It's been about two years, maybe a bit longer, since I published my well received rant about Gloria Vanderbilt's black slacks and how, while the jeans fit, the slacks were ridiculously tight in the waist.
Well, friends, I'm here to tell you that I don't know if my blog is just that well read (welcome those of you reading in Russia!) or just I'm not the only fluffy girl who didn't appreciate the nasty surprise Gloria's dress slacks gave us when we got them home, but I can say this: We whined, she listened, and Gloria Vanderbilt black pants are back on the list of things I love! (Take that, Oprah! I can love things, too!)
Yes, I found, after several months of fruitless searching, buying, and returning, that Gloria's black fit comfortably, and were perfect for that fuzzy "office casual" look we are all forced to wear. Well done Gloria!
Now, to my next rant. While Gloria figured it out, Lee jeans has let me down in a huge way. For two years, more than two years, I've purchased Lee Comfort Fit pants in size 14W. I've not bought one other pair of pants than LEE in more than two years because I knew that a 14W would fit. 14W is a rare thing, because sometimes a 16W is just a tiny bit too baggy, but something happens in when you try to jump from a 16W to a 16...makers of "misses" pants feel that those who are size 16 are still thin and therefore do not need any space in gut or butt area. They make the pant leg fluffier, but not the waist. And it's true, too, for a size 18 without a W. Seriously, why is there one INCH of difference between a Lee comfort fit in a 16 and a Lee Comfort fit in a 16W?
But I digress. For TWO YEARS I bought Lee Comfort Fit pants in Size 14W and rejoiced because hey, a 14W is the tiny size in Fluffy Girl Land.
But now...now, when my 14Ws are falling apart after two solid years of wearing them everywhere all day, every day. (I have three pair, brown, blue, and black. They go in a rotation.) And now, I'm in the market to put down some serious buckage on Lee Comfort pants.
But no 14W to be found. Not in the stores, not online, not on Lee's own website.
No, only the 16W which is WAY too big. I look like I'm wearing a pair of blankets on my legs. And I tried the 18, the 16, and the 14 in regular sizes because, in a fit of optimism, I thought I could squeeze myself into one of those. No. The legs fit perfectly...on all three pair. BUT THE GUT AND BUTT areas were far too tight...if I could even get the pants zipped.
Riddle me this: In what world would a woman have the exact same sized thighs, calves, and height...and be wilder thinner or wider in the g and b area? But apparently, all Lee's models are 5" 5' tall, have 30 inch thighs, 16 inch calves, and a 34 inch hip. (oh, and no gut) Until we get to the 16W where everything balloons upward.
So congrats there, Lee Jeans. You have now lost a dedicated customer because none of your seamstresses can MEASURE.
I'll come back when you decided to acknowledge that women with larger guts do not always have pontoon runners as thighs. Get your measuring straight and we might talk.
But for now, I'll plunk my dollars back at Gloria!
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