Wednesday, October 19, 2011

blue jean blues

I’m sorry I haven’t written in awhile. To be quite honest, the past couple of weeks have been up and down when it comes to my body image. And right now, I’m definitely in a valley.

There are several reasons for this sudden drop, but the most obvious is the change of seasons. Colder temperatures only mean one thing: time to bring out the pants. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I hate more than having to wear jeans.

I went shopping this weekend for additions for my clearly lacking fall wardrobe. There is nothing like trying on jeans to make you long for those 100-degree days of summer with its athletic shorts and breezy skirts.

The popularity of jeggings with their elastic waistbands and stretchy fabrics has helped a little to solve the dilemma of comfortableness. But what happens when I don’t want my pants to hug every part of my body?

This normally leaves me staring at a huge wall of denim in about a thousand different styles and even more colors. Most are ultra-low rise, leaving me to constantly worry about giving the person behind me a glimpse of my bright pink panties when I go to sit down. Many are form-fitted to the knee {if not further}, leaving no room for my not-so-thin thighs—how am I suppose to fit these athletic legs into those skinny jeans? And all are way too long! What’s a short girl to do?

So I do have a little advice when it comes to jean shopping—feel free to take it or leave it.

#1 Don’t be afraid to splurge. Jeans are a staple item. You can wear them with pretty much anything. Higher-priced brands will not only offer more options for fit and style, but they will also last much longer so you get your money’s worth.

#2 Don’t be afraid to get alterations. I don’t know how many times I’ve taken my jeans in to get hemmed. They fit perfect everywhere else except the length. But there are also simple alterations you can get if they gap in the back {another problem I encounter on occasion}.

#3 Don’t be afraid to ask for help. My favorite way to jean shop is to go to the Buckle and have the sales associates bring me different pairs until I find “the one.” I tell them what I like and what I want, and they do all the work. They normally know what’s best, and they make the process so much faster and smoother.

So I know this post has been pretty light in content—and has probably served more to relieve my frustration than to provide any helpful advice—but just one more thing. What you wear doesn’t define you. Whether you have stylish fitted jeans or you are rockin’ the sweats, it’s the “unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” which is precious to God.

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

1 Peter 3:3-4

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