Once upon a time, when a women wanted to buy a pair of jeans, she went armed with three numbers: her waist size, her hip size and her inseam length. There weren’t a lot of styles to chose from, but whatever she chose was guaranteed to fit. Then along came the 1970’s and the “designer jean” and suddenly the number of available sizes began to diminish. Jeans were suddenly being sized like dresses and offered in Petite, Regular and Tall. And the prices went from affordable to “You’ve got to be kidding me!”
Jean sizes are still pretty much a matter or chance as to what fits best, with a few exceptions. And the prices have settled down with some of the original designer brands now being considered as “off the shelf” brands. Jeans with an embroidered swan can now be had at a reasonable price through a national department store; what once had cost $70 a pair can now be bought for $24-35.
Skin tight jeans are going out of fashion and jeans are again becoming comfortable clothes. The return of wide leg jeans (we called them straight legs back then) to accompany straight leg and boot-cut (both forms of tapered legs) is a welcome trend. Jeans that come up to your waist are available also. It warms my heart, but did it have to happen just as I was heading back into dresses?