Katie: I’m sorry. I know this is serious. I am listening to you, but I just need a moment to process the fact that I need to gain weight. That is the nicest thing anyone has ever told me.
What I had just heard from my ivf doctor was, “You need to gain weight in order to maximize your chances for a successful ivf transfer. Blah blah blah blag too skinny. Blah blah blah blah need more meat on your stomach.” It might have been the greatest moment of my life. Should I send a group text or let people know one by one that for the first time in my ENTIRE life, someone thought I needed to gain weight? I am not too skinny. I am normal by all accounts and regularly feel that I need to lose 5 pounds, but for one moment in life, I was too skinny.
The next month I split my beloved Joe’s jeans which leads us to today. I could not rationalize spending $150 on jeans that were a size bigger than normal and might not even fit afterwards if ivf worked and I became pregnant. What to do? Head to the Gap. Premium denim was a rare thing 10 years ago, but now every mass marketer has it. Status denim forced the change of denim the specialty stores offered and brought me back to a store that I had not stepped foot in for probably 10 years.
We all have our favorites, and different vendors all have different fits, but there is no longer a need to spend a huge fortune on denim, if you do not want to. I was pleasantly surprised by what the Gap offered, and today I will also show you what Banana Republic, J Crew, Gap, and Urban Outfitters offer for a more reasonable price. My darling model is my sister-in-law, Anna Goeschel. She is athletic in build and tall.
Banana Republic. Our basic call out was that we would have preferred to have the pockets closer together. If you want your tush to look smaller, look for pockets that are slightly angled and close together. Banana offers a nice wear-to-work option in denim. All denim styles shown were $79.50 and 89% Cotton, 8% Polyester, and 2% Spandex.
Sizing: runs more generous than premium denim lines. Anna went down 2 sizes from what she wears in other denim.
Gap: Gap usually fits me very well and they had the widest variety of styles. Anna was pleasantly surprised by how well she liked some of the fits. Gap is the most economically priced as well. All styles were under $70. I felt the back pockets, washes, and details were more updated than what Banana Republic offered, but not as wear to work friendly.
Sizing: Runs a little more generous than premium denim lines. Anna went down 1 size.
Always Skinny: $69.95. 98% Cotton, 2% Spandex
Curvy: $69.95. 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane
Perfect Boot: $69.50. 79% Cotton, 20% Polyester, 1% Spandex
Real Straight: $69.50. 79% Cotton, 20% Polyester, 1% Spandex
J Crew has the priciest denim, but had Anna’s favorite fit. For me, it runs a little long. I feel it’s best for a taller customer, but they do offer petites. They only have skinny denim right now, but the shape of both offerings is right on trend. The washes were a nice, flattering dark wash, but were light enough to look more current than the curvy wash at Gap and all of Banana Republic’s washes. All denim is $125 and 93% Cotton, 6% Polyester, and 1% Spandex.
The sizing runs smaller than both Gap and Banana Republic. Anna wore her regular size in comparison with premium denim lines.
Urban Outfitters offers their private label brand, BDG, at a very economical price. The average is $58, but they often run pricing specials. Colored denim continues to be huge, and a blue wash is a safe way to venture into the trend.
Sizing runs similar to premium denim lines.
I love this! I, too, have discovered the necessity of lower priced alternatives to my favorite pre-preggo jeans (which I hope to be back in sooner, rather than later!) Nordstrom BP section has been my savior, with most denim under $50, and great style to boot! Until my fav’s fit again, at least I can wear something cool-ish looking. Who wants to always look like the mom, when you could pass for the babysitter?
I just laughed aloud. I miss my partner in crime!! I forgot about BP. Thank you!!
Katie, this is very fun! I love blogs, especially written by funny and witty people I know 🙂 Thanks for the jean break-down…and so glad you can stay home with your little man. Tan or poised…or not, I’m sure you still look fab!
I’m so happy to see you! My mom and I just explored your blog. She’s said, “she’s a good writer” at least 3 times!