Last week we discussed $30 jeans.
I posted a bunch of photos of myself done by sophisticated jury rigging of my iPhone to capture me looking awkward as I ran around and posed for the timer.
They were spectacular. And, by spectacular, of course I mean ridiculous.
But then I challenged you (because I like a good challenge as much, or possibly more, as the next chick): could you pick out the $30 jeans?!
And that’s when things got interesting.
Some of you knew right away.
Some of you had no idea.
Some of you wanted a booty shot.
Some of you probably just wanted to check out my booty.
Same jeans. As I back it up…
Now, let me just digress a bit here and let you know that it is really hard to take photos of yourself. I have to get into all contortionist type of positions. Or just use my annoying camera timer app. And then, I wind up snapping at least like 50 shots every time because I have a crudy face, or a weird back roll, or my hand is in the way, or my dog is humping my leg. I need a personal photographer to follow me around. And document my life. So we can then turn it into a show or something.
Anyway, after doing some seriously high level mathematics, I’ve determined that about 55% of you guessed that the boot cuts were the Old Navy jeans.
Which, if I break it down comes to, um, I don’t know the exact number, math hates me, more than half of you being wrong.
The Old Navy, $30 Diva Jeans are the skinny pair. I bought them in short because that’s the only cut they had in my size (which is currently a 10 incidentally) and I really only wear them when I wear my boots so no one really notices that they are all croppy looking. I like them because they aren’t torture to get on straight out of the dryer and they sorta make my booty look bangin’. I hate them because, after wearing them for a couple of hours, I look all drop crotchy and my back hurts from pulling them up so much.
In the above photo, they are the two pairs on the top of the collage.
The Joe’s Jeans pair are the bootcuts. I got them courtesy of my appearance on What NOT to Wear. They cost $125 and the show paid for them. I like that they have fancy pockets (you can’t really see it in these photos or in real life, but I know it’s there) and the color is pretty steadfast. I don’t like that my booty looks like my granny’s in them and that the waist is short so my muffin top gets to come out to play.
In the above photo they are featured in the two photos on the bottom of the collage.
I don’t generally have it in my budget to purchase jeans at such a high price, even though I realize the benes of a good pair of jeans. Whether it’s fit or longevity, it’s worth it to have one or two really good pairs.
And, in an effort to get down with that, I do have a pair from Madewell on my holiday wish list that are about $98 or so. I want them badly.
The cut, the fit on the waist, down the thigh, and in the butt, the way they hold everything in and keep it from jigging everywhere… amazing.
I tried them on and actually considered running from the store with them. And then I remembered they take your clothes and give you butt-ugly-orange jumpsuits in the clink and figured that was a bad idea.
But, man do I want them.
I’m of the belief that, if a jean expects me to pay over $50 for it to come live with me, it better be timeless (skinny jeans aren’t really timeless, they are trendy), made of good stuff (not the stretch-me-to-hell denim that is mostly spandex), and fit well (at my belly button, not all droopy in the butt, not like a tourniquet on my thighs).
Jeans under that price can be trendy, and fun, and even only comfortable for a night before they need to be washed to get their shape back.
So, I have room in my wardrobe for both (clearly)!
Where do you snag your favorite jeans?!