The great skinny jeans search: update
Wow, Thurday's post on my skinny jean anxiety drew a record seven comments from everyone from MT in Austin to my sister in the 'burbs. And I'd like to thank everyone for their suggestions. I headed over to Saks after work on Friday and found a somewhat harried salesguy named Bobby who nonetheless humored my request for dark, not-too-tight and not-too-stretchy straight-leg jeans. I tried on Sevens (which used to fit me and no longer do), Paiges (good fit, but run small, and I'm not going to pay $200 to size up), Rock and Republics (eh), AG's (run big but unfortunately give me bubble butt), Siwys (terribly odd-fitting), and Earnest Sewns (these just don't fit well). I tried on a promising-looking pair by Citizens of Humanity (the Ava, I believe), but sadly, they didn't have one left in my size. The runners-up were the Chelsea and the Cigarette, both by Joe's Jeans--the Chelsea is skinner and the Cigarette is more of a straight-leg, but both are cut more generously in the thigh, and even when I sized down in the Chelsea, I still had a little room. (The Chelsea is first below, the Cigarette is next.)

Either one of these pairs would've worked were I not a super-picky girl. However, I found a pair that I liked the most, which was both the first pair I picked up and the last pair I tried on, not to mention the most expensive. It's the Johnny by True Religion, in an ultra-dark rinse with a narrow straight leg.

My jean is 99% cotton 1% elastane, but the denim is heavier, so I barely mind the stretch. The funny thing is that Bobby convinced me to go a size down, since they'll stretch half a size with wear (and my usual size was a bit baggy on me). But the best part is that even though they're rather tight (I know, the irony), they're incredibly flattering. I've always been a fan of True Religion (especially the non-stretch kind!) too, which leads me to my conclusion about jeans: Stick with the brands you know and like.


Anonymous said...

True Religion has never worked on my frame, but I'm glad that you found a pair that suits you! I still stand by my Joe's Cigarette, which I'm glad to hear you vouch for even if they didn't end up being your pick. :)

Do you remember what style you tried on in Paige?

Anonymous said...

Those are the ones I have! I love them.

I have some Paige's too, and they're great, but the key is, DON'T size up on them. Buy them in your size, even if it's tight, because they REALLY stretch out.