I've gotten many comments on my first post about Lane Bryant's Right Fit jeans. Most of the comments are very positive but there seems to be a few people who aren't so pleased. I want to address some of the things that are coming up in regards to the new jeans.
First, let me say that I alway appreciate comments - they let me know I'm not just typing to myself here. And it's good to share our experiences so that other people can be armed with knowledge. I rarely buy much of anything anymore without doing at least a little bit of research. That's part of why I write this blog - I want to help people make informed choices when shopping for clothes.
Having said that, I want to reiterate something I said in my post:
Of course, just because these are the perfect jeans for me, they might not be the perfect jeans for you. But if you have trouble finding jeans (and who doesn't?) it's certainly worth a trip to the mall to check them out.
I think it's important to keep in mind that just because something works for one person, that doesn't guarantee that it'll work for someone else. I know it sucks, I'm sorry. I didn't say they'd work for every single person who put them on, I just said that they work very well for me and that they were worth a try. If you're absolutely disgusted with the new jeans, that's an issue better taken to the people who actually work for Lane Bryant.
In regards to the new sizing system, which some people love and some people hate, my feeling is that sizing is arbitrary anyway. Really, it's completely up to the manufacturer to decide how their size 20 fits. It's not standardized ever, anywhere. I really don't care about the sizing system LB uses if the jeans themselves are logical and the Right Fit system IS logical to me.
I don't believe that being a size 5 in the Right Fit jeans makes me any smaller than I actually am. I'm not that delusional. Really, I think they just wanted everything about the new jeans to be different and that included the sizing. It's hard to think of yourself as a particular shape if you're holding onto the old number. Get over it a little.
Then there's the issue of Lane Bryant sales associates not knowing how to fit people for these new jeans. Well, for one, these are brand new jeans with a brand new sizing system. There's going to be some trial and error for the sales team, just like there's trial and error for the customer. If you spend an hour trying jeans on and end up with a pair of jeans you love, then it's worth it.
I worked at two different Lane Bryant locations and I was trained to do bra fittings at both stores. Not once did I ever measure someone and pick out a bra that worked perfectly on the first try. Just because your body is a certain size on a measuring tape does not mean that certain size is going to be the right fit. Some boobs are round, some are wide, some are flat - and all those boobs might be the same size. It takes work to find the right bra.The same is true of jeans. Some people like their jeans fitted, some like them more relaxed. Some people like them to hit right at the top of the foot, some like them to drag on the floor.
In other words - try to be patient and cut the sales associates some slack. If they're being flat out unhelpful, then ask to be helped by someone else or to talk to their manager. When I went in to try on the new jeans, the sales associate looked at me and told me to try on the Blue bootcuts. Why? Because I'm very pear shaped, you can tell that I have a high waist/hip ratio. Not everyone is so obviously a particular shape. Be patient and open minded, you might be rewarded with an awesome pair of jeans.
I have two thoughts about the new jeans:
1. Just give them a fair shot. If they don't work out, it's okay. There are other places to buy jeans. And if you had a love affair with the old LB jeans, then you're probably a Red in the new ones anyway.
2. At least Lane Bryant is doing something that acknowledges that women are all shaped differently. They were the first plus size retailer, that I know of, to start carrying bootcut jeans way back in the 90s. Now they're the first plus size retailer to have different cuts for different body shapes. Let's at least recognize that they're doing innovative things for plus size women.