Chimala wide tapered cut selvedge jeans | size 28
Melissa plastic sandals | true to size (I highly recommend these!!)
Organic by John Patrick viscose tee (use my referral link for Garmentory for $20 account credit) | I’m wearing a medium
I could not resist trying the Chimala “ivory” jeans I’ve posted about a few times after the Levi’s I ordered didn’t work out. Incidentally, I’m also selling my other Levi’s jeans, the wedgie icon, because while I generally like the way they look, they’re not jeans I want to wear all the time, or that comfortable – they were still more snug on my calves than I like.
Which leads me to these Chimala jeans. They’re a size 28, and “fit” me, although they’re really big at the waist. But these jeans literally fit pretty much EXACTLY like I’ve always wanted jeans to fit on me: loose on the legs, but somewhat fitted at the hips. It’s hard to ask that of denim for my body type (thicker legs, wide hips and a small waist) without having to compromise fit in some area, so I will live with the larger waist. I can belt it, or just leave it, and after a while, I may decide to have it taken in, but for right now, I’m good.
I got the jeans for 20% off during a promotion at Mill Mercantile, but still. Whoa. I had to try them. And they’re worth it for me, right now, to have a nearly-perfect pair of light colored jeans, but I’m not going to try and justify paying that much money for jeans. I mean…sort of I will, if you’re like me and have a helluva time finding really amazing jeans that fit both your body and your aesthetic, and you wear jeans all the time.
Of course, I’ve already gotten them “dirty” with random smudges here and there, but I wiped them off easily with a wet cloth. Anyway, it’s hard to tell, but the jeans have some paint marks on them already (I know…I know…), so I joke that my stains blend right in. I don’t know how anyone is supposed to keep light jeans pristine, so I’m not worried about it too much, although I have to be a little more aware that I don’t accidentally brush against the car, or wipe my hands on my jeans after eating (ugh. that’s a terrible bad habit I have!).
Also, I have to mention that Organic by John Patrick is having a 50% off sale on select items on their site right now. My top is not included, but there’s a very similar wool/cashmere sweater that’s on sale, and I’ve been wanting to try the organic cotton bralette and basic long sleeve v-neck for a while, so I may place an order. I’ve never seen a 50% off sale before…so this is pretty good if you can swing it.
By now you know I pretty much find all my interesting information via NPR or James Altucher’s podcast, so it will come as no surprise that I highly highly highly recommend listening to the May 10th episode of Fresh Air with Transparent creator Jill Soloway. I had a “driveway moment” (actually a sitting-in-the-parking-lot-at-whole-foods moment) with this episode, not able to tear myself away, especially during their discussion of Jill’s sartorial transition from “feminine” to gender-neutral.
I have so much more to say about that subject, and will next week (I’m already working on a post), but if you’re so inclined, listen to it, and I’d love to discuss it more in depth next week.
Oh, and WATCH I LOVE DICK (Jill Soloway’s new show). I’m only a few episodes in but first, WHO CAN GET ENOUGH OF KEVIN BACON??? and second, I always appreciate seeing 40-something women portrayed in a “real” way, i.e. as sexual beings, messed-up, a little crazy, and vulnerable.
I am recovering from vacation this weekend, and catching up on work, laundry, etc. so not doing much of anything! I hope you have some fun plans 🙂