This weekend was a fantastic whirlwind of classes, shopping with my best friend, and a social outing to view some amazing and very unique Gothic belly dancers perform near Boston. Whew!
One of the great boons of the weekend was a jeans purchase made from Fashion Bug. Now I know that FB happens to be linked to Lane Bryant in some way (if you view their website, LB, FB, Caique, Loop 18 and Catherine’s are all one tab away from each other in the same web page frame.)
This connection meant I was confused about FB having some of LB’s proudly marketed “Right Fit” jeans with “odd” (for those pants) sizing (as in, the pants in FB were marked by the more traditional women’s sizing rather than LB’s alternately created but equally arbitrary numbers).
Yet, the stores are different in what they hold. For one thing, I LOVED that all of the clothing in FB was intermingled. If I approached a rack of cute sweaters I didn’t have to check to make sure I was in the “right” section of sizes; all sizes from small, petite, “womans”, Plus, Plus-W, etc were all on the same rack. What. A. Joy! Seriously. Have you ever wandered through a straight-sized catering store (which might have a small token “section” of Plus, or Women’s sized pity-items) and been frustrated to have your eye drawn to an item; only to realize that “silly you!”; it was only sized up to something far below what you needed?
FB was a pleasure to browse because if an item I was interested in didn’t have my size; at least it was because it simply was out; not necessarily because it was not an item FB didn’t deem worthy of creating up at that larger size I needed.
I can’t vouch for all FBs; only the one we visited. So, I don’t know if all such brick and mortar stores are set up this way. Any other folks with feedback on this? Though if the website is any indication; I’m inclined to believe this set-up might be a store-wide phenomenon. I think the shock I felt at knowing I wouldn’t have to search only one small set of shabby racks in the “Fatty Zone” for clothing speaks volumes towards how usual expectations of stores end up being played out.
So, there is first that pleasure.
Next, I found some NON Right-Fit jeans that are beautiful, comfortable and make me feel great. My only issue? They are called “Secret Slimmer” jeans. They are offered (at least on the website; and seemed to have a similar range at the store) from sizes 4 through 32.
Now, not only do I take issue to the fact that such a jean might be desired by folks down in the size 4 range (though, knowing as I do how many people at EVERY size still think they have “work to do”; it doesn’t REALLY shock me); but also at the way this brand is marketed as some sort of Ninja of Weight Loss Deception. Like, “oooo! They SECRETLY will slim my image! Wow!”
Well, if you’re thinking that little jean-colored ninjas are going to slip out of these pants once purchased and somehow magic away your body bulges; you’re mistaken. No ninjas or gnomes or other sundry fairyland creatures exist in these items to work on your secret slimming.
The secret? Is two very flimsy stretches of lycra sewn on each side of the zipper; between the pocket area and the crotch. Two squares of black fabric about the size of the bottom of one of those square tissue boxes. THAT is your slim-secret ladies. Ooooo!
So, even having tried them on; I’m not sure what they think they are slimming. I’m still fat in the jeans at my size 26W. My tummy still has the same curves. Happily (for something called anything regarding “slimming”); there is no unsightly pressure on my body, forcing it into other areas to somehow “Smooth” my bulges into more culturally acceptable lumps and bumps.
Yet, they are really well-cut, sit well on my body and feel nice. I have a VERY strong feeling that should I snip out this very light bit of lycra the jeans will look EXACTLY the same on my body as WITH said slimming panels. I don’t feel they are “taming” anything in there; let alone my “wild” tummy.
So I guess my final review is that these jeans were very comfortable on my body and even on my differently shaped/sized friend at a lower size.
These feel even better than my old Right-Fit jeans and will likely be what I go back to order more of if I happen to get some gift cards for my birthday or the holidays.
I’m still a bit miffed about these ubiquitous Secret Slimmer fads; not only because they don’t seem to be anything but lip service to the concept (so if you really WERE looking for something to “Slim” you down; you’re going to be disappointed) but because it just seems the trick-du-jour lately to slap some “It will Make you Look Thinner!” label on clothing in the hopes that us vain, ever-diet-minded women will flock to it or something. *shrug*
So, with that in mind, I give these jeans a happy face, followed by a bemused face. I’m happy to have found bottoms (jeans, no less!) which are comfortable, well fitted, a good length (as long as this 5’6″ woman chooses the “petites”!), and a nice color. Bonus: They don’t have the awful vaguely cat-urine-esque smell that the darker LB Right Fit jeans have and I was comfortable spending the sale price on them. Yet, I remain bemused at this insistence that we must all be “secretly” slimming ourselves with hidden panels of flimsy, do-nothing, panels of lycra/stretchy material.
What do I REALLY think the secret is here? Secret: Your body is amazing just as is. It doesn’t need “slimming” to secretly be found acceptable.
Personally, I’d rather that those “Secret slimmer” panels were actually “Secret Pockets” panels and may just take my crafty self on an adventure this weekend to make that happen…