My favorite phrase to say when I'm upset or pissed off at someone or something is "I'm gonna write a letter". I never actually write the letters, but it always makes me feel better.
My weight has fluctuated somewhat the last 5 years between having a baby, divorce diet and then putting back on some happy weight...not huge amounts by any means, but enough to go up or down 1-2 sizes. During this time I've struggled with finding the perfect pair of jeans...for the first time in my life I no longer have a "favorite" pair...just lots of "fat" jeans (you know...the ones you wear when you're a little over your normal weight and none of your cool jeans fit at the moment), and "do I really want to look like I have a muffin top?" jeans...if you haven't heard the phrase muffin top it refers to the excess skin, belly fat and or back fat that hangs over the top of hip hugger, low rise jeans. Hip hugger jeans or low rise jeans have been around for a good 8 years now (?) and despite what I've heard about jeans that sit on the waist making a comeback, I have yet to find any...or at least any that are "hip"...excuse the pun.
So here's my "letter" to the fashion world:
Dear Fashion No-No Enablers,
I am a 39 year old woman who really tries to follow fashion trends. I have lost all respect for your designs this past decade. I can't fit into clothes made for teenagers or 20-somethings, and I don't want to shop where grandmothers shop. You are forcing me to choose between looking old and looking like I'm trying to recapture my youth. I celebrate my age and my size yet I put on your jeans and feel dejected...is this why they're called "blue" jeans? If I'm even 5 pounds over my normal weight your jeans give me a muffin top. If I'm right at my normal weight your jeans expose my stretch marks. Either way I'm constantly pulling them up and wishing they were on my waist so I don't have to belt them...which looks really stupid. If 40 is the new 30 then why do I have to wear clothes made for women in their 20's?
Please find something in the "middle" that lets me celebrate my age. Bring back the jeans that sit on our waists! And make them trendy and sexy not baggy and frumpy! Women 35 and up will buy them and love you for it!
PLEASE WAIST YOUR JEANS ON ME!
Not a Hip Hugger Lover