Update: I stopped at a mall (Woodbury Commons near NYC), with the object of shopping for some jeans. I had seen a recommendation for Paige jeans, so I was glad to find a Paige store right away. I felt a little strange, and awkward, standing at the door, but I went ahead in and looked at their selection. The clerk was busy with another customer, so I just went over to check out the merchandise. Long story short, everything seemed way, way too small to fit me (6’4″ and 195 lbs.), so after a short time, I just left, disappointed.
I was going to just go, but happened to see a Saks, and so I went in there and headed straight to their very large women’s jeans sections. I was glad to find that they had a good selection of Paige jeans, as well as many others. But it seems that around half of the items are size 26, and most of the rest are between 23 and 29. My waist in men’s jeans is usually a 36, so … instead of shopping for brands or particular styles, I was forced to just look at the relatively small selection of larger sizes. I suppose this is what happens for gg’s who are a little larger, too … and I imagine it’s a source of frustration and for them, as it was for me, and maybe a little anguish as well?
So imagine my surprise and delight when I picked out the longest pair in the “32 and up” section, and found that it was a Paige Genevieve with flared bottom! And a second pair was also Paige!
Next: the fitting room. No trouble at all getting in and finding a booth – no one seemed to be monitoring things. So, a minute later, there I was, wearing my first pair of women’s jeans. They seemed to fit okay, but maybe a little more loose than I wanted (surprising, since 32 is much smaller than my usual men’s size). But I really liked the look of the Genevieve, which I thought gave me a very girly profile. So after a minute or two, I went back to see what else I could find.
This time, I was more focused, looking for the same Genevieve in a smaller size — I found a 31 pretty quickly — and then I also picked up a “Paige Hoxton ankle” in a 30. Back at the fitting room, the 30 was really pushing the boundary too much — I could get in them, but they really looked painted on and weren’t comfortable. But the Genevieve in 31 was perfect.
All in all, I was more than a little pleased with my first adventure in the women’s jeans department!