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Yes, you can find jeans that fit!

April 1st, 2004 · No Comments

Jeans that fit?!

Ha, ha – APRIL FOOL!

Seriously, Ariel Meadow wrote a great coming-of-age post Shopping Older describing how she tried to find a pair of jeans that “fit just right”.

I wandered out of the store, heartbroken. When you’re abandoned by your favorite jeans merchandiser, it’s hard not to take it personally. The mall, not typically a friendly place, became a carnival hall of horrors. Every store featured jeans that were acid washed, super low, over-flared, under-dyed, no pockets, no waistlines, etc.

I tried a couple other teenager stores, and found the same problem. A few styles I found included “hipster stretch super-lows,” “tapered ultra-lows,” and “flared two-button lows.” I tried going to a department store, but I don’t want to pay $100 for a pair of designer jeans. Lables mean less than nothing to me. I can’t even get myself to try on a pair of jeans that cost more than $50. I was in consumer hell.

After exhausting several stores in my search, on a whim I wandered into Eddie Bauer. Pastel sweaters hung in the display cases. Matronly khakis were merchandized with “just got back from a weekend in the Hamptons”-style button-up tops. I was in perhaps the most boring store known to woman.

And I found the perfect jeans there.

As I faced the Eddie Bauer wall of denim, next to a woman in her 50s who was fingering the “classic tailored” style, I had a serious identity crisis. What am I doing here? I’m not interested in the “loose fit” jeans that look like they come above your belly-button. I do not want a pair of drawstring khakis for weekending! This even worse than Anchor Blue!

Ted has a hard time finding well-fitting clothes and I do too. I could see myself in Ariel’s story but I also laughed a lot more when I read her post than I do when I’m wrestling in the dressing room…

oh, for jeans that fit – no joke!

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