The last five years of my life have been spent growing into and then slowly back out of maternity jeans. Ok, let’s be real. Jeggings. 6 sizes bigger than my old size. To say I’m thrilled to be back in real denim in my normal size is an understatement. Zach sent me to the mall alone (!) to use some birthday money from April that I’d been saving for September when all the new jeans come out to play. I was jumping up and down inside that dressing room, taking low light selfies and having a ball. Definitely my body is different after having kids, but it’s much easier for me to celebrate it and embrace anything I would have thought was a flaw before.
After trying on about four pairs at Madewell, I found my favorite – the Polly wash. They are being touted as the stretchiest jeans with 4% elastic and Reform technology to help hold its shape and bounce back after every wear. After several days playing on the floor with the kids, taking a road trip, walking the zoo, they have proven themselves as super comfy. The high rise is something new for me, and it gives me legs for days. No risk of bending over and showing too much either, which is a perk.
These jeans are definitely an investment I was saving up for as a foundation piece of my wardrobe. I wear them with everything. Since I’m starting with just one pair, I really liked the bright indigo, stretch, and copper hardware of the Polly wash. They can be dressed up with a black turtleneck sweater and loafers, but also easily dressed down with a white tee for everyday mom-life. If you were in a more professional, dressy stage of life, I think the darker and more uniform Davis wash would be a perfect choice.
Next, I’m saving up for a pair of Black Frost denim, since that’s my other staple, go-with-everything jeans. I think this is part of building a smart, intentional wardrobe. Know what your foundation pieces are and if you’re lacking something, save up for it. For me, that meant avoiding spending all my cash on summer sale items that I didn’t really need, waiting months for the right timing (the fall is great for denim because of back to school), and then wearing these all winter long.
ps. Recycle an old pair of jeans into housing insulation, and get $20 off Madewell denim. A used-up pair of my maternity jeans were just the ticket to getting a discount on these new ones. And if you don’t have a store near you, Madewell offers free shipping and returns on all jeans.