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Use the Good Stuff: day 13. Uhm, use the NEW stuff?

So this series is all about buying nothing and using what you have. So what was I doing buying new white designer jeans at a sum of money that is way outside my thrift-and-secondhand-boutique price range? I have no idea what came over me, except these jeans made me look super hot!

Look, I’m a 43 year old mother of two. I’m in reasonably good shape, I’m, by fortunate genetics, thin and petite. But things sag, even small petite things, and my rear view looked so awesome in these white jeans! I also bought a slightly sheer georgette sleevless tunic in a lovely cobalt blue, with a tie neck. To wear with these white jeans. Except they cover up my derriere (but they’re sheer, you can still see through it at least.)

I justified this purchase by saying I’d wear them all the time – and I have been on the hunt for white jeans from all of my consignment, thrift and other discount stores for a long time. But they were either nonexistent – one can imagine at thrift it is harder to find a decent pair of white jeans that are not stained – or of such flimsy fabric as to be see-through. And in a jean, a white jean, you do NOT want see through.

But I’ll be posting about these jeans again (and again, and again) so eventually they’ll be part of ‘use the good stuff’. Even if I am hanging my head in a bit of shame for being so hypocritical this week!

As with all purchases, I came home thinking of the 9,756 outfits I would make from these jeans and that I would never need to buy anything else (at that price, I shouldn’t shop for months!) You know that’s not the way we work, right, so I vow to take a photo of these jeans and keep it in my phone for the next time temptation strikes.  I went in looking to get myself something pretty – the top was pretty all on it’s own. The jeans were pure decadence.

The same lovely little boutique posted about some sales going on today, and I almost thought “oh I should stop in again”. I haven’t even WORN the white jeans yet, LOL. As I tried them on at home to consider the hem length, the tag said they were the “Icon” jeans (Joe’s Jeans) and I thought, yep, these are certainly iconic. With a black jacket, a white tee and some big shades, stilettos, even I could be an icon in them!  It’s like a great pencil skirt, you just can’t go wrong.

You can wear white jeans in the winter with a heather gray cashmere turtleneck and camel wrap coat. You can wear them under a big cozy sweater with boots. You can wear them the first warm day with a striped top and spring green capelet. You can wear them with a silver drapey tee and long slinky necklaces to drinks with the girls in the summer. I’ll definitely be wearing them with the couture boucle jacket! But the good news is, you can wear them everywhere, because, at this price, you’ll want to get all the wearing you can out of them!

I will say this – the experience of this little shop, the shopkeeper/owner, a young woman in business for herself, was delightful. We are blessed to have a number of these little boutiques in town run by women. I took nearly an hour in a small shop without my kids in tow to try on several things, examine them in the mirror, decide if they were for me or not. And for that experience, those jeans are worth every penny I paid!

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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