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help! my jeans keep growing.

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gaggiagirl Thu 07-Nov-13 15:23:46

Bought a pair of skinny jeans from gap (99% cotton 1% elastane) they fit nicely for about 30 mins then just got bigger and bigger throughout the day!

I gave up with them and gave them away to my mam who is 2-3 sizes bigger than me and they fit her.

So...bought a pair of new look skinnies (98% cotton 2% elastane) and the same thing has happened although over a longer period. Should I size down? Should I pour myself into tiny ones?
Should I look at different brands?

SecretLimonadeDrinker Thu 07-Nov-13 16:29:54

Watching with interest as I have the same problem!

Leopoldina Thu 07-Nov-13 16:31:02

Never buy jeans from Gap is the lesson I've learned.
In other brands, I've bought a size down and they grew into me

sassytheFIRST Thu 07-Nov-13 16:32:46

Higher %age of elastane. 5% is better.

LadyVetinari Thu 07-Nov-13 16:39:20

Sassy is right. Oddly, a small percentage of polyester also helps them to keep their shape without noticeably changing the texture or appearance of the fabric. My best jeans currently are 8% polyester, 7% elastane, and the rest cotton.

gaggiagirl Thu 07-Nov-13 16:51:38

Ahhh I see, I always though a higher cotton percentage was the way forward!

Right then what brands should I look at?

I really like the m&s 5 pocket jegging. Its difficult to get a skinny jean that stays skinny.

herbaceous Thu 07-Nov-13 16:54:19

I'm not sure about the polyester theory. I bought a pair of Levi Curve skinnies, with lots of polyester, and by midday they're like comedy jodhpurs.

gaggiagirl Thu 07-Nov-13 17:19:52

I wonder if the old method of sitting in a bath of cold water wearing jeans actually works.

Naicecuppatea Thu 07-Nov-13 17:30:08

This drives me bonkers, every single bastard pair of jeans I have bought recently do this, from Primarni, NL, DPs, Next....I am today wearing jeans that are halfway down my bum crack and it makes me feel cold angry. I guess I can't kid myself that I am losing weight on a throughout the day basis anymore!

suspiciousmind29 Thu 07-Nov-13 17:43:42

grin Naice That really made me laugh!

I have a similar problem actually.

OP, what is your shape? Ie, hourglass [envious] apple, boyish? etc I have a theory, so interested to hear......

suspiciousmind29 Thu 07-Nov-13 17:45:34

*hourglass envy

theoriginalandbestrookie Thu 07-Nov-13 17:46:53

I had a great pair from Mintvelvet didn't go stretchy at all, but then the buggers wore out in between my thighs and they don't make the same ones any more.
I have M&S skinny jeans now and yes they are baggy by lunchtime, blinkin annoying.

bishboschone Thu 07-Nov-13 17:47:58

Take them back , I take jeans back if they stretch and therefore aren't fit for purpose . It's bloody infuriating !!

MrsDeVere Thu 07-Nov-13 17:51:53

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bonkersLFDT20 Thu 07-Nov-13 17:53:39

Second the M&S 5 pocket. Had previously stayed away from skinny jeans because they made me look like I was wearing running tights (I am a runner, I know these things). Love my M&S 5 pocket. Bought 2 pairs last year and wear them all the time.

I think Gap spray something on their jeans to give the impression of the denim being of better quality than it actually is.

LadyVetinari Thu 07-Nov-13 17:53:55

Herbaceous - thanks for mentioning that, I was considering buying some Levi Curve skinnies in the hope that they'd keep their shape, but clearly it would be a mistake! sad For what it's worth, I don't think Levi put very much elastane in their jeans, so that might be the problem - I've noticed that it's usually about 2%, which is what has put me off from buying them so far. I agree with Leopoldina about sizing down, BTW.

I never buy jeans with less than 5% elastane because it always ends badly for me, but I have definitely found that a high percentage of elastane plus a similar percentage of polyester gives a better "recovery" than the same percentage of elastane with no polyester. Going down a size also helps, if you can manage it.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 07-Nov-13 17:54:00

I got some jeans from M & S - the body shape ones. They fell right down. I got a smaller size - they fall down too. I have to hold them up when I run for a bus. And the legs and arse go all baggy too.

holidaysarenice Thu 07-Nov-13 17:59:00

I got some from river island recently and are the first pair not to do this!!! Happy days!

herbaceous Thu 07-Nov-13 18:00:07

My Levi curves might have been a dud batch - I got them from TKMaxx.

I got the Levi curve straight legs as well, with no mention of polyester, and they don't stretch at all. But are a trifle frumpy.

So, that was helpful!

RainbowBob Thu 07-Nov-13 18:06:14

I had the same problem with literally every pair of jeans I bought. In the end I posted a similar request to yours on this very topic and someone suggested Oasis skinnies. I took the advice, bought a pair (in sale too, bargain!) .and.... lo and behold, they are fantastic. No bagging around knees or bum and they keep their shape all day.

NoComet Thu 07-Nov-13 18:10:00

My M&S jeggings fit for 30 minutes after they are washed, then spend the rest of the day getting baggier.

Makes me very angry

I'm a fat arsed 16, no way can I get into a size smaller. I just want the jeans to stay the same size all day.

herbaceous Thu 07-Nov-13 18:19:20

Further research: my two non-stretching jeans - one Levis and one Hudson (another TK Maxx barg) - are both 98% cotton and 2% elastane. They are also straight, not skinny. I wonder if that makes a difference - the material can move over the legs/arse and not have to stretch with every movement.

gaggiagirl Thu 07-Nov-13 18:28:13

suspicious I am apple shaped although I am slim (size 8-10) and have a flat tummy I have no waist and no arse whatsoever. Ooooh I would like to hear your theory.

So I'll look into Hudson,oasis and river island. The river island ones always seem to be really low rise which gives me builders bum but I'm willing to have a look.

I don't think I could carry off a straight leg scared to try

LadyVetinari Thu 07-Nov-13 18:45:23

Herbaceous - I think you're right about shape, as I've never had a problem with straight legged jeans either. As much as I love skinnies, I think they're a lot more "disposable" than other styles sad.

herbaceous Thu 07-Nov-13 19:06:08

Further grist to the mill - my straight leg New Look jeans didn't stretch and fall down either, so it's not necessarily a question of price.

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