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The jean struggle

July 13, 2017

Jeans are the hardest item of clothing for me to purchase. I don't think there are too many women out there who will say they love shopping for them. If you do, give me all your jean positivity please! Matter fact, bottle that ish up and sell it!

 

My issues stem from the fact that I am short, I am not a thin gal, and my legs are not proportioned the same due to my Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (the reason I am an amputee). Just one of those issues make buying jeans hard. Hell the first two cause my biggest animosity toward jeans. But the third adds a complication I don't wish on anyone.

 

Because I have had a prosthetic since one, my stump has been encased in the tight socket for basically my whole life. It is very, very thin and the fat/muscle has been pushed up to lay above my socket when my prosthetic is on. It leaves a bump on the very top of my leg. Think of it like those fat wrap parties women used to do in the 90s. If their wrap had a sliver of skin showing during the process, that sliver of skin would be where the fat went to relieve the pressure from the wraps. You can kind of see what I'm talking about in the picture below where the arrow is pointing.

 

 

My prosthetic causes my pants to look and feel extremely loose on my right leg and then normal on the other leg. It's something I never really noticed until skinny jeans and leggings became popular because these pants (Yes, leggings are pants!!) cling to my body.

 

When I am buying jeans, it's been a struggle to find a balance between waist size, leg length and leg width. Jeans that are bigger around the waist tend to be bigger around the legs. And for some dumb reason all stores don't sell plus size clothes in multiple lengths. (And really all jeans sellers for that matter. I mean even women who are sizes zero to 10 are different heights...so why not provide different length jeans?!) For the longest time even skinny jeans were too loose because they were too long and laid wrong on my body. (I want skinny jeans, not drop-crotch jeans!)

 

In fact I didn't buy an actual pair of skinny jeans until 2016 and even then I pretended they are boyfriend jeans because they are so much baggier on me than I'm almost 100% positive they would be on someone taller than I am. 

 

With all of that being said, I added one of my favorite pair of jeans I've ever purchased to my 30 items for my 30 clothing item challenge. They are a pair of girlfriend jeans from Torrid I adore. The reason I feel they work so freaking well is because Torrid sells them in a short option. Because of this, the distressed marks hit all the right spots. And the crotch hits where the designer intended it to.

 

 

After giving them a few loose cuff folds, they have a super slouchy relaxed feel the boho chic part of me dies over. And to be honest, I didn't think I was ever going to find a pair of jeans that would allow me to embrace that part of my fashion sense. (Which I think is one of the most important aspects of creating clothing for all bodies -- it allows women and men of all sizes and shapes to express themselves and represent who they are and want to be seen as using clothes.

 

Because I didn't put too many pairs of pants in my selection for this challenge, you better believe you will be seeing these jeans on several occasions! They are the bee's knees, baybay! 

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