Zipfit prides itself on finding perfect fitting designer clothing in the brands customers already know and love. They use a combination of educated fit experts and custom technology to find the perfect fit. And they will come to your home for fittings!
The company began as a service for men, who historically (as we all know) are the worst at shopping. Fit Experts would come straight to their home and get them fitted for a great pair of jeans. So if your guy is still rocking hole-y cargos or the same stone wash jeans from his college days, we highly suggest calling in Zipfit to save the day.
Recently, they have also expanded to include fittings for women (insert praise hand emojis), featuring brands including AG, Paige, Hudson, J Brand and more. And while they still do home visits, Chicagoans can also visit their West Loop offices for fittings, style advice and shopping. Ali and I chose to meet at the office so we could have full access to their team and all their denim offerings. We were greeted with wine, smiles and a personal stylist for each of us.
Now, full disclosure time: Both Ali and I have always had trouble finding jeans that fit the hip-to-waist ratio on our hourglass figures. There have been plenty of texts, snap chat dressing room photos and grumblings traded between us over the years while we try to find a pair of jeans that cover our butts but don’t gap at the waist. Ali especially has trouble because she has a small waist, but is also a runner and so has more muscular legs. I am not a runner (no thank you ever) but have always carried a little extra junk in the trunk and have issues finding jeans that make my butt look perky but not in-your-face. So, needless to say, we went in to our appointments with lots of needs, some insecurity, but also high hopes.
Our teams got straight to work, measuring everything from waists, hips and even calf sizes to make sure we had jeans that fit like a glove. We talked through some of our favorite brands (Hudson for me and Paige for Ali), and why we liked those jeans. Then the fashion show began!
Ali went straight for her Paige styles, but vacillated most between a mid and high rise style. I tried on what felt like every jean in their archives, only to also choose Paige (my first pair ever) as well. We both chose skinny’s to tuck into our boots, and Ali eventually went high, while I chose mid-rise. The color was a whole other conversation, complete with laying out a variety of jeans in front of the window to make sure we got just the right shade.
Our stylists then pinned and tucked to make sure our jeans fit each curve of our bodies. Ali had hers fitted at the waist and calves, while I had mine tucked in at the butt, and hemmed slightly so I could go for a slightly cropped style that hit just above my ankle bone without losing any of the skinny-ness of the jean.
We then sadly said goodbye to our denim, which was sent to tailors for custom fitting, and mailed back to us about a week later. When I got my jeans in the mail, I put them on and was immediately in love. The slightly cropped length was just what I wanted for this fall, making them perfect for some of the lace-up heels and ankle booties.
Ali especially loved the customization options, saying, “I always have a problem with jeans fitting my waist so the fact that they got them to fit there, plus brought in the calf area was incredible! Plus, even with how short I am, I still loved how the jeans fit me lengthwise!”
I’ll be rocking my pair for my birthday this year and Ali has declared hers “easily my favorite pair of jeans I own.” And if those aren’t believable testimonials, I don’t know what else would be.
In addition to jeans, you can also get fitted for shirts, shorts and accessories like socks, but denim is still their bread and butter.
Editor’s Note: Denim was gifted for review, but opinions and experience are all our own.