Blue jeans are the most beautiful things since the gondola.
I’m not the best clothes shopper. I find shopping exhausting and depressing, because I find it difficult to see through the mass of clothes that aren’t suitable for me. I’ve got better in recent years as I’ve learnt more about the colours and style of clothes that suit me; but there are still so many changing rooms to face…
However, there are times when shopping has to be done; and this time it was an urgent need for replacement jeans
My old jeans
It is great that I got back into my pre-pregnancy jeans fairly quickly after having Matthew. But I knew they were not great for me because the low waist highlighted my mummy tummy and they were too short; however, they were comfortable and I liked the embroidery. Plus I already owned them, so I wore them until I got holes in the seams. Okay I admit I kept wearing them for quite a while after noticing the holes.
Learning to shop
After having a style consultation and reading books such as Colour me confident and Trinny and Susannah, I know I want bootleg jeans to balance my hips. I thought the shape was all I need to know, but thanks to Pinterest I discovered there are many more things to consider when finding the perfect pair of jeans. The two posts I found really informative are both on Grasping for objectivity in my subjective life (Post 1 On the Proper Fitting of Jeans, Post 2 Mom Jeans and the Dreaded “Long Butt”).
I’d never thought about the back pockets before, but it appears they are key; their size, position and decoration. Plus the colour of the stitching and the colour changes in the denim material.
Implementing my learning
There were so many points to remember that I started by browsing online so I could refer backs to the blog posts. This narrowed down the shops to visit and helped me stay focused because I was not going home until I bought a new pair of jeans (or the shops shut).
I tried on jeans in four shops and found it much quicker to decide if they were for me by asking myself a few questions:
- Is my tummy coming over the waist band?
- Can I move comfortably?
- Is the hem down to my shoes?
- Do the pockets start on my bottom?
- Do they finish below the curve?
The purchased jeans
The pair I bought are GAP Perfect Boot Jeans. I recognise they are not perfect because I’d like the pockets to be a bit smaller and lower, but a big improvement on my old pair; not bad for two hours of shopping.
The key thing I’ve learnt is to check my rear view in the mirror more often!
How do you approach your shopping trips? Have you recently learnt any tips that help you buy more appropriate clothes?