Mission: Blue Jean

Last night I had a mission to accomplish. A new pair of blue jeans. The pair I bought this summer is too big (YAY!) and the ones I’m wearing from before I had the baby are dated and just plain worn.

So I last night I left Paul with the sick kids and met up with my accomplice. (You know you’ve got a good friend when she’s willing to follow you around trying on jeans and she gives her honest opinions.)

Now, as every woman knows, finding a pair of jeans that are both flattering and comfortable is about as difficult as finding a prom dress at a hay ride.

We got off to a rollicking good start when the first pair I tried on were the designers’ latest joke on woman-kind, the Matchstick Jean.

In case you’ve been living in a style vacuum, skinny jeans are all the rage this winter.

Now, I lived through the 80s once. I remember it well. I don’t care to relive it. And yet, out of morbid curiosity, I couldn’t resist trying on a pair.

Um. Can you say Rod Stewart circa 1985? Remember those skinny legs in those skintight jeans!? That was me in the Matchstick Jean.

And the look was just waaaay too reminiscent of my prized Guess jeans that I wore proudly in 1989. You know, the ones I pegged at the ankle and wore with ballet flats? Yep. Those. (The ballet flats are back too, by the way.)

In a fit of laughter, I exited the dressing room to model them for my accomplice, who proceeded to take a picture with her camera phone. (If she ever figures out how to transport that to her computer, I’ll be sure to post it for your entertainment.)

Needless to say, I left that store without those jeans.  Or any jeans, for that matter.

We made the rounds to all my favorite stores, and we were about to abort our mission when I saw the Lucky Brand Jeans store — a store that specializes in blue jeans. I’d heard about it, so I decided to give it a try.

We walked in, and immediately there was a hip sales guy asking what I was looking for.

Now THIS is my kind of store. Good service and a hottie.

Uh, well.  Jeans.

Great, what kind of fit do you like?

Well, I don’t want to look like a mom, but I want more than a 1-inch zipper.

He took one look at me and said, “I see. You have hips and no legs. Right?”

Well, now. Nothing like getting right to the point.

“You’re a Lola,” he announced confidently.

Lola.  Who knew?

He went straight to the rack and grabbed a couple of sizes.

As it turns out, I’m not a Lola. Lola only has a 7-inch rise. But he hit the jackpot the second time, and I left with a pair of the Classic Boot Cut.

In and out in 20 minutes.  The most painless bluejean shopping experience I’ve ever had.  I’m a client for life.

Mission accomplished.

Off we went to celebrate over a glass of wine.

And there might have been some cheesecake involved, but I’m not tellin’.

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6 Responses

  1. From the accomplice:T-H-A-N-K G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S for the sassy salesman or we’d STILL be walkin’ around the mall looking for jeans. I thought when he suggested you try on a size 4 he was trying to flatter you to earn your favor, but gosh darn it, they fit you!! It was so inspiring to watch! *sniff*Don’t worry…you’re day is coming. I will need an ENTIRE new wardrobe in about 6 months. Shall I book you now?

  2. Ack, the 80’s jeans! I don’t think I can go back to the skinny leg, tight at the ankle. It’s just too awful! I also went jeans shopping not so long ago. Last week in fact. Hooray, hooray, my pre-pregnancy jeans were too big and hooray again, I did find ones with a slight flare at the bottom that were both stylish and comfy not to mention on sale and a double hooray, size 7!

  3. Fancythis, I’d tell ya, but I’d have to kill ya! ;-)To my accomplice, size 4, my a$$. That’s vanity sizing for ya. And it works! I bought them, didn’t I.Jenn, congrats!!!

  4. I’ve been trying to find jeans lately, too. Yesterday I tried on a pair and FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, I didn’t realize till I got in the dressing room but the zipper literally was not two inches long.Sigh. I don’t even want to see my c-section scar, you’d think they’d make a pair of jeans so that everyone else wouldn’t have to see it as well.Lucky you! I’m still looking for jeans, I know there’s a pair out there that’s JUST below the waist, not SUPER LOW RISE. Somewhere. There’s got to be one pair. (please?) 🙂

  5. I hear ya Sari. I have finally given up on finding anything just below the waist. I fought it and fought it and I finally decided to live with the muffin top until higher waists come back in. A few brands do make them, but then the legs are always baggier too, which is not a good look for me. I refuse to wear old lady jeans. So low-rise it is. The ones I found have an 8-inch rise.And by the way, they are Lucky Brand, for Fancythis and anyone else who is interested. I was just kiddin’ with ya!

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