South Beach Diet - A tip when buying jeans... no stretch!

12-08-2004, 10:55 PM
Down a few pounds, I had to get a new pair of jeans (hurray -- old ones too big!!)

I started trying on jeans in a few different stores and quickly got very discouraged. Thanks to my Ukranian heritage, I have all of my extra fat in my bum and thighs... and I was finding that I looked absolutely gigantic in every single pair, every style. After about four different stores, I wanted to cry.

Then I hit American Eagle, and I realized what the problem was. All of the jeans I had tried on were STRETCHY. Most jeans today have stretch in them, which is great for those little pixie 18 year-olds who are 100 lbs. soaking wet, but NOT for those of us who are a) adults and b) have curves.

So I asked the clerk at AE for all of the jeans they had with NO stretch. (Keep in mind, AE was a big risk for me seeing as a few months ago, I couldn't get their biggest size over my knees.) They only had two styles with no stretch. Into the change room I went and...

BINGO! They FIT, and not only that, they're actually slimming!! I had tried on the same cut, same style, same color, in the three previous stores but all of their jeans had lycra in them. But the AE jeans were straight denim, no lycra/stretch/elastic/whatever, so instead of clinging, they just sit nicely.

Dare I say... they're actually pretty sexy looking, very stylish (oh my goodness, it's been a couple of years since I could say I am wearing the latest style in pants, let me tell you), AND... (drumroll)...the best part... THEY WERE ON SALE!

Today, girls, was a really great diet day. :D

12-09-2004, 01:59 AM
Congratulations Kim.. it is great to find clothes that make you feel good. I always go for boot leg jeans as they are more slimming...

12-09-2004, 02:22 AM
I'm the queen of jean shopping, mostly because I work in a clothing store that carries a LOT of jeans. I don't have the same experience as you though, this stretch thing makes my life SO much easier, clothes FIT now! I agree about that bootcut thing Artemis, especially when they start to boot cut from the knee, not the calf. It's so interesting for me to see what jeans work for what bodies, it's so different. Congrats on finding jeans that fit, I know how hard that can be :)

12-09-2004, 07:37 AM
That's great, Kim! :hat: I agree... there's nothing like wearing jeans to make me feel slim and young and... babish! :D
I really like the stretch jeans, though. I always buy them a little big so that they're not clingy. And I like a little flare at the bottom. Maybe we should do a survey. :lol:
I HATE those jeans that fit around the waist, but that are HUGE in the upper leg/lower belly area. I feel like I'm swimming in them. Like I could get a couple of bowling balls in there. shudder.

little chick
12-09-2004, 09:02 AM
Jeans are my worst nightmare. (actually all pants, I would wear dress all the time if I could or pants with a drawstring) my problem is as well the bum and the thigh thing but my worst problem which I have had slim or not is my waist I have a tiny waist and have the hardest time finding pants they fit nicely everywhere with the exception of the waist not even a belt will help. Right now I have a pair of Lee jeans that fit the best.

12-09-2004, 09:36 AM
Little Chick, that is exactly my problem too! Lee jeans were always the best fit for me. I love wearing jeans too!

I recently got a pair from Old Navy (I'm fit into clothes at Old Navy...WOW!), and they were the low rise kind. :yikes: That looks horrible on me! My widest part is my hips and combine that with the little belly I have left, and it just is horrific! Needless to say, they are going back!

Congrats, Kim, on getting great jeans and fitting into clothes at AE!!! :D

12-09-2004, 10:18 AM
First congrats Kim on the jeans! DS love AE!
Jeans my favorite thing of all time! I as well have a big bum and big hips and a small waist. That's why even in a size 10 I look like a wide load! teehee Not to mention I'm only 5'2". (that's stretchin it!) Therefore alot of jeans fit in the bum but have 4 inches of extra material in the waist. I had to take a pair back to Penneys the other day that I bought in the JR dept becasue when I put a belt on with them it was just to much extra in the back and looked so tacky! I do not like the stretch either with these hips honey I need all the hold in power I can get! teehee St. John's Bay jeans from Penneys usually fit me really good. No I don't work for them my MIL retired from there and buys me alot of stuff from there. I also bought a pair of Gap jeans at the thrift store and they fit pretty good as well. Lee jeans always seem to "ride up" on me if you know what I mean! haha Just my 2 cents on what works for me.

Goddess Jessica
12-09-2004, 01:06 PM
Little waist. BIG belly and hips. No Butt. Thin legs.

When I look for a pair of jeans, it's a nightmare.

All flare or bootcut tho! :)

12-09-2004, 09:48 PM
Hey Kim, Congrats! I grew up in a Ukranian family, good thing I was adopted, heh! Those low rise jeans...EEEKKK! They try to button around the fattest part of my stomach, not a good site!! Anyway, I got a pair of GAP jeans (haven't fit into anything there in about 30 years, LOL....gotta love wearing clothes that are trendy!

12-10-2004, 11:16 AM
I wear ultra low rise jeans, sounds worse than it is.. I am SO short in my rise that normal pants come up to my boobs, add that to the fact I'm 5'8", pants are my worst nightmare. I like Old Navy, and LOVE the GAP, but alas, I'm just fitting into the gap's 16's, and old navy? Why, WHY are their sizes so weird?!?! This is a constant complaint on my part, I have a pair of GAP size 16 jeans, which I can do up and look alright, but my size 20 pants from Old Navy barely want to do up! Grrr..!!

12-10-2004, 01:46 PM
Hi Ladies
Drumroll Please!!!! I lose 6 pounds!!! i also decided to add fiber one in b/c i've been wacky for carbs. Wednesday Night Dh bought me a pair of earrings just because :)
On the Jeans front I need stretch! and I'm 5'2 so the rise on low rise jeans actually hits my waist! I can wear Old Navy Stretch 18s but I'm too chicken to go into the gap.
Kim that rocks about AE
Body wise lol I have a shelf of hips virtually no butt and a big tum grrr and most nonstretch pants I have enough tummy room but a baggy arse
My favorite jeans are Ralph Lauren ( I don't pay retail tho)

12-10-2004, 01:53 PM
here i sit in sz 12 j crew jeans that i am practically swimming in. i have another pair of sz 12 from j crew the exact same style and cut and if i have a little bloat going on or anything, they're nearly uncomfortable to wear. who knows. it's a vast conspiracy to make us all irratible and paranoid. it stinks that even within the same company (the whole old navy/gap/banana republic conglomerate seems to be the worst offender in my opinion. don't even get me started) there is no apparent size standardization though. but i am a jean-o-holic so what's a girl to do?

12-10-2004, 02:51 PM
Congratulations. :balloons:

12-10-2004, 03:32 PM
I love wearing jeans now. All the walking and aerobics classes I have done this year has tightened up my bum muscles and toned me up all over so it is nice to show it off with jeans and a (long) fitted or tailored top. I am finding that for jeans to fit around my hips they are at least one size too big in the waist. Probably two! Plus they are loose fitting in the thighs. I gave up and bought a belt last week and wear it with just about everything, even my boardshorts. I bought a couple of pairs of stretch capris this week but they are a little bit more revealing than I would like them to be for my current size. My favourite jeans have a little bit of stretch in them. I like the bootleg cut too.

12-10-2004, 04:22 PM
I don't know why sizes are consistent within a brand, but in general, the cheaper clothes fit more tightly than the more expensive clothes do. My mother always said the more you have to spend, the smaller your size. ;) I have two dresses that are size 12s, bought from Nordstrom's. I could still wear them when I was an 18 or 20 at Lane Bryant. ;)

Right now, I can very comfortably fit into large size underwear ($14.00) from Victoria's Secret but XL underwear from Wal-Mart ($3.00) is tight. :dunno: Go figure.

12-11-2004, 09:19 PM
I LOVE my levi's 515 jeans...i think they're low-rise bootcut stretch...I love them...they are the best jeans I have tried on in in all the right places...It is funny how the cheaper clothes tend to be a little tighter than the expensive ones...I'm currently a 14 (haven't been that in ages) Today I walked into the Gap for the first time and tried on clothes....I was terrified....but everything I tried on fit!! Granted it felt very weird....Last week I went into Victoria Secret...and the 2 ladies working there kinda stuck up their noses to my friend and I....yes we are a little bigger than them...but that gave them no right....anyhow I asked them what size panties would size 14 be...the lady looked at me and said XL.....which I looked at the large and they looked like the same size as the ones i had i left and later that week went to another victoria secret....and bought some in L and they fit perfectly...(that lady didn't know what she was talking about) Amazing how some people can be so rude

12-12-2004, 08:27 AM
Seems to me, a LOT of us chicks have bad experiences in Victoria's Secret! I think we should all write to the company and tell them we're not impressed with their sales staff. :yes:
In FACT, we at 3FatChicks should all sign a ... what are those thingys called... (just working on my first coffee), and send it to them. After all, most of us (definitely all of us at South Beach!) are going to be slim someday soon, and they are looking at losing BIG business with their snotty attitude!!
You know... one thing about us. When we're all slim, we girls will NEVER be rude to a fat girl!
Just WAIT until those skinny b*tch sales girls get a little older and start packing on the pounds. THEN they'll be sorry!

12-12-2004, 12:19 PM
Oh you go Ellis! A petition is that what we need to send them? I have a few pair of panties from there but I like the Hanes Her Way silk ones just as well as VS. I have a few pair of the body shapers but the ribbing is so thick you have major pantie lines which I hate. I cannot wear any of their bras they are to small. Well unless you want half your girls hangin out wavin! teehee I'm not into overflow out the top. Now I do like their pantyhose. I have their CC I got something free for getting it so they send me coupons for free stuff from time to time and that's how I have tried all of these things from there. But since this is the jean thread I would like to wear their jeans someday! teehee

12-12-2004, 09:28 PM
I totally understand with the victoria secret problem! Before leaving for Cambodia I just needed to buy some clothes to take, but in some shops I received hideous treatment! :devil: And that was in two locations.. so I believe it would be an organisational problem rather than one individual person.

Yet in other shops they were lovely about not being able to help me, and one shop in particular was great and suggested that for basic stuff like tshirts that I look at their mens line.. I ended up buying quite a few things from there..

But the shops that were rude can get buggered ~ I will never buy from them even when I am slim...

Just my mini rant for the day.... :lol:

12-14-2004, 12:18 AM
"Just WAIT until those skinny b*tch sales girls get a little older and start packing on the pounds. THEN they'll be sorry!"

Oh crack me up sometimes...That's so true though I can only hope that happens to them (i know a harsh thing to think but i can't help it)...It is amazing how many snotty people work at Victoria Secret...Could you imagine if we were to all march into the store and tell them what we really thought of'd be were right when you said "You know... one thing about us. When we're all slim, we girls will NEVER be rude to a fat girl! " I will never ever be rude...that I promise

12-15-2004, 06:09 PM
If only we could pull a Pretty Woman on them! ;) I feel very hypocritical to be shopping there... oy!

It would be great if we did a letter writing campaign! Here's their mailing addy:

North American Office
P.O. Box 16589
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6589

It can't hurt if each of us write them a letter to tell them of our bad experiences! :devil:
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12-16-2004, 12:40 PM
I've never had that problem in VS -- even 50+ lbs. heavier. Then again, I got so used to the looks that maybe I stopped noticing.

I am wondering, I feel like my old VS undies are kinda big. But it could just be my wishful thinking. I was wearing XL even when I was bigger. Squeezing and not wearing would be a more approporate word I guess. At a size 14/16 now, with no butt and huge hips, little lower belly, I wonder if a L would fit???