Starting my xmas shopping early this year, trying DESPERATELY to break my habit of shopping xmas eve, and then wanting to curl up and die due to the spectacular display of idiots out and about.
Ahem. So, at the mall last night, couldn't help but notice the ridiculousness of clothing nowadays. Jeggings (WTF?!), the flat suede boots (Peter Pan Getaway boots) wearing tights as pants (Don't those go under dresses!?) and a plethora of other horribleness.....
I was keeping half an eye out for myself, as I'm needing some new jeans, and wow, was I disappointed. I normally wear flares, or bootcut, and am a 31 wist and 35 inseam. All I could find were small sizes like 26, 28, and flipping jeggins or skinny jeans. NOBODY wants to see my a$$ in skinny jeans, now that's a crime.
I asked at several stores if they had anything with a bit of a flare, and I was met by disgusted looks and "flares are so out, we don't sell them here" from sales people. I realize trends change, but just because they have skinny jeans, does not mean everyone should wear them. Where are all the normal clothes?
Just wanted to get that out. Anyone else feel the same?
Where are you shopping? I've had no issue finding boot cut jeans. I've found nice jeans at Macy's, Eddie Bauer, and White House|Black Market. Granted, WHBM jeans might be a little "trendier" and pricier, but they're not teeny bopper trendy and are made more for grown-ups.
I agree with some nasty styles out there, but when I go clothes shopping, I never have a problem finding a million things I want Maybe you are shopping at the wrong place? But then again, I live in Santa Fe, land of ridiculous shopping. It probably helps that the average age here is a long way from teenager. But since I generally can't afford to do anything more than browse at the boutiques here, there's always TJ Maxx/Ross/Marshalls. Have you tried those yet? I go through jeans like nobody's business, and they still have lots of flare/bootcut/non skinny stuff. No one wants to see me in the skinny stuff either.
I have done a lot of traveling in the past month, and the airports made for REALLY good people watching re: fashion (I don't get out much ) What shocked me was people wearing not leggings but TIGHTS with a shirt that didn't cover what it should have. I mean, a button-down shirt with TIGHTS? Did you forget the skirt? Scary.
I'm opposite: I want skinny or straight leg jeans. Keep those bootcuts AWAY from me. Truthfuly, I prefer straight to skinny - I have muscular legs and some brands' skinny don't fit right.
See, I am short, with a short torso to boot. So I like low rise as well because it elongates, though not so low I'm showing butt crack. But GAH, trying to find the right combination is MURDER. Everything is friggin' bootcut. Or the waist is wrong.
And WTF is with those "boyfriend" jeans that look like they've traveled cross country on the floor of a loaded six-horse trailer?
What is worse (at least to me) are the colours. Everything is flowere horizontal stripes or those drab Martha Stewart colours or black or white. I have been looking for a couple of good sweaters, and absolutely NOTHING that isn't garish, colours I cannot wear or just plain FUGLY. The colour trend gets worse with larger sizes which are essential to go over the 'shelf', speaking of which, even undergarments are now garish. BLAH
No problem with pants but I haven't really looked beyond the sweat pants racks, but if those skinny legs that require foot greasing to get the feet through the legs are back, so are the super high waists which button nicely around my armpits.
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I also hate skinny jeans. I am not a 14 year old boy and don't want to look like one either. My favorite jeans are Anne Taylor Loft Curvy Bootcut. I have wide hips compared to my waist size, and other jeans tend to slide down to my hips. The curvy style is the only one I've found that stays right where I want it, slightly below my waist.
My current complaint is the proliferation of very deep V neck tops and sweaters that give everyone a nice free show of the girls. Finding a top that does not require a tank or camisole underneath is a pain. I don't care what they wear on Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice or The Office, it's just not a good look in real life.
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For jeans, go to the largest Western store you can find. Boot cuts are still big, and Wrangler has many womens' styles in short/med/long porportions. The mid rise waist can still be found there. Aaannd, many are stretch denim that doesn't look wonky.
Also for forgiving jeans and just plain nice clothes, Coldwater Creek is still great, and seems to be getting more practical vs former party and cruise wear.
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Ditto AT curvy bootcut jeans. I am a small size (2-4), but very curvy; in the smaller sizes they assume you also have no hips. Finding jeans and pants has always been a challenge for me, regardless of size. I never seem to fit the current trendy "cut".
Ann Taylor loft seems to have clothes that don't make me look like an old woman OR a teenager, and they have more casual and more "dressy" options.
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For jeans, go to the largest Western store you can find. Boot cuts are still big, and Wrangler has many womens' styles in short/med/long porportions. The mid rise waist can still be found there.
I *never* thought I'd wear Wranglers, but found a pair on sale and they are now my very favorite jeans! I didn't realize til recently that Wrangler made anything but basic cowboy jeans - nothing wrong with that, but not my style. I have a lot of trouble finding jeans that are stylish yet without butt cleavage that are actually long enough for me, and the Wranglers are the best yet! Love them!
Thrift stores, baby!!!! We have a couple of good ones in town and I literally buy ALL my clothes there. I've bought BRAND new Lucky jeans & Levi jeans for around 10- 15 bucks. I've also found gorgeous handknit wool sweaters, almost new Columbia jackets, etc. If you find a good thrift store you'll never go back to retail!
Think Walmart carries Lee jeans, not Levi's. They also have their own brand called Faded Glory. If you're near an outlet mall, look for VF Outlet store.
Besides Vanity Fair products, they carry jeans, jeans and more jeans--Lee,
I'm on the fluffy side, large hips, smaller waist. Due to lymphadema in one leg following knee surgery about 5 years ago, fitting my left calf has become
a challenge. Boot cuts used to work but some are cut for a tighter fit. A lot of the straight cuts fit better. Like the fuller leg as it balances out the fanny.
The skinny jeans tired to raise their heads several years ago and promptly disappeared. Now they are baaaackkk again and seeing them in the women's sizes--are they nuts?
AE still sells flares, and so does NY and Co. The latter are a bit pricey (I think) but I got two pairs for the price of one in a sale this summer, so it was reasonable. If flares ever go so out of fashion that they stop selling them ... I suppose I'll have to live in tall boots because I abhor the look of straight jeans, even on skinny people. One of which I am not. *shudder* I also will never pretend to understand the obsession with ballet flats...
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