Dear Internet homies, I’d like to tell you the story of my favorite jeans…
This summer I spent a legitimately horrific challenging and enlightening day at the mall school shopping with a tween girl.
Let me be clear here, I enjoy shopping. In fact, I consider it a hobby, something I do for fun and, depending on the nature of the trip, relaxation (note: shopping for fall boots=relaxing, shopping for a dress for a work related gala that will be attended by a number of crotchety members of society=not relaxing at all.).
However, throw in a tweenager who is dead set on buying a lacey-arguably-more-of-a-shirt-than-a-dress-tube thingy for the first day of school and things get legitimately horrific interesting. As in, not- relaxing-at-all-why-are-we-in-Forever-21-anyway-you’re-12, interesting.
And, if that isn’t drama enough, go ahead and drag along 3 Dudes who seriously believe that shopping is a form of torture used on terrorists.
So forgive me when I went into American Eagle Outfitters that summer day and didn’t even look for a single moment at the jeans.
Forgive me for rushing straight to the graphic tees for Dudes section, picking out a couple, and then rushing straight for the dressing room to wrestle my tag-along-tween from its clutches before checking out.
And, forgive me for only leaving with a heap of clothing for my man-sized child (and one really eye catching sweater for me) without even considering that the American Eagle denim options might actually be a thing.
But, because I’m all about second chances (and I don’t write about things unless I’m a firm believer in its awesome), I took a solo trip (the relaxing kind that involves a latte or a Auntie Anne’s pretzel that I don’t have to share four ways) to the local American Eagle store to try on some of this denim people were raving about.
Denim that comes in 100 different washes? I can’t even picture 100 different jean washes.
And they have high rise jeggings? Ummm, I can tuck my baby belly right down into those!
I expected the place to be teaming with tween girls, grabbing at jeans and feathery necklaces, with their exhausted mothers on standby, so I approached slowly.
I walked back and forth in front of the door a few times; acted like I was looking for someone.
I polished off my pretzel and, when the coast was clear, I entered.
A friendly girl lady approached me, noting my apprehension, and asked if she could assist me.
“Jeans,” I mumbled, “I’m here for your jeans.”
As she darted her eyes to the right, I realized I was standing right in front of a massive denim display. In fact it took up the whole wall, and most of the floor, and even some of the ceiling.
“Cool. Coolcooolcool,” I said as I sidled off into the madness.
I selected a few pairs, in a size that is usually too big and headed for the dressing room. Only then, ooooh cute sweater! Oh, that t-shirt! And this plaid button up, and a necklace, and a bracelet, and wait a minute does that sign say, “The A.E.O. Fall Collection–buy one, get one for 50% off in stores and online for a limited time?!”
Ummmm, more jeans please! And all of the accessories!
They started me a dressing room.
It was full in 15 minutes.
And I was in there in shopping beast mode, finding my happy pants!
The jeans=awesome. I had to go down, to MY REGULAR SIZE, because unlike some other stores I go into, there was no need to make the we-make-clothing-for-skinny-young-girls-whose-hips-haven’t-even-thought-about-bearing-children size adjustment.
And they come in different lengths so short people (me) and regular people (most of you) and even tall people (hey girl, your legs, I’m dying) can find the perfect fit.
The hi rise jeggings (super super stretch) of course were my faves, but I was also fan girling it over the high rise skinny (will rock with boots this fall and the back rise is even higher so NO BUTT CRACK BABY) and the mid rise super skinny.
I’m not sure where American Eagle jeans have been all my life. Or why all of my mom friends knew about them and didn’t even bother to tell me.
I’m officially declaring it against girl code to keep fashion secrets from people you care about.
Here are some I want to share with you: today is the day to order from AEO online (free shipping with no minimum today, 9/28, only!), plus all of their jeans are on sale starting at $24.99 (serious deal here because in the store they are tagged at around $44!).
*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that I am participating in as a member of Coupons.com’s blogger program. These jeans, those thighs, and all opinions are my own.