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Trouble finding where to get my size jeans?

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It's really hard for me to find my size for jeans. I have a 25 inch waist, about 5' 5", and weigh about 100 lbs. I am a college student, so I really don't like to shop in the children's section. Does anybody know where to get them?

 

I already tried Target and American Eagle and they only went down to 26 X 28 size. The 28 inch inseam fits fine, but the 26 inch waist is too big.

post #2 of 12

Have you tried women's jeans? If youre into a slimmer fit leg, may be worth checking out.

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Have you tried women's jeans? If youre into a slimmer fit leg, may be worth checking out.

I am open to the idea but I do have some questions and concerns:

 

#1: Buying women's jeans involves going to the women's section. As a guy, I'm not sure how that's going to work out...

#2: To my understanding, women's jeans uses a different sizing system then men's jean's sizing system. I do not know what my size would be in women's sizes. Where would I find that out?

#3: Will it be obvious that I'm wearing women's jeans? If people do notice it's going to be really embarrassing...

#4: I don't have women's hips that women's jeans accommodate for. Secondly, about the crotch area of the jean if you know what I mean...

 

Thank you!


Edited by stevenliu96 - 7/15/14 at 1:44pm
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Back in the day (like, 10 years ago) my high school BF would buy women's jeans from the juniors department because back then the men's lines didn't offer the slimmer fits he was looking for. He wasn't especially skinny--actually wore the same size I did, which made for some weird shopping trips--but he did manage to find pairs that would fit his anatomy just fine. Obviously an extremely low rise would be out but these days you'll find mostly higher rises anyway.

 

If you are about 100 pounds then a 25 should work for you (a 24 would have the painted-on fit that most women like--if a girl tells me she weighs 100 I will immediately put her in 24s. 110 bumps her up to a 25 unless she has a very unusual build or is crazy muscular). I would go for brands like 7 for All Mankind, whose styles are pretty identical-looking between the men and women (and you could find a pair of New York Dark sigs for quite cheap on Ebay)...perhaps some women's Diesels have the same labels as the men's jeans but I haven't sold women's Diesel in forever so I'm not sure about that.

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my high school BF would buy women's jeans from the juniors department

Are "junior" jeans different from "women" jeans or are they the same thing?

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Are "junior" jeans different from "women" jeans or are they the same thing?


Juniors are designed for teenage girls and are sized with odd numbers...1,3,5,7,9 etc. They are usually the cheaper brands (like what you find at Kohl's)...these days some are sized by waist size though. The sizes pretty much coincide with misses (non-plus-size women) but for misses the sizes are even numbers...2,4,6,8 etc. More denim companies from both the juniors and misses markets are just going to waist size though (because the waist size system is associated with "premium" denim and seems more prestigious automatically for a gullible buyer)

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Juniors are designed for teenage girls and are sized with odd numbers...1,3,5,7,9 etc. They are usually the cheaper brands (like what you find at Kohl's)...these days some are sized by waist size though. The sizes pretty much coincide with misses (non-plus-size women) but for misses the sizes are even numbers...2,4,6,8 etc. More denim companies from both the juniors and misses markets are just going to waist size though (because the waist size system is associated with "premium" denim and seems more prestigious automatically for a gullible buyer)


So if I did get girl's jeans would I get it in juniors or misses? If in juniors, what size would I be in the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc. system?

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So if I did get girl's jeans would I get it in juniors or misses? If in juniors, what size would I be in the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc. system?


You could do either, but juniors' will often be more "trendy" and of cheaper quality...since trends and teens' tastes change so quickly a lot of companies don't see the need to create really high quality pieces that will just be out of style in a few months. In the odd system you'd most likely be a 1, 3 at most or if the style runs small. In misses you generally go one down, so if you're a jrs' 1, you're probably a misses 0, or if you're a 3, you're a misses 2, etc.

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You could do either, but juniors' will often be more "trendy" and of cheaper quality...since trends and teens' tastes change so quickly a lot of companies don't see the need to create really high quality pieces that will just be out of style in a few months. In the odd system you'd most likely be a 1, 3 at most or if the style runs small. In misses you generally go one down, so if you're a jrs' 1, you're probably a misses 0, or if you're a 3, you're a misses 2, etc.


As a college student, I hope I will still grow so I don't want to spend a whole lot of money on jeans that I might outgrow. Plus, I will be able to save money! If I do decide on buying girl's jeans, I'll probably buy juniors rather than misses. Any suggestions?

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As a college student, I hope I will still grow so I don't want to spend a whole lot of money on jeans that I might outgrow. Plus, I will be able to save money! If I do decide on buying girl's jeans, I'll probably buy juniors rather than misses. Any suggestions?

 

To be honest I haven't shopped juniors in close to 10 years so I have no idea what the brands are all like now. (During college I converted to the contemporary/premium denim labels and do a lot of shopping on Ebay to keep prices down.) It's true that you may still grow a bit, but I wouldn't bank on your frame itself actually growing--more likely if you party a lot you may grow a bit of a belly :p If you want to do weightlifting and bulk up, maybe your college has some classes you can take through the rec center/kinesiology department so you can get some course credit as well? My boyfriend did a weightlifting class just because he had to take a credit to keep his financial aid going. He has a very stocky frame and certainly didn't need the bulk but he wanted to get healthy and try something new.

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To be honest I haven't shopped juniors in close to 10 years so I have no idea what the brands are all like now. (During college I converted to the contemporary/premium denim labels and do a lot of shopping on Ebay to keep prices down.) It's true that you may still grow a bit, but I wouldn't bank on your frame itself actually growing--more likely if you party a lot you may grow a bit of a belly :p If you want to do weightlifting and bulk up, maybe your college has some classes you can take through the rec center/kinesiology department so you can get some course credit as well? My boyfriend did a weightlifting class just because he had to take a credit to keep his financial aid going. He has a very stocky frame and certainly didn't need the bulk but he wanted to get healthy and try something new.


Yeah I tried weightlifting for a semester in high school and that didn't work out that well. I'm a cross country runner so I don't know how much that will bulk me up. ;)

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Yeah I tried weightlifting for a semester in high school and that didn't work out that well. I'm a cross country runner so I don't know how much that will bulk me up. ;)

 

Ah ok--as long as you are running you'll still need to be buying 25s! Running torches calories--unfortunately I can't do too much of it due to weak ankle joints!

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