In college I was in kind of a no man's land regarding fashion. I still didn't have enough to keep up with all the latest trends. My parents were paying for college and I knew it was hard on them. I had a part time job, but it certainly didn't cover everything. And to be honest, by that time I was more interested in the $5 a beer cup/kegger house parties, Thursday through Saturday. My fashion consisted of a couple of pair of fake jeans, some stretchy pants and different shirts and sweatshirts. Hardly a fashionista.
On my 20th birthday my family came to St. Cloud where I was going to college to take me to dinner. I don't remember the dinner part, but I do remember my Mom telling me that we were going shopping. It was surprising because we didn't shop well together then. I could stand in a store entry and tell that the clothing wasn't for me, she insisted that we go in every store and look at every rack. But I went, because she offered to buy me jeans.
I do remember standing in the doorway of the store at the mall, which store I have no idea. I wanted to walk away and she pulled me in. In reality, when I stopped at the entryway of the stores, it was because I was sure that they didn't have my size. I was embarrassed. Yet, I let her pull me in and yank some sizes off the rack and send me to the fitting room. I remember being really surprised that a size 14 fit me. I had been an 18 and must have lost weight in my dorm life and all the activity of school. I also remember that year that I could share clothes with my sister. It opened up a whole new wardrobe and I was somewhat a fashionista that year.
By the end of college I was a size 22 and I would get as high as a "tight" size 24 and 3X. During/after one of my TMJ surgeries I got down to an 18/20. However, it didn't last past that summer and I never looked back to the lower sizes.
Why am I telling you this? Yesterday I was at Costco and saw the Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. They don't hold the same power as jeans that they did when I was a kid. In fact they were $13. The "power" jeans now are $80-$200 and upwards. But I bought a pair because I'm down to 1 pair of jeans that fit me. I need at least 3 for the summer because of all the riding we do and extended weekend trips with no washer.
Size 14. I am a size 14.