Happy New Year!
Yeah I know we are already almost halfway through January, but as usual, the beginning of the year was crazy again this year. This year was stubborn colds not wanting to leave the house, and then my oldest going back to school, and of course, me trying to keep up with work.
I actually wrote a “Let’s Talk Jeans” post back in September, but every single one of the pair of jeans I talked about in that post I have gotten rid of due to not fitting anymore! And I have some other recommendations now.
Over the course of the past 6 months, I’ve lost some weight. Mainly due to cutting significantly inflammatory foods out of my way of eating, and then actually staying away from the foods that do make me sick. I am proud of myself for sticking with this way of eating as I am feeling less sick all the time. But I strongly dislike talking about weightloss, it is sticky topic. And I don’t want to say that the ultimate goal of cutting out foods is to lose weight, because it isn’t, but I want to be proud of actually losing weight with all of my health issues? I don’t know, it’s a push and pull subject for me.
Anyway! Due to having lost weight, none of my jeans fit. Like none. Pulling my belt as tight as it could go didn’t even help! My pants were falling off of me, and I ended up getting rid of close to 8 pairs of jeans (all thrift store finds over the past two years). I have been dreading this moment. The last time I had to go jean shopping, I gave up after trying on just a few pairs as nothing fit or felt right. As I prepped for the dreaded jean shopping, I happened across this incredible YouTube video!
Seriously. Stop reading this post and go watch it!! I discovered that I had subconsciously already doing almost all of her tricks for getting a pair of jeans to fit correctly. But watching this video helped pinpoint and gave me a solid starting place with looking for new jeans. I also knew about watching back pocket spacing, but the biggest lightbulb moment was the length of the zipper in comparison to the crotch seams. Here’s a picture of what I mean.
This is a good example of something that WOULD NOT look good on me. See how long the distance is between the end of the zipper and the inseam? That long distance means that that area has no support and on me, it starts bunching up and horizontally creasing and honestly gets really uncomfortable. Keeping this in mind, I purposefully picked jeans out in the stores this morning that had about 1 1/2″ to 2″ gap between the end of the zipper and the inseam.
Here’s an example of a better gap between zipper and inseam. I actually ordered the jeans in the picture above, so we’ll see if the gap is small enough when I actually can try them on!
Okay, now, back pockets. Basically, long story short, you want the back pockets of your jeans to sit evenly on your butt. I’d say you don’t want more than like a 4 finger wide distance between the pockets in the middle. Otherwise, the further apart the pockets get, the flatter and wider your rear end will look.
Moving on to the jeans I tried on this morning. Over all, I tried on 13 pairs of jeans. I tried on mainly short jeans (jeans that specifically said they were a short style) and I went to four different stores.
- American Eagle
- Lucky Brand Jeans
- Banana Republic
The average price tag of the 13 jeans was $44. Target’s brand Universal Threads was the cheapest with an average of $26 per pair of jeans, and Lucky Brand was the most expensive with their jeans (when full priced) ranging about $110. I’m going to start in the middle though with American Eagle.
I gotta say I really appreciate the new sizing and lengths that AE now offers with their jeans. They even offer an x-short length now, which hits my ankles PERFECTLY. I did not get pictures of the first two pairs of jeans I had ordered from AE, but I did get pictures of the last two pairs I tried on.
I’m not only short (5’1″) I am also very short waisted, which means high-rise jeans are either actual high rise jeans, or they are up to my rib-cage. That means I have to look for mid-rise or low-rise jeans if I want a high-rise appearance. Which, given my body shape, a high-rise look is actually what looks best. I am half in between pear shaped and hourglass, so high-rise helps bring in my waist shape and defines my curves. The first two jeans I tried on from AE were their new super high-rise jeans. I literally felt like the jeans were up to my armpits. And, with those high-rise jeans, the gap between bottom of the zipper and inseam was quite wide. I felt like I couldn’t pull the jeans up high enough to stop the horizontal bunching across the top of my thighs. That also meant I felt really claustrophobic with how high the waistband was getting.
Needless to say, I returned both those pairs. They were both super high-rise jeans, just different styles. Since I got a little bit of time out by myself this morning, I returned to AE and actually pulled a few pairs of jeans off the shelves and looked at that gap in person to see whether they’d fit me or not. I tell you what, seeing how wide that gap is between zipper and inseam will save you a lot of time with trying on jeans!
Now, in store I grabbed a mid-rise jegging and an actual low-rise jegging. I didn’t realize the darker pair was low-rise until after I tried them. Surprise surprise, the low-rise jegging fit incredibly well. As you can see from the pictures below
Sorry for how bad the lighting is! This pair is a size 8 short for reference. I really liked how the jeans fell right at my ankles and there was no bunching or creasing across the top of my thighs. The zipper ended in a really spot, and while I would prefer to have the pockets a tad bit closer together in the back, the pockets weren’t too bad either.
The gap between bottom of the zipper and inseam wasn’t *terrible* in this pair, but it was just pushing that comfort zone and was starting to create creasing across my thighs and I felt like I couldn’t pull the jeans up enough. Again, the pocket spacing is pretty decent so no complaints there!
The first pair of jeans above is one of the two pairs that really fit well. I am going to wait until they go on sale though before buying them! But it was nice to know I have a solid option for a well fitting pair of jeans there.
I next walked in to Gap but after looking at all of their jeans, I didn’t see a single pair I felt like would fit right and I wanted to try on. Every single pair had a rather short zipper and an even wider gap between end of the zipper and inseam. Since it’s been snowing here, that meant I didn’t have to take off my thick socks and snow boots again to try on a pair of pants.
Next store was Lucky Brand Jeans. A friend had recommended them, and as I have never tried any of that brand’s jeans on, I figured now would be a good time to do so.
Lucky Brand Jeans
I had already looked around online at Lucky Brand’s jeans and felt a bit optimistic that their jeans might actually fit right. The first thing I saw when walking in to that store was that the jeans were on sale for $50. As that was about my budget, I was really quite interested now to try on a few pairs. After the experience I had just had with American Eagle, I went straight to the low-rise jeans. And I’m glad I did. I tried on three pairs; two Stella Skinnies, and one Lollita Crop.
I was quite happy when I pulled the first pair on. The only two small things I didn’t like was that they were a little long and the material had that slightly itchy brand new denim feeling. And the zipper ended in a good spot too. I always have to wear a belt with any pair of jeans I wear, no matter how well they fit or don’t. These jeans definitely needed a belt, but overall I was impressed with how well they fit. I didn’t like them quite as much as the AE jeggings, but they were a close second. And back pocket spacing? Very happy with that.
Now these were the jeans I ended up buying. Hit at the right spot on my ankles, felt well fitted and supportive (thanks Endometriosis swelling) around my abdomen and there wasn’t any creasing or bunching at the top of my thighs. I especially like the pretty consistent over all dark coloring. I prefer dark jeans, especially since they give the illusion of lengthening my legs! Oh, and there was absolutely no gaping at the back of the waistband either.
The pair of Lollita crops I tried on weren’t even worth taking a picture of. The ankles were too wide, it felt like I would have to continually be pulling the jeans up just so they would sit in the right spot….and they weren’t on sale.
The next store I stopped in was Banana Republic. Quite a posh looking store inside, but I found a table of 60% jeans, and grabbed two pairs and headed back to try them on. The material didn’t feel terrible, but compared to the Lucky Brand jeans I had just tried on, it felt cheap.
As I don’t remember the names of these jeans or the prices, I won’t even link to them. I felt like it wasn’t worth it because they did not fit very well. I honestly didn’t mind the rear of either pair of jeans. The back fit well, the legs and length was okay, but the crotch area – absolute no. This is a good example of the zipper being *ALMOST* long enough, but it was just short enough that it started creasing and bunching in as soon as I put them on. Both pairs had the same issue. Besides, I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to buy anything from Banana Republic…that store had a really weird energy.
Just a note, no matter how pushy or in your face a sales associate gets, please remember you have absolute control over whether you like what you’re trying on or not! I had multiple sales people trying to push the jeans on me that I was trying on today. The banana republic gal was really pushy and tried to get me to try on their other jeans. I politely declined because I had already looked at them and saw the zippers were the same length and I knew it wouldn’t fit right.
Target’s Universal Threads
Alright, I saved Target for last. I tried on 4 different pairs of their Universal Thread’s brand jeans. I have not bought a pair of their jeans, but their jeggings are close to the top of my “these fit good” list. I tried a pair of Curvy Skinny, High-Rise Skinny, Mid-Rise Skinny, and Mid-Rise Jeggings. I need to go back to my local Target, because there was a pair I had tried on a few weeks ago that fit really well, but I didn’t find those today.
I tried the Curvy Skinny on first, and it didn’t feel right. Lots of bunching around the pocket area, and horizontal creasing across the bottom of the zipper. I’m not entirely pleased with the spacing of Universal Thread’s back pockets on their jeans, but again, it isn’t terrible! I think these jeans would work for someone who was more curvy and I would recommend, if it’s possible, to size down for the jeans to fit okay.
okay, I should have known by now, but I simply cannot do high-rise jeans! Once again, I had a bunch of creasing across the top of my thighs and it felt like I couldn’t pull them up high enough. I think if you were a little taller, these would work well. I liked the fit otherwise!
Mid-rise was a lot better in regards to the horizontal creasing across the top of my thighs. Still not absolutely great, but just about wearable! The length was perfect, and I really liked the softer material of these jeans. The spacing of the back pockets was really nice too.
These ones definitely fit the best out of the four I tried on at Target. Still a bit of horizontal creasing, but I’m willing to bet if I had tried on a low-rise jegging, it would have fit perfectly!
So it was a successful day, despite the dreaded business of trying to find jeans that fit my short curvy figure! I hope this post helps and gives you a starting place for finding jeans that fit your own body well!
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