For the majority of my adult and adolescent life, I have been in search of the perfect jeans. I have scoured clothing store racks for the most flattering and affordable jeans out there. For most of us, jean shopping is a dreaded occasion that involves trying on numerous pairs, only to leave the store empty handed. Everyone has different problems when searching for jeans and here are mine:
1. I'm tall. At around 6 feet, most straight leg or wide leg jeans look like clam diggers on me so I often get fed up with the hunt for 35" + inseams and revert to skinnies. I'm getting awfully sick of skinny jeans, and I know I'm not alone in this either! I see a lot of ladies out there who are my height who are probably just as frustrated.
2. I have a big butt. I'm not talking massive Kim Kardashian sized, I'm talking slightly larger proportionally in comparison to my waist. It seems like whenever I shop for jeans, I try them on and they fit in the waist and thighs, but when you turn around, it looks like a squished nightmare. Then you go up a size and, sure it fits in the butt, but its baggy everywhere else. I'm getting mad just thinking about it.
That's it! Relatively few hurdles, but alas, no perfect jeans.
Here are a few jeans that have come close, but still, no cigar.
1. BDG Cigarette Mid-Rise Jean in Black Overdye $54
I first saw these in Lauren Conrad's Style book. While my figure is NOTHING like Lauren Conrad's, these are decently priced and decently flattering. I have only seen them sold at Urban Outfitters (which I try to avoid due to the conglomeration of trendy hipsters, and the ridiculous prices they bring), but I recently found out that BDG has its own website with international shipping (http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/BDG). I like that these jeans are mid-rise, and thus, cover my whole backside, but they are VERY skinny and accentuate my calves more than is desired. Another downside to these is that I have yet to find a wash other than Black Overdye (i.e. anything blue) that allows for the same stretch and comfortable fit as these.
2. Levi's Curve ID Modern Bold Curve Skinny Jeans $98
First of all, I have to admit, I have only tried these jeans on in the Levi store (albeit over five times), as, being a poor student, I find the hundred dollar price tag a bit hard to swallow. I really appreciate what Levi was trying to accomplish with their Curve ID line. They recognize that not all women have perfectly proportioned bodies, and they've made jeans that fit almost everybody. The Curve ID line comes in four different fits: The Slight Curve, The Demi Curve, The Bold Curve, and the Supreme Curve. Once again my issue with these is that the maximum inseam is 34". After "finding my Curve ID", I found that I fit into the Bold range. For the first time in years, my butt was happy. One of these days I'm going to bite the bullet and purchase these beauts, whether my credit card likes it or not.
3. I was going to tell you about these great H&M jeans I found that were normal rise and fit my butt (surprising, right?), but because their website is so pathetic I decided not to bother. H&M has cheap jeans (between thirty and fifty bucks), yet it takes eons to sift through all the ill-fitting jeans that are made for mannequins and curveless pre-teens. Only go there if you're feeling particularly confident and particularly patient.
Here I am, at the end of this blog post, feeling unsatisfied. I am twenty-one years of age, and my list of jeans that somewhat fit the bill consists of two measly pairs. It is sad that in order to find decent fitting jeans we have to change our bodies and sculpt our figures in order to fit the norm. I pray that one day I will walk into a clothing store and stumble upon the perfect looking jeans that fit my unique curves. Until that day comes, I'm stuck with my skinnies and jeggings.