By Claudia Saide | Photography by SUKILYNN
Jean shopping, to me, is more difficult and stressful (not to mention personal) than shopping for bras. What fits you probably won’t fit me and, unlike other clothing, you can’t really base your denim purchasing off your admiration for a certain brand. Even if you like Mother Denim, for instance, if their jeans don’t work for your ass and legs, it’s just not gonna happen no matter how much you want it to.
But although jeans typically back you into this fit over fashion corner, sometimes you actually can find a pair that has everything you’re looking for. And that’s when you get the best of both worlds. Rare as it may be, it does happen. I know this, because I just landed on a pair that never fit my own criteria quite so well.
After hunting for the perfect pair of mom jeans for what seemed like forever, I was on the verge of giving up. I just felt like I was just shit out of luck, and that the high-waisted, tight on the ass and FUPA region but slouchy in the leg pair I’d envisioned only existed in my Saved By The Bell dreams (nobody had better mom jeans that Kelly Kapowski). But then, after ordering countless pairs on Shopbop, and trying on a bunch of different momish styles at Levi’s, I figured that mom jeans would just never look like mom jeans on me and that thanks to my lack of an ass, they’d pretty much always look like boyfriend jeans. So I gave up the search.
But then the most wonderful thing happened. I was just browsing around Barneys (as I so often do) when I happened upon the denim department and noticed these piles of what looked like vintage Levi’s. It wasn’t the first time I’d come face to face with the wonderful world of vintage American denim, nor would it have been the first time I’d tried a pair on and realized that they just don’t work on me, but I had some time, so I figured, “What the heck? Let’s give this one more shot.” So over to the denim counter I went only to discover that the jeans I’d noticed were not exactly Levi’s regardless of their little red Levi’s pocket tag. Nope, these were a brand by the name of Re/Done.
As you might imagine, I was sort of confused, which was when a Barneys associate explained the brand’s shtick. Re/Done redoes Levi’s. They basically take the vintage denim and repurpose it into modernized denim silhouettes, like, wait for it, a modern day pair of mom jeans for the flat-assed girl (hip hip hooray!). So I grabbed a pair in my size and made a beeline for the fitting room. And guess what? It felt like I’d struck gold—no oil—no gold. Either way, it was incredible. It was like Re/Done had read my mind. They knew that there was a girl out there who didn’t have the ass to properly fit the old school Kelly Kapowski jean, but so desperately wanted to, and so they made it happen. It was everything I was looking for and more, and I’d never felt more accomplished.
So thanks Re/Done, you made my 90’s dreams come true.
They knew that there was a girl out there who didn’t have the ass to properly fit the old school Kelly Kapowski jean, but so desperately wanted to, and so they made it happen.
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