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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: November 18, 2014

The 3 stages of denim depression

There is nothing I hate worse than shopping for jeans. I’d happily try on bikinis in the middle of February under a fluorescent light rather than go jean shopping. For me, denim buying comes in a stage of three emotions.

Stage 1: Inundation

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There are so many different styles of jeans that make no sense to me. What is a “relaxed bootcut”? Explain to me what a “super skinny” versus a “skinny” is? Am I not thin enough for one? Does one stop the blood from circulating to my calf? I feel so confused. And so, so alone.

Stage 2: Defeat

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At this stage you find yourself naked and afraid in a dressing room. You’ve annoyed the dressing room attendant to the point of no return. You aren’t sure if you’re a size 25 or 29. You have exhausted every brand, every wash and every style. There is only one pair left in the room with you and suddenly, you turn to prayer.

Stage 3: Triumph


In your hands is finally a pair of jeans that fit. It’s the pair that hangs perfectly at the waist, flatters the bum and is in both a wash and a style that doesn’t require a dictionary. At this point, elation replaces your profound sadness.

That is, until you get home and realize it was exhaustion, not success, that made you buy the jeans.

Does anyone else have a similar jean shopping experience? Or am I the only freak that can’t find a pair of normal jeans?

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