I'm giving up my jeans!

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/9/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have finally figured something out! My jeans hurt me. Sounds silly, but after a summer of nice stretchy shorts and t-shirts I feel constricted by my jeans. They're not too small, they just don't let me bend and do things the way I want without cutting into my tummy or pinching me somewhere...

I used to think that women who wore sweat pants were slobs... now I know better. They were comfortable! I believe that I'm going to revamp my wardrobe and get rid of anything that's uncomfortable. Already have enough pain in my life without adding to it by wearing restrictive clothing!

I think I"m getting eccentric in my old age. rolleyes
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   Posted 10/10/2008 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I hear you Jeannie.  I haven't worn jeans for several years. I also can't take the stiffness or all of the rough, scratchy seams and fabric.
 
I too used to worry about looking like a slob, but I had to get over that out of necessity.
 
I found some really comfy pants at Walmart that are soft and stretchy, but don't look like sweats.  They also have "jeans" that are more like stretchy leggings.  I think JC Penney carries these types of pants too. 
 
I used to tell myself that I didn't want to dress like an old lady, but if the shoe (or pants) fit........ turn
 
I do wear nice clothes to church on Sunday, but that is the ONLY day you will find me in anything not soft and comfy.  :-)
 
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   Posted 10/10/2008 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a pair of jeans that I live in when I go out. When I am home I am in pj's. But my jeans come off as soon as I hit the door returning home. The jeans however are the most comfortable pants I have found contrary to what you have said Jeannie. They are stretchy and have an elastic waistband. I am heavy, so that's the only type of pants I can wear, the ones with the elastic waistband!! lol

Anyway, thanks for the topic and thanks for letting me share.

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Marlee2
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   Posted 10/10/2008 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Jeannie I know what you mean, sniffle sniffle, I've always been a jean girl. I do have one pair I think they are Riders that are stretchier that I do love. After a summer of shorts jeans seem to weigh so much. Yet another reason to move south where I can wear shorts all year. smilewinkgrin I wore jeans yesterday and a bra and they both came off as soon as I got home and it wasn't cause my DH was eagerly waiting for me either. turn
 
I have been wearing sweats or PJ pants around the house for many years now when it is cold. Giving up jeans is like saying, "I'm old".
 
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   Posted 10/10/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean I have not wear jeans for a few years because they are uncomfortable. I wear stretchy pants.
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   Posted 10/10/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Jeannie, the older I get, the more comfort comes first!

I too noticed Marlee that my jeans felt pretty heavy after wearing shorts, and capris all summer. I feel like I am wearing a heavy blanket.

Sherrine- Are you ready for company yet!!?? The mornings are getting pretty cold now, and next week looks like the highs are only going to be 50 something. Yikes, it's coming!!!

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Southernlady
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   Posted 10/10/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem about Jeans, but I wear the stretchy ones with elastic.  I can even wear them to school becuase of the job I have.  They are so comfortable and I can wear cotton tops with them either long or short sleeves. 
 
When I get home though, even they come off, and I can't wait to get my bra off. Since I've got older I had rather be comfortable than so stylish.
 
I also dress up for church on Sunday, but the minute I get home, I change into pj's.
 
That must be something that most of us have in common. 
 
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Kythe
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   Posted 10/10/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Well good for you. I haven't worn jeans in years because I found them to be very uncomfortable, especially when they are right out of the wash.
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Marlee2
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   Posted 10/10/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
My little future DIL has RA and has been having a rough time. I told her last night if we could get one of the cages for kids with the balls in them and fill it with cotton balls we might be comfy. I'm not so sure she doesn't have costo too.
 
Even some of my Ts are not soft enough anymore. I found these cheap little Ts at Walmart this summer that are softer than most and bought several of them. I now dress according to how the material feels at the time I'm getting dressed, how strange.
 
Guess we could make clothes out of quilt batting. Jeannie you can do that before you duct tape all the heating pads to you. turn
 
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alicat72
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   Posted 10/10/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
ugh. my jeans hurt me too....not because of the fibro tho....it's because of my cesarean scar....they ride low (i choose it that way so that my muffin top doesn't show wink ) and they rub against the scar....don't know why the scar still hurts...it's been almost 10 months since the surgery....

i do notice however that if my tops are a little tight around the arms my tender points start to hurt....even those stretchy headbands hurt the ones on my neck....

tyno3
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   Posted 10/10/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Boy, that's asking a lot. I was a bit heavier last spring than now and went hunting for comfortable jeans. I found several. Penmans makes an inexpensive stretchy jean (sold at Walmart). They came out of the wash softer than most. Also, Mark's Work Warehouse (I don't know if there are any in USA), but they sell a womans jeans, stretchy, Classic fit which I find comfy. I think part of it is tied to my identity. I just feel better when I go out in jeans and T or in winter, a sweater. But like ya'll, I feel best at home wrapped in a soft valore robe.

Piercings
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   Posted 10/10/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Ironically I'm more to wearing my jeans, but it's due to their thermal properties than anything else. I'm one of those who hurts worst during the winter, so wearing stretchy pants and such while I'm outdoors is not so great. I find that anything less than denim in the winter leaves me with my thighs and hips getting too cold and then I hurt more.

Yes, my robe is my most often worn piece of clothing that I own. It's a 5x and I'm only a 2x, so I swim in it. But I can actually curl up on the couch and pull my arms and feet into it without giving myself a cramp trying to curl up to get warm.

donnaeil
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   Posted 10/10/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I was never much of a jean person but I gave them up completely when my fibro became unbearable.

For me, softness wins. I search far and wide for good looking comfortable clothing. Since I am losing fat and gaining muscle, I look somewhat better in my outfits.

I have found speedo swim suits are the most comfortable feeling. However, they do not always have the right cut for me. So, I wear other brands.

At home I wear soft clothing. I do not like itching and pulling on sesitive areas of my body due to bad feeling fabrics.

When I am out and wear soft stretchy pants on cold weather, I put on a layer of soft long johns for warmth. Next month I am going to order silk ones and give them a try.

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alicat72
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   Posted 10/10/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
as soon as i come home from work i go straight to the bathroom and change into soft yoga pants and a tank....if ya'll have never had them, you must try them!!! oh they are lovely.....i got mine at sam's club 3 for $19.99.....most weekdays you will find me in them....unless of course i have to go somewhere....

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   Posted 10/11/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Girls... I have to but in here and ask... you aren't wearing those so called "mom jeans" are you?  the ones that come up to your belly button.  I wear jeans because I'm 40 years old and my teens keep me young, but they finally made me try on low rise jeans and not only are they more comfortable, but they denounce or hide tummies and they come in stretchy material.  I firmly believe if we keep putting make up on and keep getting out there and keep up with the times we will trick ourselves into feeling better.  I'm the first to rip the bra and jeans off as soon as I shut my front door behind me, however, I know that my children and most of all my husband appreciate when I put on a nice pair of dark jeans and a nice jacket.  All faces light up when I look like I feel good and my husbands face of appreciation is a gift to me.
 
I vote to keep searching for the perfect pair that makes you feel good about yourself and doesn't reach you belly button.!!!!  Try it!
 
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Smiley123
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   Posted 10/11/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

I'm completely new to forums so I hope I'm getting this right.

I agree with Tricia. I found some jeans at an Eddie Bauer outlet store that I love. I'd also been bumming out because I thought I'd have to stop wearing jeans. Then I found these. I ended up buying 4 because of the special. I was suprised how comfortable they were. I've even found myself slipping them on when I get home from work instead of my stretchy pants so that I don't feel so frumpy dumpy when I get home. The jeans are really soft, stretchy and are dark wash. I bought two with a flaired leg and 2 with a straight letg. Give them a try before you give you up your jeans forever!

Marlee2
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   Posted 10/12/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Tricia and Smiley when I was 40 I was still in style too. But when I was 40 I didn't have this spare tire around the middle either. smilewinkgrin I have to wear the "mom" jeans to try and hold some of it in.
 
We went to one of the grandson's football games yesterday and I wore jeans cause, what else would you wear to a football game!!! There are certain activities where jeans are a must so I will search for the most comfy. But what I wear behind closed doors is a different story.
 
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   Posted 10/12/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, you couldn't have said it any better.  That's exactly what I thought when I read it. 
 
When I was 40 I was pleasantly plump, but had the energy of a teenager.  From 50 on...............omg.  I couldn't believe the change. 
 
Enjoy it while you can girls.  40's was a wonderful time in my life.  I wore my jeans with pride.
 
Now gravity has taken effect on everything.  I always made a joke about staying plump so I could keep out the wrinkles.  Well, now that I've turned 60 the wrinkles are even appearing through the plumpness. 
 
You can't win for loosing, but I still make the most of what I've got.
 
I got up this morning, put my "Sunday go to meeting" outfit on, did my hair and makeup, even put on a little eye shadow, and went to church. 
 
I counted my blessings and had a wonderful day. 
 
The minute I came home though, it all came off and I got myself in a cotton gown and warm robe.  Now I'm enjoying the rest of the day in relaxation.
 
Hope everyone has a great Sunday!
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 10/12/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, guys.  I don't have to get rid of my jeans because I never wore them to begin with!  smhair I tried a pair of cut-offs in college and they were so uncomfortable.  I thought they were ugly, too, so I never wore them.
 
I do have one pair of jean-like slacks that are stretchy material and also have an elastic waistband.  These I can tolerate for a few hours.
 
I have been sensitive as long as I can remember.  I have always needed soft fabrics, sheets, etc.  If I don't, my skin will even turn a little pink from the irritation so that's probably why I never gave in to the jeans.  I just wore nice slacks or pantsuits.
 
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   Posted 10/12/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm with you Jeannie.....after being in my nice light weight, loose fitting summer clothes, I'm tossing my jeans too! During the winter months, I prefer to live in my jammies anyway, but I have found nice comfy jammies that 'look' like a sweat suit, and a pair of Sketcher slippers that look like shoes! So, if I have to run out for a 'quick' errand, I'm still presentable, even in my jammies & slippers! Funny thing is, most people don't even notice. There's so many kids today running around in their pajama bottoms, that my sweat suit jammies don't look all that bad! smilewinkgrin

Now, here's the funny part.......when it gets super cold, and I absolutely must go to CVS or somewhere similar, I put on my full length mink fur coat (and of course the designer handbag I found for a major bargain), and underneath I'm still in my jammies & slippers!  Hey, I'm warm and comfortable, works for me! smilewinkgrin   Either way, people usually just notice the mink coat and either like it, or hate it, so, they're not noticing that I'm actually not 'dressed'.  It's a great diversion! idea


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   Posted 10/12/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I just happened upon this thread..how funny, warm and soooo true.
Loved it....
I hope you all have many more comfortable days to come !!!
God bless and keep up the spirits......love, Anne

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   Posted 10/12/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess some of the feelings come from being past 55... and needing to be comfortable. Swimming helps me, too, but I can't wear the darned low rise, high rise, stretchy, you name it, jeans! I'm gonna buy lots of velvet "at home" outfits and on the days I'm not wearing shorts and a tank top in the bakery, and that's it!

Maybe I'll go out and get me a sari...? They look comfortable. When I look at what most women the world over wear, especially in the less developed parts of the world, comfort seems to dictate fashion. Only in the more developed countries where Westernization has taken place do you see women in pointy-toed, high heeled shoes that deform their feet, pinchy foundation garments, tight pants and snug blouses. Maybe it's time to demand that fashion be comfortable. rolleyes

Nah... I"ll just get a sari.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 10/13/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, I'm sari that you can't wear jeans anymore.  devil
 
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kellieak
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   Posted 10/14/2008 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sure someone else has already mentioned it, but I have two words for you: stretch denim. I have lived in jeans my life, and I really didn't think I would like the stretch denim. I have changed my mind, I totally love them. they are so comfortable, they move and stretch and don't feel confining at all. if you love jeans and can't imagine life without them, try a pair of the stretchy kind. I have levi's, but I think you can find many brands have started to make some stretchy jeans.

kellie

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine! As my grandmother would say, "You are an instigator!" nono
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