Have you seen the latest topic on Yahoo Shine’s Get it Guide? Jeans shopping!
Nothing used to scare me more than jeans shopping.
You’d think it would be bathing suits. But it wasn’t. Bathing suits are not such complex garments. They are stretchy. They may not look totally awesome but they fit. With just a little bit of looking, odds are I can find one that stays on me all day long, feels comfy, and covers whatever problem area bugs me the most. And worse comes to worse, I’ll wear it with a pareo or shorts.
You just can’t wear jeans with shorts.
For years I blamed my fear of jeans shopping on my “inconvenient” size. I existed in a no-woman’s zone somewhere between plus (16 and up) and designer (10 and down) sizing. Despite the fact that I wore the “average” size of all US women, I had a hard time finding anything decent to try on at the department stores I liked to shop at. Plus was way too big. Designer was way too small. Nothing fit, or so it seemed whenever I got up the gumption to get undressed and try on a couple of pairs.
How is is even possible, I pondered, for a pair of jeans to be too tight, and too big at the same time? I would struggle to button a pair of low rise jeans only to find I could easily shove my oversized purse down the gap in the back. Forget about those jeans staying up without a pair of Mork from Ork style suspenders. Comfortable? I think not!
I gave up on jeans. I blamed myself, my pregnancies, my genes. I became that girl who never wears jeans.
Then one fateful day I went shopping with a “skinny” friend.
My friend was in peak shape, truly, as she’d been marathon training for months. Size 6. I imagined our outing would be brief and over quickly. It would consist of her trying on three or four pairs of pricey jeans and then laboring over the difficult decision of which pair made her ass look the awesomest.
My friend might not have run that day but she managed to get in a workout. Pair after pair fell to the floor. It wasn’t a matter of her ass not looking awesome enough. It was a matter of the jeans not fitting. Not at all. Too short in the crotch, too wide in the thigh, too baggy in the ass, too small in the hips. Nothing seemed to work.
It was somewhere around the 27th pair that she exhaustively pulled on, that I had a revelation.
Everyone struggles to find the right fitting pair of jeans. Everyone. Nobody – no female body – is exempt.
Fit is intensely personal no matter what our size. We all have different shapes and curves. What looks great on one size 6 looks dreadful on another, and another. To make matters worse, denim can be unyielding. The wrong cut can result in a fit so wrong you have to wriggle your way in horizontally only to be able to drop ’em off without unbuttoning. It’s mysterious and strange but I like to think of it in Harry Potter terms:
“The wand chooses the wizard” was the phrase that was used at Olivander’s wand shop
My phrase is, “The denim chooses the ass”.
That goes for any store you choose to shop at, by the way, whether it’s Target or Macy’s or Neiman Marcus.
It truly doesn’t matter if you are a size 6 or a size 16. You may have more selection in certain stores if you wear certain sizes but nevertheless, you’re probably going to have to try a lot of jeans on and shop around at more than one store before you find your own best fit.
Try to keep an open mind as you try jeans on. Designer jeans are only worth it if they make you look and feel fabulous. By all means spend the big bucks if they do make your ass look awesome – a great pair of jeans is not something that you should feel bad about splurging for. But try to remember that it’s not ultimately about the brand name as much as the fit and feel. A great pair of jeans is like a good friend. Reliable. Ready to be pulled on and called on at a moment’s notice. There for you. They make you like yourself more.
It may surprise you when you do find a great pair. One of my favorite pair of jeans ever came from Old Navy. They cost me a mere $15. Imagine!
I eventually found my fit and bought several pairs of the same style of jeans, with minor variations. I’m a medium rise boot cut or flare leg. I don’t do too much stitching. I only dabble in skinny jeans when I want to wear boots.
My big issue now is that I’ve dropped a couple of sizes since buying my jeans. Back to the dressing room with me!
I’m ready this time. I’m edging back into designer size territory and I’m not afraid to try on 27 pairs. My perfect jeans are out there somewhere.
What are YOUR perfect style/brand/fit of jeans? Visit the Yahoo Shine Get it Guide to vote on the above four styles and see what others have to say.
Ready to go shopping? I love to start my jeans shopping adventures at Nordies which is why I have TWO $50 Nordstrom Gift cards (compliments of the Yahoo Shine Get it Guide) to give away to my Facebook & Twitter followers. I’m giving one card away to one winner from Twitter and one winner from Facebook so be sure to enter both for double the chance to win!
Here’s how to enter:
(one entry per day).
2. Follow Momfluential on Twitter and tweet @Momfluential with
- your favorite jeans style
- the hashtags #JeansShopping & #GetitGuide
- a link to this post (http://ow.ly/7J6BH).
For example: “@Momfluential I only wear skinny jeans #JeansShopping #GetitGuide http://ow.ly/7J6BH ”
(Up to five entries per day).
Note: There will be TWO winners in total. One winner will be chosen at random from Facebook entries and one winner will be chosen at random from Twitter entries. The winners will be chosen Tuesday Dec 6th at noon.
Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post but Yahoo Shine Get It Guide has provided me with two $50 giftcards to share with my readers. I chose Nordstrom because of their unparalleled service and style. It’s a great place to get started in your quest for your perfect pair of jeans and the $50 should help!