Friday, July 3, 2009

Farewell. You've served me well.

This post is dedicated to my favorite jeans.




















I bought these jeans at J-Crew 4 years ago. It was love at first try-on. They were the perfect jeans: tight at first, but not too tight. Low rise, but not too low. Plenty of room in the waist, but no sag-butt. Plus they stretched out just right after you wore them for a few hours. I wore them as long as I could until I couldn't make them work with my Addison pregnant body. Then, many, many, many months later I was able to squeeze back into them. It was a moment of joy to be able to wear those jeans again. They were badly torn on the bottom from being dragged under my shoe, but I kept on wearing them. Now they not only fit like a glove (well, sort of...) but they were soooo soft! I wore them as long as I could with Ainsley and then put them in my closet as my "target jeans." Well they fit now, which is great, but I came to the realization that just because something fits doesn't mean it looks good! Sure I can put them on, but the low rise look doesn't look quit as appealing as it once did. The extra room in the waist that I appreciated before now makes me look like a plumber. They keep falling underneath my post baby #2 belly. Plus I have a nice rythym going: walk two steps, hitch up pants, walk two more steps, hitch up pants. The last straw was when I was at Hy-vee in the checkout line and I mooned the cashier, two baggers, and everyone in line trying to fish Addison's chapstick from underneath the candy rack. Nope. This girl needs some nice mid-rise pants. No more low-rise jeans for me.

Yesterday Gap marked most of their jeans down to $19.99 and gave the employees half off that price (they're getting all new jeans in!). I came home from work with a new mid-rise pair of Long and Leans, telling Devin they were to replace the other ones. I tried on my tried and true J-Crew pair one more time, and felt myself getting a little sad. "Well maybe I should just keep them" I told Devin, "they don't look too bad" as I'm hitching them up for the 45,000th time. He laughed at me and reminded me that I unintentionally moon him everytime I wear those, when I'm on the carpet with the girls. Hmm. Enough said. This is how people end up on What Not To Wear with mullets, bad perms, tapered jeans, and red leather jackets. It all starts with a "well maybe it doesn't look so bad" and a husband that is too chicken to be honest. I'm glad I'm married to one who's not.























Let's just hope my new love-affair with mid-rise jeans doesn't turn into this:



7 comments:

The Golyars said...

Marie!!! It was as if you were writing my on-going saga with my jeans!!! I had a pair of jeans that I got my freshman year of high school...they were my favorite so they were sooooo comfy. Well, after 6 years...I had to toss them out...there was an ever-growing hole right in the inside of my left leg. Tears poured from my eyes as I watched my best friend tear the jeans apart...cause she knew I would go dig them from the trash as soon as she left my house. I bought some mid-rise jeans after Roslyn was born...and Jerry about died. He told me that they made my butt look flat and wide...enough said. I love that my hubby is honest. I should also note that he told me I had a smokin' hot body and was too young to be wearing "mom jeans"!!! So, I found some great inbetween jeans by Levi's...so just know that you are not alone.

jenifriend said...

it's about time i do this too...the family isn't enjoying a weekly endeavors with jeni's butt crack either. :)

rip favorite jeans!

Alisha said...

HOW FUNNY! I went to Gap last weekend and bought a pair of Mid-Rise, Long and Lean for $19.99. (Sadly, no discount though!!)
I, too, tried on the low-rise and felt like I had to pull them up all the time (not to mention I had a muffin squishing out the top. :) Reading your story cracked me up because I just had a similar converstaion with Jake about not wanting to moon everyone, but not wanting to wear the mom jeans. I finally decided that surely Gap jeans wouldn't look like mom jeans. :)

Alisha said...

Oh no! I just read Kari's comment - do you think the Mid-Rise look like mom jeans from behind?!?!

Marie said...

Alisha, I hope not because that is what I'm wearing!! I think the key is at least two fingers below your belly button and make sure your shirts come down enough.

Brenda Blake said...

One of my fears...mom jeans! Please don't ever let me wear them, you have permission to make me aware. :D

michele said...

the mom jeans commercial is a hysterical classic! as you know, i'm partial to snl's other gut-wrenchingly-funny commercial for adult diapers called "oops, i crapped my pants". i can't wait until you start blogging about your adult diaper mishaps so you will post that video clip! woo hoo.