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Of course, not all of these items are current season, but brands, product names, and sizing are provided for reference.
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Jeans and Trousers
BDG Urban Outfitters “Drew” poplin trousers – these have an elastic waist in the back half, so they’re really comfortable! This is out of stock, but Big Bud Press sells a similar style in a ton of colors and sizing.
Madewell Petite Curvy Perfect Vintage Jean – Fitzgerald wash, 28. These fit great… pre quarantine weight gain. If you’re short, about a size 8 in pants, and have a ~10″ waist hip difference, check these out. Extended review here. As it is, I can currently get this size on and button it, but it’s too tight to do anything but stand in.
Madewell Perfect Vintage Jeans in Sumner wash, Curvy Petite size 28 – Sumner wash seems to have been replaced with the Lunar wash perfect vintage jean, although the website says rise on that is about 2″ shorter. However I’ve spoken to someone who ordered a size 33 in lunar wash and they measured the rise at 14″ and not 11.5″ 🤔. Currently these are snug on me, I can wear them for a workday but they’re uncomfortable to say, sit on the floor in for long periods and I would absolutely not wear these on a plane or long car trip. For the perfect vintage jeans I’ve generally found that I need both curvy and petite for the best fit. Regular cut has a lot of waist gape when the hips fit.
Women’s High-Rise Vintage Straight Cropped Jeans Universal Thread – medium denim blue, size 10 short. These are a solid option if you want to branch out into wider leg style especially if you have fuller hips/thighs. These were comfortable and surprisingly sturdy feeling for the price ($29.99) although as expected not as nice as more premium jeans I’ve tried on, and the dye/wash had some splotches around thicker parts like around the button hole. The fabric is a reasonable weight for the cut and doesn’t come off as flappy like it can if the denim is too heavy or thin.
Women’s Mid-Rise Straight Acid Wash Jeans Who What Wear (out of stock)– black, size 10. The front rise is 13″, and the tag said “high rise” so I think the website misnamed it as mid-rise.
The fabric is quite thin and would be nice for warmer weather. Not a pair I’d expect to last a long time if they’re going to be a workhorse item in your closet. But for a $30 pair of jeans I’m not mad, and I don’t expect to wear these more than once a week and I do like the resulting softer drape from the thinner fabric.
Universal Thread High-rise Shorts, L – Loose and comfy, with an elastic waist and belt loops for flexible fit. Doesn’t seem super high quality, but fine for the price. It doesn’t stay cuffed on the back, need to add a stitch or fashion tape to hold it up.
Abercrombie Linen-blend Pull-on Shorts in Paprika Orange, M – Stretchy waist with generous pockets, and easy to dress up or down. Linen is on the soft and thin side, but these are lined.
Vintage High-waisted Pleated Denim Shorts (google shopping search filtered to used) – mine are true vintage Gitano brand. These will make your hips look wider for sure, but wow they are so much more comfortable than those skintight styles from the 00s. And with all the extra space it’s easier to tuck in oversized tees. You can find pleated styles new as well if you’re looking for a more returns-friendly option, but from what I’ve seen true vintage denim is really something else when it comes to sturdiness. Vintage sizing is often a couple numbers off from modern sizing, always check measurements!
Free People Shorty Pull-on Shorts, L in Cool Moss – A pleated front and dolphin hem adds some interest and a 70s flair to a basic high-waisted relaxed fit short. Front and back pockets. Would not recommend in the black colorway. I tried this in L in both green and black, but the black one was too small, and the fabric was SO wrinkly and weird.
Edme & Esyllte “Field skirt” (old Anthropologie via Poshmark) – This is a very fine-waled corduroy with a lovely balance of drape and structure. I have tried this in sizes 6, 8, and 10 and the sizing is all over the place so go by the actual garment measurements. (Edme & Esyllte I think is a discontinued Anthropologie house brand, so you can only find it on resale)
Anthropologie Maeve Abracadabra Knit Skirt via Poshmark, L – A knit slightly flared / A-line skirt with a repeating “abracadabra” pattern for Halloween, which is a lifestyle.