I didn’t post yesterday, but hey, it was Thanksgiving. Hope all yours were lovely. Or if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a nice Thursday.
Today I bought my first pair of skinny jeans. I am under no illusion that I (short, small waist, big thighs) have the ideal body type for skinnies, but, you know, they’re in style these days. And more practically, the boot cuts I’ve clung to for the last decade are all but impossible to wear with, well, boots—the kind that go outside your pants, anyway.
I was looking for a reasonably well-fitting pair in a dark wash, and I found them on sale at the Gap. Score. And then, among the ten pairs I tried on, I fell in love with these green ones to the right, so I bought my second pair of skinny jeans on the spot.
The camera on my phone distorts the colors a little. The green you see in the photo is the green I *wish* they were; in real life they’re more of a bluey-mint. Still fabulous.
“But Natalie,” I hear you say, “No store ever makes pants in the right length for moderately short women!” And you’re right, of course. Most stores seem to assume that the average American woman is about 5’10″ and cut their pants accordingly. Gap does make petite sizes, but they only sell them online, and hell if I’m going to buy pants without trying them on. The pants I bought are “ankle length,” which means they just about reach the floor on my (one inch below average height!) frame.
By comparison, check out this third pair. These are SKINNY jeans, IN MY SIZE, but they look like sweatpants because the extra three inches on the “regular” length bunches up around my calves. Even if I stand on my tiptoes, they still flood at the bottom. Ridiculous. I guess Gap errs on the long side and assumes most people will hem them. Nope, I’ll leave them in the fitting room instead.
I managed to get out of the store without buying anything else, which I’m pretty proud of. Okay, except a belt, which I TOTALLY NEEDED, you guys. My other brown belt doesn’t go with these pants, all right?
But seriously, except for a couple things in LA, I haven’t bought new clothes in about eighteen months. I only have a teensy bit of spending money left over in each paycheck, and right now I’m choosing to spend it mostly on tapioca tea. My Christmas list is like ninety percent clothes this year. Clothes and a new laptop. Also CLOTHES.
Sorry, feminism. I like science and actually I’m fairly good at it and also I know some things about computers! There, now we’re even.