When I first entered the world of retail years back, it was a game changer for me. I've only worked for one retailer and let me tell you, it helped me out TREMENDOUSLY in the way I style myself and others. I started there going into my mid-20's and to be honest, at the time, I was going through what I call my own little 'fashion wreck'. I've always been naturally drawn to fashion and I've never had any problem putting any sort of outfit together- it's a knack I simply have and it makes it that much better because that's also where my passion lies. So what I mean by fashion wreck, to put it simply, I was having trouble transitioning from juniors to women, without REALIZING.
However, I learned a lot on this journey once it began.
Has anyone EVER told you in your 20's, 30's, even 40's (I'm speaking to a large audience here) that sizing exclusively in the realm of pants that begin in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, etc) is JUNIOR sizing? The sizes that begin with even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, etc) is WOMEN sizing?
Let me tell you, my first day on this job was an eye opener. It was work policy to try on clothes when not busy to see how it fit different body types- since I was a wardrobe stylist (see where my roots began? ; )
The regional director who had flown in from a different start to help open this boutique and train us, put an outfit together for me. She asked me what size I was and without hesitation I said 'three'. She looked at me like I had said something wrong, because clearly I was a grown woman. 'So, you're wearing juniors, okay. How about a woman's size two?' I was confused, because even as the fashionista I am- I just would always grab whatever when I bought/tried on clothes- but I referred to my own sizing in an odd number, hence juniors clothing.
It doesn't sound like anything major, and it's really not. But it truly does make a difference. One of the things that stands out to me with odd vs even numbers in size, is the fact that junior sizing is typically made for the girl who is not fully developed, hasn't had children, has never had to be super conscious about their weight, or someone who is VERY fit. If that's you, then have at it. However, even numbers in women sizing makes a huge difference for those who are shapely, have had children and their body has changed, curvy, and most importantly- those who identify with their body type.
I was introduced to premium denim at this point in my life. Premium denim is typically that which has been made by hand (no factory machine jean making), and fits women like a GLOVE once you find the brand/designer that does fit your body type! It is rather on the pricey side, but it's an investment. The jeans do not shrink and they also don't lose elasticity- meaning, they won't fall down after x amount of wearing them. It's amazing.
I really had a hard time paying a price for those!
Once you try the right pair on- it's all over, haha! They feel amazing, they fit amazing, and it's life changing, to say the least.
Stylists are in stores everywhere to help find the denim that best suits you. Nordstrom, Von Maur, Evereve, those are a few of my favorites.
The one RULE of thumb to remember when buying denim (even if it is not premium), is to make sure the pocket is sitting up actually on your buttocks. The pocket should NOT be below the 'crease' of your butt cheeks. Also pocket size- the larger your bottom is, the bigger or wider you want the pocket to be. The smaller your bottom is, the smaller you want the pocket to be.
I've compiled a list of my favorite premium denim brands:
Kut from the Kloth
7 For all mankind
If you have a similar frame as I do- petite (I am 5 ft) and a smaller bottom, I have found that AG (Adriano Goldschmied) denim typically works the best for me. The pockets are usually on the smaller side, and it fits the way I want them to fit on my legs and around the hips/waist area. Keep in mind that all of these brands I mentioned do have different styles per brand that may or may not fit well even if it's your usual go-to brand. The AG ankle legging and any of their distressed denim styles really work for me.
Here are some of my favorites I've collected over the last two years (I will have them forever! Because, they will last THAT long).
From left to right:
KUT | Kancan | AG | Paige
The least expensive of these is Kancan and KUT, typically ranging in price from $79-$120
AG's average denim price is $210, Paige falls within the same category.
ALL are true investment and staple wardrobe pieces though, it truly makes a difference. I should also mention that of these, with the exception of KUT, do come in European sizing. a "0" would be a 24, 25, "2" would be a 26, "4" would be a 27, etc. Keep that in mind! : )
Here I am wearing the distressed AG legging- it fits me perfectly in all the right places!
As always, if you have an questions or would love for me to style you, don't hesitate to drop me an email via contact in the menu and we can discuss option. I would love to hear from you!
SHOP THE LOOK:
Blazer Jacket: Tyche found at EVEREVE
Pink chiffon tank: FOREVER 21
Denim: ADRIANO GOLDSCHMIED
Ankle strap wedge: TARGET