Invisible Woman wrote about jeans quite recently and the challenge of buying them for herself as she’s quite short and a UK size 12/14.  But even so she found some that fitted well and looked good on her.  (Her article has some great pics of her trying on various jeans and some tips too.) Personally, I love the tighter fit that jeans have because even with my slim figure I have a spare tire and a rounded tum and jeans just give that added structure which is so slimming.

I had such fun a couple of weeks ago when I went looking for jeans. And, you know, I was actually prepared to pay the full price, but instead I found the most amazing bargains and more!

A friend said, try Gap, but I thought, before that I’ll just pop into the nearest charity shop.  So I did, and there I found a pair of dark blue (without any faux faded bits) Gap jeans (30 waist and 34 length which was a perfect fit for me) for £4.99.  (Went to Gap btw, and they could only offer 30 length – no good at all.)  And what is it about the ubiquitous false, faded bits on jeans that manufacturers think we like!  At least give us a choice, please, of faded jeans and not.

Then, on to Urban Outfitters – which is absolutely my favourite shop – where I found, within minutes, a pair of faded (yes, I liked them!) reworked (with patches and other bits of material) boyfriend jeans, which not only looked amazing, they were down from £60 to £15.


But even more astonishing, these jeans were on the sale table and they were part of the ‘buy one get one free’ items so I ended up with a vintage skirt, which not only looks ace it cost absolutely nothing.

So having been prepared to buy new I ended up with three great pieces of kit for just under £20 – wow!

Again, my message is that as we age, not only should we dress stylishly let’s make the whole shopping experience fun.

That’s all for now

With love

Penny, The frugal fashion shopper

P.S. Note that in this shopping trip i) I bought faded boyfriend jeans when usually I only get skinny and non-faded and ii) I also bought a vintage skirt when I often say vintage is not for me.  My point being never say never, and always be prepared to adapt and go for a look that’s right for you.

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7 thoughts on “Whatever your size you can never have enough blue jeans!

  • 11th November 2014 at 2:02 pm

    You said the magic words, “always be prepared to adapt and go for a look that is right for you.” I went to a Value Village yesterday and every pair of jeans in the store was on for 40% off, and there must have been two dozen pairs in my size.Yet every time I pulled out a pair which felt like good cotton denim (not the ones which are so soft the knees bag in two hours) but every pair which looked good quality had full legs. While I dont wear the skinny jeans I do like the straight leg as that is what suits me. I left with no jeans, but at leas I didn’t clutter my closet with jeans I will not wear. Your distressed jeans look like fun. Congratulations!
    I did try on a calf length skirt which looked great and I could just imagine it with a black top…and I didn’t get it because it is made from synthetic fibre. What do you think? Would you ever wear such fabric? Is it ever OK?
    Thanks again for an uplifting blog,

    • 13th November 2014 at 8:04 am

      Hi Margaret
      Sorry to hear about the jeans that just didn’t fit. I’ve done that – tried on so many and not one fits usually because they’re just a little bit too short and it’s good to walk away! or the size 12 is just a bit too small and the size 14 is too baggy.

      Yes, re: the cotton or ‘natural’ versus synthetic. Well, I’ve always thought that natural fibres are better and, of course, the feel of cotton against the skin is lovely. But when I was researching that post on sustainable clothing I realised that if artificial fibre clothes are made in a modern factory close to home then the carbon footprint is less than cotton cloth made far away. Second, if the fibre is very up-to-date it will also be better for the environment, because cotton is a really unsustainable product that needs shed loads of water. And if it’s not organic then it also uses masses of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. In fact cotton is probably not the best if we are aware of the health of the planet – and I just hadn’t realised any of that. Personally I love wool – not against the skin but the feel of it. And I always hope the wool has come from sheep somewhere in Wales or England – but we don’t really know do we. That’s why I thought that there should be a ‘Made Well’ label so we know when we buy that this piece of clothing hasn’t cost the earth. So yes, I do wear synthetic but that’s mainly because there’s often a mix of both cotton and artificial, but in reality artificial fibres are not the bad guys at all.

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