First of all, can I just say to whoever the man or woman was who positioned a Starbucks basically next to my daughter's dance studio: You are an awesome genius.
Here is the story of my pants.
This looks like a long post, but it's mostly pictures.
If you are brand new to this blog, you probably don't know that I am Clinton Kelly's best friend. I am.
In fact, I took this picture one time when we were just hanging out at Macy's in Indy. Yeah. It was like that.
I have learned a lot from Clinton and Stacy, but perhaps the greatest lesson of all was the introduction to
The Trouser Jean
Before I met trouser jeans, life was sort of like this:
After I discovered trouser jeans, life was more like this:
Definition: Trouser jeans are usually a darker wash, making them a little less casual than most denim. They often have wider hems. Stitching is usually the same color as the denim. They sit low on the waist or at a natural waist, not extremely low as has been popular for the last few years. Neither is the waist extremely high as in "mom jeans." Perfect jeans have flat fronts because most don't need bulging pockets anywhere. The backs may differ, but beware too much flappage going on on the rear because that maximizes the gluteous maximus. One way to tell if they're trouser jeans is to look at the profile while they're on the hanger. They should be shaped fairly straight all the way down. If the profile curves in a lot in the knee area and then curves back out, it's a deal breaker. You want the real deal.
Why? Because they're flattering and dressy and everything wonderful all at the same time.
Still confused? Be confused no more. Behold The J Crew Trouser Jean and then read my sad story below:
Sigh. I Sing the Trouser Jean Electric.
Back to my story. So I found a trouser jean that I loved.
Loved, Loved, Loved.
Everywhere I wore them, people complimented them. Even store mannequins gasped when I walked by.
Because I am tall, I have been careful with them. Tall-ish, about 5'8". Not overly tall. But most average length jeans shrink up too short the first time I wash them. I can't tell you how many times I've been frustrated by the incredible shrinking jeans.
I always got my "TJ's" (trouser jeans) right out of the washer and hung them straight up to dry.
Until this week.
I am to blame; I accidentally tossed them into the dryer.
My husband pulled them out and nonchalantly said, "Hey, aren't these "THE" jeans? The ones we're never supposed to throw into the dryer?"
To be continued. Once I have regained some of my strength and desire to live.