I went to Nordstrom the other day to try to take advantage of the half-yearly sale. Specifically I wanted to try on some jeans. It is very hard for me to find good-fitting jeans! Most jeans that fit my hips tend to gape in the back of the waist, because my waist is so much smaller than my hips. I have heard raves about “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans” from other curvy ladies: supposedly they have a much smaller waist than hip. So I decided to try them out.
Before going in, I looked at the size charts online. Based on those size charts, I was a 14-plus. I thought “Ok, these run really small” and didn’t worry about it. Pants size is just a number.
When I got to the store, I went to the plus section, pulled a bunch of 14-pluses, and went into the fitting room (contrary to my usual experience at Nordstrom, the SA was not at all interested in helping me, so I did all this by myself.)
Every pair was way too big. They just hung on me. I was surprised.
I went back down to regular sizes (the saleslady there had been a bit sour when she directed me up to plus, but when I came back she was nicer) and picked out several pairs of jeans in 14 and 16. I tried on a pair of 16s first and found that they were too loose, so I went right to the 14s. All of the jeans I tried were black, with the exception of a sort of faded/washed black pair in modern bootcut.
The modern boot cut in size 14 was a great fit, even a bit loose in the waist, in regular black, but the washed black ones were a little tight. I think they would stretch to be a good fit. The modern flares (which the SA insisted on giving me, though I asked only for boot cut) were a little too small, I had hangover. The classic boot cut was a good fit, but I like the silhouette of the modern better, especially as it seemed tighter around the hip.
The straight leg 14 was too small. Straight leg 16s were a good fit at the waist, but the leg was unflattering.
The size chart in this case seems to have no relation to the fit of the jeans. Supposedly the size 14 regular will only fit up to a 43 inch hip, but my 48 inch hips fit easily with room to spare in all but the straight legs. Thank goodness I had the opportunity to try them on, or I might have ended up with an oversized pair of jeans.
The SA warned me that these jeans have a high waist. I found the waist to be moderate: it fit right around my navel. Definitely not low-rise, but not really high either. A true high waist is too high for me, but these were alright.
However, the price. The PRICE! These are some fancy jeans. And totally out of my art-student price range. So, I am keeping my eyes peeled on eBay.