A little while back, I wrote about how excited I was to have finally gotten my hands on a pair of vintage Levi’s. Long story short, I decided to return them.
The waist of the jeans had gotten too big with wear, while the calves, where I needed the room, did not budge at all. And because I hate wearing belts of any kind, I decided that it was too much money to keep a pair of jeans that weren’t doing me any favors. Luckily, Re/Done has wonderful customer service and I was able to send it back and get store credit. Not as good as a refund obviously, but I did have the jeans way past their 14 day return policy.
I still felt defeated though.
Are you there jean of my dreams? It’s me, Sophie.
Then it happened. I spotted these EVIDNT Straight Jeans on Shopbop and it seemed to tick off all the boxes. It’s a light blue wash, high-waisted, cropped at the ankle, and the best part it costs a fraction of what I was willing to pay at $80 and it’s 100% cotton. I was a bit hesitant about the step-hem but I figured I could always cut it off and make it even all around. So I ordered them.
When they arrived, I still felt like they could be a major disappointment. I mean, I do have terrible luck with jeans.
The first positive sign was when the jeans glided over my calves like butter. There was no struggle, no discomfort, and so much relief. The high-waist hit at a point where even with a bit of room, they did not sag or droop. What a concept! There was also a zipper instead of a 5-button fly situation like the vintage Levi’s. And the step-hem didn’t bother me at all.
This was everything I’ve ever wanted from a pair of jeans. One that I wouldn’t have to change my body for. One that reminded me about self-love, comfort, and the freedom to dress for myself and nobody else.
I had finally met my jean soulmate.
If I could tell my high-school self one jean-related thing, it would be to stop wasting my time on skinny jeans. I hated pulling skinny jeans over my calves, yet I insisted on struggling anyway because it was “cool”. And instead of considering how the “style” might not have been right for me, I told myself I had to change. This was my brain before self-love and acceptance happened.
Although skinny jeans have come a long way since then, I now fully accept and believe that clothing of any type should never have the power to make me feel bad about my body.
What I wear should reflect the love I have for myself. Fashion or what’s trendy should never dictate how I get to express myself. As Christopher Kane said in the Fall 2017 issue of Porter magazine, “Wear what you want to wear. Don’t listen to anyone else.”
Do you agree/disagree with this? Have a favorite denim style? I would love to know your thoughts on this.
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