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Shopping for Jeans

Not a pleasant subject. 1.35 inches of rain is much more pleasant, though there is a hole in my cabin roof, courtesy of some critter not likely to have been a woodchuck.

Jeans. Frustration city. Women come in different sizes and shapes. I guess guys do too. But usually guys don't have this waist/hip issue.

I finally came to the DUH! conclusion that it is getting cold and I won't fit into my old jeans until mid-winter and I had better break down and buy a pair in a size I swore I would never wear again. Hopefully I won't wear the new pair out and instead they will get too loose.

So I went (growling) to a popular store where I had previously bought jeans sized as "relaxed fit" through the hips and thighs. Because that's how I'm shaped. Especially right now. Jeans never fit me in the waist, I got used to the idea that they will have a gap and just do the best I can. While I swore I would never wear hip-huggers again, being of a certain age and having worn them the first time around, I have to admit they eliminate the waist measurement issue.

Guess what? Popular chain store has completely revamped their sizing. (more growling)

They now have jeans in 3 types: curvy, average, and straight from waist to hip. I actually have friends who are on the "straight from waist to hip" line, but frankly, they're thin and athletic. A nice (grrrrr) salesgirl offered to help me size myself for these revolutionary new "fitted" jeans. However, she refused to believe that I might fit the curvy style, no matter what I told her. She gave me 4 pairs of the other 2 kinds and only 1 of the curvy fit ones. Oh and the sizing? Some bizzaro scale from 1 to 5 or more. With no correlation between the types that I could tell. She had me try on a size 4 in average and a size 1 in curvy. Gee, guess which pair actually fit me in the waist? Would that be the jeans described as fitting women with a 10-13 inch drop from waist to hips? Ya think?

She still refused to believe me when I told her. (continued growling) So I showed her how the average and straight pairs had a 3-4 inch gap around my waist when sized appropriately through the hips. She told me the thighs on the curvy style would be too loose for me. I stared at her. To me, it's f'ing obvious where I'm currently carrying excess weight. Apparently not to her. And, although these are stretch jeans and although women are wearing them tight, I have no desire to pretend to be 20 years younger than I actually am. Nor any to show every nasty bulge through my hips. Nor to wear Spanx to avoid showing same. Jeans are for comfort. She told me that they should be tightly fitted with only the ability to sit being important. Ha.

It is possible that this pair is a teensy bit loose in the legs. A hot wash will probably take care of that. The legs are, sadly, flared. Another style I left behind. So I had to buy the regular length instead of my normal petite. Because short bell bottoms look a lot more stupid than short straight legs. So now I do look like I did in high school with the flared bottoms covering my feet completely because I'm also not the type who wears heels. I actually rolled them up today to avoid soaking them in the wet grass when I let the chickens out.

I have achieved temporary jeans, and emerged victorious from the store. Still growling, though.

See? I said I was curvy and loopy.

Frog Out



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Oct. 25th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
I can't buy jeans to fit either, and I'm shaped differently than you. They're always too short through the rise. Spandex eases matters a little, but really. Is anyone shaped like these things?
Oct. 25th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have that problem too. long-waisted and short-legged. I thought Levi's had it right when they cut the jeans to fit with a machine in special stores, but the price was just too much. Lee's seem to work for me most of the time. Not just now, though. Have to keep losing weight first. And that's another reason for the current fit...losing weight in the waistline first.

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Oct. 25th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
No! Isn't this where you buy 5 pairs so you'll have them for the next 10 years?
Oct. 25th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Even here in Texas we've had a cold snap and I have to dig out my jeans. Since moving to Austin last spring I've been wearing only shorts and a T-shirt. I've even had to pull out my heavy coat for when I go outside at night to smoke on the porch and overhear the neighbors and their fetishes. ;)
Oct. 25th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, the Texas blogs have been mentioning the change in the weather. Liz Moon mentioned how cold her study is again with its north-facing window.
Oct. 25th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Curvy women are yummy!

It's no fun to shop for clothes alone. If you'd have a friend with you the salesgirl would never have gotten away with giving you the wrong jeans.
Oct. 25th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Mom and I used to go together sometimes. But I'm usually alone. I have the coolest virtual friends from all over, but it's tough for them to be present for a basic shopping trip. A craft show would be worth the travel, but not going to a franchise for a pair of jeans and hear me growl that I need this size again.

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Oct. 25th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
And my flares are happily dragging in the puddles today and my wet ankles are badges of honor after a summer of drought. But in Vancouver, this dragging-in-puddles thing would be pretty commonplace.
Oct. 25th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
I too am familiar with the gaping waist. After my first knee surgery, I ended up with quads that were so big that I had to buy jeans 3 sizes bigger than normal - and pray that they fit my quads tightly enough to hold them up, because there was no way that my waist was going to help any. I could actually stick both fists in the waist of my pants with room to spare.

Maybe you should have told her that if she didn't give you the size requested you would find another 'fine' establishment to visit, and post haste? Or I guess you could've just threatened her. Heh. Is there anyone out there who doesn't hate shopping for pants? (By the way, try checking out truejeans.com sometime. Good site, just too bad that the prices are through the roof.)
Oct. 26th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
I don't that I have ever seen so many responses to one subject. If we are all so dissatisfied with jean sizing, hasn't someone figured out that there's a vast untapped market? We settle. I have no waist, so I buy men's jeans, alway have.
Here's a secret, Oz and I share genes, not jeans. Totally opposite in shape, apple and pear.
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