Damn you, April!
There I am, on a beautiful weekend, taking my new pink jeans for a test drive, and soaking in the warm spring sunshine. Celebrating the new season. Mentally storing away my winter wear (well, actually, I really have stored away a lot of my winter wear). And then . . . BAM! April pulls the rug right out from under me. Spring is suddenly a recent memory, and hello wintery weather again.
It happens every year. I guess it’s spring’s April Fools’ joke. And I always fall for it.
I’ve been wanting to wear pink jeans for a couple of months now and have been waiting for the arrival of spring, and, more important, the warmth of spring weather.
Since winter weather has decided to hang out a while longer, what to do about the pink jeans? Well, it is spring, after all. On the calendar, at least. So I’ve decided those pink jeans are keeping their place in my outfit rotation. I’m optimistic that spring weather will catch up soon.
(I suppose I’ve had a narrow view of when I should wear pink jeans, and, now that I’m thinking about it, they would look great paired with black or gray or even a winter white in the cold months.)
I love the color of these pink jeans. They are a blush-y shade of pink, a little dusty. There are so many variations on the pink color, that it can either be super easy to find your perfect shade, or frustratingly challenging. I’ve been on the lookout for this shade for a couple of seasons. So when I saw this pair of AG jeans in the perfect shade and ON SALE for 40% off retail, well, you understand, I could not pass them up.
I took the opportunity of the warm spring day and an errand that I had to run to Matanzas Creek Winery to take some pics of the pink jeans in a beautiful setting. (I’ve never seen a winery that isn’t lovely.)
Matanzas Creek Winery, in the Bennett Valley area of Santa Rosa, California, makes delicious wines, and they are also known for their fragrant lavender gardens and lavender products. I didn’t taste any wine on my visit that day, but did check out the lavender gardens, which aren’t yet blooming. (Apparently the lavender is also waiting for spring weather!) When in bloom, the fragrance of the lavender is stunning!
How to Find AG Jeans on Sale (or any Designer Jeans for that matter)
You may know that AG Jeans are my very favorite in the designer or premium jeans category. They are SO comfortable, and they have just the right amount of stretchy ingredient so that they DO NOT stretch out too much after a few hours. Most important: They just fit me. And since I know my size in AG Jeans, I can purchase them confidently without having to try them on.
But . . . they are pricey. Typical retail price of AG Jeans is $170 and up. This price range is pretty standard for premium jeans. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a designer jeans budget. So I always have my eye out for AG Jeans sales. Of the 10 pairs that currently hang in my closet, only one, my very first pair, was purchased at full price.
If you are a fan of premium/designer jeans, here’s what I recommend for finding your favorite brand at less than retail prices.
First, know your size. The best way to find the right size in a particular brand is to have a try-on session at a retailer that carries the brand. Try on several different styles in the brand – you may have to visit a few different retailers to find a variety of styles (I don’t recommend making multiple store visits on the same day).
Even better, buy a pair and take it home so that you can test the stretch factor. At home, wear the jeans for about an hour. If they are going to stretch out too much, it will likely happen within an hour of wearing. I have found that 2-3% of the stretchy ingredient, like elastane, gives enough stretch for a super comfy fit but doesn’t stretch out with wear and lose shape. (Leave all tags on and just stick around the house. You don’t want them to get dirty because you are going to return them. And be sure the store has a liberal return policy.)
After you are sure of the size you wear in your favorite brand, there are a few ways to find them sale priced:
- Do a Google search for the brand with the word “sale,” for example, “AG jeans sale.” (I don’t have very good luck with Google’s Shopping page, so I stick to the regular Google page.)
- Go directly to the sites of retailers you know sell the brand, and do a search for the brand. The result of your search will show both full and sale prices, and you’ll want to zero in on the sale priced options. Or go to the site’s sale page and search for the brand.
- When shopping in stores, check out sale racks in the designer jeans department. I’ve found several pairs of AG Jeans on the sale racks at Anthropologie and Macy’s.
- Sign up for the brand’s emails, and you will be notified of friends and family sales as well as the first to know about any special sales. (Hint: I’ve set up a separate email address dedicated only to these emails and for my online shopping transactions so I don’t flood my personal email inbox.)
I am looking forward to making a lot of use of my pink jeans soon, when the weather is warm enough to ditch the socks, and I don’t have to layer shirts and top them with a jacket or coat. (You’d think I live at the North Pole by the sound of this rather than mild-weathered Northern California!)
AG Jeans on Sale!
If you are a fan of AG Jeans too, check out some of the sale prices below. I found my pink AG jeans at 6pm.com. I recently learned that this is the discount site of Zappos. I’d never bought anything from 6pm.com before this, but they seem to have a pretty good selection of AG Jeans, so I’ll be checking in on the site now and then. These pink jeans were marked below $90 – that’s a great price!
If you already know your AG Jeans size, you can jump on these prices (stock usually disappears pretty fast). I wear a 28 in AG (a 6 or 8 in most jeans) as a point of reference. If you aren’t familiar with AG, you may want to check them out where you can try them on – or go for it with an online purchase, but make sure the retailer will refund you if they don’t fit.