Do you remember my mad search for jeans back when we lived in NYC? All I wanted was a nice pair of Levi’s, that were slightly worn in, with peg legs (that’s what we called them in 1989). I couldn’t find them anywhere. I went home for Christmas and found the Levi’s that my brothers had worn in middle school. They fit perfect around the waist but were bell bottom. I used my aunt’s sewing machine to narrow the leg and made the PERFECT pair of jeans. I wore those jeans (I had two pair) until they literally fell apart.
I’ve never been able to duplicate those jeans, even though I try and try. It should be simple, Levi’s 501, right? I’ve found that every pair has a different cut and is made of different fabric, so they never fit the same.
I was thrilled to learn about Levi’s Curve ID, so women could find the perfect fit. Finally! I went online, filled in the easy four-step questionnaire about my body type and ordered my jeans. So easy.
Nope. They arrived and did not fit. Too low in the waist. I was too demoralized to try again.
In the meantime, I found Joe’s Jeans. For years, while I was on my never-ending Levi’s quest, you kept telling me to try Joe’s Jeans, that they fit great and had styles for all different body types. Last year, I finally did and I love them.
I don’t know what they do to make their jeans so yummy and soft. They are made of 98% cotton and 2% elastane, so they do give a bit after you’ve worn them for a while. But, they fit so well and feel so good, you could almost call them pajama jeans (but you wouldn’t!).
The Provocateur is specifically tailored for those of a limited stature (not that 5’4” is that short).
I love the cut of the Icon. It’s boot cut, so it elongates the leg, and is also mid-rise, preventing any unfortunate underwear display when you bend over .
So, while I’m still searching for those perfect pair of Levi’s, I’m happy with Joe.
Joe’s Jeans are available at Julia Farr.
Images: top: Vintagetrends.com. Bottom three are from Joe’s Jeans.