There’s a whole period of my fashion life that was devoid of jeans. I was no different from the size I am now. None of this “wish I had my pre-baby body” malarkey 😉
Sure, I could find jeans that fit me. BUT. And it’s a BIG but (or should that be butt?!), these jeans looked dreadful on me. They did zip for my legs, tummy and behind and were super uncomfortable to wear.
Whenever friends were going out they’d have the luxury of just throwing on a pair of jeans and a top. I’d glance at the line up of pretty tops in my wardrobe, all begging for a turn to come out and play, and look back at my friends, green with envy that they could pull together an outfit so simply.
I read all the fashion mags, I knew that I needed a pair of jeans as part of my line-up of wardrobe basic essentials.
What I didn’t know was that my quest for jeans would all eventually pan out ok. That the final piece of my wardrobe puzzle would not only get filled once … but six times over.
The love affair started five years ago with my first pair of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ). It was pretty much love at first fitting. I remember holding up this seemingly tiny pair of jeans and thinking, yeh sure, they’re not going to even do up, let alone look any good.
But they did. They sucked me in and made me look taller (thanks to NYDJ’s exclusive Lift Tuck Technology), all while feeling like I was wearing tracky pants. Winning.
This technology is genius and works via a patented criss-cross panel from the inside of the jean to subtly shape curves. It’s technology that’s been imitated ever since the NYDJ launch in 2003 but I’ve not found a brand that comes close to doing what these jeans do … which is why I’m happy indeed to fork out the designer price tag.
Yes, I’m still wearing NYDJ and I’ve watched them develop more fashionable designs since that first pair – which is a GOOD thing – as it means that my butt and my front butt can embrace trends like coloured or skinny jeans without looking and feeling like a tightly wrapped, over-sized chorizo sausage.
The rise of the NYDJ is high-mid, which works for my body shape – no gaping at the back when I sit down and minimal muffin top – but not too high to cause an unfortunate case of camel toe.
I no longer feel ostracised from the fashion jean brigade and those lovely tops that used to stare longingly at me from my wardrobe? They very much get a turn at coming out to play. In fact, I’ve now ALWAYS got something to wear.
Here are some examples of me and my NYDJs. I wear a US size 12, which is an Australian 15-16. (I’ve just bought a cobalt blue pair too. I’ll be taking them out on an excursion very soon and I’ll add them to the gallery as soon as I do!)
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED
Silly me, of course you would. NYDJs are available in sizes 8-20 (US sizing 0-18). Styling You and NYDJ Australia have 1 pair to give away. We want to hear your jeans story? Do you find it difficult to find jeans that suit your shape? The woman with the most creative and original story will win a pair of NYDJs of her choice (subject to availability). Maximum word length: 150 words. There is scope to add a photo to your entry in the comments section below, so please feel free to do this if you would like! This competition opens on Wednesday, March 28 at 5.30am (AEST) and closes Wednesday April 12 at 5.30am (AEST). One entry per person. Australian entries only. The total prize pool value is a maximum of $219. The winner will be contacted via email and her entry may be re-published on Styling You and her name will be published here.