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Last week as we drove to the mall for some early school shopping, Meredith and I discussed how a young woman must be completely aware of who she is before purchasing a good pair of jeans. “That’s easy,” she replied, “My name is Meredith. I’m seven years old, I’m about to be a second grader, I wear glasses, and I’m growing out my hair. I don’t play soccer anymore, but I run faster than most of the kids in my class. I love to read mystery books and I think I might want to be a meteorologist someday. I like to wear black sometimes, but I’m also cute in pink and blue and purple—especially when I’m dancing. My friends think I’m funny and smart and I’m pretty good at music.”
As we entered The GAP, she decided to try on several different styles—the skinny fit, the super skinny fit, the straight fit, and the boot cut. After giving her enthusiastic seal of approval to each and every pair, she ultimately went for the straight fit. “It’s the most comfortable for me because it’s not too loose and it’s not too tight. It’s just right—like Goldilocks.” (I wholeheartedly agreed. The jeans ride just below her waist, the leg openings are the perfect size—not so tight that they look goofy with sneakers, and not too loose for running in flip flops. Despite the light wash and semi-distressed look, the fabric is super sturdy, yet not at all stiff. Best of all? An adjustable waist and snaps instead of buttons.)
“I think what I like the best is that I now have flowers growing on my leg, but they’re not really flowers. I have hearts on my stems, and that makes me one of a kind.”
When it was time to shop for jeans with Harper, I asked her to describe herself so we could find the perfect style. She smiled and said, “I’m Harper. I’m five and I’m going to start kindergarten soon. I haven’t lost any teeth yet, my hair is kind of curly, and I’m very good at karate. I want to be a doctor of bunnies when I grow up. I love eating sugar cookies at the grocery store, and pretty soon I’m going to learn how to read.”
Harper doesn’t have much patience for trying on clothes, but for some reason, the GAP Skinny Fit inspired her to twirl around and say, “I can’t believe this. I look like a big kid. Look at me. I’m 19!” The Skinny Fit jeans passed all of my tests: Harper can bend down and touch her toes while wearing them. She can pull them up and snap them all by herself. When she sits down on the floor, her underpants do not show. The adjustable waist, generous length, and sturdy fabric will see her through several growth spurts.
When we returned home from the mall, Harper put on her new jeans and gave me a quick look at what 19 might be like. (Apparently, it’s confident with a dash of sassy.)
I love that shopping for jeans is not a gloomy chore for my daughters. Meredith and Harper are 100% cozy in their own skin, and they require jeans that can go from a raging full-on active recess to quiet time on the classroom floor with absolutely zero interference. GAP jeans for kids are the perfect combination of ultra-durable, comfy, and super cute. Are you interested in getting some GAP jeans for your kids (or for yourself)? Leave a comment below telling me what you need in a pair of jeans. (Be sure to leave a working e-mail address!) On August 4th, the random number generator will choose one lucky commenter to win a $100 GAP gift card!
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