Thoughts about Jeans

I hate buying jeans. I hate it even more than buying a bathing suit. (I don’t mind bathing suits anymore, because now I wear board shorts and a tankini top. Why should men be the only ones who get to wear shorts? They make them for women. They’re very practical.)

Anyway, I’ve tried lots of different jeans. Remember when Oprah had her jeans episode? Jeans for all shapes and sizes? I should have been on that show. None of those styles worked.

There’s nothing like trying on a pair of jeans to mess with your body image. I remember going to the True Religion outlet a few years ago. Nothing fit. Not even their biggest size. Suddenly I felt like Fiona from Shrek, big and ogre-ish, misshapen.

I know, analytically, that I am not any more misshapen than the next person. I am just not a standard size, the kind used for a fit model. I know because I went to a Nordstrom call for a fit model up in Seattle, BK (before kids). I met the measurement sizes for a “size 10 pattern” (though off the rack, at the time, I was a 6). The lady took my measurements and said my hips were too low, my torso too long.

I just put on a pair of jeans I got at Costco. Calvin Klein. They fit perfectly in the hips, but are too big in the waist. So I put on a belt. But that darn poochy tummy, relic of three pregnancies, sticks out when I sit down.

Which leads me to ponder: if I got a tummy tuck, would jeans fit any better? They’re already too big in the waist. Would they just fit better upon sitting?

Even some manufacturers vary. For example, I got a pair of DKNY pants. They fit great. I looked lighter and fitter. Later, I try to get another pair of DKNY pants. Same brand. Same style name. Only these don’t fit at all.

I have no solution for the jeans dilemma. I know many women, regardless of their shapes and sizes, have some of the same frustrations. Maybe the only solution is elastic waist pants, which everyone seems to realize, in unison, around retirement age.

I tried on some “curvy” body type pants at Target. Target now has different types of cuts, with codes, for all their pants. Straight, curvy, “boyfriend,” etc. Those curvy ones fit better in the waist, but the hips are too big. I know Levis makes some, too: they have three types. When I go to a store that sells Levis, though, they have been out of my size. How many stores must I visit before I can try on a pair of Levis? Maybe it means they’re good, though. Hmmm.

The Levis people tell me I need “Supreme Curve,” which is not pictured on their ad below. I must admit, being called “Supreme Curve” makes me feel a lot less Fiona-like.

It says there’s a Levi’s store down in Horton Plaza (downtown San Diego) so perhaps I’ll have to venture out there.



I went downtown to the Levi’s store. Guess what? No Supreme Curve. They only carried the above– and nothing fit. The cut varied according to material. For example, a 30-34 in a Straight Leg, Bold Curve, Dark Wash was larger than in the light wash. And the leg length also affected the rise and tightness in the crotch.

So, if the Levis store does not carry them, I guess that leaves online– but I spent about 40 minutes trying on jeans today.  I don’t think I want to do that online.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

7 thoughts on “Thoughts about Jeans

  1. The only jeans that I feel fit me perfectly are Gap’s Curvy. I’m booty and hippy so I love that these jeans make it all work for me. They are pricey, but well worth it because they are durable and color fade doesn’t happen for many, many washes. Plus, you don’t see bunching in the seams or the unraveling of thread because of normal wear and tear. And I wear my jeans, a lot! I’m gonna have to check out those Levi’s though. I like the look of them, I just hope I like the fit of them!

    1. Kim, I thought it was illegal to wear jeans in Hawaii! I didn’t buy any jeans there until I had to go back to the Mainland.

      I didn’t know about Gap. Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic have generally not fit me well in anything (I think they’re all under the same company), but I’ll check out the Curvy.

  2. I totally hear ya! I’m short, so you’d think I could wear the petite length. But no — since I’m not skinny, I need a larger size and a regular length, which means I have to get the jeans hemmed every time. The only pair that has ever worked for me (hence why I wear them into the ground) are Eddie Bauer boot cut relaxed fit jeans. Seriously, it’s the only pair I’ve been able to buy that fit no matter the size (with the exception of the length). Have you tried EB? By the way, whatever jeans you wore the other night looked nice.

  3. I too hate jean shopping. Even these little extra 30lbs have a way of distorting the self-esteem when it comes to finding jeans that fit right. What’s worse is when you finally find a pair that doesn’t make you feel like a total fat@ss then you wash them and the next time you put them on the whole shopping trip was for nothing because once again you feel like you gained 10 more pounds. When I find one pair I can live in without feeling blue I always buy two more pair just like em. It’s the only way to have to keep from shopping more than once every 12 months or 12lbs. 🙂

  4. My absolute favorite pair of jeans are Levi’s 545 and believe me I’ve bought many different brands before…expensive brands, cheapies, and everything in between. I’m 5’3 and around 120lbs but I have an oddly shape body – long torso, short legs, small waist, thick thighs, and a flat butt so I thought I hit the lottery when the 545s fit me so great. I bought 3 pairs and the kicker is they were about $20 each.

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