Look. I’ll level with you. I love denim and because of that I have a lot of denim. I have a lot of jeans that are very different and some are very similar, but I love them all equally of course. I’ve worn a lot of denim over the last decade. I’ve loved them all (okay well not all of them…) but I’ve learned what I like and don’t like in denim which is really nice. So for me any more, trying on denim is kind of secondhand nature — I know what size I am in what brand, I know what styles look best on me, I know what rise I need for my body type, etc. So when I saw an article the other day lamenting denim shopping and my first thought was ‘wait a minute? Lament denim shopping? Why?’ OHHHH. Oh girl, did you forget? Because denim shopping sucks. That’s why. It’s just that I forgot. I’m on the other side of that because I’ve literally denim shopped for the last 10 years and I’ve figured out what not to do.
Or I’m 34 and I’ve calmed down in general. So there’s that.
I have my favorite brands and my favorite styles that are my go-to’s (usually skinny jeans) and I try not to just overload my closet with new denim constantly, but I try to keep you guys up to date on the latest denim out there. When I do try-on’s I usually wear a favorite pair of mine to the fitting room and just kind of ignore denim in general. Except this month — with Target I found this $20 pair of jeans that I absolutely loved. And then with the Madewell try-on, I found this classic straight pair and this Mid-Rise pair I’m wearing here. Which COLOR ME SURPRISED because I didn’t think I was a mid-rise girl. I thought FOR SURE I was only a high-rise queen. But these are a higher mid-rise (I would say for most brands a 9” inch inseam would be considered high rise but not our girl, Madewell. She likes them up to the bra line.) These jeans took me by surprise the second I put them on and I bought them right then and there. Usually I can put jeans back knowing that I have similar. But these are different than any I’ve worn before. Let me explain.
The fabric is this thicker, textured (weird right?) cotton with a hint of spandex so it’s got shape and structure to it. I’ve gotten so used to the thin almost jegging like look of skinny jeans that I kind of forgot that they could be thick and have substance to them. Does that make sense? This pair holds up all day with a little bit of stretching at your curves. I will say, it’s a small amount of stretching so stay TTS unless you’re in between sizes, then size down one. I’m in the 29 here!
Oh and if you’re keeping count, this 1 out of 450 of the central shirts I have from Madewell. *rolls eyes* I’m exaggerating but I shouldn’t be. This shape of shirt is exactly what I want to wear all the time, so of course they got my money for this olive number. I’d tell you this is the last time, but I don’t like lying to your face like that. We all know there will be another post with another Central Shirt from Madewell. If anything, I’m consistent.