I hate buying any kind of trouser but for me, jeans are by far the most frustrating item of clothing to buy. Perhaps it’s because they are supposed to be a staple of most people’s wardrobes so it all looks so easy; you just pull them on and voila- you can wear them smart or casual depending on style, cut, colour and fit. Boot cut, slim let, high rise, low slung, boyfriend, stone washed…
Ah, who am I trying to kid? They never look any good and I do long for a nice straight forward jean.
With all the variety in style and cut, jeans should be that one item of clothing that can fit every body shape. Although there are some shops that keep things simple with the good ol’ (and often misleading) 0-30 sizing range, often jeans come in different lengths and waist sizes as well as all those different styles that I started to list earlier.
In Levi they go one step further and even have different ‘curves’ for the type of derriere you possess. Welcome to the world of the slight, demi and bold curve. Actually, I have no idea why I think I could guide you through such a place; to me, it’s just another thing to add to the infinite combination of things that leads me to believe that the potential for perfect jeans for me is out there, if only I could get the combination right.
And now I bow down to the shop assistants in Levi who, in my experience are actually the best shop assistants in the world. I spent a whole actual hour with one as he ran back and fore from the dressing room with various waist/leg/curve combinations to help me find something I was happy with. The next time I went in (to a different Levi store I might add) I tried to repeat this combination with another style and told a different shop assistant about how, although the jeans I had were the best I’d ever had, they still gaped at the back a bit. He picked up a few jeans for me and suggested I tried them.
The boy was a genius. Nothing I’d picked up on my own looked any good but everything he gave me fit; in fact one pair of blue, slim leg, slight curve jeans were THE most comfortable jeans I’ve ever tried on. So comfy that I think I needed the next waist size down to accommodate the stretch but that store didn’t have the next size down. I’ll go a hunting for it after Christmas when shopping isn’t like entering a war zone but hurrah for brilliant shop assistants. And jeans. Perhaps.
Mainly brilliant shop assistants, we should have more of those, the clothes shopping experience would definitely be benefit from it.