Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rockstar

Top: Target
Blazer: Radcliffe (from Tiffany)
Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar Jeans in Plum
Boots: Steve Madden

Back when I first heard about the Old Navy Rockstar colored jeans, a lot of people were saying that the sizing was inconsistent with Old Navy's regular pants, and that you should size up one or two sizes from your normal size in order to get a good fit.

I went one size up with this plum pair, and while they fit fine at the store, they've become all stretched out and saggy-kneed after a few hours of wear. So much for "skinny" jeans. The other pair that I bought (in olive) was my regular size (an online return), and while they barely zipped up at the store, now they fit perfectly. I'm not sure if that shopping day was just a fat day or something, but I do not recommend sizing up... or at the least, buy a pair that fits snug to account for the stretching.

I'll probably try shrinking them in the wash, something that I've never attempted because it slightly terrifies me. Anyone have any tips for a clothes-shrinking first-timer?

33 comments:

  1. Well, like my hub's would tell me if this happened to me, you get what you pay for. Old Navy isn't exactly known for quality and consistency. Luck of the draw I guess!!! Good luck shrinking them. I haven't done it either, but I've read to soak them in hot water and blast them with high dryer heat in VERY SHORT intervals. Also, shrinking might not happen where you expect it, so it is a very big risk. Have fun ;)

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  2. I have the Rockstars, too (and the same problem!) I'd usually wind up washing them on warm, and then laying them flat to dry or drying them on low heat. If you use high heat, it will break down the (cheap) fabric in them and make them MORE likely to stretch out. 

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  3. I think they're sizes are super inconsistent, even from pair to pair in the same color (that's just from my own experience). I had size up 2 sizes. I also rarely wear those jeans (whoops). I should just learn that super skinny jeans aren't for me and my thick thighs....

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  4. Man that's too bad. I love this color! Good luck trying to make them fit. :)

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  5. All I can say is a hot dryer will probably shrink them, but there is a good chance they will stretch right back out. Any time I buy jeans with more than 1% lycra I size down to account for the stretching. I haven't purchased the rock stars yet, but when I tried them on my usual size fit perfectly. :) Go figure. You do look adorable in yours and I love the colors in this outfit. :)

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  6. After reading the comments on this post, I feel like I've been approaching shrinking all wrong. I've always put jeans in scorching hot water and then thrown them in the dryer on high heat for like an hour until they come out crispy. They were pretty good about not stretching out after the first couple wears, but now the bum's all saggy ALL THE TIME, so maybe I did the shrinking wrong.

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  7. Eek!  The rockstar jeans scare me for that reason.  I went with Target's version and they stretch too.  I don't usually wash my jeans until I've worn them a bit, but those I have to wash just about every time I wear them.  If I wear them a second time, they are a more grunge style.  I wash mine inside out and then just dry them to keep them snug the first wear!

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  8. This was just the sizing tip I needed to pull the trigger on buying a pair online. I've been eyeing them for a while but the sizing comments made me nervous. I love the plum color too!

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  9. Love the Rockstar on you! I got the same color! ;) I agree though, their sizes are inconsistent.. I bought two in different colors in the same exact size but one was a good fit and the other was way too tight.. I didn't get it. lol

    I normally throw anything I want to shrink in the hot hot dryer.. but sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.. so I'm not good at it. :(

    xo - Sheila

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  10. Yeah, I think I might just slim them down with a sewing machine instead, since the results are more predictable :)

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  11. Ahhh! too late. I wrote up this post the day before yesterday and had it scheduled for this morning, and then yesterday I washed them on extra hot and dried them on super high heat. Don't know if they shrank or not (I tried them on and they fit snug, like how stuff usually does out of the dryer) so I won't know if it really did work until I actually wear them, but I hope I didn't ruin them forever. :( Thanks for the advice!

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  12. Inconsistent sizing sucks. What color did you get?

    And LOL your thighs are not thick. at all.

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  13. I bought a Target pair at 70% off, and they were a size smaller than I would have liked, but I managed to stuff myself in (with major muffin top, of course) so I'm just praying that they DO stretch out :)

    I just hate washing colored jeans (or just dark clothes in general) too often because I'm so scared of the color fading :(

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  14. Ugh I know. I wrote up this post the day before yesterday and had it scheduled up for today, and then yesterday I went ahead and washed on super high and dried them on super high... now I'm afraid I ruined them. I hate saggy bums! Oh well, at least they were cheap. I'll probably just end up slimming them down via sewing machine instead.

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  15. Yeah, I think they do stretch right back out. Oh well! I have found that all my Old Navy jeans get totally stretched out, while my designer jeans have held up wonderfully over the years. I guess you DO pay for what you get :(

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  16. If you're buying online, you should just buy two or more pairs to try on for size, since I hear the sizing varies from pair to pair. Can't wait to see what color you end up going for!

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  17. Woo hoo! Jeans twins :) Yeah, I've never ever shrunk anything successfully, so I'm pretty sure I'm doing something wrong. Or everything is already preshrunk or stretched to the point of no return :)

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  18. I know...bad strategy!  Have you ever thrown them just in the dryer?  I haven't...seems a bit strange.  I'll try it and let you know! :D

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  19. I have heard people say the same thing about the Rockstar jeans, but honestly they seem pretty true to size for me, so I didn't size up.  You should definitely try shrinking. The good news is, at least these jeans were relatively inexpensive! Good luck! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  20.  Can't wait to see how it goes! I've never sewn denim!

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  21. Well, it's not quite "denim" even though they're called "jeans" - they're thinner and will be easier on a sewing machine than traditional denim. I once sewed denim and it was fine until I got to the seams. That part was so thick that the presser foot wouldn't even fit over it! I've learned just to go to a tailor for those. :)

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  22. I have never tried that! Let me know if it works! :)

    But... I'm guessing that blasting the jeans with high heat too often will ruin the elastic or stretchiness, so maybe it's not that great of an idea :(

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  23. Ahh, you're so smart! :) And yes, even if I do ruin them, they were pretty cheap so it won't break my heart too much :)

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  24. love the rockstar jeans! i def have a few pairs!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  25. At least the color is really cute! I have never personally had good luck with Old Navy's pants...they always fit me oddly. BUT that could be because I am so darn tall lol I have had really good luck with shrinking pants by washing in hot water and drying in hot heat. However, be careful of the length...because that will shrink too lol :)


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  26. Hi, Kimmie! I am so glad I just found your blog through Erin @ LoopLooks! This $600 budget thing in genius, and your style is so great! I'm a style-deficient grad student, so I'm really excited to learn from your posts!

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  27. Baggy knees are the worst. I hope you found a way to fix this. Please share :)

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  28. I still want to know if you were successful at shrinking them! I love the plum color, too.  I have a couple of old pairs in grey because they were $8 one year so I bought two.  Without realizing it, I grabbed a size 8 and a size 10 instead of two 10's.  The size 8's fit me great and I've worn them to death, but the size 10's won't even go up my thighs. I hate stretched out knees!

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  29. I tried washing in the hottest setting and drying on the hottest setting, and I put them on afterwards and they *seem* snug, but I have yet to wear them for a few hours so I can't say if it worked or not :(

    And that's so weird about the sizing! Is it too late to return the ones that don't fit?

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  30. Hi Mica! Thank you for the sweet words, and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  31.  Yeah I don't want the length to shrink (they're juuuust right) but I want the overall leg circumference to shrink, so I may just be better off slimming them down with a sewing machine. How tall ARE you? I can never tell how tall people are with just pictures :)

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  32. Not yet. I'll update when I do! Baggy knees seem to always happen on Old Navy pants, which sucks. I just need to invest in better jeans I think.

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