I still don’t like jeans. I like denim jackets, denim vests, denim shorts, denim shirts, and denim skirts, but I don’t like denim pants. In fact, I only own five pairs of jeans and I rarely wear them.

Skinny
I finally got rid of my jeggings and my expensive skinnies (Paige Skyline) because they got too saggy, too fast. Now, I have three pairs of skinny jeans from Old Navy, two blue and one black. They are all the same size and all the Sweetheart fit, but one pair (blue) is “short” and two pairs (one blue and one black) is “petite.” Short was only available in store (where I bought the first pair) and petite was only available online. Unfortunately, petite is not just shorter in the leg, but also in the rise. To further add to the sizing issues, the black pair feels a full size smaller than my two blue pairs. I don’t really like any of them. The blue pairs are saggy now that they’ve been washed a few times and all three pairs are way too roomy at the ankle.


I can’t tell the two blue pairs apart in pictures (even though one is petite and one is short), so I only pictured one of them.

Boyfriend
These are also from Old Navy and I don’t feel cute in them. I mostly wear them to the dog park and agility.


Bootcut
My only other pair of jeans is a bootcut pair by (now-defunct) Canadian brand M. They are truly the best jeans I own, but the tailor hemmed them a tad too short for my liking.


That’s it. I find jeans uncomfortable, difficult to fit, and unflattering. I doubt I’ll ever be one of those “jeans with everything” girls, but who knows what the future may bring. For now, I much prefer a pair of leggings or fleece pants.

Over to you. How many pairs do you own? How many do you wear? How many do you truly love?

This post is an updated version of Denim Wardrobe, originally published 10/19/2008 at whatiwore2day.blogspot.com/2008/10/denim-wardrobe.html

January 22, 2017
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Kasmira Kit

16 Comments

  1. Susan

    January 25, 2017

    I’m on Team Dress. No pants of any variety. I gave them up sometime in my 40s, for comfort. I tall and have a very long rise. Life is just too short to be uncomfortable!

    • Kasmira Kit

      January 25, 2017

      You must be a You Look Fab reader! (Team Dress) I always find it interesting when people have different fit challenges from my own but arrive at the same conclusion. You’re right: life is too short to be uncomfortable!

  2. Stephanie Ganger

    January 25, 2017

    I used to love jeans but have had a terrible time finding ones that are truly comfortable. Work wise I have a lot of movement lifting, walking, reaching etc over the course of hours. With these newer to me jobs (last few years) I find myself going towards a more athleisure look for clothing. I don’t ever feel like I can’t do what I need to do in a day from a walk, gym trip, work, housework, desk work etc. I just received 2 new pairs of leggings (prefer athletic ones as they last longer) and a pair of athleisure style pants kind of joggers but a lighter weight fabric. I had to replace a few pairs of leggings and a pair of straight leg athletic pants that wore out. Luckily I expect these to last at least 3 years so I should be good for a while.

    I am also wondering how much of my current style preferences is that so many things have been in flux healthwise that I am always uncomfortable so these clothes help. When I have a flareup and swell up and bloat for a week or so it is nice to know my clothes still mostly fit.

    • Kasmira Kit

      January 25, 2017

      Ugh, I am so with you on the bloat this week! And I am also an athletic legging fan. I just bought two pairs of the C9 Embrace (from Target) and really like them.

  3. Gerrilyn Mitchell

    January 25, 2017

    I like my stretchy skinnys, tucked into Ugg type boots for when it’s cold outside and with flat shoes when it’s warmer. I have quite a few pairs, but only from about 4 brands. Finding jeans that fit well is like the holy grail, and you have to try on many many pairs to find the right ones. When you find the brands that do fit, you are best off to stick with them but you still have to try each and every one of them on. Manufacturers cut garments in large piles, and there is some fabric slippage throughout the pile. The pair on the top of the pile may turn out to be a size different them the ones cut from the bottom of the pile, so a size 10 is not always a size 10. You GOTTA try them all on. For length, go with a pair you like on you and measure them and replicate for the next pair with the same type of fit. It gets easier the more times you do all this. Finding the right jeans can make you feel like a model (and I’m only 5’1″ tall!). If you don’t like the ones you have, get rid of them and start all over. Life’s too short to wear something that is not cute on you and you don’t feel good in.

    • Kasmira Kit

      January 25, 2017

      Thanks for the encouragement to keep trying! Maybe I should try on one pair every time I shop, just to keep the momentum going.

  4. Sheila (of Ephemera)

    January 25, 2017

    I do not own any jeans at the moment – I have a pair of striped denim pants that I wear around the house (they are my gauge of when I need to stop with the snacking already), one pair of cotton camo pants and a pair of stretchy leopard heavy cotton skinnies (Avon! Ha!). My other pants (only about 7 pairs) vary between crazy styles (plaid, houndstooth, culottes) and leather (two pairs, both 15+ years old, thrifted).

    I dislike the feel of pants mostly. Dresses and skirts all the way!

    • Kasmira Kit

      January 25, 2017

      I am LOLing at the stop-snacking-slacks! I guess we all have something like that.

  5. Sandi

    January 25, 2017

    Wow! This post is a real eye opener for me! I have 8 pair of jeans, 3 skinny pants, 3 boot cut, 2 regular cut. I like all of them for different reasons but also at the same time I really have to watch what shirts I wear with them because the way they all fit in the waist!! Ugh! And truth be told, I have no idea how to style leggings like you do. I really want to learn more about it! I would love to get jeans out of my life lol!
    sp

    • Kasmira Kit

      January 25, 2017

      Well, leggings are pretty easy! Just cover your butt with a tunic, long sweater, skirt or shorts and you’re good!

  6. ~J

    January 26, 2017

    All of my currently worn jeans have quite a bit of stretch in them, and are thinner fabric than traditional jeans. I hate tight pants of any kind! I usually buy a size bigger than I really need to so that I can throw them in the dryer and not worry about shrinkage too much. I don’t care at this point if they are baggy – comfort is top priority, and I own belts. I love the legging idea, but I’m having trouble finding tunics I like (don’t care for 3/4 sleeves), in fabrics I like, that don’t make me look like I’m pregnant with triplets!

    • Kasmira Kit

      January 26, 2017

      I often buy my denim skirts and shorts a few sizes too big for lots of slouch and comfort. I find that they are still flattering. But my loose boyfriend jeans just make me look homeless. Somehow, it doesn’t “work’ on me when there is a full leg.

  7. Michaela Osiecki

    January 26, 2017

    I own two pairs of jeans. Neither are flattering on me and I kind of avoid wearing both of them unless everything else is in the laundry. So I feel your pain!

    • Kasmira Kit

      January 26, 2017

      I want to love jeans, but, alas, I just don’t.

  8. Michelle...

    January 26, 2017

    I wear pants pretty much exclusively now. My left calf is much smaller since surgery (and won’t improve) and I just can’t deal with the way it looks at the moment. Maybe one day I’ll get over it and wear skirts/dresses/shorts again.

    I’m a short, roundish person who can only wear flats these days. This means that I’ve gravitated away from bootlegs, wide legs etc (find that they swamp me without the length of leg that a high heel can give) so I only have slim leg or skinny jeans/pants now. I have Levi’s 311 (shaping skinny) in a bunch of colours – they have enough elastane that they don’t bag out but not so much that they don’t feel like jeans anymore (if that makes sense!)

    • Kasmira Kit

      January 26, 2017

      I agree that, without a heel, only a skinny or slim leg jean seems right. Although I do like a cowboy boot with a lowish heel and bootcut jeans!

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