Friday, July 22, 2011

Denim Advice

So this year, foolish Katie didn't pack very well to come home from school.  Foolish Katie made some mistakes in her packing ways after her freshman year. After sophomore year you'd would think she'd have learned but no. Foolish Katie forgot to bring home jeans. She brought white jeans but no regular ones. (Aside: this year I split a pair of jeans for the first time...#embarassing AND I was already running late for Accounting...great.)

Anyway, if you didn't catch on, I'm foolish Katie. I packed really poorly for home. All I brought literally was Lilly stuff, shoes, t-shirts, and my plastic tub of accessories. Not in there: enough socks, jeans, and a few other items I've lusted after knowing full well they're in my locked apartment in my locked room 550 miles away.

Just two days ago, I went into my local Nordstrom's Rack in Annapolis to the delight of their fabulous denim selection! I was ready to pay Nordy's Rack price off of the designer pants with ranges from $70-$100. Instead I first headed over to the clearance rack. After filing through all the indigo pants, I took 7 pairs in back with me to try on: Paige Jeans, Joe's Jeans, Seven for All Mankind, Citizens, the lot.

I tried and tried and tried + 4 more tries and only came out with one winner (which I guess is a good thing for my wallet) with a pair of Joe's Jeans.
These are the "Muse" fit in the "high rise" (cut?). I'm not sure of the color for sure or the inseam for sure but they're dark jeans with a LONG LONG LONG inseam. (I have long pants issues...#giraffeproblems). I was thrilled to find a pair that I liked AND on sale!

I happily marched up to the register (thankfully nothing else really caught my eye...we'll leave that for the real Nordstrom) and the cashier scanned my pants for...$27! TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS for designer denim that fit. Where am I? Is that even real life? Is that even POSSIBLE?!

Needless to say I was excited and proud walking out with my great jeans! I happily would have paid the normal price but thanks to savvy shopping I got these for a steal!

Now I need more denim advice: WHERE DO YOU GET IT? I'm in the market for straight leg, darker-ish (I just hate light denim), LONG jeans.

Can anyone help a sista out? Where do you get your jeans? Do you rely on one brand or do you shop around (that's clearly what I'm guilty of)? I need some clues ladies!!

xxKatie

13 comments:

Gracie Beth said...

Drumroll....I get my jeans at WALMART! I also have paige premium denim skinny jeans but I get the levis for walmart jeans and they fit wonderfully and are durable who would have thought?!

Annie said...

J. Crew. I'm obsessed with their matchstick jeans.

Carolina On My Mind said...

I'm in need of some new jeans so thanks for posting this!!

aHb
http://carolinaonmymind1223.blogspot.com/

LoLo said...

American Eagle offers Straight jeans online, I have 3 pairs and I love them all! They don't carry them in the store, but their exchange policy is very loose. They offer most all jeans in long & extra long options! Good luck!

Elizabeth said...

I'm loyal to my Pacsun jeans- they're not too pricey, they have a great color selection and variety of types, AND the sizes they have are great. I'm only 5'1 and their short fits perfectly, and my taller gal friends around 5'8 to 5'10 love their tall jeans!
xo,
E

Palm Trees, Pearls, and Everything Southern said...

Whenever you find a good pair, PLEASE let me know. I have looked everywhere: Gap, Dillard's, Nordstrom, The Loft, American Eagle and everywhere in between! The jeans are always too long (I'm 5'6 so the short jeans are too short but the regulars are too long) or they stretch out 30 minutes after wearing them, or the color is not right! I need HELP! Why can't they just make normal jeans haha

L said...

That is INSANE -- lucky girl! Joe's are my very favorite, but I also think Hudson has great straight leg jeans.

Legally Brunette Kate said...

I love Paige, Hudson, and AG the best. I'm a denim addict (it's a problem!) and I usually go to a department store so I can try on a bunch of different brands/styles. There's a Nordstrom Rack ten minutes or so from my house that I want to check out, too.

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Ashton said...

I swear by Lucky jeans. I promise you will find something that fits perfect.

kygirlpinkpearls said...

Banana Republic sells great dark jeans that don't get stretched out as the day goes on!

ReVampedVintage said...

I'm 6'0 with no hips or "backside"...Gap Long and Leans are my absolute favorite!!! I'm not normally a huge Gap fan...but these are the best jeans!!!

life-love-laughter said...

I have those same Joe's Jeans!! It was exciting to find that they were long enough... I'm sure you can relate. My fav jeans from last year were my Citizen Ava straight leg jeans. I loved them so much, I got the same pair in white! They are long enough to wear with cute flats or even heels but I also loved them because they are straight leg and I could tuck them into boots! They also have a lot of stretch so they were soooo comfortable. I really wish Lilly made long jeans though- they fit me SO well but I tried a pair on today and they looked rediculous since they were so short! Good luck in your perfect jean hunt!

Lily said...

Ahh I have this problem as well..I've never checked the jean section of Nordstrom Rack though! I used to have a lot of luck finding long jeans at american eagle since they have short, reg, long..but I haven't really been in in awhile.
Last year I found the perfect pair of straight leg jeans at Loft for TEN DOLLARS...I don't think I'll ever get that lucky again :/