I now fit size 12 jeans!
How this went down: I had a random flair up of my girly self — who doesn’t come out very often — while I was at Kohl’s. I held up a pair of size twelves and shrugged, thinking they didn’t look that small, and then tried them on.
I am still amazed that they fit. According to the measuring tape, I haven’t lost any inches.
From then on I was on a mission to find some good looking size twelve jeans to buy (the ones I tried on were medium length — I need longs, the short pants look is not my style).
I went over to JC Penny to get my favorite jeans (Lee’s Slender Secret line), but they only had 12M and 12S. Lame, right?
On to Target from there. I wasn’t sure if they sold jeans but I have a Target credit card and it was another shrug-and-what-the-hell moment from my girly side. I should also mention that I had to play with my budget a bit to swing this, I reduced my grocery budget to increase my clothes budget; food for clothes, interesting system I have going here.
Target has a new line of Mossimo jeans with different fits. I grabbed a size 13L, surprised to see them and thinking that they may fit better (and I haven’t worn that size since I was 13 years old). But I accidentally grabbed the skinny jeans version — which are skinny all over! They didn’t even make it over my thighs. I tried on about ten pairs of jeans before I settled on Fit 1: relaxed at the hip.
Fit brings up another topic on jeans that I’m confused by. I got up to a size 18 and am now down to a 12. Does that mean I’ve lost six sizes or three?
For those men who have lasted this long through this post, or women who have never shopped the plus sizes section of the store, women’s sizing is ridiculous. That’s right: ridiculous.
Sizing looks like this: 00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14/16, 18/20, 22/24, 26/28. Makes total sense, right? The jump from 10 to 12, then to skipping and double sizing.
So when I wore 18/20 jeans, I assume I was an 18, but maybe I was a 19 or 20. Then I moved straight to 14/16; was I ever size 17?
Once I began shopping at normal stores (my first foray into Lee jeans and normal stores was last December), I bought size 14 (no 16 attached). And now I’ve skipped over size 13 to 12. Again, women’s sizing is ridiculous!
What do you think? Six or three sizes lost?