Why I pay more for perfect jeans
Did you hear about Deal Diva Kameel's recent breaking point with finding jeans? About how the agony of not finding denim suited for petite, curvy people was making her want to cry?
Sorry to hear it, girl. I'm short and curvy and haven't felt that way in years!
My body places an "emphasis," you might say, on its thigh and posterior regions. Yet I've had my jeans issues sorted out since high school. HOW DO I DO IT, many have asked (okay, just Deal Divas Stephanie and Kameel one time at a happy hour that they might not remember).
Admittedly, my secret -- which may not work for everyone/cause a Deal Divas revolt -- comes with its own pain. The pain of a lighter wallet, smaller debit account, fewer happy hours.
My jeans come from Buckle.
A lot of people don't know about Buckle. If they do, it's not always for good reasons. Its displays tend to be heavy on the Ed Hardy, rhinestoned-up-and-ripped-up-look-but-I-bought-it-that-way-so-it's-cool vibe. I urge you to ignore the hot mess on their mannequins and go in. There is quality, curve-embracing denim inside.
Here's what's working for me lately: the BKE Sabrina. It's a so-called regular fit that comes in many varieties. Other fits within this brand are tailored for regular/curvy, curvy and slim.
I have a stretchy Sabrina bootcut pair in dark wash; a low-slung stretchy pair with neat-o, un-Hardyesque back pocket detailing; and flares that have some decorative white stitching detail. You'll notice I didn't say skinnies or trendy jeans in bright, light colors. Those aren't flattering, so I don't go there.
Good news! BKE brand tends to be the store's cheapest. You could spend more on other brands there, such as Silver, Rock Revival, Big Star and Miss Me (I've also loved a pair of those).
Bad news: BKE jeans still run $60-$90.
I know, I know, not very Diva-like. I envy you readers who can pick up a pair for $20-$40 and call it a day.
Still, it's a price I gladly pay for not feeling like this. I might buy a pair or two each year. The store offers free hemming if the jeans run long.
What do you think, Kameel? Everyone else? There's one at Westfield Countryside mall in Clearwater, Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, Westfield Citrus Park, and Westfield Brandon.
All of this denim discussion begs another question: How many jeans should a girl own?
Deal Diva Katie
Photo: These are my jeans. Thanks, iPhone.