Not so much: stretch overload
It's been awhile since I've written a "Not so much" here at Cheryl Shops, but after my experience tonight, a good, healthy rant is in order. Ever since I posted the Cheryl Shops Fall Shopping guide roughly a month ago, I've been looking for a pair of skinny jeans. I've been everywhere from Bergdorf's to Urban Outfitters, and I recently came to the conclusion that maybe I'm just not cut out for a skinny jean. That said, I am a fan of straight-leg jeans--they're kind of halfway between boot-cut and skinny, and they happen to look pretty good on me. I have a pair of straight-leg jeans, the Sienna by Citizens of Humanity, that I bought last fall and love, and I'd gladly buy another pair if I were able to locate one--I'm assuming they were a limited-edition run and thus are not available anymore. But as I've said before, I'm a hunter, and I'm stubborn, so I decided that tonight I was going to buy a new pair of jeans, damnit! I headed over to Barneys after work, because that's where I bought my Siennas last year, and their salespeople are usually very helpful when it comes to jeans. Not so much this time. I found that I'm between sizes in J Brand, and the salegirl tried to convince me that the smaller size--which was bursting at the seams--looked "hot" on me. She also seemed unable to determine the difference between the 14-inch straight leg (which I wanted) and the 12-inch drainpipe (which I did not). I also asked her to bring me any other dark-wash skinny jeans in my size, but she said I had them all (um, no, I had four). All of which led me to believe 1) service at Barneys at 6:30 on a Thursday sucks and 2) J Brand just doesn't fit me. Fine, ok. I decided to move on to Bloomingdale's, figuring they might have a better selection, and at least I can use my employee discount.

Bloomingdale's, however, was in the midst of a Girls Night Out, so every Upper East Side teenager and Queens administrative assistant was packed onto the second floor, sipping cosmos and wreaking havoc in general. I grabbed every dark-wash straight-leg jean I could find--True Religion, Habitual, Goldsign, Citizens, Seven, etc.--and hit the dressing room. And you know what? Every last pair looked horrible on me. First of all, when did jeans get so freaking tight in the thighs? In order to get a pair that fits me in the waist, the thighs are so skintight, I'd be embarassed to leave the house in them. Now, I get that skinny jeans are supposed to be tight. Fine. But is there no middle ground between boring boot-cut and skintight skinny? My next issue is that every pair I tried on, the denim was so lightweight, it hung funny and clung to every curve in my leg--and not in a good way. What happened to normal denim? And my final, and most important issue, is that every last friggin' pair of jeans has stretch. I will admit that when stretch jeans first came around, I was psyched, and I bought a pair of Sevens, almost identical to my non-stretch Sevens. But my new Sevens were not skintight--they fit like my other pair, except I could eat steak frites for dinner and not impede my digestion process. So, yay for stretch. But at some point, stretch jeans went from practical to way too tight. And now you can't find a pair without stretch to save your life. I asked my salesgirl at Bloomie's if they had any non-stretch jeans and she looked at me like I was ka-ray-zee. I can't be the only person in the world who doesn't like her jeans ass-tight, can I? I mean, if I want to be that uncomfortable, I'll wear compression stockings!

So, I am back to the drawing board. Saks is the one place I haven't been yet; perhaps I'll stop by after work tomorrow. I know I could shop online--Active Endeavors and Revolve Clothing come to mind--but when jeans are concerned, I think it's incredibly important to try on many pairs, and unless I'm familiar with the brand, I never know what size I'm going to need. So I'm a bit reluctant to take that route. In the meantime, does anyone know where to find non-stretch straight-leg jeans? I'll even take a slightly stretchy straight-leg jean, as long as it's in a heavier denim. But as for lightweight stretch skinny jeans--say it with me, everyone--not so much.

9 comments

Cynical Optimist said...

I HATE STRETCH! And if you're a bigger girl (size 14), stretch is all you've got to choose from. Boo!

Anonymous said...

i couldnt agree with you more!! i'm very petite and i cant find jeans that fit me in the waist and hips but that arent skin tight in the thighs, it's so frustrating!! please let me know you you find any!!

Summer said...

Cheryl, I picked up two (yes TWO) pairs of the Joe's Cigarette style - it's closer to a straight than a skinny, but still a little tapered (shudder! who knew?!) Heavier denim, a little stretch, but plenty of room in the thigh and calf for us "normal size" girls. Anywho, I'm anti-skinny myself (seriously, who fits into J Brand jeans?!) but these have me converted.

Anonymous said...

Try Notify Ornatus jeans. They are straight leg, with no stretch and come in dark denim.

Anonymous said...

This is gonna sound ghetto, but the best straight leg skinny jeans I have found are at Old Navy! I have a bunch of expensive pairs and they are all skin tight, but the ones at Old Navy are so comfortable! Everyone I've told loves them too!

Anonymous said...

This is going to sound crazy, but try Levi's on 59th. The slouch skinny may have some stretch, but it's more flattering on me than j brand/tsubi etc.

For straight leg, the only thing I can suggest is to hunt down a salt works mulberry jean. They used to have a limited edition at co-op on 18 th st.

Aside from that, I suggest that designers get a little bit more diverse than following each other like lemmings.

Laura said...

Cheryl, being your older sister, I should have counseled you on the skinny jeans vs. our family genes. Being around in the 80's where skinny jeans were all that, I could have told you how uncomfortable they are unless you are straight up and down without curves (which we are not). Try being my age, slightly vertically challeged and curvy, skinny jeans are not for me. And let me just add, I'm glad jeans are coming back a little closer to the waist and not where my c-section scar is.

mk said...

I'm with anonymous...levi's black 504's are the skinny jeans that look best on me. for the price of one pair of ill-fitting designer jeans, you can get 4 pairs of levi's in different washes. and if you can catch an O.M.G. branch closing sale, they're $20 a pair!

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