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Jeans Whine

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Susan1, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Susan1

    Susan1 Well-Known Member

    Hi. I like to come here to vent! And to see if anybody else has the same problems or any solution. (This post is not for all you skinny 20 somethings!!!)

    Am I the only person in the world who cannot wear stretch jeans? (Yeah, I know there are a lot of women who SHOULDN'T.) I am thin, but what weight I have gained over the years is in my thighs. It doesn't help that I don't have hips. I finally bought a new pair of summer jeans - Lee - that fit in the dressing room. The first time I stood up at work (we get to wear jeans on Friday), there was a big wrinkle across the front of both legs that did not go away when I stood up. And when I sat down again, the area between my hip bones was all bunchy. So they stretch out and don't stretch back?

    I can't wear mid-rise jeans because I am high waisted (and remember, no hips). I tried on a pair yesterday, and they fit in most places, but they were so stretchy and below my stomach, I could slide them them off without unbuttoning them (not zipped). I cannot wear jeans that would show my navel. Geez.

    I've spent the last 25 years wearing straight or tapered leg, natural waist, Calvin Kleins. I've probably had 10 pairs. I have three left that fit well enough. Why doesn't anybody make normal regular DENIM jeans anymore? (Not $300 designer ones, please!) Do I need to go to Kmart and buy baggy elastic waist jeans? Now that I am in my 50's, am I supposed to dress like it? Other 50 something's don't.

    I used to be so thin, I would tuck sweaters in my jeans to keep them up. I would have given anything for the "skinny" jeans back then. Now I weight 20 lbs. more than I did back then and have an average body for my height. But jeans have changed in the opposite direction.

    I bought two pairs (different washes). I haven't taken the tags off the second ones. I am going to have to take them back.

  2. Really

    Really I need a new title

    Four words -- Not Your Daughter's Jeans. They're pricier, but you can often find them on sale for under $100. They have stretch, but it's stretch that works. And they're not mid- or low-rise. Rather perfect for us 50-something types.
  3. Bonita

    Bonita Active Member

    I hate jeans. Haven't owned a pair in ten years. I'm a size 8 and they make me look fat and they are scratchy.
  4. Karina1974

    Karina1974 Well-Known Member

    ^^^ Hear, hear. I don't wear them either.
  5. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

    I thought I was the only person in the world who doesn't wear jeans.
  6. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    Second this. I have three pairs. They stretch out, they stretch back, they're comfortable and flattering especially in the dark blue bootcut style. I've picked up cheapies at Nordstrom Rack.

    They run big, I'm a 10 in other jeans but an 8 in this brand.
  7. Holley Calmes

    Holley Calmes Well-Known Member

    Third here! I wear nothing else, and you can find them on sale. I believe there are some other less expensive lines coming on now because NYDJs have become so popular. I know Nordstrom has them, and Nordstrom Rack has great prices....

    I do hear you...to the max!
  8. lurvylurker

    lurvylurker Active Member

    Me too!! Haven't owned a pair for probably 15 years now.
  9. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    Could the "no jeans" people start their own thread? You aren't really helping the OP.

    Susan, if you can find them on sale, AG jeans are really nice. Pricey at full price ($175-$215), but made in America with an environmentally safe process. They also don't take long to dry in the dryer, so that's nice as well. Not stretchy, and with a higher rise.
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  10. BittyBug

    BittyBug Dispirited

    Second for AG Jeans. Zappos has them on sale every once in a while, too.

    Re the rise - they have different cuts, some with lower, some with higher rises. All the rise measurements are listed on their web site so you can find the style that works for you.
  11. Karina1974

    Karina1974 Well-Known Member

    :rolleyes: From the OP: Hi. I like to come here to vent! And to see if anybody else has the same problems or any solution. (This post is not for all you skinny 20 somethings!!!)

    I, for one do not wear jeans for the simple reason that I am not a "skinny 20 something", and they make me look fat (what Bonita said - but I'm a size 16 on the "bottom".) My pants of choice are those knit stretch pants with the flared bottoms from Lane Bryant (damn them for no longer carrying the Veranesi pants!).
  12. AnnieD

    AnnieD Active Member

    I have the same problem trying to find plain, smart black trousers for work. I'm a complete mix of sizes - normally a size 10 (UK) waist but about size 12 hips and my thighs need about a size 14 (skating and dancing muscle leftover plus now I've got fatter!) I have one pair of black trousers I bought the year I started work about ten years ago, but when they collapse I have none left. I've tried just about every pair I can find whenever I'm out shopping but have no luck. Short of trying to sew a pair myself (which would not be a pretty sight) I've ended up wearing dresses to work most of the time. I really wish trousers and jeans would come in differing variations of hip to waist ratios.
  13. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    I was just ranting about jeans today myself - but not your issue, though I agree that a ton of jeans are just not at all comfortable. I really hate that women's jeans have the world's most useless pockets. I don't always want to have to drag my purse around, but on most of my jeans, if I put anything in my pockets it's in serious danger of falling out the second I sit down. That's so stupid. Luckily I have one or two pairs where this isn't an issue, and will definitely be prioritizing jeans with pockets that are actually useful in the future, but I hate that jeans companies emphasize tight jeans with no pockets for women.
  14. Susan1

    Susan1 Well-Known Member

    Hi. Little bitty Dayton, Ohio here. Where's the closest Nordstrom, Chicago???

    And I've seen the NYDJ advertised, but I can't remember where? Macy's? We DO have one of those. I'll check. There's a new H&M about half an hour from here, maybe that was it?

    $100+ for jeans? I used to get $40 CKs always on sale at least down to $25-30. Lee's are $19.99 $100 they better fit like a glove (or my old jeans!) for the rest of my life!

    I sure can't order them online. I've had on size 8's when I left the house and tried on 10's that were too tight and 8's that were too big - in the same brand in the same store.

    I love jeans. I used to work in an office where we could wear jeans every day, which I pretty much did. Then one place for a couple years, no jeans at all. Now I'm back to Fridays and specially announced days only. And I guess it's back to the old Calvins. One pair is getting kind of thin and I'm too old to wear ripped jeans. ha ha
  15. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    I finally found jeans that fit me a few years ago. Having a higher thinner waist compare to larger hips there was nothing. But before that I didn't wear them for about 20 years. The brands I got were Australia - Corfu and Grabrielle Frantini. The Frantini's are fantastic.

    If you are a curvy person, I found boot leg jeans work best. Skinny jeans which seem to be the fashion here at the moment just do not work for many people.
  16. Susan1

    Susan1 Well-Known Member

    1. No problem with the no jeans people hijacking (ha) part of the thread. I do know people my age who don't wear them. And I've seen plenty of women who shouldn't!!!

    2. Way pricey!

    3. I've never put jeans in the dryer. They get too tight in the waist.

    In another post - boot cut? I tried them before (back in the days of regular rise and real denim). They didn't look right because my legs are too thin, and then they make a big "chunk" around the ankles. :) (I don't know.)
  17. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    I love jeans. I get mine at Old Navy and I don't get stretch jeans. They have a bunch of different cuts and at least 3 of them fit me fine. With all the different cuts they have, maybe one would fix you, Susan.
  18. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    Well, they are paying an American worker a living wage. So that costs some money. And they are putting out a quality product.

    Then they probably air dry much faster than your regular jeans. :)

    I wear boot cut with heels and it looks amazing. I don't think they look as good with flats.
  19. luna_skater

    luna_skater Well-Known Member

    "Boot cut" can mean a lot of different things depending on the brand. I have a few pairs of Wranglers that I ride horseback in, all boot cut, and each a different width at the bottom since they are all different styles. One pair just barely fits over my cowboy boots, and another is more like a moderate bell-bottom.

    That said, "cowgirl" jeans are a good option for people who want a more "traditional" jean--style and type of denim. They're especially great if you have extra long legs. It's easy to find 36+ lengths. I bought a 38 last year (they were on sale and fit me well in the hips/waist) and had them hemmed since I usually wear a 34 leg.
  20. KCC

    KCC Well-Known Member

    I used to wear nothing but Levi's. Then, I got older/weight shifted and their styles got younger, so I left them for other brands. Overall, I guess I don't have as much of a problem as many others here, but I've spent hours trying on everything a store has to offer because no two brands are sized or cut the same. Higher prices do not equal a better fit for me -- no correlation at all.

    On a whim, one day I went into a Levi's outlet, and a guy there measured me every which way you can, and he brought out the perfect pair for my body. Now, I have 2 pairs of KUT ($20 at Macy's, on a clearance rack, incredibly comfortable for me), 2 pairs of Levi's ($30 on sale), and one of Calvin Klein (about $45, black and dressy) and one other pair, don't recall the brand (dark/dressy style, $30 on sale at Macy's). Just can't bring myself to pay more than $50 for jeans. Ya, I'm "thrifty". Then again, jeans here in Idaho (Wrangler country) are every day and every where clothes, and the belt buckles & boots are generally fancier than the pants.
  21. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I am not a woman but I also don't like jeans. I have 2 pairs. One is my go to pair that I wear when I go to dinner or in the winter when shorts just wont do. The other pair is a tighter pair that look a little dressier and not too casual. We have jeans day at the school I work at and at the program I am in this summer. I never participate. People always ask why and they are shocked when I tell them that I am infinitely more comfortable in my regular slacks than I am in jeans. I also hate getting my cell phone out of my pocket in my jeans, even the pair that isn't as tight fitting.
  22. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    Macy's, Von Maur at The Greene, and Get Dressed in Oakwood carry them.
  23. KCC

    KCC Well-Known Member

    Dillards in Cincinnati should also carry them.
  24. triple_toe

    triple_toe Well-Known Member

    AG's are amazing. I love them. They come in so many flattering styles and cuts. They're expensive but you can usually find them on sale if you look and they last forever.
  25. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

    For those of us with hips and thighs and small waists, Gap's curvy sizes are a good fit. The only line I have found that has cuts made for women who are small but curvy--since most size 4s and 6s, even 8s, are made with no room for hips. I've never bought the jeans (cause of $) but I have dress pants.

    As for Levi's, they come in so many cuts and styles, it is a matter of finding the right one. I wear Levi's jeans, but only in one specific cut. You just have to try until you find the right one.

    But for the love of all that is holy...if you are carrying weight in the hips or thighs, take a good long look at what tapered pants are doing to you--they point straight to that area and can make you look disproportionate. A straight leg or narrower boot cut is much more flattering.
  26. Susan1

    Susan1 Well-Known Member

    Replying to everybody this way cause I can never figure out how to reply to multiple posts in one:

    Princess Leppard - I only wear flats, so no boot cut for me, huh?

    MacMadame wrote: I get mine at Old Navy and I don't get stretch jeans. They have a bunch of different cuts and at least 3 of them fit me fine.

    I actually went there Saturday, and all of the different cuts were stretch. I even asked the salesperson. She suggested I try Levi's (which they do not carry at Old Navy). So I went to JCP and tried on a few (no luck), and their brands, like St. John's Bay (no luck). Got too depressed - went home. I guess I am getting paid back for wondering for years why you always heard complaints about not being able to find jeans that fit, and having to try on an average of 30 pairs. While I was trying on a couple pairs of CK just to make sure they fit and wishing I could buy both colors.

    Prancer - you live in this area, don't you? I checked for NYDJ at Macy's online - $110. I'll go try some on at the mall Saturday, hoping there is a big sale and a coupon in the paper, if they fit! I will also ask a salesperson what else they might have in natural waist, not stretch. I know not CKs though. They only show them in lower waist and stretch on the website.

    KCC wrote: I used to wear nothing but Levi's. Then, I got older/weight shifted and their styles got younger, so I left them for other brands.

    Exactly! Even though they had that horrid gap in the back that I could put my whole fist in. Then I saw an article in Glamour magazine (which tells you how much younger I was) about jeans for different body types. They said to make you look like you had hips, buy CK. I was scared to death of the price, but I tried them on, and that was it for me for the next 20 years. Over the years, I always bought them on sale in different washes, straight leg, tapered leg, slim, (one relaxed fit from the Goodwill store - like $3.50 - that had been shrunk enough that they weren't quite so "relaxed"), size 8's and 10's, depending...........until now.
    And - re the NYDJ, we used to have a Dillard's at the Towne Mall in Middletown. It went out of business a couple years ago. l liked that store. And I'm sure I bought CKs down there too!

    luna_skater wrote: Boot cut" can mean a lot of different things depending on the brand. I have a few pairs of Wranglers that I ride horseback in,

    That reminds me of something funny, when my cousin from Tucson came here for a visit she wore Wranglers because that's what everybody wore out there. We would never be caught dead in them here because they were the "cheap jeans" for farmers !!!!! ha ha ha So.........I went out there in my Levi's. You guessed it - "we wouldn't be caught dead in Levi's out here!".

    PDilemma wrote: But for the love of all that is holy...if you are carrying weight in the hips or thighs, take a good long look at what tapered pants are doing to you--

    That's how I feel about cropped pants. Unless you are tall and thin, you look like an ice cream cone from the back!
  27. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    I think cropped pants should be outlawed. I don't know anyone who wears them who wouldn't look better in a pair of full-length.

    I have one friend who is short and curvy and wears nothing but crops, making her look like she is shaped like a football. However she thinks she is a fashion maven and I'm not going to start a fight with her.
  28. madm

    madm Well-Known Member

    I'm in my 50s and like the Bandolino brand stretch jeans from Macy's ("Mandie" style), which you can always get discounted with Macy's coupons for about $35-45. I love that they come in short lengths so that I don't have to hem them.

    My daughter bought a pair of 7 For All Mankind (Dojo) jeans on sale at Nordstroms a couple of years ago, and they are the best denim fabric we've ever bought. They always look new and are very heavy quality fabric.
  29. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    Really? Because they don't fit me like they are stretch pants/jeans. I never would have known.

    Before I stop shopping at JCPenney's I only wore Lee brand jeans, which they sold then. Do they still?


    Even though she's wrong. :D
  30. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

    I really like Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. They're on sale at Kohl's right now!