Next to bras, buying jeans is the single hardest wardrobe staple to buy. When we're in the US, my jeans-buying involves going to some jeans-selling store and taking about 12 pairs of the same cut/size/style of jean into the dressing room and trying on what should be exactly the same thing, getting frustrated that nothing fits right and leaving with no new jeans.
I came to Brazil with two pairs of jeans. One is a beloved pair from Old Navy that I think I bought when Mac was about 18 months old. I didn't wear them out of the house (at least not often), but they were worn and comfortable and fit like a champ. But jeans that are over 11 years old only will last for so long. One sad day recently I put them on and realized there was a giant rip in the seat so they got thrown away.
The other pair of jeans I brought to Rio are a pair from the GAP that are maybe four or five years old. Because I buy jean so infrequently, I can remember the young, enthusiastic sales guy at the GAP on King Street in Charleston who told me exactly what cut I needed. And he was right! Those were the best-fitting jeans I've ever bought, but they, too, were starting to look tired.
I decided that I needed two new pairs of jeans, but I just could not be bothered with trying on jeans in Rio. It's traumatic enough for me to do it in the US, but to do it in a place where, by the looks of people in jeans here, they sell two sizes only (small and extra-small), would cause irreparable damage to the psyche.
So I ordered jeans online. I checked the sizing in my well-fitting GAP jeans and found a pair online that I liked in that same size. I also ordered a pair from Old Navy.
They arrived this week and I am very pleased to tell you that they fit perfectly through the problem waist, hip and thigh areas.
The issue is the length. Apparently people who wear my size in the waist must all be professional basketball players who are at least 6'2" tall. Who are the model-tall women that GAP and Old Navy are selling jeans to? I ordered Regular fit and not Tall, so I can imagine how long the Talls would have been.
Off to the tailor this week, which should be loads of fun. In addition to shortening the jeans, I'm going to have to explain why I don't want them tightened up all the way around....