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High school days were not my favorite. There are some fond memories (most of them involve Sally) but mostly I remember feeling awkward and insecure. I'll spare you all the emo details of my teenage angst but will say that looking back I feel silly but somewhat justified in the amount of concern I put on clothes. Sally and I both wore uniforms to school (they weren't the hot Catholic schoolgirl uniforms in the movies, but we did our best by rolling the skirts and popping our collars) but that fact almost added to the anxiety I felt trying to dress myself on the weekends. It's both a blessing and a curse that we didn't go through those four formative years with the social media pressures and comparisons of today...but a little fashion guidance wouldn't have hurt. My biggest problem (aside from waiting for any type of curves to appear on my skinny bod) was finding jeans that "fit." The struggle was real for both me and my poor mom who heard me whine and cry through many a store and too many dressing rooms to count.
This sad story had a happy ending though. Because growing up in Kansas City meant that we had the Plaza and access to some lovely shopping options. At some point Lucky Brand opened its doors and the walls of neatly folded denim called to me. I experimented with fits, sizes, and washes. And I walked out with a pair of jeans that finally "fit." Was I feeling lucky? Yes. And dare I say, confident.
I wore those low-rise bootcut beauties till there were holes in the crotch (which I got patched) and threads hanging from the heels. I wore them in my senior pictures, they came with me all through college and until recently, lived in a corner of my closet. Though I knew they would never fit me again (because, a 29 year old body is not a 16 year old body) I loved that they kind of represented the best from a time that was sort of my worst. In an effort to free myself from the things I don’t need or use, I recently said goodbye to my faithful Lucky jeans. Letting go was sad but it made me feel like it was okay to invest in some new denim. So I did what my high school-aged self would have done and got two new pairs of Lucky Brand jeans.
There are so many denim brands out there…we all know this. What sets Lucky Brand apart – at least in my eyes – are the details they work into their jeans. “LUCKY YOU!” is stitched onto every fly shield and four-leaf clover patterns are on lining of each front pocket. Those playful attributes combined with the range of styles, denim fabrications, and washes makes them both approachable and reliable in the vast world of denim. Along with my first and most loved pair by Lucky Brand mentioned earlier, I bought and wore several other styles over the years…often experimenting with fits (depending on what was trending) and sizes (because, college.).
I’m a big believer of trying on jeans in store but I figured I’d first see what Lucky Brand’s offerings were online before deciding if I needed or wanted to visit one of the Dallas locations. Shop by fit, shop by leg, shop by rise…I went down each avenue to narrow in on what styles were speaking to me and I determined that I wouldn’t be changing my affinity towards skinny jeans anytime soon. High-rise jeans have been the cut I’ve been loving with my other pairs so I knew I would end up with a “Bridgette” pair but I surprised myself but adding a low-rise “Charlie” to my cart, too. Such a risk taker, right! I figured that I would probably like one of the two fits more than the other and just keep one.
Oops. I ended up really loving both. The Bridgette High-Rise Skinny “Sunrise Road” has a 70s feel but the 1% spandex in the fabrication keeps it from being too stiff. I love the lighter wash and the reinforced knees are a cool worn in detail that keep the legs from being too “clean” while still being a departure from the ripped styles I favor.
Speaking of ripped styles…the Charlie Skinny “Willowdale” has the distressed knees I can never seem to have enough of. I was on the fence between this pair or the Charlie Skinny “Appleby” – both having equally cool ripped details. But the 100% cotton and hook & bar closure (no button!) of the Appleby led me back to the Willowdale.
High-rise vs. Low-rise. I really can’t decide which version I like more. Which is how I ended up keeping both. The low-rise feel a little more casual and easier to wear with sneakers and the high-rise are perfect for tucking in tops and pairing with heels. Though, I say that and have mixed and matched shoes and tops across both styles and been happy and comfortable. And I guess that’s why I love Lucky Brand denim…there’s a comfort and confidence that comes from the vintage-inspired jeans. The jeans fit great but have an unassuming authentic quality that allows me add the personality. Lucky me, right?!
If I’m really lucky, these two babies will be worn as well and for as long as my beloved high school pair (may they rest in donated peace).
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