Day 10: Starting Over with an Old Pair of Traveling Jeans

31 Days of Starting OverA friend and I were shopping for an upcoming trip recently, and we were repeatedly disappointed in the selection of pants or jeans.  I mean what is up with the skinny jeans for this fat sister?!  You can not tell me that all skinny jeans make every woman look better in them.  I do use a mirror. And jeggings?  Please!  Even Chico – which has been my “go-to” shop for years, now sports every tag with the encouraging “so slimming” logo. Well, Chico, they are not so slimming on everybody!

Even the poor internet search engines have been working over time when I type in “wide leg jeans” in the search box.  I can hear their little voices repeating, “I think I can. I think I can.”

I think I can. I think I can.
I think I can. I think I can.

But, poor things, they can’t.  Even with the words trouser jeans, trousers, or pants, things like a size 2 from Lord & Taylor pops up.  Why would a size 2 need wide leg pants?  What in heavens name are they trying to balance? -

The sales lady that we spoke with in one department store agreed with us and confessed that the pants she had on that were a wider leg, had indeed, been hanging in her closet for 11 years.  Well, I wish I’d been the same size for 11 years.

Even so, why did I get rid of my previous styles of wide leg pants/jeans?  I thought they were out of style.  But, they are classic and they look good on short, petite, apple, pear or triangle shaped bodies, so what is the fashion industry doing to us?

I do not want to look my age, but I am not trying to look 18 again either. And even if I were, I am short, overweight, short-waisted and a pear shaped body.  I need the extra volume at the bottom to balance the middle. To wear leggings or skinny jeans with large tops only accentuates the negative.  Even Stacy and Clinton would agree.  So where do you go to find the style of bottoms that flatter?

After shopping for hours and visiting every clothing store that is in my zip code and within my price range, I came home and shopped my closet.  I have one pair of wide leg jeans, so that is what I’m wearing this season. Ladies, would you join me in a jean revolution?  I refuse to buy another pair of jeans just because the industry thinks they look good on a size 2! The average size American woman is a 14 and that’s a lot of skinny jeans sitting on a shelf or heading to the outlets.  I personally do not care how cheap they are. If they are NOT flattering, I am NOT wearing them.

"Network"I think I can, I think I can.  I think I can change the fashion industry.  Join me with a comment that you are NOT going to take this anymore! Perhaps, we’ll influence the industry.

5 thoughts on “Day 10: Starting Over with an Old Pair of Traveling Jeans

  1. My favorite pair of jeans is about 8 years old. Luckily the threadbare spots are around the waist and not down the legs because I expect to be wearing them for the foreseeable future! I also refuse to buy pinching, unflattering pants.

  2. Kim, this post had me cracking up. You are so right. It takes forever to find a good pair of jeans with the right fit! You likely know about these already, but in case you don’t, have you tried the modern flare leg jeans from THE LOFT?

    Another one that I like is boot cut and mini-boot cut jeans at Coldwater Creek. These also have a normal-length zipper! 🙂
    Good Luck!

    1. Hi Beth, I have not tried either of these, but I will!!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I am not going to take it anymore!!!
    Why do clothing makers make things so differently regarding sizes? I can be a size 10 at one store and have to go to a size 14 in another store. It used to be swimsuit shopping was at the top of my yuck list, now shopping for pants or jeans is a tie for number one.

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