IRO Jeans Naverick destroyed jeans | Mine were less than $100 on sale at NM, size 30
Karen Kane top | several years old, gift from Karen kane to review
Emerson Fry Slides | gift from Emerson Fry to review
Everlane Petra Tote
So, I might have figured out the secret to finding jeans: get them to fit my legs/calves and tailor the rest. I know, not a revolutionary idea, and I’ve done it before; fitting my hips and getting the waist taken in, but I don’t LIKE to do it, and sometimes just choose not to, getting frustrated that nothing fits and giving up altogether. (I pretty much had given up, sending all the jeans I got from Shopbop back…starting from square one.)
But I was wandering around Neiman Marcus a couple days ago and ran across these IRO jeans on serious markdown (70% off!!) in exactly the dark-but-distressed wash I’d been looking for. I was already trying on other things (for research…) and decided to add these to the pile in both size 28 and size 30 (they didn’t have a 29).
The 28 fit nicely, but were just a teeny bit snug in my thighs (NOT my calves!) and were seriously low in the back when I sat down. The size 30 (seen here) fit my legs pretty perfectly, are the right length, but WAY too big in the waist. I brought them home and played around with them for a while in my closet, wearing them around the house for long enough to see how they would stretch out, and finally decided to keep them, after waiting the requisite 24 hours, of course.
My question now is how to tailor them. I’ve got them nice and stretched out now, and I feel like I should take them in stretched and get the waist/sides taken in INSTEAD of washing them and taking them in freshly laundered. If I do it then, they’ll be tight and there won’t be anything to take in! If I take them in now, my tailor can get them where I want them to be all stretched out.
To anyone who has more experience tailoring jeans than I do, what do you think? I won’t wash them much anyway (I don’t launder my jeans often at all, and even when I do, I don’t dry them), and I want them to fit exactly like you see here, except smaller in the waist so I don’t have to keep pulling them up.
So, please help: should I wash them and take them in fitting like I JUST bought them? Or take them in now, stretched out?
Thank you for your input 🙂