I rode the escalator to the 2nd floor, painfully aware that I looked like a thrift shop reject and tapped the shoulder of the first sales associate I could find. "Can I get a pair of jeans without the spandex-y stretchy material?"
Sometime in the last 4 years (since I last bought a pair of jeans) all blue jeans made for women must have s-t-r-e-t-c-h-y material. If I wanted to wear leggings? I'd buy some. I want jeans. Denim. Durable, tough, denim. Tough shit, I learned.
Gamely I tried on the pairs proffered me and noticed two unfortunate results in the dressing room:
* wrinkles in the fabric hugging the backs of my thighs where regular jeans just hung straight down from beneath my substantial booty
* tightness in the thighs which, when I went a size up, meant a disconcerting looseness around my waist. One way or another I'd feel my fit compromised.
Just to be certain I asked a few people via cell phone. Yep, my friends who shop & know these things assured me that all jeans now were made with 2% or more spandex for better fit.
Better fit? I looked again at my rear view in the mirror. Not quite. The pockets bagged, the fabric pulled and I could imagine the effect after sitting--you know how leggings would get baggy in the knees and butt after being worn for a few hours? I fear that's what will happen in these "new, improved jeans."
I shelled out $70.00 for the least offensive pair I could find. If the butt bags or the knees sag, I'm heading back to the boys' department for a pair --Mr. T got a really hip pair of PLAIN OLD DENIM JEANS when we were back to school shopping and I swear to God if they weren't so short, I'd steal them for myself! Plus they only cost $19.00.
See how they pull and gather? NOT attractive! I know I can't be the only woman with this problem and it pisses me off to have NO alternative! I can buy any other item of clothing in silk, cotton, polyester, rayon, 50/50, you name it--but the entire blue jean industry has gone to a standard--and a crummy one at that. Do you hear me, Calvin, Levi, Donna? BAD CHOICE!
Oh Mr. T, if you weren't so small I'd raid your closet for these respectable 100% denim cotton blue jeans!
Is it any surprise that after this I still hate to shop?
I just realized that this photo may get me credit for Mrs. G's 5 K Ass Project--or did I need to start running to qualify for that?