I have had one pleasant jeans-buying experience in my life…
Many years ago, about an hour before leaving for vacation, I walked into The Gap looking for a pair of jeans. I hurriedly pulled several pairs off the shelf and ran to the dressing room. The first pair I put on fit like a glove. They were the perfect length…they fit in the waist and the hips…they were tight in all the right places…they made my butt look fantastic. They were my dream jeans. I bought them, left the store and went straight to the airport. I wore those jeans every day of my trip and I absolutely loved them.
And that was the last pleasant experience I’ve had buying jeans. I still have those jeans…they don’t fit anymore…but they are my goal and my motivation to lose weight. Actually, when I got home from my trip, I went back to The Gap to buy a spare pair…just in case something happened to the first ones. They were gone…not a single pair left in any size…and it seemed that they had discontinued that fit.
Ever since then, I’ve been on an endless search for good jeans and I’ve never found a single pair. Everything is either too long or too short…to tight in the hips or too loose in the waist. Too stretchy or too stiff. It’s very frustrating.
I actually found a pair of jeans in January that were ok. They were a bit big in the waist and a little too long…but they served the purpose and I knew they’d only be temporary. However…since I started losing weight they’ve gotten too big. So big, in fact, that the last time I wore them, they kept falling down as I walked. So I’ve been hunting this past week for a pair of jeans that fits me. It’s been an ordeal.
Most stores only carry regular length jeans…so right there, I’ve got a problem…I’m short and I need ankle length. I actually found a pair of jeans at The Gap that fit me well and were a super soft denim…except they were about 9 inches too long. So I ordered the same jeans in the same size, but the ankle length from the website…and they were too tight. I went to Banana Republic…Target…Nordstrom…Kohl’s…basically, any store that sells denim. I tried on about 10 pairs of jeans. I ordered another 8 pairs online.
By Monday night…when the last three pairs of Levi’s I’d ordered arrived and were a bust, I had a bit of a meltdown. My poor mother took the brunt of that when she tried to be helpful and I snapped at her. (Sorry Mom.) I was convinced that I would be jeans-less forever and I no longer cared. In fact…being very dramatic…I told J that I no longer even cared about clothes at all and I didn’t care if anything ever fit me again and I was just going to wear muumuus from now on.
Then last night something wonderful happened. I was on my way to the grocery store and I decided to stop at Dress Barn. I wasn’t looking for jeans…I was looking for summer dresses on sale. But they had jeans. Oodles of them…in different cuts and styles. I decided to go all in and I pulled one pair from each rack. I went into the dressing room with very little hope. The first few pairs were dismissed right away. Another pair fit ok, but the button hole was so small that I had a really hard time even unbuttoning them to try them on, so they were out. Another pair fit ok also, but had a very strange jeweled design down one leg that I didn’t like.
Altogether, I’d rejected 6 pairs and was down to my last pair. As I pulled them on I realized the denim was really soft and I loved the dark rinse. They went on really easy, but I didn’t want to get to excited…though I thought I might have a winner. I buttoned them and zipped them and I held my breath and turned to the mirror and…
They were perfect. They are slightly tapered at the waist so it doesn’t gap…even when I sit down. They were soft and comfortable (thanks to a little stretch). They were tight in the right places and loose in the right places. And the best part…they were $35!
I bought them…and the next size down. (I’m hoping these don’t fit for very long!)
I was so relieved…I finally have jeans that will fit me until I can once again fit into my perfect Gap jeans. No more jeans shopping for me for a long time!
So…do you hate shopping for jeans as much as I do???