Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Just Cause I Had a Baby Does Not Mean I Have to Wear Mom Jeans!

Google "mom jeans" and this is pretty much what you get!
It's official, I have finally bitten the bullet and went shopping for new non-maternity pants.  I managed to go all summer either in dresses or my one pair of maternity capri jeans.  I could not being myself to try and go stuff my bigger-than-it-once-was ass into god only knows what size of jeans, so I refrained from doing so.  I was actually considering wearing my old maternity jeans all winter, but a funny thing about those pants is that shirts and/or sweaters tend to stick to the elasticised, stretchy waist material.  This didn't bother me back when I was pregnant, but it became a real irritation recently.  Seeing as I had to go on a shopping spree to buy new winter clothes, since last season all mine were maternity clothes and my previous pre-pregnancy wardrobe just doesn't work yet with my larger chest and butt size, I decided to go ahead and take a look at new pants, jeans to be exact.

I've literally been dreading having to try on new pants.  I have been wearing jeans from the juniors department my entire life, and I knew that those pants aren't exactly cut for women who recently had children.  So I blocked all the images running around my head picturing "mom" pants, and made myself quit prejudging the experience I was to embark upon.

This is another infamous mom jean pic, yikes!

Just so we are all clear on the front end, I am not a fashionista, although I am not a total slouch, either.  I never have been and probably will never be.  I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal, although I do love dresses, but comfort is my main goal when it comes to clothing.  So my main goal for finding new pants was of course comfort.  That and not having a muffin top, ugh!  Before embarking on my shopping trip, I pulled out all my old jeans and braved trying them on.  Most, of course, didn't come remotely close to fitting.  One pair, however, I was able to get zipped and buttoned, woohoo! Believe it or not, these were size 7/8 from my juniors collection.  Funny thing, none of the other 7/8's from the same collection even came close to fitting.  So I checked out the label, and wouldn't you know it said the style was for curves, and those I definitely now have.  I then checked to see if this brand made these style of jeans anymore, and of course they did not.  I then went and did research on other jeans made for curvy women.

I new I was going to be shopping at Kohl's, remember how I said I wasn't a fashionista?  I can't afford really expensive clothes, so I shop at Kohl's quite a bit.  I can get a lot for a lot less, and they have some very cute things here and there, so I make it easy on myself and always plan a trip there when shopping is to be done. Yes, I wish I could afford Gucci and Prada, but I can't, so Kohl's it is.  Anyways, I got online and checked out what style of jeans they had in the women's department.  Low and behold, Jennifer Lopez has a jeans line.  I'm not a huge fan of hers, but she's okay, and I do know she has curves.  After reading the reviews on her jeans line by customers, it seemed that other women were very happy about how her jeans for a "real" woman's body.  After perusing the reviews, I knew I had to go see if her jeans would work for me.

How could I go wrong with a 5-star rating?
Low and behold, Jennifer Lopez does know a bit something about curves!  At first glance, I thought the jeans were not going to work.  I'm usually pessimistic about jeans fitting, so this is no surprise.  But I sucked it up, grabbed what I thought was going to be an appropriate size, and headed to the dressing rooms.  She had several different styles available, but I chose the boot cut and straight-leg style, just and FYI.  Once in the dressing room, I prepared my pessimistic self to not get angry when I looked like a muffin-topped fat cow and/or a flat-butted mom.  I was genuinely shocked and pleased that these jeans made me look like neither.

The bootcut dark wash, not too shabby, eh?
These jeans cut just below my belly button just at the right level on my hips, so I had enough stomach-hip-ass coverage not to show my crack when sitting down and not to have a muffin top when standing up.  They had some stretch to the fabric, which allowed my curves to fill the jeans rather than the jeans try and suppress all my womanly goodness.  And I do like my curves, don't get me wrong.  I've always had a butt and I like it that way.  The stretch accentuated my curves rather than humiliating them, and that is hard to come by in a lot of pants.  Besides the cut at the hip/waist area, they also fit fantastic in the thighs, and they were the perfect length.  I have relatively long legs and have always run into a length problem.  Usually regular jeans are too short and long jeans are just a tad too long.  These jeans, both styles, were exactly the length they needed to be.

Straight-leg dark wash, look great with my boots!
As for the sizing, I know a lot of women besides myself have had issues with one size in one style of a brand of jeans not being the same size in a different style by the same brand.  For instance, I expected Jennifer Lopez's straight-leg and bootcut jeans to completely fit different if tried on in the same size.  Well I was completely wrong!  Both styles fir the exact same in the same size.  They even fit the same when tried on in different washes.  This in and of itself was a miracle.  I actually feel confident enough in the fit that I could order them online, without trying them on, and they would fit when they arrived.  I know you women out there know what I'm talking about!  I'm telling you, it felt like a miracle!  Oh, and they don't stretch out during the day to the point their falling off.  I've had this issue with just about every pair of jeans I've ever owned, so this little blessing is worth checking out.

The bootcut lighter wash, perfect for my sneakers!
So in a nutshell, I am very pleased with Jennifer Lopez's brand of jeans.  I'm not sure how they would work for women without curves, but if you have a butt, hips, and thighs on you, then you definitely need to try them out.  They were also quite stylish.  My typical idea of "women's" jeans is cut way too high, no ass at all, and generally dumpy as hell!  Not these jeans.  These were flattering in every which way.  The pockets were even in the right place, amazing!

Dang mom, yo butt look smokin' in those!
Okay, now on to the best part...they were inexpensive!  They were on sale for $36 and I got another 20% off using my Kohl's charge card, which I always pay off before any interest can hit, I just use it for the additional savings.  Basically, they were around $28 before taxes.  Now that is a price I can live with, especially when it come to temporary sized jeans.  I still plan on losing the rest of the baby weight once I'm done breastfeeding, so I definitely needed some jeans that wouldn't break the bank if I shrunk out of them in a few months or so.  With those prices, and the awesome fit and look, I can actually afford to go down size by size until I get to where I want to be, woohoo!

You know I always have to throw in random Piper pic, right?
Well there you go, good jeans, good fit, good look, and good price.  What more could a woman want, besides getting back into size 3/4 juniors jeans, which will never happen!  I am super duper happy with the Lopez line of jeans, and she had some nice sweaters at Kohl's, too.  Actual sweaters with sleeve which seems to be hard to find these days, and I cannot fathom why because winter is still damn cold!

I hope this review helps some of you curvy women out there, especially you who may be like me and don't have $200 to spend on one pair of pants, and hopefully will give you a direction to look when searching out some new duds. I am particularly picky when it comes to my pants, and I have tons of jeans just sitting in my closet never worn or worn once because they didn't fit the same after the first wear or even after the first couple of hours wear, or after I started and/or got off my period...you know what I'm talking about, right? So, if any of you curvy gals are looking for some new jeans that will fit your curves the way they should, then do check out Jennifer Lopez's line at Kohl's.  I didn't try on any other brands, since I don't believe torturing myself when I find something that works, so I can't speak for any other jeans sold there, but the JLos are terrific as far as I'm concerned.  Sorry I didn't have a pic of myself in them, but I felt awkward asking someone to take a pic of my ass in my jeans, so you'll just have to trust me on all this.

How could you not trust a woman whose daughter is this dang adorable?
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