Let me introduce you to this season's most in-demand deb: Jaime Palmucci, the Denim Debutante. I should start by saying that I've never met Jaime in person, nor have I ever had a proper conversation with her. We connected on Twitter months ago (follow her @denimdebutante, follow me @poeticandchic), and to be honest I didn't know what to make of her.
"You mean there's someone that's so crazy about denim that that's ALL they do? Someone needs to check into the funny farm." At least that's what I thought. After all, isn't denim a universally acknowledged category of sartorial torture on a lower level of hell with swimsuits and bras? Doesn't everyone hate jean shopping? Much like the perfect lipstick shade, little black dress, or handbag, the idea of a "perfect" pair of jeans (to me, at least) seems akin to fashion folklore. Does such a thing really exist? Even for me?
I respect and admire all of those denim addicts out there; they have a point after all. Why not dive in deep and obsess over the one thing that's in the universal wardrobe: jeans? It does make sense when you think about it. But being of a certain size and shape (round butt, hips, thighs), I'd given up on finding stylish premium jeans long ago. I bought Lucky Brand mens' jeans for the longest time, but their denim is a bit brittle, and I was over the constant tearing. After trying this and that, I'd finally scored a fantastic pair of Gap women's jeans, on sale for just $22, and wore them until their threads wore away in the seat. Goodbye favorite jeans, hello frumpy.
This was about when I casually reached out to Jaime for assistance. I didn't really believe that she could help, but I figured, why not give it a shot? She immediately DM'd me saying that not only could she find jeans for me, she could probably find them cheaper than retail. Within hours I'd received not one, but two fantastically detailed emails full of advice, options, pros & cons, ideas, and product details. All of it was delivered without judgment on my difficult sizing and fit requirements, and her enthusiasm was contagious.
All of a sudden I wanted to buy jeans. Now. I ended up with a pair of Paige Premium Denim's Laurel Canyon jeans and a pair of Lucky Brand Classic Rider jeans. Now, I won't go so far as to say that either of these is exactly perfect for me, but I'm definitely on the right path denim-wise. While I love the quality and look of the Laurel Canyons, the low rise is super low for me, so it takes some getting used to. The Classic Riders are cool and comfy, but a little too boot-cut in the leg, so they won't stuff into boots as smoothly. I definitely have my eye on their Zoe Bootcut, which will be what I try next. I'm still on the lookout for a great skinny pair, and maybe another pair like the Laurel Canyons but without the ass-crack danger.
But overall, I feel like the big bad world of teeny tiny denim isn't quite so bad after all. There is hope. Everyone has their perfect match in the jean world, and I owe it all to the expert matchmaking knowledge of the Denim Debutante. Thank you Jaime!!!