These Are Not Your Mom’s Jeans

January 22, 2013 by Michelle

I live in my jeans.  Or at least it sometimes feels that way.  We’ll ignore the workout gear I’m sporting right now before I head to class.  I’m a jeans fan, but I have a few issues.  The first is that I’m also… frugal.  That puts it nicely, I think.  I know there are $200 pairs of jeans – and more – that do amazing things for you.  Until they also clean my house and do my laundry, I can’t imagine spending that much money on jeans.  The second is that my jeans never stay up.

Granted, this is partly my fault.  I was so thrilled the day that low rise jeans became popular eons ago.  I ditched those high waisted jeans and pants the second I could, and I’ve yet to look back.  I quickly figured out that the low rise jeans are far more flattering for me than other fits.  The only problem is that they tended to slide down as the day went on.  So yes, that’s me you see oh-so-classily hiking up her jeans once again.

Jeans aren’t supposed to do that, I’ve learned.  And the Lee Jeans I discovered at a recent Lee Jeans “Find Your Fit” party don’t fall down.  I’m in jeans heaven.  Truly.  Do you know why my jeans kept falling down?  Because they didn’t fit me properly.  Yes, my body type should be wearing low to mid rise jeans, but if they’re the right fit and style, they won’t fall down.

Essentially, I have a boyish figure, according to the Lee experts.  That means that I should be looking for jeans that are low to midrise and either bootcut or skinny jeans.  They should also have handsanding and whiskers at the thighs to add more of a curvy look to the jean shape, as well as decorated or flap back pockets.

Every body shape has different needs.  And all the different body types – and we were all different! – at the Lee Find Your Fit party managed to find the perfect pair of jeans.  You can, too, using this chart to help you know what to look for in a pair of jeans.
Body Style image from Lee Jeans

What jeans your body type needs

Not only did we all find some amazing jeans, but we got to learn about some of the new trends coming in jeans.  Remember the colored jeans?  They’re back!  I remember when I had green and purple and blue (like royal) jeans, in addition to the black and white that were de riguer way back in the day.  I miss them, especially my purple jeans.  But I won’t for long, because color is back in for denim, as are patterns.  We also saw some snakeskin – not as blatant as it sounds – jeans, but I don’t know if I’m quite ready for those.  Had Lee had a pair of purple jeans in my size with the right fit, I would have gone home with those.  As it is, I’m stalking the Lee website, awaiting my chance to purchase some.  I was also fascinated to see that there are jeans with zippers at the bottoms again.  I remember that from junior high days, though these jeans fit differently, and the zippers were often as not unzipped – something I thought was interesting.

Example of purple Lee Jeans tried on

As for me, I found the Gold Label Lulu Slim Bootcut jean.  They fit perfectly, and best of all – they stay up!  I’ve tested them out repeatedly (umm hello my new favorite jeans; I’m wearing them all the time), and they have just the right amount of stretch without being too loose.  The other neat fact I learned is that because Gold Label is the best fit for me, all I have to do when looking for jeans is to find Gold Label, and I know they’ll fit me because they’re built for my body type.  Unfortunately Gold Label is only sold on the Lee website.  That’s ok, because right now they’re on sale for $42.99 apiece in five different styles.  And there’s 20% off purchases of $100 or more and 10% off purchases of $75 or more.  Oh, and did I mention they accept PayPal on their site?  Those Ting Tang (tangerine) Gold Label Ruby skinny jeans are calling my name!

Personally, I love not just the fit of my Gold Label jeans but the detail on them.  I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on the giant “L” on the back pockets.  While not everyone loves a scripted L across the pocket, I think it’s neat.  I have always liked detailed pockets, and now I know why – they’re the right style for me.  I do wish that they didn’t button over so that I could more easily stick stuff in my pockets, but I’m ok with that.  I shouldn’t collect so many things in my pockets as it is, and my phone fits in my front pocket, large as my phone is.  And pocket detailing is in.  While the Gold Label all have the big L, there are other jeans that have detailing on the pocket, too.  My personal favorite was the blinged out design on the back of these jeans.

Blinged out pocket detailing

So what are your jeans pet peeves?  And have your tried Lee lately?  I have to admit that I hadn’t worn Lee since I was in junior high or high school, but I was beyond pleasantly surprised by how fashion forward they were and how we were all able to find jeans that fit our bodies and our personalities.

If you aren’t me where Gold Label is your fit, you can purchase Lee Jeans at Sears, Kohl’s, JC Penney, and even Amazon.  They have a ton of different styles and colors and options.  And I didn’t know this before the Find Your fit party, but Lee makes trousers, too, not just jeans, which opens up a whole new world of potential for me.

In the interest of full disclosure, I attended a Lee Find Your Fit party where I learned about various styles and fashions coming down the pipeline.  I also received a pair of Lee jeans that were my perfect fit.  I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions remain my own.

    Comments

  • Maria


    I am a #2. It’s impossible to find jeans that fit me. They are always huge in the waist. You have inspired me to check these jeans out! I’ll let you know how they fit. 🙂

  • Jackie


    I’m still working on finding the perfect fitting pair of jeans! I’ve seen Lee jeans around the stores lately but they’re not the cuter, more flattering styles that’s for sure…. more mom jean than the Gold Label.

  • Pat


    This is very helpful information, Michelle. I will keep Lee in mind the next time I go jeans shopping.

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