Dear Society, your jeans don’t fit my muscles.

Dear society, 

Your jeans don’t fit my muscles.

For a while now, I’ve been into fitness. I love to challenge myself and push myself to get stronger and faster. I struggle to balance cardio and weightlifting but I do my best, and I won’t give up either because I truly love them, each for different reasons. Weightlifting teaches me to be patient, to cherish each “gain” of strength, and to love each new well-earned muscle definition that appears on my body. I can leg press 400lbs, and I’m proud of that. Then I tried on your jeans, and they don’t fit my muscles.

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Dear society, 

Your jeans don’t fit my muscles.

Lots of magazines commend people in society who are active and like to be fit. In your ‘health’ sections, I can probably dominate those suggested workouts, but I flip to your ‘style’ section and guarantee I wouldn’t be able to pull those skinny jeans over my calves. According to your fitness section I should be trying to gain muscles like a guy, but according to the latest fashion trends I should slim my ass down and throw on some heels. What is up with that?

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Dear society, 

Your jeans don’t fit my muscles.

Okay, you caught me. I’m not petite. I’m not tiny. I’m almost 6′ tall and I will tell you right now, I won’t have society’s “perfect” body EVER in my entire life. Gaining muscles on a 6′ frame means gaining some serious muscle, tone, and yes, some weight. I’m certain that my legs make up 80% of my body weight because they have some solid muscle. I wouldn’t trade that for anything because my leg muscles help me run fast, lift heavy, and squat low.

You might think, “Um, hello? Ranting girl? Maybe just go up a pant size and they’ll fit you.” Yeah, I tried that. I went up a pant size. I went up two, then tried three. The pants slid over my muscular calves and quads, then I did up the waist, and there was probably room in that waist band for three other people. No belt is going to fix that.

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Dear society, 

Your jeans don’t fit my muscles.

I wear spandex a lot. It’s unprofessional, it’s lazy, and it’s predictable. Lulu spandex happens to fit my muscles. I am proud of my assets, and like to show them off, so I wear spandex. I am most likely on my way to workout or I just came from the gym, so I wear spandex. I can’t find a decent pair of cute jeans that are long enough and fit my muscles, so I wear spandex. It sucks, but I gave up on jeans because they made me feel bad about my athletic body.

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Dear society, 

Your jeans don’t fit my muscles.

I bought a grey pair of jeans at the Gap on Sunday in Banff. These were super cute cropped grey denim pants that fit me like a glove and were super cute on. I tried on a couple of sizes and the smaller size that I grabbed actually fit a lot better. Gasp. In an effort to build my trust back up with pant-makers around the world and expand my wardrobe beyond lulu lemon leggings, I grabbed the SAME style of jeans in the exact SAME size, just in black denim, and tried them on. I couldn’t even pull them over my quads. WTF.

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Dear society, 

Your jeans don’t fit my muscles.

I’m sure there are lots of online sites that sell exclusive jeans made for athletes. Ones that fit my muscles, fit in the waist, aren’t reminiscent of mom jeans, and actually show off my athletic body. I’m also quite sure that they cost an arm and a (toned) leg and probably need to be shipped from Florida with a no return policy. Apparently jean size is very subjective and inconsistent, as per my latest experience, so how on earth would I even know what athletic jean size I was?

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Dear society, 

Your jeans don’t fit my muscles.

I am willing to try a ton of different brands. I’m also willing to do so with lots of patience and maybe even a smile. Just one thing though, society, don’t tell me that fitness is hot, athletic bodies are “in,” and confidence is sexy and then make jeans for people with a 99:1 bone to muscle ratio in their legs. I love showing off my strength and I’m a fairly confident person, so let’s make jeans that work with that, ok?

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16 Comments

  1. My niece rants about this on a daily basis. She wear only high waisted jeans because no other style will fit over her butt and even then they aren’t long enough for her or are baggy in places you don’t want baggy jeans.

  2. There’s a brand called Freddy Jeans who make jeans specifically for fit girls! I don’t have a pair but I work with a very strong, muscular girl who does, and they look amazing on her.

    They’re not cheap (and annoyingly the models on-site aren’t particularly curvy) but they seem to be worth it!
    X

  3. Amen to that! I have the opposite problem, i have short legs and wide hips. It can’t be helped, spandex is just the best option 🙂

  4. I do love either the boyfriend or sweetheart jeans at old navy. They are little roomier in the legs hip and thigh.

  5. As I was reading this I was thinking “Oh girlfriend needs to check out Barbell Apparel because their jeans look amazing and built for weightlifting figures”. Then I read the second last point…

    When I was leaner, I struggled with jeans too. Skinny jeans were too tight to fit over my thick legs and if I could get them to fit my legs, they were way too big in the waist. Getting pregnant and having my figure change helped that, haha. Don’t even get me started on boots. Do you think I can easily find a good pair of boots that zip up over my giant calves?

    1. Barbell Apparel, hmm, I will definitely check them out. I’m actually totally open to suggestions, I was just annoyed when I wrote that hahaha!

  6. This is why I never wear jeans! My problem tends to be in the waist though – I’ve got wide hips and a voluptuous bum so nothing ever feels “right”.
    I’m going to start wearing Mom jeans in protest.

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