your perfect jeans

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When it comes to denim, I may not have as many pairs as this lady, but I’ve done all right for myself. And though I can’t seem to stop racking up new finds, I’ll always have a few die-hard, impossible-to-part-with favorites in the mix. The J.Crew Matchsticks from a zillion years ago (before they messed up the fit), now so perfectly stretched out and worn in that they’re really more boyfriend jeans than anything, but still utterly perfect. The MiH Ellsworths that are exactly the right shade of faded blue. And the Paige Hidden Hills that magically make me look 10 pounds slimmer, even on fat days.

But my all-time favorite, I’ll-cry-when-they-finally-give-up, perfect jeans are my Joe’s Socialites (a now-extinct style, I’m sad to say). They’re made of the softest, thinnest denim, and every time I put them on, my whole body just lets out a big sigh of relief. They’re that comfortable.

What about you, friends? What’s your perfect pair?

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8 comments on “your perfect jeans

  1. jillian

    i havent been a huge “jeans” fan up until this year…when i finally found a great pair (and went up a size!) i love love joe’s jeans! i found my fave pair 1/2 off at nordstroms rack. win. win. xo jillian

  2. A

    I’m still looking for my one true love. I did like my Madewell rail straight jeans that are now on their last legs… and I like my black Emerson Fry skinny straights that they don’t appear to be making anymore… and for a brief period I was addicted to Seven Dojo jeans… but I’m still on the hunt for The One.

  3. Tammy

    I love my Paige jeans and an old pair of Gap skinny jeans from the early 2000s…unfortunately the fit has totally changed, so Gap is no more for me.

  4. shoppingsmycardio Post author

    Jillian: Joe’s does make some fantastic jeans. I never loved them until I tried the Socialite, but these ones are a winner!

    A: Those Emerson Frys are excellent, I agree. We’ll find you that perfect pair yet!

    Tammy: Ohhh, I remember those old Gap skinnies – so good! Why must they keep changing things? Hopefully their new designer will take them back to their roots.

  5. DL

    i think for overall comfort, ease, and looking good, my Lucky Brand Lil Maggie jeans from 2004 still hold up really well. When I want to be more fancy (ie going out, wearing heels) I reach for my Citizens of Humanity bootcut jeans (forget the name). and there was a stretch back in the fall where i practically lived in my J Brand 811 skinny jeans… i think i’ve reached a happy medium where i don’t feel like i have to go out and buy more denim. or maybe i’m just too lazy – ha!

  6. Vanessa

    I’ve been a Diesel devotee for a long long time, but now that I can’t wear anything with even a hint of distressing during the week they’ve fallen out of the rotation a bit.

    Mostly I waffle between some skinny J Brands that I wish were a tiny bit less fitted and a pair of Joe’s that are *perfect* for about 5 hours until they stretch out to the point where you can’t even recognize my ass. I’ve decided to have them taken in through the seat (and then just never wash them? maybe) but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  7. shoppingsmycardio Post author

    DL: I know what you mean. Every time I think I need another pair, I remind myself about all of the pairs languishing – unworn – in my closet!

    Melissa: That is definitely the proof that they’re your perfect pair. Made for each other!

    Vanessa: You know, I’ve actually never once tried Diesel jeans. Now I’m so curious! To be honest, I have the same problem with my Joe’s – it’s the lack of spandex. But they’re so comfy, I’ve decided I don’t care. Absolutely get the seat taken in, though – transformative!!

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