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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Shopping Adventures - White Jeans, Petite Jeans, and Designer Skinny Jeans--Whaaaat?

High five if you also despise shopping for jeans!  Why is it such a horrible process?  Ugh.

My white jeans were already a little too big for me, but because I've lost a couple of extra pounds they're really, really too big for me now.  And not in a way that is worth tailoring.  When LOFT had a recent sale I took the opp to try their white jeans.  I'm a huge fan of their Modern Skinny cut, so I thought, "Why not?"

However, jeans often tend to be too long on me, so even though I'm 5'6" I threw a pair of petite jeans into my order too.  For funsies.  Here are the results!


This is LOFT's regular Modern Skinny cut.  I'm normally size 6/8 and I usually wear 6 in Modern Skinny.  There's also a Curvy Skinny version in white, if you have a smaller waist and wider hips.

For some reason both the black and white versions of Modern Skinny jeans seem to be longer on me than the normal skinny blue jeans.  You can see the bunching at the ankles.  I could get them hemmed, but what is hard to tell in this pic is that there's also a little extra room around the waist.

Overall, the jeans are a very bright white, not cream-ish or off-white.  The material seems sturdy, while there is a little stretch so that they're comfortable.  In my opinion, they are pretty good in the sense of not being see-through.  I don't think you can get away with totally brightly colored underwear out in the sunshine, but they're thick enough that you might be able to get pretty darn close.  Nude or neutral underwear would definitely be fine.  



Then I tried the petite Modern Skinny fit in size 6.  I think they look way better!  However, I'm desiring like 1/2 inch longer on the leg.  Or...do you think they're fine as is?  I'm still contemplating and need some second opinions!  

It feels strange to order petite, but hey, it kinda works!  



Next up...I had some credit for Zappos, so I decided to go all out and try some designer jeans.  One of our very brand-conscious guy friends swears by designer jeans feeling and fitting so much better than cheaper jeans.  While I usually roll my eyes at him about his brand snobbiness he made me very curious to experience the difference for myself with designer jeans.  Actually, I honestly don't know what counts as designer jeans because I'm not cool enough to know the difference, but anything over $100 is designer in my mind!  :P

I tried DL1961 Emma Leggings which are technically jeggings I guess, but they feel thick enough to be normal jeans.  Just softer and stretchier.  Or is the softness because they're so expensive and "designer"?  No idea, but OMG they are wonderful!

They're extremely flattering on the rear and really all over.  They make you look slim and trim!  And they hold their shape through out the day!  This wash has somewhat of a faded vintage feel to it (slightly), which I'm not sure is what I was looking for.  I'll probably try the "bloom" darker wash instead.

I'm wearing these in 29, even though Nordstrom's True Fit size thingy told me I'd be 28.  Seriously guys, they fit like a glove.  Like, they magically mold to your body in the most flattering way.  Okay, I'm not sure if that'll be the case for you, but it's definitely true for me!  Some other reviewers both on Zappos' and Nordstrom's site say the same thing though!

Do any of you wear expensive jeans?  What differences have you noticed?  This is only my first pair of $100+ jeans, so I don't have much data to compare with my normal under $50 jeans.  But, so far so good!

42 comments:

  1. I think those designer jeans look great on you! I've never bought designer jeans because I'm too cheap I usually consider Loft jeans to be a splurge for me! I did find a pair of white jeans on clearance there a few weeks ago final sale 20 dollars and I have no idea why I didn't snag those up. Sigh.

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  2. I actually have never tried designer jeans, only because I'm so cheap! Ha! You look great in all of these, though, and I don't think that one pair of white ones is too short. I think they look perfect!
    Have a great weekend!
    The Busy Brunette
    http://thebusybrunette.blogspot.com/

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  3. You look adorable in everything! Jean shopping is truly ... ummm .... difficult ... and white jean shopping? ACK!

    OXOX

    Dawn Lucy

    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  4. Agreed shopping for jeans is the worst. Especially if you've gained some holiday weight which results in unpleasant surprises in the dressing room.... ;D

    xo, Alice
    The Inconnue Blog || Inconnue on Etsy

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  5. I'm 5'6 too and have run into the exact same problem with jeans! I usually end up going longer rather than shorter, just because I like to roll them up. I've got to admit that I do like designer jeans more than most of my cheap jeans, but I'm too cheap to pay full price for them. All of my designer jeans are from eBay or thrift stores. eBay has been a great place to look for affordable designer jeans once I figured out what sizes I needed depending on the brand. :)

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  6. I LOATHE shopping for jeans. I feel like I've tried a gajillion different brands and styles, and nothing seems to work. I miss the good old fashioned heavyweight denim and solid, undistressed washes of the ancient past. And hello, jeans makers? Some of us girls have BUTTS! Make room for one, please! I found ONE style that worked for me - Lucky Brand Classic Rider - and they aren't made anymore. It's a conspiracy. >:( My next best bet is Lucky's Easy Rider in Dark Goldmine. Zappos still has those. I luuuuv Zappos. :)

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  7. Thanks for the input! What did you miss about the length when you sacrificed? Did it look strange with some shoes being a little shorter?

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  8. YESSSS I need to go to Nordstrom Rack. I shopped there a lot pre-blogging, but the line at our store is always crazy so it makes me not want to shop there! Especially now that I have a kid and in-store shopping is even harder. But it might be worth it for designer jeans because hot dang, they're comfy!

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  9. Thanks, Heather! I feel exactly the same about Loft jeans. When I bought my first pair of Loft jeans a while back for $40 I felt like I was splurging!

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  10. I'm relieved to hear you have the same problem with length. I thought I must be the strangest 5'6" person because I think it's a pretty average height yet it doesn't seem like other people have that problem!

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  11. Have you tried the Curvy Fit from Loft? Were they still not roomy enough in the rear?

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  12. I have been dying for a pair of white jeans for YEARS, but I've had the hardest time finding a flattering, non-revealing pair. Last weekend I was in Nordstrom and eyed a $79 Kut From the Kloth pair, and OH MY WORD they're incredible. I'd honestly given up on finding a pair that I loved, but this pair is so great! I'm glad to read about someone else who has a tough time finding jeans because I'm right there with you, sister. :)

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  13. I love those white Loft jeans! I need to pick up a pair!


    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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  14. Too short to be a regular fit and too long to be a cropped pant makes for a consistently awkward visual—shoes can be a real struggle because it seems to accentuate the "issue".
    But the biggest problem has been in the cold weather (not as big a problem for you, I understand, but I'm in Michigan!) and I had to wear knee-high socks just to keep the white gap of skin from showing or being cold.

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  15. Florentina ScusiSaturday, April 25, 2015

    White jeans are great!

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  16. Those jeans look adorable on you!! I'm not sure if I'd go long or a little shorter on the white jeans...do you feel like white jeans are mommy-friendly? I feel like my toddler would destroy them!

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  17. I'm 5'3" and I just splurged, for the first time, on an almost-$100 pair of jeans at Banana Republic. I had to get petite *ankle* length pants for them to not be too long. They are full length on me. Usually petite pants are just right or a tiny bit short. I think manufacturers are just making skinny jeans longer for some reason.

    Both pairs of white jeans look great on you. However, I probably wouldn't wear the shorter pair with socks, unless you're wearing tall boots. Maybe you should try both pairs with shoes you're likely to wear them with.

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  18. Those designer jeans look great on you! I consider anything over $40 on jeans a splurge so I definitely couldn't handle $100+!! And glad you made a comment about the white pants being too short, I have some ON pixie pants here I've been debating about but, after trying them with shoes yesterday, was thinking they were just an awkward length. Hard to admit it though and actually return!

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  19. I like the ankle-length look of the petite jeans on you. Perfect for spring/summer! Shopping for jeans is always tricky for me since I'm 6'2. As if the length issue wasn't hard enough, I have a size large bum and a size small waist. I usually pay the money for really well-fitting high quality jeans (whether it's J.Crew, Joe's, Lucky, Citizens etc.) and then wear them to tatters! I've even had a pair of custom jeans made for me and also buy jeans from tall speciality lines like Tallwater. I agree with the other commenter who mentioned Nordstrom Rack. You can try on a wide variety of designers and styles in one place and find some great steals. I even found a pair of 38" inseam Lucky Brand jeans once!!!


    xo Beth - LongLeggy.com

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  20. I like the length on the white jeans. I think ankle length keeps it looking fresh and fun for warm weather. As far as the blue jeans, those also look great!i used to do more designer jeans but lately I have been in love with Gap jeans-any of their mid rise styles. They hold their shape all day and stay up! I was so tired of always hiking up my jeans. Watch the sales because it seems Gap is allowing jeans when they do 40% off your total. They don't always include them but it seems like they do about every other time they have a sale.

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  21. bitch i might beSaturday, April 25, 2015

    Express has a good pair of white jeans - pretty soft and not see-through. They are mid rise, though, if that's an issue. I prefer low rise because being petite, I have a short torso.

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  22. For summer I think either length is fine. That ankle length is really cute with wedges and heels.

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  23. I love the designer ones on you! Perfect length too.

    I'm pretty lucky that I can order what I like from most collections - if I get the cropped styles. I'm petite so the cropped lengths are perfect for me, haha! I have a couple pairs Sass and Bide jeans, they are my exxy deisgner ones but they do last and wear beautifully. And I like Jeanswest I know my size and I'm really comfortable with them, I don't know the US equivalent but they are like a high street store. Have been wearing their jeans since forever!

    Away From The Blue

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  24. The white jeans look great although i might be tempted to cuff them just slightly to reduce the ankle flare out. Also, I have just recently delved into the world of designer jeans and I am hooked. I tried a bunch of brands and found my perfect jean (Citizens of Humanity-Avedon). There is a website called www.fitcode.com that asks you a few questions about your body shape and then they tell you, based on your fitcode, which designer brand works best on your body type. I found it to be very accurate as it recommended jeans that I had already found worked for my body!

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  25. Seems like white jeans and shorts are popping up everywhere this spring! I feel like my life is so hectic that if I were to get a pair they wouldn't stay white for long haha! Those designer jeans do fit you like a glove! I just wonder if it was luck of finding the right pair that fit you or if it's in fact because they are designer jeans. Who knows! I'd say if you can, definitely stick with them because they are amazeballs :D


    Roxi - www.persianfrenchie.blogspot.com

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  26. I'm also 5'6" and have run into the length problem. Most of my pants look like the first picture! But I like that longer look if the ankles have a small flare. In fact, my fav jeans from Express that bit the dust looked like that and I've missed them! I like the way they look on you in the petite fit, too, but I do think they need a small roll up due to the slight flare.


    On another note, I was raised on kmart and thrift store clothes, and graduated to Target/department store clothing in my teens/early twenties. Now i've splurged on a few more expensive purchases and i would say if the item is sturdy IT IS WORTH IT. For example, if it's an expensive shirt it might be paper thin and require hand washing etc...I don't find that worth it. But jeans, heck yes! I heard a tip once that an item is worth it if you use/wear it once for every dollar you spend. So my $275 Michael Khors purse was worth it since I have now used it for 2 years straight and it's still in good shape. Know what I mean? I think jeans have that same type of long lifespan and are worth it.


    Hope this helps! :)

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  27. I do have one pair of $100 jeans and dang do I love them. I had to try on like 20 pairs at that store before I found the pair that was like YES, but that's just the case with clothes. Gotta try 'em on!


    LOFT jeans are pretty much always a sure bet for me! I adore the Curvy cut. I like that they have just a bit of stretch to them but are still sturdy. And they don't cost $100. :-)

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  28. I love the petite version of the white ones on you - the ankle length is perfect. I always swore by Loft jeans but have been finding some of my pairs to get too stretchy and baggy after a few hours of wear lately (which I HATE - nothing like saggy butt in your jeans to make you feel frumpy, or undies falling down to make you crabby), and I'm starting to become a believer in designer jeans because of it. Just got Paige jeans in white and in denim, and the fabric is just clearly nicer in feel and fit and texture. They're stretchy without getting saggy. Just a small sample size here, but I think they're actually on to something, those designer jeans... This pair looks fab on you!

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  29. They still gap in the waist (I have a full 10" difference between waist and hip!), and I can't stand stretch denim. I don't like clingy pants. I have some curvy slim cords from Ann Taylor that are okay, but the jeans from both AT and Loft don't seem to work for me. :(

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  30. At our Rack, if you're paying with a card, you can find any green-shirted person, and they can check you out anywhere in the store with their handheld device. Love that. :)

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  31. Like you, I have a larger butt and smaller waist (10" difference), and I can't seem to find any jeans that account for that. I find that most jeans are too low in the rise or gap at the waist or are too stretchy or too tight in general. (I'm *not* a fan of stretch denim at all, and I feel like I'm not proportioned well for skinnies.) I had found one pair of Luckys that fit, but the style has been discontinued. Now I don't know what to get.

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  32. Oh - and you can shop some of Rack's stuff online.

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  33. Yeah! It's tough. I often have the waist gape thing too. There's always the option of having a tailor alter the waist to fix that problem but that's extra money and hassle. I've been wearing the black J.Crew Reid jeans a lot. It's a more relaxed skinny - actually described as "slim, straight fit" on the website and the description also says "it's what to wear when you want a break from your skinnies". Hah! I wear my pair of Indi custom jeans a lot because they fit so great but the company went out of business. That's such a bummer that Lucky doesn't make your style anymore. I have a pair of Lucky "Tomboy" jeans that work pretty well, but I don't see them on the website anymore either.

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  34. Jennifer AppletonSunday, April 26, 2015

    I'm 5'5" and have the same problem with length! In skinnies, I am able to get away with both regular and petite lengths (and based on this post, I really think you can wear both lengths too!)... But in bootcuts/flares, petites are too short. I prefer the length of the petites for these white jeans I think, but I'd do just the slightest roll to take them up to where they don't flare out - just like 2 rolls of the hem.
    I'm so disappointed because I had found GREAT cropped white jeans but hadn't had a chance to wear them yet because I was pregnant last summer. Like you, I've lost a couple extra pounds and it's enough to make them not work! So, I passed them over to my mom (who just lost over 130 pounds... First time in our lives that we can pass clothes back and forth!) and now I'm on the hunt for good, and cheap, white jeans!
    Also, those designer jeans look like such the perfect fit on you - amazing! I never splurge on clothes... I'm too cheap :)

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  35. Don't know how these fit, but Amazon has white Kut from the Kloth Diana skinnies on sale for $44. Their prices fluctuate like crazy, though, so good luck. http://www.amazon.com/KUT-Kloth-Womens-Diana-Skinny/dp/B00Q6EOYF6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1430105667&sr=8-3&keywords=kut+from+the+kloth+diana

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  36. Well you look fantastic in all of them! I am 5'4" and have a lot of trouble with length too. Sometimes I can do petite at Loft and sometimes I can't . I like the white petite denim on you. You could roll them a bit at the bottom and use them as a cropped pant for spring too. I actually just ordered the same pair and am anxious to see how they fit. Susan

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  37. I have a pair of AG Stevie Ankle jeans that I got form Anthropologie for $150+ and are absolutely worth every penny. The fabric is fantastic, they fit beautifully (after going up a size), and they are the most flattering jeans I've ever owned. I also have two $100+ pairs from Madewell that I like a lot but after wearing them for a bit, I think I'd rather have 1 pair of AG than 2 pair of Madewell if I'm going to splurge.


    In general, with "designer" jeans, I think that the quality of fabric and finishing is noticeably better than less expensive brands -- they have the right amount of heft, softness, and stretch that holds up throughout the day and with multiple wearings. Although there is some variability across brands and within a brand, you normally don't get scratchy fabrics that sag at the knees after a few hours of wearing. You're also more likely to find a pair that is made in the USA.

    I'm a big fan of both LOFT and Ann Taylor for more budget-friendly jeans. Since I'm 5'5", I often fit better in the petites as well but since I don't have petite "proportions," I find that I sometimes have to go up a size to get the rise and waist to fit properly (esp. for LOFT, less so for Ann Taylor). So, if you're normally a 6, I'd suggest trying a 6P and an 8P. You might get a bit of extra length in the leg without too much extra in the waist/hips/rise.

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  38. I've recently discovered DL1961 and love them! I would also suggest trying the Florence. It was a splurge for me, but they really hold there shape and fit so well. I'm ready to get another pair soon.
    xo Adri
    www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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  39. The petite jeans look like "ankle" jeans. They are totally on trend. Keep them

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  40. Good to know about the Florence. Thank you!

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  41. I was thinking of trying the 8P in jeans, so it's helpful to hear that it works for you. Thanks!


    And really good to hear about designer jeans and how they hold up after wear--both during the day and also over time in general. Thanks for the input!

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  42. Thanks, Anne! It makes me feel better that you're getting into designer jeans too because I feel like you are wise and thoughtful about your purchases, and like I've told you before, I admire you and look up to you for that. Gives me some peace of mind that the noticeable quality difference isn't just in my head!

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