|Jacket: Sofia Vergara for KMart; Scarf: gift; Jeans: Kut; Boots: Target; Arm Warmers: Fred Boutique|
Ever since I bought these jeans at Hot Mama, I decided I would go back at some point to get a blue skinny version and maybe a bootcut version, too, since I was happy with the fit. With the post-holiday sale, I figured now would be a good time. The lady at the store had me size down two sizes for these, and I've never really been sure if that was a good idea, so I only sized down once when I ordered two more on-sale jeans from the website the other day. They're supposed to be delivered today, so we'll see! Hopefully the "bigger" size will fit even better.
I found their premium denim care tips kind of interesting:
1. Go Tight or Go Home - Denim stretches, so find the pair you like and go a size down. Your jeans will end up looking perfect.
2. Pay Up - If you wear denim every day, it's a small price to pay for a great fit.
3. Look in your Rearview Mirror - Make sure you check out how your butt looks in a 3-way mirror. If you're in one of our stores, ask a stylist to help. If you purchased online and are trying them on at home, ask a friend or have someone take a photo of you in your jeans and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help either long distance or in a Hot Mama boutique!
4. Take a Hike - Walk around the store and make sure the jeans don't constrict your everyday movement. If you can't move your hips, move on to a new pair.
5. Nip Tuck - It's normal to get alterations on your denim. Take in the waist, chop off the length, it's worth it to make your jeans feel perfect.
1. Wash your jeans inside out and in cold water to help protect the color.
2. Line dry! (If you must, tumble dry on low for no more than 10 minutes.)
3. To help preserve the color of dark washes and to minimize bleeding, sealing the wash is recommended. Soak overnight in one cup vinegar to one gallon water. Wash on cold, right side out. Or, wash the jeans alone in cold and toss in ½ cup of salt instead of detergent.
Buying jeans so small kind of weirded me out at first. I haven't actually been the size I bought since about 2004. I thought it was funny how they encourage you to send them a shot of your jeans from behind to get their advice. In the store, the lady was nothing but complimentary (probably trying to get me to drop $90 on jeans), so I can't imagine they'd be any other way via email. And finally, Step 3 in the Care section? Yeah no. I'm the laziest laundry-doer - I don't even separate my clothes for the most part - I'm not going to give my jeans that much extra love. But anyway, I'm excited to add a couple more nice jeans to my wardrobe. Hopefully I can keep them nice without bathing them in salt or vinegar.
Do you put more effort into keeping your denim good as new? I'm actually curious whether it's worth doing.