The Great Mom Jean Search

I finally waved the white flag of defeat over my attempts to wear my regular jeans.  Just because pants zip does not mean that they fit! So to the internet I went to do some shopping because that’s how I’m getting things done these days.  Before I get into the nitty gritty and you all wonder why I only shop at the Gap, let me explain why I only shop there (and Old Navy).  [I know I could find better jeans at nicer establishments, but I’m not willing to pay a lot for (hopefully!) transitional jeans!]  When I was first working and living at home (so that I could save money! Funny!) I gave into my darkest materialistic impulses and got myself a Gap credit card.  It was silly then and it’s silly now, EXCEPT, it’s actually been a really good thing in the long run.  All those insane sales that both Gap and Old Navy run on the regular, well they’re even more insane for cardholders.  And I get lots of cash back, so it’s more money I can put back into my… closet.  And Dave’s and SK’s and Gus’ closets! Anyway, I don’t recommend getting store credit cards willy-nilly, but I’ve been faithful to Gap and to paying my bills and they’ve treated me good in return so it’s all worked out.  Right? Right.

So! Online shopping!  I ordered this pair of jeans last week when they were having a 40% off deal.  They had really good reviews and, of course, they look really great in the picture so I figured I’d give em’ a shot.  Here’s what they look like on me:Photo on 8-25-14 at 9.52 AM #3 Photo on 8-25-14 at 9.52 AM #5Not bad!  But here’s the kicker: they’re really high waisted.  That was on-purpose; I need help in that wiggly-jiggly area.  Plus, high-waisted is in now, right?

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17 year old Ellen is screaming in horror.  Look at how long that zip-fly is! All I wanted back then was for Mom to let me wear low-cut jeans like EVERYBODY ELSE!

The thing is, these jeans feel amazing.  Everything is tucked in just so.  But between the wash and thickness of these jeans and how high they come up, I’m getting a big mom jeans vibe.  Physically, I feel great in them.  But emotionally, I feel like I’ve given up. But the saga doesn’t end there…

It’s Monday, so I had a bit of a death wish anyway.  I decided to pack up the kids and the double stroller AND the Bjorn and go shopping.  I wanted to see what else they had in the store that could help me feel tucked in but not geriatric. I apologize for the fuzzy pictures.  I was trying to be quick for the kiddos’ sake.

Ok from the side...

Ok from the side…

Ahhhh!! So awful!

Ahhhh!! So awful!

I have moral reservations about buying pre-ripped jeans.  And this pair had the same crotch situation as the last pair so, no.

I have moral reservations about buying pre-ripped jeans. And this pair had the same crotch situation as the last pair so, no.

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Gus likes them!

Getting warmer? These were really similar to the pair I bought online, but the waist is a little lower. Eh?

Getting warmer? These were really similar to the pair I bought online, but the waist is a little lower.

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This was the best pair, I think.  They're the same as the last one except lighter/more washed out.  I think that makes them look a little more young, don't you think?  And lets talk about that sweater.  It's the same as the gray one but a size larger.  I like the color, but is it too large?

This was the best in-store pair, I think. They’re the same as the last one except lighter/more washed out. I think that makes them look a little more young, don’t you think? And lets talk about that sweater. It’s the same as the gray one but a size larger. I like the color, but is it too large? Does the gray look better? Incidentally, these jeans are the sexy boyfriend jeans that Blythe and Grace both praised to high heaven. Maybe they are magic for all postpartum bodies after all?

I need you, fashionable, lovely internet friends and family!  Should I go with the online purchase or the last pair I tried on in the store?  Please Pretty Please weigh in and tell me your opinions!

 

 

16 thoughts on “The Great Mom Jean Search

  1. I actually really like the online winners. I can't get into the lighter wash trend myself, though they do look good on you. But the waistline of the first pair is just insanely flattering. I think I may have to just click over …

    • Thanks Jenny! It's nice to know it's not just in my head that the first pair is flattering. If you do click over and jean shop, though, Lisa reminded me that they probably will have big sales this weekend for Labor Day. 🙂

  2. I like the online ones best. I am partial to medium/dark wash jeans, and they do hold their shape better. I just hate when clothes get baggy after wearing them for 15 minutes, you know?

  3. Looks like I'm making a trip to gap soon……. First, I like the look of the green sweater. Though both sizes look excellent on you. Second, those last jeans are it as are the ones you got online. Winners!

  4. It's a dangerous thing asking moms for non-mom jean advice. 🙂 I think I'd go for the online pair with the gray one being a very close second. Which one will work best further into the fall? I always find the perfect clothes for any season, just as it's ending.

    Also, tell me more about your double stroller. It looks fierce

  5. Haha, I am vehemently against store credit cards…but cracked one day at Kohls and signed up for one b/c of the big discount, and it does come in handy when we need certain things and they are having big sales!

    I really like that first and last pair on you- I'm usually partial to dark wash, but the light wash boyfriends are fun. And call me crazy, but I'm hoping to buy some postpartum jeans this w/e if Gap has a really good Labor Day sale- crossing my fingers that sizing waaay up will do the trick!

  6. Anne, you are wise about fall/winter coming. The first pair are definitely better suited for the change of seasons! And our stroller is a Britax B-Ready. We got it before Sara came, specifically because it converts to a double. We've been really happy with it!

  7. I bought postpartum clothes before Gus came… no pants, I"ll be honest, but I did buy loose, comfy tops. Gotta take advantage of those sales!

  8. I like the first pair, too, but that zipper makes me shudder…don't tuck in a shirt! Also, I really like the last pair, which look great on you. I may need to get my own pair! And go with the grey sweater, or the green one in a smaller size, because you're going to regret going bigger when it inevitably stretches out after washing. And now my good deed for today is done. 🙂

    • Ha! That's what Dave said: no tucking! And I actually did order that sweater online, but in tall, so it's fitted but longer in the torso.

  9. I like the online ones, but the last pair is nice too. And I really think you're looking good, like give yourself a high five! I am a total gap/old navy-aholic because of their amazing online shipping and returns. I think they've lost money on me because of how much I ship back, but most of my wardrobe these days consists of them. I just don't have the time to go looking for fun stuff and so little online I know what fits. That being said, I did go shopping a month or so ago at a giant mall with all my favourite "cool" stores and stuff honestly wasn't that different that old navy. It was a LOT more money, but not much different. It made me feel better about my limited shopping options!

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