I love my legs. I decided when I was in Amsterdam visiting the Anne Frank house (observing people go up and down the narrow staircase on crutches or with a great deal of effort) that I would never be frustrated about my body again. My legs may be thick & “athletic,” but they are strong, and I can rely on them to get me where I’m going. I can walk miles and miles around cities and up mountains thanks to my legs. BUT. It’s very frustrating finding jeans that fit lately. I know, since I’m a pear shape, I SHOULD be wearing bootcut or flared jeans, but I don’t like them. There. I said it.
I see that they’re sometimes more flattering on me, but they feel dated and “old” on me sometimes. I love the modern boyfriend (girlfriend, ex-boyfriend…etc…) and skinny denim styles of late, but they do not always (ever) love me back. Back when there weren’t such skinny styles, all I had to worry about was fitting my waist/hips. Now my main concern is fitting my calves. Most of the time, it just doesn’t happen.
I am generally a size 29 in denim lately, but skinny styles don’t fit me in size 29; I stopped trying them on. I do have a pair of !iT Collective skinny jeans that fit me pretty well in a size 29 (I wish they had more cotton in them, and that they were shorter), but whenever I try other brands I can’t even get them over my calves.
So my solution has been trying to find boyfriend styles that are a little wider at the bottom and slightly more roomy in the calves. But the “new” boyfriend styles, which I guess are called girlfriend, or ex-boyfriend, I’m not sure, are similar to tapered styles of days gone by: slouchy and hip-slung, but tapered after the knee to pretty skinny at the ankle. I just wanted something that didn’t stick to my calves. So I ordered these Goldsign jeans when Shopbop had the extra % of sale items code.
I took them in my regular size, which as you can see doesn’t really leave them oversized at all. If you’re not hippy and don’t have thick legs, they’ll probably be perfect for you in your regular size, or even down a size. But I think I would have liked them better a size up. Or not. Anyway, I sent them back because they weren’t what I wanted exactly. They’re good though – just not for me.
And as I was trying on all of my jeans (every time I get something new, I try nearly everything else in my closet on either with it, or just to make sure I don’t have duplicates, or that it actually serves a purpose in my closet), I discovered that I like the jeans I already own better than the new Goldsign pair on me. The “skinny” boyfriend style works for me I think (I have the Frame Le Garcon jeans and Rag & Bone Dash jeans that are this style), and is more flattering that this Goldsign pair. I also have the AG tomboy jeans in a dark wash that look great, but they’ve always been a little snug on me (I sized down), so they’re not as comfortable as I’d like.
Anyway, jeans will always be the bane of my sartorial existence, but I will never stop trying to find an amazing pair or spending big $$ on them when I do! I love jeans, but mostly I love the way they look on other women; they never look quite the way I want them to on me. I will still wear them if they’re comfortable, and fit my mood at the moment, but I don’t hold out any hope that I’ll be able to find a “perfect” pair to fit my thick legs + small waist + wide hips. And that’s okay. There’s no need for perfection…