Between a very long winter spent mostly indoors (sitting at my computer) and the whacky hormonal imbalance of menopause, I cannot get into many of my jeans. Even if I meet my steps challenge every day and run extra miles, nothing is budging, so I have made (some) peace with that fact, moved on and spent the last couple of weeks testing out new jean and pant options.
What have I discovered? That I need a more forgiving jean. Also, for someone who has long been anti-stretch and a big proponent of 100% cotton denim, I have realized a little stretch can be your friend. Mind you, I still have a few pairs of vintage Levi’s with no stretch that I can (thankfully) wear, but they are baggy and casual, I needed jeans to wear to meetings and out to dinner.
What did I buy? These Re/Done high-rise stovepipe in Medium Vain. (I bought them at Jenni Kayne because you can generally get 15% off everything, so take advantage). They have an unfinished hem, which is not ideal, but they aren’t tight around the waist and are flattering at my hips/upper thigh area. They say they are 100% cotton, but they feel like they have a bit of give to them, perhaps they are a lighter weave; what they are not is stiff and heavy. Then black jeans, which I find super hard. I bought these from Acne Studios. The black jeans have a hint of stretch, 2%, which is makes them fit well without quickly losing their shape. These are slim fit. Because I don’t wear leggings, except for exercise, this is my alternative. Plus, they are far more versatile.
Stay tuned for more cotton, spring to summer pants.