Thursday, January 28, 2010

But I dont want skinny jeans!

I'm not sure when it happened exactly, but at 26, I see that I've migrated to some sort of pre-middle age demographic for retailers.

First I began to mock the clothing in Express as "hooker wear" (Glittery tank tops? No thanks) when I had happily shopped there in 2005-2006.   (I will admit they still make a good work trouser.  I'm wearing a pair now.)  Then, I learned how well made pants and knits flatter my shape, which ruled out shopping primarily at AE and Old Navy. 

As my salary grew (not by leaps and bounds, but enough) I began to see clothing as more of an investment and $50 became a steal for a well cut pant.  Now, I find myself in this odd middle ground where I'm not ready to spend three-digit prices on clothes from J. Crew but my go-to retailers are embracing new trends that I don't care for.

Shopping for new jeans made this painfully obvious.  During my closet clean-out (see below) I realized that most of my jeans were falling apart at the bottom, too short thanks to the dryer, or just plain ill-fitting.  So, I hit NorthPark with the (terribly naive) idea that I would pick up a new pair of Express or Limited jeans to replace my old ones.  It was then that I realized how much trends and I had changed in 3 years.  Every jean I tried on barely contained my thighs (and I may not be tiny, but I'm definitely a normal sized person) and I suddenly went from a size 8/10 to a 14.  Unacceptable.  My inquiries about 'regular jeans' were met with amused looks from tiny saleswomen.

Next I went to Gap and did something I never do... I actually asked for help.  Much to my surprise, I found that the Gap Long &  Lean jean is actually not a skinny jean.  (The name is misleading!)  I have not been so happy with a pair of jeans in a long time.  People ask if I've lost weight and I ended up getting 2 more pairs over the next few weeks - plus another similar pair with a missing button for $12.

Check out the jeans: Long & Lean

So, everybody get rid of your ratty old jeans.  Ask for help if you need it.  It's hard not being 21. 

P.S. You get 25% off at Gap/BR/Old Navy today if you use their credit card!


  1. Haley,
    I am in love with your blog!

  2. So glad! I can't wait to see you guys again this summer (hopefully sooner, though)!



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