Mama Got New Jeans…

2008 October 29
by Carissa

I did.

The good kind. NOT the kind where you fork over more than would buy two boxes of Costco Diapers.
The kind that you can wear every day. Wear IN. Make a mess of, throw in the laundry, wear the next day -rinse and repeat.

I had a pair like this. I wore them out. To holes. Plus. They didn’t fit anymore. Sad huh? They were all baggy in the butt? The what? I know..where did my butt go? I had to wear a belt? That’s impossible isn’t it? They stretched out right? Oh RI-AAAAght, that must be it. All the spandex.

So I shopped. At Old Navy for fancy pants sake. And THOSE Jeans didn’t fit either. Huh?

My size, the size I’ve been for 4 years? Was TOO large. Again with that…
TOO large.

I had to try on the size SMALLER. Yeah, RI-aaaght?

I wasn’t this size in HIGH SCHOOL people. Much less after three babies?

We call this the secretary syndrome. The stores are now sizing things so they appear to be smaller? Hubby’s secretary from eons ago, would walk into office and proclaim, OH MY HECK, look at my new outfit! It’s an 8! When the poor lady hadn’t been anywhere near a size 22 for the past 22 years. Much less an 8?

A Marketing Lie. Must be. Ri-aaaght?

You tell me.

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PS. From comments, this phenom is called “Vanity Sizing”! —Mamarazi
Oh my heck, I didn’t know it had a name?

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  1. Mikki permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Well, whatev’…if that’s your backside in the picture—you look fantastic in those jeans!! Way to go!!

  2. Mamarazzi permalink
    October 29, 2008

    i like it when people lie to me…vanity sizing ROCKS!

  3. Jaime permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Did you really just post a picture of your butt? You crack me up! Good thing you look so good in your new jeans!

  4. Penny Ryder permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Nice jeans and congrats on the downsize. I love Old Navy. Nice clothes at a good price. I shopped there last time I was in New York.

  5. Amy permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Yeah for new jeans that look great! A magical WW to you.

  6. Deb permalink
    October 29, 2008

    hot mama! listen, i have been thinking about the whole sizing thing, too. i just paid way too much for a pair that falls off me now. they say you are supposed to buy a size down, ignore the muffin top glaring back at you in the dressing room, because they stretch out and will be perfect. i can’t do it… it is too hideous to bear, even temporarily.

  7. Jacki permalink
    October 29, 2008

    WOW…those jeans make your butt look great!

  8. Tiaras and Tantrums permalink
    October 29, 2008

    ha ha – I don’t know – I’ve been the same size since high school – lucky you – you’re going down. I think I may have to go up one size soon!!

  9. Angie permalink
    October 29, 2008

    looks like a great fit to me! not to sound wierd or anything but your booty looks high and firm, which i’m told is a good thing. i need new jeans too but i hate clothes shopping anymore, i can never find things that fit me right!

  10. hippos toes permalink
    October 29, 2008

    You look mawvelous dahling!!! Nice tush!! Never said that to a woman before ;). At least they’re not “mom jeans”. I’m all for manufacturers giving me dillusions of grandeur!! I want to be a 0!

  11. Jay @halftime lessons permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Nice Bunners, Momma!!

  12. Kelli @ Gohn Crazy permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Call it whatever they may – it’s nice to buy “skinny” jeans. 😉 I Boo’ed you!

  13. Lori of I'm no super Mom permalink
    October 29, 2008

    I think that it is great you are in a smaller size, and I so would just run with it!

  14. Cecily R permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Hey, I say take it and RUN. If you have the guts to post your backside (and really, if mine looked like that I might do it too) on your blog, who cares WHAT they say the size is!! If it looks good, it looks good!

  15. angie permalink
    October 29, 2008

    I love vanity sizing. I wasn’t even a size 4 in HS (senior year), but I’ll take it now after 5 kids without a complaint. However, I think part of the issue is that everything fits differently now. Clothes have different waist lines and rises than they did then, and that does make a difference. I do have some old clothes from HS that still fit, and they are junior size 5’s, which is very close to a womens size 4……….it’s not like they are making the sizes THAT much bigger.I’m thinking that yoga and moving and not eating has played a roll here, Carissa. Nice tush.

  16. Jen permalink
    October 29, 2008

    love the jeans, they make the toosh look good and awesome on getting a smaller size

  17. Kristina P. permalink
    October 29, 2008

    They look great!Last night was fun! Thanks for letting me play, the anti-Twilighter I am.

  18. Jyl @ MommyGossip permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Look at you and your hot yoga body! Or, it is too much GNO time that causes you not to eat as much LOL??? (As if you ever ate too much!)Great post. Also, how did I miss the one below it. AWESOME too!

  19. KatieZ permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Holy cow! Is. That. Your. Butt? It’s huge! Ha Ha. Only sisters get to say that! But what size did you say? Cuz I gotta go get some new jeans myself. I have 3 lbs to go!

  20. jenn3 permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Haha. I would never be brave enough to put my butt on my blog. That’s great! The jeans look good though. I had to buy new jeans yesterday because mine were worn so thin that they tore in my hands. I’m not posting my butt on my blog though…

  21. Robin permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Does this blog make my butt look small? They look good, girl! Work it! 🙂 Robin

  22. JourneytoFamily permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Your butt looks FAB. Yes, certain companies are worse for inflating sizes. Like Banana Republic. Which is why I shop there… so I can pretend I’m smaller than I really am. 🙂

  23. Mamarazzi permalink
    October 29, 2008

    awww thanks for the linky love!

  24. Kally permalink
    October 29, 2008

    Just happened upon your blog.Gotta say…I love vanity sizing. Sometimes a girl needs it.

  25. Wep permalink
    October 29, 2008

    They look Great 🙂

  26. Jenni Jiggety permalink
    October 30, 2008

    Great tush! LOL!

  27. Melissa Ann Browning permalink
    October 30, 2008

    If I may so, your butt looks fab :)Vanity sizing has been killing me for years. I’m a zero now, and will soon be a -1 if they keep this up. Furthermore, the cheaper places don’t make smaller sizes (that are actually smaller, that is) – a size one at target has got to actually be a 4 or 5…. I recently bought a whole armload of clothes from Old Navy. Oh how I pine for the days of Anthropologie… I LOVE LOVE LOVE Anthropologie…. Now th ebaby gets Baby Gap and Gymboree, and I get stupid old navy. How things change! Now I understand why teenagersalways look so good and moms don’t — guess who gets the good stuff?? Darn little parasites. Too bad we love them so much 🙂

  28. Anonymous permalink
    November 1, 2008

    Sorry I haven’t seen your blog this week, and even sorrier I couldn’t see this live and in person. You rock, sweetie!Seth

  29. Ann permalink
    November 1, 2008

    I could do with a little ‘vanity sizing’. That, and a whole lot of spandex!

  30. Laura permalink
    November 2, 2008

    I admit to buying expensive jeans. You live in them. If you wear them almost everyday a good pair of jeans is totally worth it! I am glad you found your jeans!

  31. Kate permalink
    November 3, 2008

    Love the butt shot!!

  32. Annie permalink
    November 3, 2008

    Looks great! Who cares why they are that size?

  33. Joy permalink
    November 4, 2008

    I have severe jean anxiety! I have found some that I do like and unfortunatly they are those, ya know the ones that cost WAY to much money. I did however go and find 2 pairs at Platos Closet (consignment store) for a TON cheaper it made my day!

  34. Cindi ~ Moomettesgram permalink
    November 18, 2008

    You go girl, that's an awesome butt! Photo can use a little cropping though!Now talk about sticking to WW so I can do a blog post like this!Vanity sizing is the pits ~ my DD21 & DD25 (who has 2 kids) are like 0's.Personally, I like Not Your Daughter's Jeans (NYDJ) that have all kinds of control in place for tummy control & butt control. Works for me & they're my fav jeans!New blog post coming up ~ as soon as I hit my WW goal ~ don't look for a post any time soon LOL!

  35. Connie permalink
    November 18, 2008

    There’s only a few lies that I like, how thin I look, how young I look and how smart I am. So this vanity size fits in with the first two. It goes against the last one, but I’ll pretend that I wrote that one 🙂

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