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Old 02-27-17, 06:26 AM   #1
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Jeans and Smart Trousers

Any women cyclists have the dreaded struggle with fashion?

Im struggling to find a pair of jeans that fit around the waist whilst taking in my lower half.

Ive done a lot of of track /cyclocross over the years and through genetics have always no upper body and small waist (cant do three pushups) but big powerful buttocks and thighs so the seams end up wearing thin over a few months. This is very annoying after having spent a lot of money. Its nice to wear a nice pair of jeans on an informal occasion rather than spending my life in spandex.

Thanks. Mary
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Hi Mary, you're not alone! Check out Keirin Cut Jeans: https://www.keirincutjeans.com/

The company was started by an American track racer who found it hard to find jeans that fit a fit waist and strong butt and thighs.

Since they launched, I've seen other small companies do athlete-focused fit design too. But only one is run by a track racer.
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Wow thanks. Its a business idea that makes sense. Clearly its not just me struggling. I wonder if they tailor their jeans so its a smaller waist and bigger in the butt and thighs? Or are they already tailored?
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Wow thanks. Its a business idea that makes sense. Clearly its not just me struggling. I wonder if they tailor their jeans so its a smaller waist and bigger in the butt and thighs? Or are they already tailored?
Maybe look into jeans made by companies that serve African American and Latina communities. Lots of "smaller waist and bigger butts and thighs" there. This is a very common problem whether the larger bottoms come from genetics, squats, or both

If you live in a major city, maybe try out the malls that serve those communities and talk with some of the ladies that work in the shops and they should turn you on to some brands that will work for you.
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Check out prAna.
Their stretch jeans may work for you (I buy mine at REI).
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I have actually always had an issue with thicker thighs (as i'm sure most cyclists do) and the wearing out of the inner thigh of the jeans. I have gotten a pair from Chrome and they're actually not bad, they're on the expensive side but they've held up better than a lot of other brands i've tried.
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I've been finding that natural fibers tend to be more self abrasive than synthetics. I used to go through 2-3 pairs of Carhartt work pants every 3 months (wearing out the inner thigh/inseam), but switched to a different brand that lasts me over a year for one pair. They are a 70/30 mix of cotton poly.
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FWIW - this problem isn't limited to women.

When I was younger and in good shape (eons ago), any pants that fit were 4-5" too large in the waist. I looked like I was wearing my big brother's pants pulled in with a belt. It was OK in my teens, but a 30 year old wearing his big brother's pants wasn't cool.
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I've been finding that natural fibers tend to be more self abrasive than synthetics. I used to go through 2-3 pairs of Carhartt work pants every 3 months (wearing out the inner thigh/inseam), but switched to a different brand that lasts me over a year for one pair. They are a 70/30 mix of cotton poly.
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Levi's has a line of jeans with 99% Cotton and 1% Elastane or 98%/2% that work very well for me and are easy to find (usually Macy's). Levi's 541. The 2% Elastane are very stretchy. Most Levi's are 100% cotton. That little 1-2% makes a huge difference in how they stretch and feel.

FYI: A salesman told me that Levi's are almost never on sale during the week at Macy's and there is always some sort of deal on them on weekends. Around $50/pair is a fair price for them. I've had several pair for about a year now and they are all in the weekly rotation. The black ones are a bit faded recently, but the blue still look good.
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Levi's has a line of jeans with 99% Cotton and 1% Elastane or 98%/2% that work very well for me and are easy to find (usually Macy's). Levi's 541. The 2% Elastane are very stretchy. Most Levi's are 100% cotton. That little 1-2% makes a huge difference in how they stretch and feel.

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I have some polo ralph lauren jeans - and some Cinch jeans (typically found at western oriented stores) -- with the similar elastic treatment - I try to catch the Polo stuff on sale, but the Cinch stuff is in the same price range as LEvi's


Sadly my waist has caught up to my leg size, but regarding the elastic, -- when your jeans are so snug that you start leaving the fruit of the looms in the drawer to gain a smidge of room, -- every little bit of give counts

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