Shopping for jeans alone? Rethink that plan


If you are a woman, I don’t need to tell you how much shopping for jeans sucks. It’s of course better than shopping for a bathing suit but not by much.

The last time I shopped for jeans, I made the cardinal mistake of going alone. Well, technically my husband was in the mall but he was busy keeping DD distracted while I faced the torture solo.

In any case, I went in alone and the helpful shop girl pulled a variety of denim styles for me to try. While she was patient and accommodating as I whipped those jeans on and off, the one thing she wasn’t was a mom with a tummy that’s been there and back.

When I found a style I liked, she convinced me to go down a size. Because, she assured me, the jeans will stretch.

Uh-huh. Sure.

vainly foolishly believed her. Hey, you can’t blame me for allowing myself to be dazzled by the fact I could fit into a smaller size!

But guess what? When we got home and I tried the jeans on again, I knew I was going right back to the store to exchange them. When I did, the shop girl who helped me was on break. Instead, it was her co-worker’s turn to help me out.

You know what he told me when I explained why I wanted to go up a size?

“Well, you have to decide whether you want the fitted look or want to be comfortable.”

I looked him dead in the eye and said, “I want both.”

I don’t thank that’s unreasonable either! I shouldn’t have to choose between squeeze-me-like-a-lemon jeans or mom jeans.

Saturday Night Live did a great skit on "mom jeans"

Sure, I could have kept the smaller size and been constrained to wearing loose-fitting tops but that doesn’t make sense!

So against the advice of the shop clerks, I “risked it all” and got the jeans in the next size up. The size I originally thought felt comfortable and still made my butt look good.

And if they stretch…well so be it. I’ll throw them in the dryer to shrink ’em up again.

Oh, and the next time I go shopping for some new denim, I’m bringing a friend.

8 Responses to “Shopping for jeans alone? Rethink that plan”

  1. Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments

    Ummm… I swear I could have written this post. Bought a size-too-small pair of jeans last week that are in the bag, tags still on ready to be returned. Shouldn’t have believed that too-skiny-never-had-a-baby-shop-girl.

    Next time we’re going together!

    • melgallant

      Seriously…what happens to us when we’re in the store that we don’t see/feel that the jeans just don’t fit? That’s why bringing a wingman or woman is the best approach!

  2. Karen

    I took my SIL’s advice once about some jeans. They were loose everywhere except the waist. They were also very tapered and I hate tapered jeans. I paid $80 for those jeans and I hardly ever wore them. Sometimes the help you bring with you isn’t a good idea either. Someone with your body type helps.

  3. Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments

    If you’re looking to go with someone with the same body type as you – I am TOTALLY out! Mel looks WAY better in a pair of jeans than I ever will.

  4. melgallant

    Ladies, what we really need is our own Stacy and Clinton. sigh…

  5. Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments

    That would be fabulous! They should do a Mommy Blogger special!

  6. ayala

    I get a little crazy when shopping for jeans, but when I am doing squats trying to get them over my thighs 🙂 I surrender and get the larger size-sigh!


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