Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Troublesome Jeans

I would like to tell you that I was always a lean child, but I don't think it would be quite true. A quick glance through each of my grade school photographs would show you a progressively chubbier child; one who never quite fit comfortably into a pair of jeans. This did not foreshadow a easy relationship with that particular article of clothing.
Image: Worakit Sirijinda / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I remember the first pair of jeans I was absolutely thrilled to be able to wear. I was in 6th grade at the time and after many difficult shopping trips (anything she called cute was essentially a death sentence) with my mom, I finally found a pair I liked.  I remember going into class that day feeling so proud of myself for wearing a pair of jeans. I felt like wearing them automatically made me cooler.  I was able to keep wearing jeans for a couple more years, until puberty and weight gain kicked in.

Most of my high school years were spent in extremely baggy khakis and loose skirts. Try as I might, and believe me I tried, I could not find a pair of jeans that was comfortable. More than that, I didn't want to wear fashionable, trendy and cool things. I didn't want to be noticed anymore than I already was. The scrutiny of being fat in high school was too intense. During my junior year, I lost a significant amount of weight and found a pair of jeans that I loved. They fit me and I felt good in them. It felt like a huge success and I always loved wearing them around.

Over the course of my first two years of college, those jeans stopped fitting and got tossed. I bought a new, bigger pair of jeans but I didn't love them. They never fit quite right. Even after my stint with Nutrisystem as a senior in college resulted in a significantly smaller me, my jeans never fit quite right. Five years after Nutrisystem and 2 years into maintenance, they are still the most infuriating, frustrating article of clothing to fit. If they in the waist, it's too tight in the thighs. If they fit in the thighs, the waist is too big.

I think I will forever be on a quest to find the perfect pair of jeans. Or perhaps a seamstress. I think I like that idea better.

Are you always looking for the perfectly fitted pair of jeans? Have you had success? I'm curious to know! Leave a comment down below. :)