Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Talbots Denim Review
You might be looking at this photo and thinking, "Boooooooring. Girl in jeans and tee shirt. What's so special about THAT?"
Well, I'll tell you.
I'm a longtime hater of pants, and that includes jeans. I own several pairs because I do get a yen every six or seven months, but that's about it. Why do I hate on jeans? Because I don't find them to be comfortable, don't like how they play off my proportions, and justfeel more l ike myself in a skirt.
So when Talbots approached me to review their new denim line, I hesitated. Was I really a good fit for this promotion? Me, a bona-fide jeans-hater? But my contact absolutely RAVED about the variety of fits and washes, and urged me to give it a go. So I did.
Very wisely, I was instructed to visit an actual Talbots store to select my fit and rinse. I tried on about seven pairs of jeans in various sizes, styles, and colors before selecting the pair you see here, which are the Heritage Fit, Straight Leg, Night Rinse jeans. And kittens, the moment I pulled them on, I felt a shift in my prejudices. These jeans fit my body, looked good, and FELT good. It's been at least five years since that has happened.
I resisted skinny and slim-leg jeans for ages, sticking to bootcuts and flares. But I thrifted a pair of J.Crew straight legs several years ago, surprised and pleased by how cute they looked on my bod. Yet they are SUPER low-rise and basically create a display shelf for my tum ... so I only wore them with loose, billowy, tunic-style tops. Then I purchased a great pair of dark gray straight legs from Urban Outfitters a year or so ago and again, they look fab in the leg, but the low rise creates a tum-shelf. Uncomfortable and limiting.
THESE jeans, on the other hand, have a higher rise that works with my natural curves and contours. The style description says they sit "at the waist," but that's a bit of an exaggeration - my natural waist is far, far higher. But these jeans sit high enough on my body that I can pair them with a normal-length tee and look ... well, good, if I do say so myself.
My one complaint? As is the case with so many mall store pants, they come in one length, and that length is far too long for anything but tall heels. And yes, better too long than too short! I can have 'em hemmed ... but if Talbots wants to offer the full denim experience, a variety of hem lengths is well advised.
Talbots was running a $5 off promotion on jeans and pants for several weeks - but I'm afraid my crappy timing means we've missed that boat. Sorry about that. I am trying to make sure that all reviews include a giveaway or discount component, and did try to get a code for you folks ... but I'm plowing ahead with this as a plain old review because I was truly, truly impressed by my experience and by the jeans I now have in my possession. So much so that I'm probably going to pony up for a second pair myself.
Hit the right Talbots and you'll have access to plus sizes and petite sizes, too ... with additional petite-plus sizing online. And if you STILL can't find a denim style that suits you, I'd recommend contacting Talbots. They're really excited about this new line, and seem open to consumer feedback.