But what happens when the store let's me down?
Take American Eagle for example, I have been a dedicated customer for over 15yrs! But this past year I realized their jeans just aren't the same anymore, what am I going to do!!! A few years back I jumped on the "jegging" bandwagon and haven't looked back. (Actually I have a stack of "boyfriend" jeans I don't know what to do with.) When I visit The States I pick up a pair of AE "jeggings" or have my Mom send me a pair for the holidays, it's the easiest way to keep stocked up overseas. But the pair I bought back in March 2014 just didn't fit right, I tried to shrink them, I tried everything, and yet after 30 minutes they are baggy and falling off. I thought I bought a dud pair and had my Mom send me another pair for Christmas. They're not as bad but still I can't keep them on all day because they just can't keep their fit. I compared the labels of my old jeans with these, old jeans 99% cotton + 1% spandex, new jeans 99% cotton + 1% elastane. Supposedly spandex and elastane are comparable, but I'm telling you the jeans just don't have the same fit anymore and they are impossible to shrink to become more fitted. I am highly disappointed. I actually think I might have to try out a different brand, it's not like I can wear the same 3 pair of jeans that do fit for the rest of my life. Anyone else notice the difference in the American Eagle jeans?
Another dilemma on the horizon, is my favorite autumn-winter boots are wearing out and I can't find anything comparable in the stores right now! To some they are extremely ugly boots, I must admit when I first moved to The Netherlands I never would have worn them. But time wears you down, and you end up adjusting your style. And actually you'd be surprised how many outfits these boots go with. I can wear them with "jeggings" & "skinny" jeans, none of my other boots can handle the extra material of the "skinny" jeans. I can wear them with light or dark colored jeans. And because of the sneaker like sole I don't mind walking distances in them. I could go on and on. Anyway, I've been occasionally checking the 2 stores that carried them and they don't have anything like them anymore. I have the feeling I am going to have to either pay more money elsewhere or find a different style. I know the stores have to change styles every season, but that doesn't mean all of the people do. I should have bought 2 pairs when I waited a month for the sale, arg! Any store let you down recently by discontinuing a shoe model?
My sister-in-law did tip me off to a store worth trying here in Eindhoven for jeans, but that doesn't solve my shoe problem. I'll let you know if I can find replacements to my basics!
Bye! Dag! Adios! Namaste! Salut!