Sitting down to write this post, I feel a bit like Buddy from Elf. You know that scene when Buddy goes running into his dad’s office shouting, “I’M IN LOVE, I’M IN LOVE AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT!”? Well, that’s how I feel about the fact that I finally found my perfect pair of jeans. It might still be more humid than hell outside, but I’ve been living in my American Eagle Hi-Rise denim.
Remember a post I shared about my quest to find the perfect pair of jeans? Let me tell you – it wasn’t easy. Trying on jeans has to be up there with trying on swimsuits. It can be a humbling experience, but it usually has nothing to do with you or your body type. All jeans are created differently, which means that sizing and style differs between brands. Thinking about it now, I should’ve had the guts to take pictures of some of the jeans that I tried. It would’ve been horrifying to share, but kind of fun nonetheless. Maybe next time.
ANYWAYS. Enter American Eagle. Duh! I don’t know why it didn’t dawn on me earlier to circle back with this brand. I pretty much lived in AE head-to-toe throughout high school and most of college. I even worked there the summer before my senior year of college – admittedly, it was one of the most fun jobs that I ever had! (The discount didn’t hurt either …) American Eagle always was known for their jeans, and I’m happy to discover that not much has changed. Yes, the styles certainly have but not the quality or affordability.
These jeans just work. I don’t know how else to explain it. Even though these are categorized as jeggings, they don’t feel that way whatsoever. The material is thicker and sturdier, comparable to an actual denim but with some added stretch. I was able to go down a size from my normal jean size to compensate for the stretch. These don’t lose their shape at all, and I’ve said goodbye to the days of pulling up my waistband every .25 seconds.
I’ve also discovered along the way that I prefer a higher-rise than most traditional mid-rises. I wouldn’t say that I have a muffin top, but mid-rise jeans seem to hit me at the widest part of my hips. That is neither comfortable or a flattering look. The American Eagle hi-rise sits slightly below my natural waist, so it’s not too high or too low. I don’t want to look like I’m wearing mom jeans, after all.
The only couple negatives is that this particular style of jeans only comes in one color/wash. Boo! But, I can deal. Dark denim goes with anything. However, beware of the dreaded color runoff. The first couple times I wore these, I discovered that the dye was rubbing off onto my hands, purse, etc. I did a vinegar wash/rinse (I found instructions on Pinterest), and that has seemed to help a little bit. I’m hopeful that over time with continued wear and washing that the dye will settle. In the mean time, I’m careful to Scotchgard all my purses!
It seems (and kind of is, honestly) trivial, but I’m so ridiculously happy that I finally found my perfect pair of jeans. There’s no better confidence boost than slipping on those coveted skinny jeans, looking in the mirror and saying to yourself, “hey, girl – you look good!” Or you know – reenacting the scene from Elf. Whichever is your preference. 😉