Forget Diamonds, Great Jeans Are A Girl’s BFF

This giveaway is closed. The winner is April V. who commented, “I like a bootcut jean.” Congrats to April and thank you to everyone who entered!

I am a jeans girl. I practically live in jeans. Because my office has a casual dress code I even wear jeans to work.

See? (Ignore my bag lady, heavy laden with stuff so I’m taking the elevator and not the stairs motif.) Also if you take a picture in a dark elevator? Instant sepia tone!


Shine from Yahoo! invited me recently to be a Yahoo! Get It Guide Insider and when I saw that this week’s Yahoo! Shine Get It Guide topic was all about jeans I knew I had to chime in. I get the scoop on what Shine from Yahoo! readers and Get It Guide Gurus are talking about on everything from food to fashion to finance and career and will occasionally weigh in on these topics AND get your opinion. Plus I will always try to throw in something fun for ya’ll so (hint hint) there is a little giveaway at the end of this post. Tis the season. I’ll be back to writing about dog hair and kid antics and warming up metal bleachers for hours during winter indoor soccer games very soon.

Because I’m short (not even 5 ft. 2) I usually must try on about 8 million pairs of jeans before I find THE ONE. I will never be described as leggy or lanky and although I have long since come to terms with my non-Heidi Klum gams, two c-sections and 10 years have added some extra junk in my trunk since my pre-mom days when I was in my early 30s.

What kind of jeans do I like? Honestly the ones that fit best. The ones that don’t need hemming and don’t gap in the back. The ones that make me do a little happy dance in the dressing room.

I love dark denim with not a lot of stitching and I love slender cuts with a bit of stretch to the fabric. I’ve even recently ventured into the land of skinny jeans this year although with some trepidation. I will, however, NEVER wear pajama jeans no matter how much my girls comment about how comfortable they look although by Thanksgiving night pajama jeans sounded mighty fine. Mighty fine.

My current favorite go to pair of jeans are a pair of dark wash skinny jeans in petite length from Lee. They are priced reasonably for my God Help Me Do I Need To Write One More Check Mom Budget, they look great with everything from ballet flats and a t-shirt to boots with a cute swingy cardigan. Nothing is a better wardrobe staple than a fantastic pair of jeans and nothing makes you feel better than finding that perfect pair of jeans. They’re like the BFF of fashion.

What do you look for in a pair of jeans? What type do you like? Shine from Yahoo! readers have chimed in and their favorite styles are:

  • Skinny
  • Trouser
  • Wide Leg
  • Boot Cut 

Shine From Yahoo! provided me with a $50 TJMaxx gift card that I plan to use to buy myself a new pair of jeans and I’d love to share the denim with you. Simply leave a comment about your favorite style jean and you’ll be entered to win a $50 TJ Maxx gift card so you can join me in the quest for the perfect pair of jeans. I’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments left by midnight Saturday, December 10. (U.S. only; ages 18 and up.)

For up to two additional entries, follow Yahoo! Shine on Twitter or let me know if you follow them on Facebook and then leave additional comments below letting me know. Good luck ya’ll!


  1. Katie Osterritter says:

    I am stuck in the 90’s / early 2000’s and I LOVE bell bottoms! But since they don’t sell those anymore, I settle for boot cut 🙂

  2. Jamie says:

    The thing I have to watch out for now — with my advancing middle-aged spread — is how they fit across my abdomen. I like low but not too low. Sliver jeans fit my body type really well. I have a dark pair and light pair and wear them entirely too much, but they just are so dang comfortable and look good.

  3. Sleepyheadedmom says:

    I prefer skinny or boot cut jeans. I am really short so anything with a wider leg tends to make me look even shorter.

    Sleepyheadedmom at gmail dot com

  4. Jennifer says:

    I love all jeans too! The changing styles are so fun and a nice added change to your wardrobe. I’m totally into the high waisted flare jeans that have come back and I could never give up my skinny jeans! Day or night tennies or heels I’m all about jeans 🙂

  5. Amy Lauren says:

    I really like boot cut jeans! I think they flatter everyone’s body type. However, I’d really like some skinny jeans to wear with boots- I hate how boot cut jeans look bulky with boots.

    Amy Lauren

  6. Anna says:

    I like a boot cut with some cute shoes that have a little heel, or a skinny jean tucked into boots and a long shirt. Darker colors seem better at slimming too.

  7. andrea says:

    I would also love to spend a little money on myself once in awhile and the boot cut are very cute

  8. Jessica says:

    I usually go for boot cut jeans. I love the way that skinny jeans look on other people, but I have yet to find a pair that look even remotely cute on me.

  9. Michelle@Everyday Celebrating says:

    I love whatever jeans fit and make me look TALLER. I always feel like jeans make me look short, for some reason. Well, hell, I AM short.. .but I want something that makes me look leggy. Maybe I don’t needs jeans.. maybe I need KISS boots. LOLOL

  10. Michele Young says:

    I LOVE boot cut jeans. They are the only ones that are flattering on my frame. I have wide hips and have the hardest time finding something that looks good!

  11. Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    My favorite jean for the longest is boot cut. I just love the shape. But they don’t work when you want to tuck your jeans inside of your boot. So I own one pair of skinny leg jeans just for that reason. My first love will always be boot cut though.

  12. Sarah W says:

    I would love some new dark skinny jeans to wear with boots this winter!

  13. Katrina says:

    I tend to stick to boot cut. I’d love to wear skinny jeans tucked into my boots, I’m just not feeling skinny enough these days.

  14. Veronica says:

    Darkwash boot cut denim with a bit of spandex and mid- rise only! And at only 5′ 1″ they’re hard to find without hemming.

  15. Christy Ann says:

    It took me a long time to finally try skinny jeans, but now they’re my favorite! Not so skinny that they’re “jeggings,” though. Dark denim is a must!

  16. Viola Hale says:

    I love jeans with a little stretch in them, just like me. Boot cut for me please. I like Shine on Facebook. I follow shine on twitter

  17. Deena says:

    Jeans – sigh – I haven’t looked good in a pair of jeans since 1994 (good thing I met my husband in 93). I hate to say the dreaded “mommy jean” is the only style I know. From your photos, the trouser style, looks like my cup of tea.

  18. Jill Myrick says:

    My favorite style of jeans are skinny jeans.
    I don’t like anything that covers my shoes.


  19. spirit_kim says:

    I actually prefer the comfort of boyfriend jeans but, the look just doesn’t cut it sometimes. When I want to look true to size I go with skinny jeans. Thanks for great giveaway.l

  20. melissa portillo says:

    I love the jeans that are slightly higher in the waist, not mom jeans! but jeans that hide your little extra gut…. they where a life saver to me after i had my daughter!

  21. clynsg says:

    My favorite jean is a bootcut, with the waist line at the waist. This makes it difficult to find ones I like, since so many are low cut now.

  22. Grace says:

    Since I am a plump girl I like jeans that have a little give to them. I love Boot Cut…no skinny jeans for me.

    giveawayswithgrace at yahoo dot com

  23. Yvette says:

    My favorite type of fit is the skinny jean . Since I am thing, it gives me a nice shape that I fail to get with flare. Plus they just look really nice with anything and can be dressed up or down.

  24. Jennifer C says:

    I like trouser jeans for when I want to look “dressed up” but for every day wear, it is boot cut.

  25. Kimberly says:

    I pretty much only wear boot cut jeans. I admire skinny jeans, but I don’t feel like they look right on me.

  26. Lauren says:

    I have such a hard time with jeans, so I guess really, I like them straight. those are the best for me.

  27. Trasina McGahey says:

    I like Skinny jeans if i’m wearing boots over my jeans and boot cut for boots under the jeans. I really like all styles, it just depends on what shoes i’m wearing lol.

  28. 1955nurse says:

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  29. brian e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…wife goes for boot cut, teen daughter for the skinny cut !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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