In the fall I bit the bullet and bought really, really expensive jeans. I know in the world of fashionable people this is normal, but for me this was an amazingly huge step. I went to Nordstrom and fell in love, and I never turned back.
Favorite clothing item #4: Citizens of Humanity jeans
Investment jean #1: Citizens of Humanity Ingrid Low-Rise Flare Leg in Pacific Ocean color. I bought these at Nordstrom in the fall for a whopping in $149. I know, I nearly had a heart attack too, but these jeans are honestly two to three times better than any jean I've ever owned, so I suppose there is a lot of value there (or so I tell myself).
My friend Lindsay recommended these jeans because they have a tiny bit of spandex in them which makes them a little more forgiving than other jeans, such as Sevens, that I had tried on in the past. If, like me up until a few months ago, you have never tried on designer jeans, be prepared for them to be comically long when you first slip them on. I got them tailored for free at Nordstrom to fit me perfectly when I'm wearing heels, my usual shoe of choice in the winter thanks to my boots.
Tip: The girl at Nordstrom who was helping me with my first purchase suggested that I take my jeans home, wash and dry them before bringing them back in to get tailored. I'm glad I did this, because the tailoring worked out perfectly.
Investment jean #2: Citizens of Humanity Dita Petite Bootcut in Angel color, that I purchased last weekend at Nordstrom for way too much money than I care to admit...OK, $172. That's right -- really expensive, and petite. And they are pretty great. They are a slightly lighter weight material than my longer jeans, and they have more variation in color throughout the jean.
You may have noticed from other posts that I am not a huge fan of tailoring. I hate waiting and paying extra, even though I am aware the pay off can be worth it. I love buying petite lengths if they actually fit me appropriately. So far I have decided that these jeans do not need tailoring. I specifically bought these to wear with flats, my spring and summer shoes of choice. When I wear them with flats with any small amount of lift off the floor they are perfect, because I really do not want them to touch the ground and fray. The jury is out on whether I can wear them with flip flops, but even if I cannot I think I will probably stick with my no-tailoring plan.
Before these jeans all my jeans came from Old Navy, Gap, JCrew outlet or one pair of skinny jeans I got at Ann Taylor Loft (that I exclusively wear with flat boots that I affectionately call my "Peter Pan boots"). I still have three other jeans in rotation: a pair from Gap that I wear for really casual events; the skinny jeans from Loft, that are suited for winter; and a pair of really old Gap jeans that are good for yard work. I used to love the Hipslung short jeans from JCrew that I bought at an outlet, but they got a giant hole in them after only about two years of wear (and I like to wear my jeans for years). I patched those jeans on four separate occasions, and then I finally got the message.
Other favorite jean items that are really inexpensive (and old!):
My jean jacket from Old Navy that I bought in at least 2003. Here are Matt and I in May 2005, two years after college graduation back in Charlottesville enjoying an amazing brunch at the Boar's Head.
My short jean skirt, also from Old Navy, that I bought in at least 2005. Here I am enjoying the last sunset of our honeymoon in Maui in August 2006 (I cropped Matt out because he was topless and I don't want you to get too excited).
Next up....inside my closet week continues after a brief stop back in the kitchen to learn about the backsplash project progress.