Denim + 5 Tips

{I received an American Eagle gift card as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions expressed are my own. }

5 REALLY GOOD REASONS TO BUY DENIM ONLINE (and a quick denim outfit.)

Fall is just around the walk-in closet and it’s the most wonderful time of the year: Denim, Jeans, Jeggings, Leggings, Tights, and Hairy Legs!  That last one…….but it’s true though, right?  It’s also the time of year that I know I need to find a serious pair of jeans; the one single pair that will be worn more than any other, the pair I will freak about not being able to find when there are piles of laundry lying around just chilling and waiting to be ironed, folded and put away.  Will you wash your denim (cool especially if it’s raw – untreated – denim, maybe not so much for the other blends)?  Here are my top 5 reasons for shopping the many denim bars across the land internet:

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You get to pick our lighting (and your mirror!)  Say hello to natural lighting, harsh daylight-lighting and the warm glow of CFL lighting.  If you’re lucky, you’ve still got one of the old filament soft white light bulbs and well, lucky you.  Those lightbulbs are like contraband now, and you’re now a destroyer-of-the-earth in other people’s eyes.  Haha.  But seriously, anyone else familiar with Elaine from Seinfeld when she kept a closet stocked full of “sponges” and every time she met a guy, she had to ask herself, “Is he sponge-worthy?”  Don’t waste the soft white on your homework, we only use it when we have guests over!  ha!

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You get to control everything (and who doesn’t like the idea of that?!)  Well, okay, you get to control when and where. And which mirror to use.  You can wear them around the house for the 20 minute test (and then the 60 minute test if passes the first!)  You can try them on three days in a row, with leisure (no one will be checking on you every few minutes – not that that is always a bad thing!)  You can eat and drink while you do it.  You can fold the laundry if you want to, all while watching the Real Housewives of Wherever (because it’s like being stopped while a train slowly rumbles by: “Should I turn around? Is it slowing down?! Which will take longer, waiting or going another way? If I wait, should I turn the car off?  I don’t know!” and before you know it you’ve sat there in indecision for so long the train has come and gone and you move on with life.  Until the next train. And half of them aren’t even wives.)

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3.  PARTY!

I would use just about any excuse to throw a party.  Especially the kind of party where I invite some friends over, we try on jeans, oooh and aaaah (or not) over them, and then eat brownies and ice cream while the final cut makes it to the 20 minute test.  I like to move around and sit in the jeans for 20 minutes.  If they’ve grown an extra size, they get a tossing to the floor with a sigh of disgust.  If they make it past the twenty minutes (sometimes it only takes 5 minutes before it becomes very obvious that they get a huge F for the day) they get another 40 minutes.  There aren’t many jeans that make it past the 20 minute test.  Or the Mr asking if you can even sit down in them (yikes! He doesn’t make fun of my clothing that often, so when he does, I listen.)  Just be sure to invite friends you can trust – you want honesty, not flattery!

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Often these lovely little blurbs from random cyber-strangers will be quite helpful, sometimes quite funny (look for Haribo’s Sugar Free Gummy Bears on Amazon) and sometimes awkward.  If everyone says the shoe runs small – it most likely runs small.  People will get pretty descriptive and even include measurements.  In store, you get a salesperson who would probably get fired for being honest with you (you know what I mean!)  Along with reviews, photographs are always worth a thousand words.  Take for example, American Eagle.  They have a moving GIF type denim guide so you can see how the jeans look as a model moves about.  I like the Skinny, but also love the legging fit of a black jegging (I never thought I would like jeggings, maybe it’s just the word itself?)

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Heck yeah!  Delivered to my doorstep?  I’m willing to wait a few days for that.  Picked up from my doorstep (because chances are, not all 20 pair were winners)?  I don’t see a problem with this.  I don’t have to avoid eye contact while answering the ever-lovely question, “Is there anything wrong with this?” or even more rude still, “What is the reason for your return?”  You can circle the item, scratch in a corresponding number and pack it away in a box.  All nice and neat.  Then the postman (or man-in-brown) will come pick it up from my doorstep.  I love pre-paid, pre-printed labels 🙂  Bonus: most companies that offer free shipping (both ways) excel in customer service as well!

There you have it.  Which do you prefer, brick and mortar fitting rooms or shopping online?

American Eagle Skinny Jeans in True Indigo
American Eagle Jegging T
Madewell Transport Tote
Madewell Ensign Necklace


  1. Sandy says:

    you are too cute!! i miss u!!

    Sandy a la Mode

    • I miss you too Sandy! When are you coming back again?! #toolong

  2. I never thought about lighting and control! Goodbye harsh lights – yuck! And I need to know where you buy your super cute headband/turbans. So cute!

    • Most are vintage scarves (I live and breathe for silk!) I find at thrift stores.

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