Thursday, 10 October 2013

Battle of The Supermarket Jeans

This was supposed to be just an outfit post but it became the Battle of the Supermarket Jeans - sounds quite dramatic! But it's actually quite scary as you're going to see proper 'does my bum look big in this' photos. And no, I don't want the answer to that!
So we start with a photo of my outfit from yesterday - 
Scarf - Orla Kiely @ Uniqlo (AW12)
Purple Jersey Cardigan - Kaliko (old)
Cream Top - TK Maxx (SS13)
Boots - Mango (AW12)
Jeans - Tesco (current)
Now, onto the jeans...they were bought in the sale in Tesco the other night when I went in to get groceries. I do online grocery delivery for a reason....I am dangerous when let loose in-store. I bought these because they were my size and I liked the denim and they were £7. Three pretty excellent reasons, I think you'll agree. When I brought them home, I noticed that they weren't any old skinny jeans...oh no, they are Lift Sculpt and Slim Skinny jeans. Well imagine that? What a promise for £7!! They're £18 online so I'm now wondering if the price reduction was a mistake?

So I thought I'd see what the rear of them looked like to everyone else. Cue bemused son. 'Mum, why am I taking a photo of your bottom?' 'Don't ask and don't tell anyone about it'

Then I thought, well, I can't really prove they are lifting, sculpting and slimming me unless I do similar photos of my rear in an equivalent pair of jeans. So I raced upstairs and put on my Sainsbury's skinny jeans (which I like a lot and are along similar lines)...BUT which my hubby told me looked awful on my bottom last week. I did ask...he's very honest.
LEFT - Sainsburys vs RIGHT - Tesco
I can't really see any difference - my bum is there in both of them...in all its glory. The Tesco ones are higher waisted and do not need constant hoiking up (big plus) but really aren't noticeably better on me. Interestingly, hubby preferred the Sainsbury's ones when shown this photo which further discredits my research.

My conclusion is that as long as your jeans fit properly, they will look better on you than if they are too baggy, too tight or too low slung. And if you're a pear like I am, a high waisted option is always going be easier to wear. For that reason, the Tesco ones win my 'Battle of the Supermarket Jeans'

What do you think - have you ever tried sculpting, shaping jeans? Is there a brand that really gets this right? Do let me know..I could research further...

Ax

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  1. I keep seeing them and I look at the back of them and I don't like the extra darts they have to put in which spoils the classic look of how a pair of jeans should be for me. So far I have resisted on those accounts though the shape and lift factor does hold some appeal.

    There probably isn't much in it but I have a tendency to go with what feels better to wear - so I would go for the Tescos. When they are fitted properly over the hips, they actually stay up. Took me years of low slung jeans to work that out but you know what, I still prefer a slightly lower rise - how else can I do a fashion tuck :o)

    I did see a really detailed jean review not so long ago which dissected the placement of back pockets and stuff and I can never look at a pair of Gap jeans in the same way again. Sigh.

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    1. I agree with you - get a pair that fits properly and you're happy in - will always look 100% better on than a pair that you're uncomfortable in. Mostly I cover my bum anyway so it doesn't really matter that much. You need to tell me more about the Gap thing? Though will it put me off too? x

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  2. Well Avril, its a tough call as they both look great, I think the Sainburys for a good occasions and the Tescos for day wear. I tried a pair of really expensive jeans before I think they were lifted and push thing in all directions. I tried the Primark ones recently and they were pretty good.

    Lou xx

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    1. Sounds like a plan Louise! And yes, the Primark ones are surprisingly good - I think I saw you wearing them on the blog recently? x

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  3. I think it has got a lot to do with pocket placement... These both look great, but I think your bum actually looks smaller (not that it needs to!) in the Sainsbury ones, and I think that may be to do with the more obvious top stitching above the pockets (with draws the eye up) and the shape and design of the pockets... Tend to agree with Louise above, that the Sainsbury ones look a little more dressy and the Tesco ones more casual...
    There's a whole new field of science in this I guess!

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    1. Thank you Thea - you make a great point...had me scrolling back up to check again. Looks like I'm keeping both for different occasions then! Ax

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  4. Hi there! having studied both bottoms purely for denim research (!) my humble opinion is it's not your bottom that looks different, it's the top stitching above the pockets and the shape and stitching of the pockets in general too-saying all that, I do think the Tesco jeans make a derriere look more pert and therefore agree with your decision, hehe!! xxx

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    1. Hi Sharon - yes, pert is a good word...and one I didn't think would be used in describing my bum at age 40! So thank you! But yes, I think the Tesco ones give me more shape but they don't really make the bum look smaller. Keeping both pairs. Kind of hoped one would replace the other but hey - can never have enough jeans? Ax

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  5. I love the Next Lift, Slim and Shape jeans and have two pairs and a pair of Lift and Shape skinny grey trousers which also have a bit of stretch. But these were £45 a pair. So would be happy if these do the same thing. Prefer the Sainsbury's ones on you but you look great in both!

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    1. I must check out the Next ones Doris - thank you for the tip off. It's not a thing I'd ever thought about looking for in a pair of jeans. I'm fascinated now and would love to compare more brands! Thanks for dropping by - Ax

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  6. It's a good bit of research and although I don't think there is a huge amount of difference, the Tesco ones are such a bargain, I actually feel like going to my local store to get a pair!

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    1. They are a lovely quality of denim too Sharron - not as stretchy as the Sainsbury's ones but that's quite nice too - they aren't too clingy! x

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  7. Can't see much difference Avril - they both look fine (love the way you are hoisting up your top so we can have a good look!) but think I prefer the pockets on the Sainsburys jeans. Been having a nightmare with mine - always have a problem with them gaping at the waist. Actually did get a pair of skinnies from Primark yesterday - £7 and they fit perfectly - may go back for another colour! xx

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    1. Haha - yes, very elegant, eh? And yes, I've have a couple of pairs of Primark ones - fab value! x

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  8. I actually prefer the Tesco jeans but I do worry how they can make such great jeans so cheaply.

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    1. Oh I forgot to mention that these were in the sale at £7 - they were about £20 before. It's scary how much shops mark things up tho! Ax

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  9. They both look great Avril and what super prices:) Ive just bought a pair of Levi demi curve skinny jeans that are suppose to do something with my bum!! Ive lost quite a bit of weight recently (dropped over 1 stone) and have put off buying new jeans - waiting for the weight to come back;) After seeing my new jeans on, I really realised how unflattering my too big jeans really looked. I will be sending my mum to Tesco and Sainsbuy's to grab a couple of bargain skinnes to fill up my wardrobe again:)

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  10. LOL! Never ask or trust your Hubby again!! ;) I think its the position of the pockets that makes the Tesco ones 'lift' your bum & of course the wee darts! You look fab in both pairs tbh! You couldn't say no at that price! Ax

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  11. I think the Sainsbury ones (on the left) makes your hiney look a lot sexier ;-)
    I tried on a pair of 'Magic' jeans at one of our stores and felt like I was in a straight jacket - has made me rather sceptical.

    Wendy
    Sassy Style
    Weigh~Less~Wendy

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