Last week I spent 24 hours in New York City doing something I absolutely never thought I would ever do… trying on designer jeans.
I’m a plus size girl; designer jeans aren’t exactly in my size demographic. The thought of doing trying on jeans in front of a room of Lucky Jeans professionals, well, let’s just say every scenario in my head played out like the end of Carrie.
But, I went. Worse case scenario: nothing would fit. Would it sting? Sure. But, I am coming off two years of being brave with my body, and I wasn’t about to wuss out now.
So I flew into LaGuardia airport with nothing but a carry-on full of my favorite jeans, a couple of shoes and an answered questionnaire about what I look for in denim, which surprisingly only ended up being the very obvious feature of them actually fitting. I mean, that seems like it’d be a no-brainer, but I guess I am just used to having such limited jean options. My biggest requirements are 1. button, 2. look less chubby. I don’t know if that says more about me or the state of plus size fashion options.
At 9am on Monday morning, I ventured out into the pouring rain to the Lucky Jeans showroom for a one-on-one fit session where we dished on denim, fit, and their brand new plus size jeans line. It was like group therapy without the benzodiazepines.
So, prior to last summer, the majority of my pants were flare jeans. I have thick thighs, and liked the wideness of the bell to balance out the curviness of the rest of me. Plus, I spend my summers avoiding shorts, camped out in my flare jeans and fitted tank tops. It never occurred to me that flared jeans might not be the right cut for my body. It was about comfort. I felt most comfortable in pants that don’t cling to my flabby parts, and they felt youthful.
It wasn’t until recently that I came to adore skinny jeans, or their questionable cousins by marriage, jeggings. I traded in fitted tops for longer cuts and looser shapes, and started hoarding skinny jeans to wear with ballet flats and tall boots and if I was feeling especially confident, a sexy pair of heels.
I thought meeting with the Lucky jeans designers would be intimidating. Like I said, plus size isn’t exactly the designer jeans target audience, and even when they do offer jeans in extended sizes, the cuts seem to be a bit on the conservative side, so I had mentally prepared myself to leave there defeated, and had already mapped out the quickest way to Magnolia Cupcakes for post-fitting feeling eating.
I was sent to the dressing area with a pair from their non-plus line, Lola, in a size 16, my current size. These jeans made it to about mid hip…and stopped. Lola fits up to size 18, and I very well may have gotten those all the way up, maybe even buttoned, but the fit wouldn’t have been right. They just weren’t made to fit the shape of my body.
I was embarrassed, but the Lucky folk were undeterred. They walked back over to their rack of jeans and selected a pair of skinny jeans from their new plus line called Ginger, size 16, sending me back into the fitting room. They went on…like butter. Ginger fits up to a size 24W, has the perfect amount of stretch to recover and hold shape, and the rise is perfection which means I’m not in the fitting room jacking them up over my stomach to make sure nothing is hanging over the top.
I’ve bought lots and lots of plus size jeans from lots and lots of plus size places, and I always justified the price with the belief that more fabric and more work was being put into creating the garment, but the fact is, it’s almost never true. I have only recently come across amazing companies who actually take the time to cut and fit plus size garments on plus size people, and for me, that’s priceless.
I am tired of overpaying for badly made clothes just because they happen to button, but fit like crap everywhere else.
It’s the little successes that make this adventure less scary, and motivate me to keep experimenting. Black skinny jeans? I’m officially a big huge fan, thanks Lucky!
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