WARNING: Non-quilting post!
I had a Fashion Moment while visiting Tucson a few weeks ago and I had to share. I know, I’m not exactly a fashion guru. But really, every woman needs a pair of flattering, well-fitted jeans, no? I have such a difficult time getting bottoms that fit. I’m oddly shaped with short parts, long parts, skinny parts and plump parts. I love the way the elegant salesperson at Nordstrom’s put it (after I tried on fifteen pairs of jeans that did not fit), “You have athletic thighs and gluts”. Yes, I do.
When I got the request to teach and lecture for the Tucson Quilters Guild, one of my first thoughts was, “I have to go to Loop and get another pair of jeans”! I discovered Loop on a previous visit to my son and have wanted to return ever since. Loop is an amazing store that sells jeans and related casual gear.
If you’re old enough, you’ll remember “Dress Shops”, shops where they kept a record of your size and preferences and actually helped you select just the right dress. They would call you when something came in that you would like and they’d hold it for you. They would tell you if it didn’t fit and would fawn all over you if it looked great on you. They knew you and actually served you.
Loop is the equivalent of a “dress shop” for jeans. Here’s how it works:
You are greeted at the door by an adorable, gentle, polite full-sized Chocolate Poodle. He is so sweet-forgot to get his photo. So they really did have me at “Hello”!
And lots of cute tops too. The two times I’ve been in there I’ve seen older women, young women, skinny and not-so-skinny women and everyone seems to find something that fits. And they had kept a record of the jeans I bought four years ago!
Here’s their promise: Tell them what style you’re looking for (crop, skinny, trouser, etc) and they will NAIL your fit in three pair! Okay, for the girl who has to try on 20 jeans to find a pair that even remotely fits, that is a tall promise. They found 7 pairs, put me in the dressing room and I tried them all on. Four FIT, and I mean fit perfectly-on my odd body! My only dilemma was which pair I liked best.
I can’t tell you how liberating that is! I was in and out of there in 20 minutes-I’m not much of a shopper. The pursuit of a new pair of decent jeans is usually a season, trying many stores and many jeans. Twenty minutes was astounding to me. All their jeans are unhemmed so they hem them to your liking and you pick them up in a few days.
And yes, it is “premium denim” and yes, they are pricey. In my mind, they are worth it:
This is some of my “jean debris”, jeans that might fit me skinnier, some for when I’m heavier, but none of them ever fitting like I want. So how much money have I spent on ill-fitting jeans? One pair that actually fits is worth it.
And “premium denim” is made from premium components. This is the label from the pair I bought 4 years ago. The polyester content means they NEVER bag out at the knees, they stay looking brand new, yet they somehow stretch as though they had spandex in them. Those 4-year old jeans look brand new and have no bagging or worn out areas. That poly wears like iron. Well worth the price! Lucky me that my son lives there and I have an excuse to visit. It would be a little ridiculous to travel to Tucson just to buy jeans I guess…
They fit me perfectly, close to the body with a comfortable waist that does not make for muffin top. And here’s how GOOD jeans should fit-I can do squats in them if I want and I can snuggle up like this and be comfortable. (I giggle at hubby’s golf shirts in the background, arranged by color!) Now I have TWO pair of great jeans-wahoo!
I’ll be back to quilts next week, my Fashion Moments are rare. I’m linking up as always with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday-check out her links!
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