I’m sure these were the prototype.
Remember that time I ripped the crotch out of my jeans when my muscular thighs Incredible-Hulked my wussy J.Crew’s? Good times! You may remember I finally found a pair of stretch denim jeans in a curvy fit that didn’t make my thighs feel like sausages on sale, bought two pairs and have been wearing them exclusively since then. Of course I’m not the first athletic person to come up with this solution. The pros do it too!
“I have an enormous butt,” Canadian Olympic skier Jan Hudec proudly declared in an interview with the New York Times about – what else? – jeans shopping. He admits that, like me, when he finds a pair that fits he wears them forever, even shipping them to his mom to fix when they get torn because the chances of finding another pair are so slim.
Clearly there are a lot of us that have a hard time finding denim that will fit the waist but still accommodate larger thighs, booties and calves. Many of us have noticed that as our squat weight goes up, our options when jeans shopping go down, which is why I was so excited to see Barbell Denim, a new company that designs jeans specifically with athletes in mind.
“We were tired of struggling with jeans that didn’t fit, weren’t comfortable, and completely restricted our ability to move. So we decided to fix it,” explain the founders, who boast they spend upwards of 20 hours a week snowboarding, mountain biking, motorcycling, and doing just about any adrenaline fueled movement you can think of. (My kind of work environment!)
“I’ve spent 28 years squatting in that squat position, and I’m really proud of it,” says Chemmy Alcott, a British skier. “It would be a lot easier for me to be a skinny normal person. I have to work really hard to get this muscle,” she says. “We’ve got booties!”
One of my pet peeves about traditional jeans (besides the fact that they rarely fit me) is that they often try to minimize or camouflage larger legs which not only make my legs feel strangled but hide the muscle I’ve been working so hard in the gym to build! Even “curvy fit” denim falls short as it gives extra room for apple bottoms but doesn’t for muscular legs and with a two-size difference between my waist and my thighs this is a real fit problem. Honestly this is why I wear skirts and dresses so often. People think I’m just ultra-girly (and I kinda am) but I’m also more comfortable in them.
But I’m all about embracing my shape these days and I’m not looking for jeans to make my legs look smaller, I’m looking for pants to flatter them and show them off! My curves already help me rock the heck out of a pencil skirt, why can’t jeans make me look smokin’ too?
Note: This is often where people tell me to embrace the wonder that is jeggings and I’ll admit to owning a couple of pairs and they are comfy. But I’ll also admit to only wearing them with tunic-length tops as the thin material feels too revealing for me. Plus I feel like a little bit of structure to the denim makes them hold their shape better (just say no to saggy baggy bottoms!) and hold me in better (I’ve had five kids, just saying I don’t mind a little help).
This is exactly why the company says they designed their premium stretch denim to “fit comfortably over muscular legs by accommodating your quads and butt without forcing you to buy larger sizes for the small waist you work so hard for.” They add that the jeans stay firmly on the side jeans and not jeggings. And, judging from their pictures, not only will you look cute standing in their jeans but you can also do full splits (you know, for all those occasions where you need to do splits). In addition, they offer men’s styles as well because as any bodybuilder will tell you, this isn’t just a girl problem.
The good news: Barbell Denim has got such a great response that they’re considering branching out to other clothing items and considering the company’s kickstarter campaign has already raised thirteen times the amount of money they originally asked for, it’s obvious that I’m not the only squat-loving girl excited for their debut. Bad news: They’re still in the kickstarter phase of development which means you can’t actually by them yet. Now, if only they can make me a blazer that will fit my ripped shoulders!
Anyone else have this problem buying jeans? Anyone else ever Incredible-hulked a pair of pants? What are your go-to jeans?