I’m a skirts and dresses kind of person. Skirts more than anything – I just love them and the dressier the better. I don’t think I look as good in jeans and slacks, but I’ve been wanting to buy a couple of pairs of jeans for some time now, and so keen was I to buy something that would be good value, I went looking in the High Street. And could I find a pair of jeans in the High Street? No, I could not. Primark, which was almost my favourite shop, because it sold jeans at 32+ length have practically given up on that length. And also I’m a UK size 12 with thin legs, and I couldn’t get my feet into any of their jeans at size 12, and as for size 14 they wouldn’t go past my thighs! I’m not sure what’s going on with the sizing in this shop, but that’s not going to be my favourite store anymore! And truly I went to many other stores and couldn’t find anything (mainly because ‘Regular’ size is just a bit skimpy on my leg length) apart that is from Peacocks, where I found these pink jeans and a pink sweater.
Actually, that outfit is OK, but one of the reasons I do this blog is to examine how I look in certain things, and the long sweater I bought with the jeans seems to shorten my legs – which are long – hmm.
But I think they’ll do for the cruise (coming up shortly) and I’ll wear different shoes! From these pics you can see I’m so not a fashionista, but I am frugal as the jeans cost all of £16. Reader, I was prepared to pay more, truly I was!
So having had two almost fruitless shopping trips I hit the charity shops and this is what I found.
That’s a black corduroy M&S bootcut pair of jeans at £5.99. Not sure about boot-cut to be honest, but I’ll wear these out into Brighton.
Now these are what I’d call old-school jeans. And look at the label on the outside.
At first I was quite excited, however, the fine print is a bit difficult to read, but it’s not particularly good English, probably because ….
All the other labels are in Chinese. So, is this a pair of Pierre Cardin jeans? I think not! But as they cost all of £4.99 and are a proper pair of jeans that fit and feel comfortable I’m OK with this.
Then I hit upon these Levi straight-cut jeans.
They also have a ‘made in China’ label, but some of the washing label is in English.
Whatever, these feel and look unworn and are well worth the price of £6.50. Then in the same shop I found an in-your-face cerise top, which I think goes with the lovely dark navy. It’s quite hard these days to find jeans that aren’t washed and bleached out and/or covered in holes. So I was very pleased to find these, I can tell you.
As you can see I’ve made an attempt to accessorise it with my favourite bracelet.
So after my shopping spree (February is going to be a non-spending month, believe me) I think, despite sizes apparently being larger (all vintage sizes are minute in comparison to today’s sizes) manufacturers must be cutting costs by reducing sizes. Because all these charity shop jeans are a size 12, and they’re big in comparison to the Primark jeans.
That’s all for now, but do tell me if you have problems buying jeans that fit.
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
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