What I’m Thinking About Today: Jeans

Jeans. I bought a pair yesterday and was so excited that they fit exactly how I wanted them to fit. The tag said, “high rise, skinny fit”. I liked the sound of high rise because I’m sick, sick, sick of low rise pants that wiggle down your hips with every step you take. I don’t like feeling like they’re going to end up around my ankles if I don’t  keep tugging them up and I’m sick of having to tug them up. I’m so happy the style of pants is going back up and less down so women aren’t forced into buying low rise. I was skeptical about the “skinny fit” part because I’m certainly not skinny but I figured it was worth a try. I liked the dark wash and the fact that the front pockets were deep enough to be useable. Designers take note: skimpy pockets suck. Anyway, they fit like a glove and I’m happy.

It feels like I’ve been shopping for the perfect pair of jeans my whole life. I imagine I’ve owned literally hundreds of jeans over my lifetime. When I was a teen in the ’70’s I wasn’t so picky about them even though I wore them almost every day of my life, then. But, in the ’70’s no one was picky about what they wore. Everyone wore jeans, some kind of tee, peasant or baby doll top and Earth shoes. Remember Earth shoes? I bought a pair of shoes yesterday, too, that looked like the old Earth shoes except they have a tall wedge heel. They’re comfortable and adorable. But back to jeans…..

My best friend when I was 17 or so had a pair of jeans that I coveted. There were so many patches on the booty that there was probably no actual denim fabric there. I thought she looked so cool and I wanted them so bad and finally one day she gave them to me. On me they were tight whereas on her they had been slouchy-cool. It wasn’t the same but I wore them for a while until I got tired of feeling like a stuffed sausage.  Around that time I had another pair that I loved and wore a lot. They were faded denim, frayed bottom and had a red weenie dog patch on the knee.

All my friends and I had maybe two or three pairs of jeans but tended to wear a favorite pair most of the time. We would take wet washcloths and hand scrub over the legs to get some of the dirt off then put them right back on. It took too much time to wash and dry them in the machines and we were too impatient to wait.

I’m reading a book right now about clothes and the relationship women have with their clothes called “Women in Clothes” by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton. The authors interviewed and surveyed over 600 women during their research and the book if just filled with all kinds of great stories and photos. It was released yesterday (September 4) and I’ll be reviewing it here in the near future.

So I think the book is why I’m thinking of the jeans I bought yesterday and wondering if the style is appropriate for a woman in her 50’s. Maybe, maybe not. All I know is they’re comfortable, stylish and they make me feel good. They’re part of my style. I’m keeping them.

With my niece in my favorite jeans, 1987

With my niece in my favorite jeans, 1987

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8 thoughts on “What I’m Thinking About Today: Jeans

  1. Keep ’em.
    I remember going for a mammogram ( I know what you’re thinking) and the radiologist caught sight of my jeans. She almost stopped, asking me where i got them from and so forth, while I could not move.. etc. So yea, good fitted jeans are precious.

    Lovely picture!

  2. I cannot find anything that fits correctly right now. Nothing. Mail order or in the store. The jeans I have on, new, have a safety pin on either side to hold them up. The next size down was too tight. I’m ready to give up!

    • I know what you mean. I’d almost decided I might have to give up jeans. My problem is always length because I’m only 5 ft 2 and the waist always gaps in the back. I couldn’t believe these were the right length and weren’t petites.

  3. As an almost 60 y/o woman with the typical fat in my hips and belly, I celebrate when I find jeans that fit and look good. I’ve been buying mine at Burkes outlets and my favorite brand is Gloria Vanderbilt. They fit on the waist and are so comfy. Love the subject, thanks!!!

    • I have had luck with GV when I can find them in petite. Like you, I shop at Burkes or TJ Maxx – I’m not paying over about $30.00. I might have better luck at a high end store but, knowing about what they cost to make, I’m not paying those inflated prices!

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