#4. TAKING THE PLUNGE: we purchase some skinny jeans and take them for a test run. (first published in nov. 2009)

by admin on February 2, 2011


I really should be peeling parsnips right now, but I figured I’d better give you some concrete details before you are thrust into black friday shopping without a paddle. So…… Kate and I thought there was no reason not to continue our quest by checking out THE GAP and BANANA REPUBLIC. Ubiquitous, relatively inexpensive, usually good quality.  and…. I happen to have a charge card that comes with all sorts of discounts. BR was having a 40% off sale on new jeans, so we thought we’d go there first.

 As we walked through the door, an amazing sight caught my eye, and I had to blink to make sure it was real: a display of dark-wash skinny jeans with zippers at the ankles that appeared to be ACTUALLY SHORT ENOUGH TO FIT Esme! Surely this must be a mistake! But I took a look at the label and they were not even petites! Kate started laughing—-on her they would come somewhere mid-calf (probably where they are supposed to hit), but I snatched one up immediately. Kate is one of those people, amazing to me, who can try on jeans off the shelf and the LEGS DON’T HAVE TO BE HEMMED. I have seen this a million times and I still find it astonishing. I, on the other hand, give most of the money I save on discounts to my tailor to take 6 inches or so off my pants.

But to resume, BR had several variations and permutations of the skinny jean (different washes, black, straight, petite, regular). We lugged a bunch into the dressing rooms and started the tedious process of pulling them on (they really are skinny), analyzing front, back, sideviews, looking at where they hit at the waist, guessing at whether they would shrink or stretch, trying on one size that seemed a little small and another that seemed a little big—-well, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!

 When all was said and done, and I was on the verge of needing to be revived with chocolate, I decided that the original pair with the zippers were perfect—not too high or too low in the rise, just the right length, great dark wash, and quite amazingly comfortable. Anyway, you can return things at BR so there’s no reason not to buy, especially if there is only one left in your size. Kate decided she would be happier with the jeans after losing a few pounds (not that she needed to) but kept them on her list of possibles. We were both too tired to tackle anything else that day, and repaired to my house for a glass of wine.

I will report that I got tons of compliments on the jeans. The one negative that I hope to save you from is that they stretched A LOT and I really should have gotten a smaller size.   So, they have become my skinny/comfortable jeans and I can always stick them in the dryer for a few minutes next time I wash them.


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