A tip for the curvier ladies out there: you must pick up a pair of H&M jeans, the fit is amazing, and there is no tailoring necessary.
I'm actually not the hugest H&M fan generally. I think it makes a lot of sense for people who buy clothes and get tired of them quickly, but my shopping style tends more towards the see-something-too-expensive-and-become-obsessed-with-it-and-occasionally-save-up-enough-in-a-year-to-buy-it. So for me, H&M is a little torturous. I buy something that I love from them (which, happily I don't have to save up for) and then it falls apart before I'm ready to part with it.
But my fellow curvy girl Vivian swears by H&M jeans, and since she is unfailingly impeccably turned out I decided to take her advice and buy a pair. Besides, for $30 it wasn't much of a leap of faith, now was it?
Let me tell you, I have never gotten so many compliments as I have on my super dark wash boot cut H&M's. Paul literally asked if I was ill because I looked like I had lost "too much weight". And I've had them for nearly a year now and they seem to be showing no discernible wear, which is pretty impressive, even for non-H&M clothes.
So no more three figure priced jeans. No need, simply no need. In a good economy or a bad one.