The Space Between My Peers: The Shape of Jeans to Come

The Space Between My Peers

From the bottom of the fashion food chain ...

Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Shape of Jeans to Come

The advantage of blogging versus writing an actual book is that I can comment on current styles in real time. Most fashion-related books are dated by the time they are out in paperback.

Today, I feel obliged to inform you, my household is currently buying straight leg jeans (although they are generally labelled boot-cut). Do you care?


Anonymous Lisa said...

Do you have any suggestions for "fashionable" boot-cut jeans for the 30+ age bracket? I am long-waisted and find that most jeans show way more tummy than is supposed to be shown for someone that has had kids...I don't have a lot of time to try on jeans either, so I am open to suggestions. Thanks!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

You know, I have a friend whose name is also Lisa, who has some jeans I have been admiring. I will have to ask her about them.

In the meantime, here's what I know: I am also long-waisted, actually 2 inches long in the rise, and I find that many jeans just don't cover enough in the back, if you know what I mean. If they are labelled "just below the waist", they usually fit me like low-rise.

I have had success with Gap's "original bootcut", but you may not need the extra room in the thigh.

Recently I bought a pair of New York Jeans (they are sold at the mall at New York & Co, or on-line at Lerners). A little higher-waisted and with a good amount of stretch, the only trouble is I bought them at Value Village so I don't know whether you could still get them. Even new , though, they are not expensive, so it would be worth a look.

The other place I have seen really cute, fashionable boot-cut jeans recently is Eddie Bauer.

To save time on running from store to store trying on, find a thrift store that organizes their racks by size or just go to a consignment store. I like The Reclothery.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

One more suggestion: St John's Bay, at JCPenney. I was reminded of those today when I stopped a young mother I am acquainted with to ask her about her jeans. She had gotten them at Goodwill, but they were St John's Bay.

If I were going to look for a new pair of jeans, I'd probably go to the mall, park outside of JCPenney, go there first (to misses, of course), and then, if I didn't find anything, go to Gap, New York & Co., Eddie Bauer, and then if I was still unsuccessful, Mervyn's. Where I live, that is a fairly short loop and those stores are relatively easy to shop.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...


It turned out, as I expected, that this was my friend Lisa. Her jeans that I thought looked good were Shopko Levis!

As a result of this conversation, I gave her pair of St John's Bay jeans that I still had hanging around that didn't fit me anymore, we're both happy about it. Let that be noted by any of you readers who see me on a weekly basis -- Lisa is not the only one who has gotten free clothes for commenting!

8:28 AM  

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