Review: Not Your Daughter's Jeans (NYDJ)
Not Your Daughter's Jeans promise to make you drop a dress size, get rid of your muffin top and make you look svelte. But are they worth the premium price?
The first time I tried on my NYDJ jeans, I was disappointed. Yes, they flattened my middle, but my thighs looked as thunder-y as ever. But a month later, I had to rethink, because every time I wore my NYDJ's, people said things like, "Hey! You've lost weight!" or "Those jeans look great, where did you get them?". As for my rear view, my husband told me my butt looked cute (if you'd seen my butt, you'd know it's way bigger than cute).
So I've had to agree, I look better in my Not Your Daughter's Jeans than in any of my other pants. They're well made in quality fabric, so two whole years later, they're still my "smart" jeans. I've never had a pair stay looking so good for so long! And they're definitely the most comfortable jeans I've worn in years.
But let's look in more detail at what they can and can't do. That way, if you're going to buy a pair, you'll have more realistic expectations than I did!
Lose the Muffin Top
NYDJ jeans say they'll banish your muffin top. There's no magic in that—NYDJ's are not low rise. Any waist-high jeans will prevent overflow, as anyone will know who grew up in the days when all skirts and pants sat on the waist. In those days, we didn't even know what a muffin top was!
A muffin top happens when fat on the tummy and hips is squidged upwards by a tight fastening at hip level. Raise the fastening to your real waist, where you carry less fat, and there's no overflow (or at least it's a heck of a lot smaller).
Of course, the downside is that if you don't like the high-waisted look, you may be reluctant to tuck a shirt into your NYDJ's. Personally, I wear most of tops tucked out so it hasn't been an issue.
Mind you, I think they've missed an opportunity. Why not make a style that's really high-waisted, i.e., coming right up over the ribs like a pair of Spanx? That would be a boon for women who carry fat higher in the waist and would give a really svelte look.
Lose the Tummy!
These are called tummy tuck jeans for a reason! The front of the jeans is very firm and definitely makes you feel pulled in. Obviously, that's part of the reason they come up to the waist, so they can cover the whole stomach.
Once again, I can 't help wishing they had a style that's really high-waisted, because I'm sure I'm not the only menopausal woman whose belly fat is sneaking up on to her ribs.
What About the Thighs?
This is where I was in for a disappointment. Not Your Daughter's Jeans have more spandex than other jeans (4% as opposed to 1% or 2%), but most of it is in the (very firm) tummy area.
If you feel you need strong thigh control, then you may be better off buying any old pair of jeans and a pair of Spanx thigh-shapers to wear under them.
I think I'll stick with my NYDJ's, personally. They may not minimize my thighs, but they don't draw unwanted attention to them either.
Have you ever bought tight stretch jeans that squeeze your thighs beautifully when you first put them on, but when you start moving, they develop unflattering horizontal wrinkles? That just makes it more obvious you've squeezed your thunder thighs into a size too small. NYDJ's don't do that—they don't hold you in much, but they stay smooth. And they don't cut off your circulation!
NYDJ Women's Alina Skinny Jeans in Super Sculpt Denim
These used to be my "dress" jeans, with their sleek look. A few years on, they are now my "old faithfuls" and are still my favorite jeans. They do a great job of sculpting my contours while remaining comfortable to wear.
One Size Smaller in NYDJ's?
I've seen several websites recommending you buy your NYDJ's a size smaller than your regular size, because they do "give" over time.
Personally, I think it depends on your shape.
If you're looking for a super-slimming pair of jeans and don't mind whether you can breathe, by all means go for a size smaller than your normal jeans size, but only if you have slim thighs.
Personally I'm a pear-shaped size 12 (US). When I bought my rhinestone NYDJ's, I tried on a size 10. I could get them on, and do them up (eventually), and they gave me an impressively flat stomach. But my saddle bags looked worse than ever in contrast to my super-tight bum and super-flat tummy.
The size 12 fits me very nicely. thank you. They don't hold my tummy in as much as a smaller size would, but they give me a much smoother line from hip to thigh. Plus I can move in them - I even wear them to go dancing!
Most women become more apple-shaped around menopause, so I guess it's not surprising that Not Your Daughter's Jeans have been designed to suit that figure. Unfortunately, I'm one of those who has collected a belly without losing the thigh fat!
So to summarize - if you're an apple with lovely slim thighs, you may want to try the "one size smaller" trick (if you're buying online, check the Returns policy first!). But if you're a pear, buy whatever size you would normally buy in jeans.
Either way, choose a pair that fits snugly when you try them on—it should be a bit of a struggle to zip them up, but not lying-down-on-the-floor-with-a-coat-hanger-tight (if you wore jeans in the '70s, you'll know what I mean!). They will give somewhat with washing and wearing.
Get ready to say goodbye to your tummy!
- NYDJ Blog - Find Your Perfect Fit
This is the official blog post from the NYDJ company about finding the right size jeans according to your body type. For any concerns you have about getting the right fit for your specific body type, start here.
- Forum: Not Your Daughter's Jeans - Sizing?
A useful discussion on the "YouLookFab" forum regarding the sizing of NYDJ's and various opinions from the community. This is good to read over if you are finding yourself additionally concerned about picking the right size.
- Not Your Daughters Jeans Review on Amazon
A very useful rundown on Not Your Daughters Jeans including the reviewer's opinions on how to make sure you pick the right size. She discusses some of the helpful finer details on how these jeans fit a curvy body type.
© 2009 Kate Swanson