...isn't what it used to be. If Karl Lagerfeld can send models down the runway clad in jeans as part of the Chanel freaking Couture collection, that says to une femme that denim is here to stay.
Not that I'm complaining, mind you. Over the last few years, denim jeans have become a wardrobe stalwart, ever ready to take on anything from a casual Saturday afternoon with a marinière and flats, to a workday meeting with a jacket and pearls.
Near the top of my "fill the wardrobe holes" list, however was a pair of jeans long enough to wear with heels. Most of what I currently own are Petite NYDJ's, which are pre-hemmed to a length that's great for flats, not so much for heels. Keeping in mind my resolution to "buy better, buy less," last Saturday I marched myself down to the Designer Denim Department at Nordstrom, otherwise known as "tbd."
Honestly, I wasn't hopeful. My previous few tries at upgrading my denim had yielded rises so low they caused an immediate gaping case of Plumber's Derriere, and hems of a length that would've pleased WNBA forwards. But the lovely Sales Associate approached me with the confidence of someone who smells a sure sale, so I threw in my lot with her. "I don't know if you'll have anything here for me. I need something with at least a mid-rise, and a shorter length," I challenged.
"Oh sure, we have plenty of mid-rise styles, and for regular priced items, we hem for free." Those were the magic words, and I followed her around the department like an eager puppy as she eyeballed my size in several brands and styles, and escorted me to the dressing room with a dozen to try. So try I did. And she'd done a pretty good job guesstimating my size. There were some Not-A-Chance's, some Almost-There's, and one pair of Oh-Yeah-These-Look-Amazing jeans. It was a revelation. (And almost perversely, they were the very first pair I tried on.)
So which were the magic pair?
|These. 7 For All Mankind|
Having never owned a pair of premium denim before, I'm just floored by how soft the fabric is, and how well cut they are. I can hardly wait to wear these with The Orange Vogs!!
|More Gratuitous Couture Denim|
Chanel 2011 Spring Couture photos from style.com, here.
So that's two items checked off the list.
Do you have a favorite brand of jeans?