January 22, 2010

Friday Finds: Denim Polygamy

Subtitled: Anne breaks out of her jeans rut. (I prefer "comfort zone," but let's be brutally honest.)

Have I discussed my love for the AG Club jean? I know everyone loves the Kelly jean by Citizens and the A-Pocket jean by Seven, but neither of those have my heart the way my trusty AG jeans do. I have them in three different washes (and stages of wear, I might add) and seem to pick the very same pair during every annual trek for jeans.

With the exception of one mid-rise bootcut jean by Citizens I was conned into buying (and loving) last year, I'm an all-AG girl. Finding new jeans is the most exhausting thing to do on Earth, by the way, so it makes sense to me that I lean towards the familiar.

When Santa B brought me some fabulous new Frye boots, though, I just had to find a way to wear them (read: show them off) more. The only option? Skinny jeans. Cue "Psycho" music here. Eep!

What's an hourglass-shaped girl to do? Leggings haven't been my friend since the late 80s/early 90s and I needed an option that wouldn't bring me to tears but would allow me to bundle up in my boots more often my dress-wearing days. (It is the coldest January on record, y'all. I just made that up but it feels true to me!)

So I cowgirled up and tried on some straight jeans. Not skinny, not bootcut, but somewhere in the middle. And totally tuckable, my one true criterion besides "please don't make me look like I'm 300 pounds." I just had a baby, remember, Gap? Please don't make me feel worse about my new, um, physique!

So my Friday find is the first pair of non-bootcut/flare jeans to grace this derriere since high school. Friends, may I introduce you to the Gap Real Straight jean. With a snazzy online coupon (20% off, don't mind if I do!), these jeans are one-third the price of designer options - and I'm glad, because once winter's over they'll be retired until next boots season.

While I'm not shaped like the model whose lower half inspires envy, I can honestly say I don't feel terrible in these jeans. They've got a great feel to them, are cut super well and have renewed my faith in non-AG jean options.

Mix in this delightful hand-made cashmere scarf from Etsy (feel free to send this my way for Valentine's Day, Cupid!) and you've got a cozy Friday outfit.

If you can't bring spring any faster, you might as well enjoy the cold! Here's to breaking out of my bootcut box! Any other straight-leg jeans suggestions? Am I the only girl who's true to one (slash paralyzed by fear to try any other) pair of jeans?

P.S. Just after I drafted this post, I saw that Kate at Elefantitas Alegres sported the Gap Real Straight jean in her recent outfit of the day. Since she looks way fabulous in them, take a look at her. Pictures of me in the jeans? Um, they're on their way.


very married said...

i totally get into jeans ruts. i feel like i'm always wearing the same 3 pairs.

Emily Emeneker said...

My first pair of "skinny" jeans came from AT Loft this past fall. I was as nervous as you putting them on, but there is much stretch and all the ladies in the dressing room shared in the delight of how fabulous they make the rear. I have two pairs. Also, Crew has a great toothpick ankle cord that does fabulous things for the rear. Pair with some heels and you will be awesome! (PS cords are currently on sale!!)

The Wife of a Fisherman said...

Gap jeans were the first pair I bought after the baby! They fit and look good!

Beth said...

Anne, I almost posted about my quest for skinny jeans a couple of months ago, but I didn't want to post pics! However, I LOVE my Joe's Jeans in "The Cigarette" style. Not too terrible on this hourglass figure...though I usually pair with a longer top. ;) And slightly off the subject but thought Boden's spring line was fabulous too! Hope you and your hubby and sweet Mac are well!

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