Shopping for jeans is perhaps one of the most difficult endeavors we women have to deal with from a clothing stand point. Finding the perfect pair has been my life's work!
For years I felt that only expensive brands looked good, fitted well and had just the right amount of color, distressing and style! Throughout America and most of the world, jeans are a major part of our style book, and certainly I'm a huge fan of stylish jeans, but there has to be some limit to the annual jeans budget in order to keep the fashionista in me/us afloat... right!
With many designers charging over $200 a pair, I started to explore less expensive brands who commonly sold jeans amidst their repertoire. You may already know I have a major penchant for fit and not just with regards to jeans, but anything I wear. It's been instilled in me since I was old enough to stand and be fitted for my clothes made by my grandmother, an acclaimed tailor in the North of England. I had so many inadvertent pins stuck in me from age three, that I should be free of any ailments for the rest of my life if acupuncture really does work!
My research has been ongoing for considerable time and will likely continue for considerable time, after all it is my life's work! But since I had the good fortune to stumble across these Madewell jeans that are seriously worthy of a major shout out from the rooftops, I'm excited to share just how fabulous and way less than $200 they are!
This style, the 9" High-Rise Skinny has me wearing these jeans on repeat. They're snug but not tight, they fit like a glove. Yes, they're stretch but don't stretch out, they stretch with the body and ping right back. They fit fairly true to size, or you could size down if you like a really close fit!
The high-waist keeps them in place. I love a high waist, it avoids so many catastrophes. Number one being the G-string or Bridget Jones knickers display, both equally unpleasant to the onlooker. Muffin top created by love handle over-spill coming in at a close second - these jeans actually keep the muffin contained since the love handles would have to rise 9" to spill over... not happening! Plus, that 9" rise is just about right, any higher and your boobs have a resting place!
It's not over yet, I swear these jeans were constructed for women over forty. They have ingenious front pockets where behind the scenes they are reinforced to hold us in and create a super slimming effect but without forgoing any of the comfort!
Then there's the style factor. I love that these jeans have a button fly. The buttons are a subtle neutral color so you get the retro look and can still pair them with anything - gold or silver accessories, any color top. The chewed hem adds a totally current vibe. A little more than just frayed, it looks like a dog may have enjoyed them for a while, but it's cool... if you love dogs, and frayed hems!
No rips or distressing (aside from the hems). I like this in black jeans. It makes them easier to dress up and even super-duper dress up. Plus, black jeans are most often worn in the cooler temps so air ventilation... nah, I'll save my holy jeans for summer and Sundays!
Yes, these Madewell jeans definitely have it going on, and they're $135, and definitely have the Above and Beblonde seal of approval!
Well, I'm off to the Barrett-Jackson Car Collectors Auction in Scottsdale this weekend, so I'll bring you some of that next week! Here's my post from Barrett-Jackson last year, with a "what's in it for us girls" slant!
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by!
The opinions stated in this blog are my own and formed from a direct result of wearing these jeans... often! You can shop the jeans and the look from this post via the thumbnail pics above. These are affiliate links which means I may receive a small percentage of sales made. This does not cost you anything. The price is the same whether purchased directly through this website or at the store itself!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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