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Let’s Talk Jeans! – Short & Curvy Edition

wearing the only pair of jeans that fit right now – that are also falling apart

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
  • Target

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.

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

AE Ne(X)t Level Jegging, Midnight Blue – size 8 short – $49.95

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.

AE Ne(X)t Level 360 High-Waisted Jegging, Darkest Dazzler – size 8 short – $49.95

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.

Stella Low Rise Skinny Jean, size 8/29 – $50 (at time of posting!)

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.

Stella Low Rise Skinny Jean, Twilight Blue, size 8/29 – $50 (at time of posting!)

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.

Banana Republic

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.

(Similar Jeans) Women’s Mid-Rise Curvy Skinny Jeans – Universal ThreadTM Dark Wash – size 8/29 short – $24.99

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.

Women’s High-Rise Skinny Jeans – Universal ThreadTM Dark Wash – size 8 short – $27.99

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!

Women’s Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans – Universal Thread™ Dark Wash – size 8 short – $24.99

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.

Women’s Mid-Rise Jeggings – Universal Thread™ Dark Wash – size 8 – $24.99

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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Let’s Talk Jeans!

Hello Beauties! While I’m sitting here sweating in 90 degree weather, my mind is already days ahead to the cooler weather and JEANS! Colorado weather is nuts, y’all! We had 70’s for about a week, then it jumped back up to 90. I was so ready to start pulling out sweatshirts, pullovers, and sweaters! Now, jeans, one of the topics I used to HATE as a young teenager, and up to the beginning of my 20s. Being a curvy being, and having a butt and thighs AND calves that are well endowed, finding pants/jeans that fit was nigh impossible. I believe my first pair of jeans was a size 6 (?) and that was around the age of 13. I wasn’t able to find anything else that fit my butt and thighs. I think my remembrance of the sizing is a bit off, especially since my parents (and consequently myself) didn’t believe in jeans being fitted or tight. I still remember how weird it felt to put on skinny jeans for the first time and how “exposed” I felt having pants that practically clung to my legs. Over the past 4 years, skinny jeans have become a major closet staple in my wardrobe and I’ve discovered some of my favorite brands and not only that, I know which brands will fit the more curvy shape! Okay, let’s start with one of the cheapest pairs of jeans I’ve bought [brand new] and that fit phenomenally well. Wax Denim Slim Fit Stretchy Jeans – $18 [average cost] I got a pair of these last fall/winter and boy oh boy are they quite comfortable, stretch well, and my only complaint is that the inner thigh area is starting to sort of wear thing. At the very least, that area is getting a little pilled. I typically wear a [stretchy] size 10, but since these seem to run in juniors sizing, I got a size 11.

TIP: if you add these to a wishlist on Amazon then turn on lightning deal notifications, you will get notified if these ever go on sale.

Me wearing the Wax jeans at the beginning of the year
So these next few brands are going to be pricey, but to be honest, I have never bought any of these brands of jeans full price. I find most of my jeans at the thrift store, or online thrift stores, or deeply discounted on places like Nordstrom Rack.
Articles of Society Carly Prague Cropped$64 [average cost] Bear with me, yes these are pricey, but it is possible to get them ridiculously discounted. I got my pair from Nordstrom Rack during their bi-annual sale (i think?) for $14. Having never tried this brand before, it was a risky move getting them. But I checked the sizing chart before hitting order, and wow I wear these jeans almost daily. That is, besides when it’s 90 degrees outside! They have a lot of stretch, but not too much as they still hold their shape even after multiple wears. My abdomen is really sensitive to pressure and I have found that I can comfortably wear these jeans for several hours without my stomach starting to both me. Because I’m so short, even though these are specifically cropped, they are literally exact ankle length jeans. I almost always have the hem rolled up though on my skinny jeans.

TIP: If you like to wear booties (short ankle boots) during the fall, always roll your skinny/straight jean cuffs up so there’s at least a half inch of skin between the top of your boot and the bottom of your jeans.

Kut From The Kloth Catherine Boyfriend Jeans $89 [average cost]  I fell in love with Kut From The Kloth jeans about 5 years ago when I got a pair in a Stitch Fix box. It was so exciting to find jeans that actually fit and were so comfortable! I remember spending hours browsing eBay looking for the same fit and style of jeans. I ended up getting three pairs of Kut jeans for about $35 for all 3. I wore those jeans constantly, but for some reason I got rid of them. However, I have come back around to Kut jeans over the past year and a half and have found a pair at the thrift store and a few pairs from eBay that are still in my drawer. What I love about Kut jeans are how well made they are. The material is on the thicker side (more durability) but there is still a bit of stretch to them. I will say that for these jeans, make sure to know your measurements well before trying to get a pair. Another note, if you like skinny jeans that are fitted around the ankles, these aren’t the jeans for you. Their skinnys are always way too loose/big around my ankles, and even rolling up the hem doesn’t really correct that issue.

TIP: if you find a brand of jeans that you REALLY like and fit you well but are super pricey, look them up on eBay, Swap, Schoola, ThredUp, and Poshmark!

American Eagle Skinny Jegging – $39 [average cost] I am hesitant to add AE jeans into this list, because as I mentioned in my bralette post, I have a very strong love/hate relationship with AE jeans. I do not feel like their sizing is very consistent nor is it reliable. I was so frustrated the last time I actually bought jeans from one of their stores. I had lost a bunch of weight post-pregnancy and yet instead of going down a size or two, I had to go UP a size! BUT! If you can find older styles in thrift stores or online, go for it. The two pairs I have currently of AE jeans are both thrift store finds and are older styles.

TIP: If you are dependent on jeans having a good amount of stretch in them like I am, avoid the Artist style at AE. Avoid any style that does not contain at least 20% or more of stretch or elastane. Stretch is an absolute must for any amount of curves.

Okay, before I wrap up this post, I want to talk a little bit about how to measure for online jean shopping. As I do most of my shopping for clothes online (I know, I know, it’s risky), I have had to get really competent with knowing my measurements and knowing how to look up different brands’ sizing charts to see where I fit. There are really only two measurements you need to know when buying jeans online, okay, well three measurements. Waist. Hips. Length – for if you’re really short like me.
Measuring the body is one of the most important things when making clothing. If you measure wrong or don’t measure at all chances are your item will not fit correctly. Below is a guide that…
Just pay attention to the bottom two measurement lines https://www.pinterest.com/pin/36521446960604469/
Once you know your waist and hips measurements, you can usually find both of those measurements on any sizing chart. For example my waist is about 29-30″ right now, and my hips are almost consistently 40-41″. This puts me almost always at a size Large for pants or a size 10 in most brands.

One last TIP: when looking for jeans at an in person thrift store, look for the material or color that looks like really good quality. You should be able to tell by touch too if the jeans are a good material. It also takes time and hands on tactile experience to figure that out, so don’t get discouraged!

I’ll add more in another post, but I hope this helps for now!   **This post may contain affiliate links. This means I get a percentage of whatever you purchase through a link I’ve posted at no extra cost to you. I use affiliate links to help a little with keeping this blog up and running. 
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Bralettes – My latest *COMFORT* obsession

Hello Beauties,

Ugh, I just can’t seem to keep up with posting. This past break hasn’t meant bad things though. I have been doing fairly well lately and the month of July was actually “crisis” free with my health. Considering every other month this year has contained at least one crisis with my health, it was a welcome break.

I’m going to do double posts today because there is something I want to write about that has been on my mind for a while and I think I’m at a place now where I can comfortably write about it. But first, let’s talk BRALETTES!

When I was a young budding woman, I was so desperate to having bigger breasts, that I almost exclusively wore push-up/padded underwire bras. I picked out and tried on and bought all of my own bras, and because of that, ended up wearing the wrong size for many years. However, when I had my first child, nursing changed things a lot. And that’s when I found out that I had not only been wearing the wrong bra size, my bra size had also changed! I used to wear a 36B, turns out I’m a 34D, and was a DD when I was nursing the first time around. Second time, second kid, I stayed consistently a 34D. Even after having gone through the post-nursing deflation, I’m still a on-the-smaller-side 34D. One of the things I worried about as a young girl, was having even a smidgen of a shadow of a nipple poking through my bra. I will not elaborate on this, but I am a childhood sexual abuse survivor, and from a very young age, breasts, the female body, was over-sexualized for me and not feeling full “protected” around my chest made me feel not safe.

This was part of why I felt like I had to look bigger “up top” than I really was. It was difficult for me to accept my body shape and size and it’s only been in the past three-ish years that I have been able to get to a place where I not only am okay with the shape and size of my body, but I actually have a decent relationship with my own skin.

With the addition of several more chronic illnesses, having dealt with significant rib pain the past 4 1/2 years, I have found myself surprisingly drifting away from underwire bras. Which, okay let me see if I can get the significance of this across – as a young girl, and most of my current adult life, I have felt a deep drive to make sure that my breasts look big, or at least bigger than they possibly/probably are. So to feel 100% comfortable NOT wearing an underwire/push-up bra is kind of a really big deal. My mindset has shifted, and for the past year and a half, my sole focus on my body has been comfort; still adoring and loving staying fashionable, but comfort is definitely key.

I went to visit a friend in April and she mentioned that she wears just bralettes now. I was still wearing underwire bras, but the idea of wearing bralettes began to get more and more appealing. I had my gallbladder removed 2 1/2 years ago but my ribs still both me on the right hand side. I strongly suspect my endometriosis has crawled up there, but eh that’s a topic for another time.

Anyway, since April I have kept my eyes peeled for bralette sales and specifically kept a look out for padded bralettes. I absolutely cannot do unpadded. Which is a bit annoying since there are some gorgeous UNpadded bralettes out there! I have managed to find some really good and comfortable bralettes. I don’t believe I’ve spent more than $15 on one pair, most $10 or less (or even for a few, $5 and less). I used to feel really uncomfortable about having any bra lines showing through my shirt, but one of the things I really adore about the bralettes I have, is most have gorgeous lacy straps, and when those show around my neckline I feel like it doesn’t matter if a texture shows through my shirt.

Really quickly though before I start sharing links, there is something super annoying about sharing my joy of bralettes with you. Bralettes are made with A-C (and some D’s) cups in mind. Anyone really bigger than a D/DD will find bralettes aren’t supportive enough. This is really frustrating to me because I’d love for all of my friends to thoroughly enjoy the comfort I’ve discovered in bralettes. So keeping that in mind, I am always on the look out for a supportive AND pretty bralette for the bigger gals. 

Okay, so! Here are links and references for bralettes I’ve found that are super comfortable, easy to wear, and decently priced.

Let’s look at American Eagle Aerie first. I have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see some of Aerie’s latest ad campaigns. I’m glad to see more body types and presentations being shown in their ads. That being said, I kind of really hate AE’s clothes. I feel like their jean sizes are getting smaller and smaller. BBbbuuuttt, that’s a gripe for another time! I have had at least one Aerie bra in my drawer at almost all times. I really liked some of their older styles, but lately, I did get two bralettes and it was worth it grabbing them while they were on sale!

 

Aerie Bralettes (all images from American Eagle ae.com and all prices current of post time)

Product Image   Aerie Boho Padded Bralette – on sale for $17.97

(there are consistently deal codes, so I’d recommend waiting for one of those codes to show up)

 

Product Image    Aerie Lace Racerback Bralette – on sale for $14.97

– uhm, so the model wearing this one is definitely a much larger size than a C or D cup!! This makes me excited! I would love to hear if any of my friends who do not fit a typical bralette size can fit comfortably in this particular bra!

 

Image for the product   Aerie Softest Lace Classic Bralette – on sale for $13.77

– this one is actually NOT padded, but I happened to have extra removable cups I wasn’t using and cut two small slits on the lining of this bra and just wear it with cups. The cups do shift funny since the bra wasn’t made with removable cups, but I’m going to try to stitch something in place to keep the cups where they need to. BUT! I will say that this bra in particular is incredibly soft and comfortable. I really like that it is convertible – i.e. regular straight straps can be turned in to an “x” back.

 

Here’s the link to all of Aerie’s bralettes! I am loving the selection, and the one thing about AE or Aerie bras, they are made to last…at least for more than a year!

 

Target Bralettes(all images from Target.com and all prices current of post time)

   Xhilaration Longline Bralette – on clearance for $11 (but I did see several IN STORE for $4-5)

– I have this bra in a navy blue (found at a thrift store) and the mint. This bralette is very comfortable, but the only thing that can get annoying is because I’m short-waisted, the longline part rolls up when I wear it. Not enough for me to not want to wear the bra, but enough that I adjust the bra several times during the day if it bothers me.

 

  Gilligan & O’Malley Lack Back bralette – $14.99

– I do not have this bra right now, but I love the comfort/sleep bra look of it. It is padded, and looks like it would fit smoothly under a top.

 

  Gilligan & O’Malley Nursing Bralette – $16.99

– I will never need a nursing bra again, but for my nursing mama friends, I have LOVED Gilligan & O’Malley nursing bras in the past!!!

 

  Xhilaration Push-up Racerback Lace Bralette – $12.99 with a 15% coupon code for online and cartwheel code in store

– I have this bralette in a gray and I should have gotten a Large instead of a Medium. It just doesn’t fit as well as my other bras. It is still comfortable, but I also feel like if I were to get a bigger size it would fit in the cup area, but the band would be way too loose.

Here’s a link to all of Target’s bralettes 

 

Aeropostale Bralettes(all images from aeropostale.com and all prices current of post time)

LLD Classic Lace Bralette  LLD Classic Lace Bralette – $12.00

– this bra runs small and it about the same quality as the Aerie bralettes

 LLD Geo Lace Racerback Bralette – $24.50

– I didn’t get this bra, but one similar to it, again, I’d say they run small, but are quite comfortable. Also, I’d say this isn’t worth spending almost $25 on. Wait till it’s on sale.

Here’s the link to all of Aeropostale’s Bralettes 

Those are all of the bras I either own, or have tried on in store. I know there are a few other that are considered “cult favorites” but when I realized that first of all, they’re not padded, and they’re pricey, I didn’t want to share a link to those. I am all about affordable fashion and paying over $30 for a bra that I wouldn’t even be comfortable in is not worth it. Let me know what you all think, or if you have an obscure place to get bras and would like to share!

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