Notes on Style and Fashion

A Search on High

Posted on: August 9, 2007

There’s one fashion staple that is, unfortunately, hard for me to get right the first time: Jeans. Due the curves of my body, it’s been pretty much impossible for me to find a pair of jeans that fit just right. There’s been the inevitable gapping in the back because my bum and thighs were curvy while my waist, in proportion to said bum and thighs, was smaller. For many years, I simply accepted the fact that I would have to buy jeans one size bigger (to accommodate the rear) and wear a belt. Of course, because I can’t stand belted jeans (I’m more of a wide belt over top kind of gal), I went through the (very intentional) low-rise phase that occurred naturally because my jeans were slightly large.

Not much has changed, most especially because within the past year, I’ve turned into a gym bunny. Excluding these past two weeks, I’ve been in the gym four times a week–Monday nights for yoga; Tuesday evenings on the treadmill and elliptical; Wednesday night for yogalates; and Thursday evenings on the treadmill and elliptical–which has led to a gradual reshaping of my body. My legs, specifically my calves, have become more toned (and I love wearing high heels now more than I did in years past), and my stomach has a bit more definition. Which brings me back to my denim issue. With a smaller waist (and slightly toned thighs), I still find that it’s been difficult to buy jeans. That is until I found Joe’s Jeans in Honey. They have been a blessing! On the tag, it boasts, “The Honey – [n:booty fit].” Yep. That’s right; booty fit. Or, in this case, fashionista fit. The first time I tried them on, it was amazing.

Never (and I’m not being hyperbolic here), but never had I slipped on a pair of jeans that slid right over my thighs and rear and zipped and closed without a hint of gappage in the back. Never. And, the length was absolutely perfect. I had tried them on at Urban Chic, and in the dressing room they provide these open-toed slip on heels (courtesy of Target; I know my stores!) for the ladies to test out jean length. The inseam length was just…there are no words. That day I didn’t buy the jeans because I wanted them in a different wash (in the wash that’s in the picture; the pair that I tried on were much darker), which they had in much smaller size, but it was great to discover a new pair of jeans that fit like the proverbial glove.

Another pair of jeans that I recently discovered are PZI Jeans. They are designed with the black woman in mind. Actually, they are designed with the bum of the black woman in mind. I have yet to try them, but I’ve heard good things about them. They’re about half the price of Joe’s Jeans, too, so that’s a plus.

But, I’m quite happy now. My denim search is no longer demoralizing.


1 Response to "A Search on High"

[…] Looking at the website–Chateaus Jordache–I find that there are many slim-cut styles. A cut that doesn’t suit my body, unfortunately. But I’m sure that Jordache will be right for someone out […]

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la fashionista has had an interest in fashion and style since childhood when she first saw her mother dress in the various fashion of the 80s. Her mother was also a great seamstress, which was a definite influence on la fashionista's foray into fashion. Sadly, her mother's sewing talent did not get passed on to la fashionista.

But that doesn't mean that she doesn't still love talking about fashion. Because she does!

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