True Jeans follow-up

Is there such a thing as hijacking one’s own blog? Well, I’m about to do just that. Indulge me for a second time as I fill in the missing details of the My True Fit story. While I typically eschew topics not related to knitting on this blog, your response to my first True Jeans encounter suggests that you, like me, are denim lovers, passionate about finding that perfect pair, and would be interested in knowing what happened next.

Well, the folks at True Jeans are as passionate about jeans which fit perfectly as you are. I say this with utmost assurance because I went, I chatted, and I saw it for myself.

From left to right: Jessica Arredondo, Co-founder; me, jeans guinea pig; Romney Evans, Co-founder; Julie Reppucci, Fit Specialist.

I signed up to be a Fit Tester after my fabulous in silico experience, and visited the company on Monday. Jessica and Romney’s enthusiasm, vision, and intent to nourish the company in the direction of customer demand is refreshing! Trying on different jeans with Julie’s guidance was akin to having a personal shopper… and let me tell you, it’s exponentially better than going at it alone in a department store.

Hello, would you like to try on some jeans?

Where else will you be able to find the perfect pair of jeans, all while providing valuable stats for women across the country? At a True Jeans test fitting, that’s where. If you’re in the Boston area, consider signing up to be a Fit Tester – you won’t regret it.

I walked away having found two great pairs of jeans:


Pine IV Jeans Kyoto: all the special visual and textural details that distinguish designer denim. Kasil Jeans Tribeca: clean lines of a trouser combined with a comfortable denim fit. Check out the cool surprise hiding on the inside!

And guess what?!? Even though both pairs are too long for me, I don’t have to worry about hemming them! As recently mentioned on the True Jeans blog, they now offer a hemming service for $15 per pair. I’ll still probably hem them myself, but if my schedule is hectic, I have an excellent alternative.

Anyway, let me pause for a second and stop blabbing about myself. Why should you care about my True Jeans adventures?

Well, as a new company, True Jeans is eager to receive customer input – contact them, and they’ll listen! Case in point: many of you lamented the lack of plus-size designer jeans on the website. Did you see the response Romney left in the comments?

We hear you loud and clear. Hang on just a little bit longer. It is extremely important to us to provide great brands to plus size customers. …We are currently doing a lot of research into plus sizes. We will be introducing two great new jeans brands for plus size women.

Not just talk, my friends. I actually saw the (fabulous! quality!) designer plus size jeans when I went for my test fitting! Once they’re available for purchase on the website, I’ll let you know. Exciting, isn’t it?!? What’s more, True Jeans will give my readers a special discount code for those styles once it’s all set up, for being so passionate and patient. Yay!!!

In the meantime, for those of you who’ve already found great styles but need a little extra incentive to make a purchase, True Jeans is kindly sharing my fit tester discount with all of you! Through the end of this month, you’ll receive a 15% discount by entering discount code grumperina during checkout.

Now go! Go sign up to be a Fit Tester! Go get yourself some trouser style jeans! (they’re the new “it thing,” I’m told) Go shop at My True Fit!


59 thoughts on “True Jeans follow-up

  1. Cara

    Very nice. I’ll be waiting for the bigger sizes. My fit test yielded very few results in styles that I know I could never wear. (I’m long waisted and low cut jeans DO NOT fit me comfortably at all. Those were the only options.) It’s nice to know they’re listening.

  2. JJ

    Wow! Your very own discount code…that’s pretty cool! Thanks for the update – I’m very excited!!!

  3. Roxanne

    Wow, I thought jeans were expensive at $75 a pair when I was into them…looks like I’ve been way out of the jeans loop for awhile…LOL I don’t see any “woman” sizes either…darn it, that size group is always “forgotten” – even plus sizes need true fits.

  4. Carole

    I had great luck with their customer fit specialists. They even opted NOT to let me buy a pair that I wanted because they didn’t think they would fit me correctly. How often does a company NOT sell you something? I’m impressed.

  5. Roxanne

    Alright, should’ve read further – they are “looking into plus sizes”…great…hope it goes further than looking!

  6. Laurie

    Wow, I was planning on trying them out, but I’m flat broke. A 15% discount, though? I might be able to swing one of the “less” expensive pairs. Thanks Grumperina! I only wish I were close enough to Boston to do a fit testing.

  7. Kristin

    wow. your own code. hemming service. I would hate to have them hem them and then hate them ;o) the hemming is the one thing that’s keeping me from buying . . . I hate being so damn short!

  8. --Deb

    It sounds great, but really? Almost all of the jeans on their site are just way too expensive for me to justify. I don’t pay $150 for ANY item of clothing other than a winter coat, or a suit or something….

  9. JJ...again

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!! (Shrieks of joy) True jeans found 23 pairs for me. A few are even in my price range…and with the discount? Oh my goodness, I can hardly contain myself!!!

  10. Marisa

    Hmmm… I have to say that I was not too impressed with True Jeans. I went to the Lucky Store and tried on a bunch of different pairs, and the only ones I liked were rated 1/2 star for me on True Jeans. It said they would be a perfect fit in everything but length (slightly too long) and somehow that equates to 1/2 star… well they fit perfectly in the length too so I am not sure what to make of it. Additionally, they showed me a bunch of pairs of jeans that were 3+ stars that had worse fits than the ones I ended up buying at Lucky, and had way longer inseams!

    Hmph! Maybe I just have a weird body!

  11. freecia

    Aren’t they smart cookies.

    I’m short. Can they do a shoutout to the petite fit testers, please? The knee fades are usually in the wrong places with the distressed look and there’s no way I’m paying that much to have “knee marks” on my shins.

    And if they don’t already, could they offer a link to upload a photo when you get a Return Merchandise Approval? If it doesn’t fit me and they want to know where, I’d be happy to send along a photo. It seems like a good way to get a remote fitting.

  12. Jen

    Oh man, I’ll have to use the discount for my next pair! Got my first pair, “Worn” brand jeans, and I’m in love! Thanks again Kathy for your recommendation!

  13. Molly

    All right, you got me! I haven’t owned a pair of blue jeans in years (I’m an exclusive green/brown type) but somehow I find myself buying a pair of Little in the Middle mid-rise flares.

    Unlike some of the other commenters, I was recommended several pairs in the $60-$100 range, so I definitely can’t complain (particularly with that 15% reduction!). I’ll look forward to seeing how they fit!

  14. sarah irene

    I wear a 16/18 and was one of those who got no recommendations before … but checking in again, I see some options! I’m glad to see they’re working on expanding selection in the larger sizes.

  15. Kathy

    Thank you so much for posting all of this! I have a small waist but much bigger hips and bum, so this has been quite exciting! Hooray!

  16. Bee

    Thank you for giving us the discount! I’ve been drooling over this site because I need new jeans…new better jeans. Thank you!!!!

  17. Joanne

    I really liked their site – thanks for sharing! Unfortunately, shipping to Canada is a bit, well, steep, and it’s going to have to wait until I work out a deal with an American co-worker for borrowing their address!

  18. Jessica Arredondo

    Hi Freecia,

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of letting customers upload a picture of themselves if something doesn’t fit as well as it should. I think this is a fantastic suggestion! We will work on making this happen.

    Thanks again to Kathy and the entire Grumperina community for your support and feedback!

    Happy Shopping!

  19. loribird

    You know what’s really cool? After your first post, I went and filled out the profile, etc. When I clicked on the links to the specific styles you tried, the page opened with my suggested size and fit rating all ready to go! I know it’s cookies and whatnot, but those jeans weren’t on my “best fit” list, but I can find out how they’d be on me anyway. This is really such a great resource, thank you so much for sharing.

  20. Katherine

    I put in my measurements the other day and generally the 4-star rated ones weren’t in styles that I liked so it down to 3 star + a bit ratings, and I’m not sure I’m willing to shell out $100+ for that, nevermind $200. College student = $30 AE jeans kind of girl, although they have since stopped selling the Favorite style in stores and once I ordered them online it seemed like they had changed them AGHHHH so I’ve been scouring eBay.

    Anyway, what were your ratings for the jeans that you had bought previously? And as for the fit testing, is it for styles they have yet to put up on the website, and is their office accessible by public transport? Do you know if they’re planning on carrying cheaper brands or are they focusing on designer denim? Thanks!

  21. Kat

    Now please tell them to start a branch in the UK…

    Sounds great though.

    best wishes,

    Kat (London)

  22. Carol

    Hey, the Pine IVs Kyoto are the ones I bought too. I LOOOOVE them! And isn’t Julie just fabulous? Thanks again for telling us about the company.

  23. charli

    AS someone who has used a personal shopper when buying jeans and then because of said personal shopper bought the $100 ones!! Quite a big dieal for me I assure you. And then, of couse, I lost weight soon after getting them, so I can’t wear them anymore. However, since they were from Nordstrom’s , I figure, one day, when I am near a Nordstrom’s (there are none in my current city), I’ll exchange them.

    As a non-sewing short person (5’2.75″)

    I really take umbrage at a $15 charge for shortening, if they don’t charge for other body specifications. Also, if they are shorter they are using less material! Therefore, perhaps the taller folks should have to pay an exta 15 dollars to have their jeans lengthened since more material costs more! Also, why don’t they stock petite sizes? (Petit sizes are perfect for me. It was a shock when I discovered this.)

    Anyway, thanks for your report. I suppose I shuld have sent this gripe to the company. But, it was easier to tell you.

    As always, thanks for a great blog!

  24. Gena

    After your great experience, I’ll definately have to check them out! There is really nothing worse than trolling the mall looking for the perfect pair of jeans.

  25. silvia

    Right after your first post, I went on their site and bought two pairs of jeans. One was great, one not so. When they say “low rise” and snug fit” they mean it. Thanks for all the info.

  26. Michele in Maine

    Gah! If I’d only waited one more day to place my order I’d have gotten 15% off!

    Thanks to you, I have spent more on jeans than I ever imagined. So far I’ve ordered 3 pairs and kept one (the most expensive – Red Engines). In my quest for a true mid-rise pair, the True Jeans people have been extremely helpful, and today I expect to receive two pairs of WORN jeans in the Lou Casey style, brand new on their site. Why two pairs? Different sizes, of course, so I can do my own ‘fit test’.

    I love my Red Engines – the fabric is really great – soft and stretchy but still with some substance. And not too low. I’m hopeful about the Worns = and had a long conversation with Julie about them by phone yesterday before placing my order. You are right – their customer service is great! As someone who lives in the boonies and does all her shopping online or by phone, I really appreciate this kind of attention.

    So while my bank account doesn’t thank you (!) I must say I do feel pretty great wearing my new jeans! (Now I need cool shoes to go with them) But it puts a big dent in the yarn budget. (Oh, well, I’m supposed to be on a yarn diet anyways!).

    I will definitely call them about being a fit tester next time in down in Boston.

  27. Kim U

    That’s great news (about the plus sizes)! I thought the idea sounded good, but since there wasn’t anything in my size, I was disappointed. I really appreciate it when companies like this listen to feedback like that.

  28. knit_tgz

    Unfortunately, I’m overseas, so I can only use the online option, as soon as they have some suggestion to my weird size (small waist, huge hips). But thanks!

  29. Maribel

    I went online, ordered the two styles suggested, LOVED one of them, returned the other (after a “consult” with customer service), and should be receiving my new & improved pair very shortly. All I can say is WOW! In my 40s and 2 kids later, jeans shopping has become similar to bathing suit shopping (you moms know what I’m talking about) so this is absolutely a wonderful way to shop and actually FIND a true jeans fit!!!! I highly recommend this company.

  30. Maribel

    ps Grumperina, I forgot to thank you. You are truly a respected resource…knitting and otherwise. Yes, another fan for your club.

  31. Sherry W

    I still think I’d rather try them on at the store then order online. Especially since they don’t seem to offer any great pricing incentives.

  32. hellahelen

    Hey, I never read your original True Jeans post, and I was pleasantly surprised that we both love Lucky Brand Jeans’s Sweet N Low style! I have three pairs. . . and I also bought a pair of Easy Riders about a month ago, which are great for those days I want something baggier. Now I’m interested in trying your other styles, since I think we must have similar builds! I’m 5’3 1/2″, and usually wear a size 8. It’ll be a while before I’ll be back in my regular jeans, though, because I’m 13 weeks pregnant with our first baby. . .

  33. kelpkim

    love this!!!

    i recently visited the True Jeans site to see if i could find any of their suggested brands for me, at Anthropologie. i tried on many pairs of jeans at the store. it rekindled my love for jeans and gave me hope that i too, will find a pair of quality jeans that will fit me to my satisfaction! :o)thanks! i’ll keep looking and look forward to future posts about True Jeans!

  34. Liza

    Less time spent finding jeans that fit nicely means more time spent on knitting cute tops to go with nicely fitting jeans. Win win all around. thanks.

    Liza (the blogless)

  35. Sherry

    I live in the Boston area and just signed up to be a fit tester. Buying jeans/pants is usually not fun. I’ll be interested to see if True Jeans makes the experience more positive. The cost of their jeans is much more than I pay for clothes, but I figure I keep my clothes forever and I wear jeans 70% of the time. So I think it will be worth the investment.

  36. anna

    Hmm – I’m a fan of brands that aren’t on their list (AG, Joe’s, True Religion, Diesel). Not useful for me, unfortunately.

  37. Cindy in Happy Valley

    How about some jeans (or pants for that matter) that don’t cause us “elderly” women (over 50) to exhibit “Dunlap’s syndrome”? Otherwise known as “my belly done lapped over my waistband”. Some of us skipped the belly ring phase of life completely.

  38. Lindsay

    Thank you so much for sharing such a great find . . . now if only someone could do this for bras, I’d never end up in tears in a dressing-room again!

  39. J.

    I went to the site after your first post about them and was surprised to find that the jeans they suggested cost $100-250. Who pays that much money for jeans?

    Second, all the suggested styles were ‘low rise’ – and since my belly is larger than my hips, you can bet there is no way I’m wearing jeans that let my stomach flap around everywhere!

    Luckily for me, I can get great jeans at Target and JC Penny for $16-40 a pair, so I’ll stick with those!

  40. Sarah

    I signed up and nearly bought some – then I discovered a fabulous thing at a local store. A girl who works there has the exact same body type as me (all hips) and new exactly what jeans to point me to. If she ever stops working there, though, I know where to go.

  41. J.

    Wow, er, I just reread my comment and want to apologise for the tone. I really didn’t mean to sound so b*tchy; I’m pretty embarrassed that my first comment in your blog would be one to leave such a bad impression.

    Anyhow – I do love reading your blog, even if sometimes what works great for you doesn’t work as well for me. 🙂

  42. JulieFrick

    Sounds great. Of course, I have a few months to go before any jeans without a big old panel in them will pass muster…but I’ll be back when I’m one instead of two!

  43. Erica

    Yippee that they’re researching bigger jeans. My sister had told me about True Jeans before, but I’d forgotten the name. After seeing them here on your blog, I went there. After plugging in my measurements and my preferences, they came up with…0 matches for me! Apparently, there are no such thing as jeans for me that meet my criteria. I’m hoping that, in the future, they’ll be able to recommend some. (They probably could now if I were willing to wear the low-rise style, but after one regular delivery, two c-sections, and a hysterectomy, I just don’t have the belly for that, if I ever did!)

  44. loriz

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve been able to find the perfect jeans for your body. My search, however, still continues. The inventory at True Jeans did not include any jeans with inseams longer than 35″ when I did my searches. That is too short for me!

  45. Larissa

    Aarrgh! Of course I hear about this now: I’m 5 months pregnant and far from jeans shopping. Like so many women I’ve been struggling to find good jeans for my entire adult life – Why do most jeans manufacturers think my waist is supposed to be 3 inches bigger to go with the size of my hips? This company makes for yet another reason to be excited to get back into shape ASAP this winter.

  46. Linda

    Thank you SO much for the recommendation and the discount! I placed an order last week and got a fantastic pair of jeans that fit perfectly and which I love, and I didn’t need to go through the horrific jean-shopping experience that I loathe so much. Hooray!

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