Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Freddies of Pinewood 1950s Jeans - A Guide for Slim Hipped Gals

I have never been curvy. I got fat once in 2005 when I went to Uni for the first time and not only learnt about trilobites and other prehistoric creatures, but also about the benefits of portion control. The weight I gained didn't make me curvy, it just made me a larger size overall. After losing about 21 pounds, I quickly returned to my natural, 12 year old boy figure.

Freddies of Pinewood Ton Up Jeans and Beatnik Top

I take after my Mother in the body shape department. I have always (except for my Jurassic Portion phase) been slim. I am extremely lucky in that on the whole, I eat what I like, do very little exercise and don't put on a pound. My body is built this way. If I were to pick an era in time in which my body shape would be best suited, it would be the 1920's. Slim and boyish, I would be right at home. But my preferred style of dress as you know, is the 50's and the 50's were all about the bass. Being curvy in the 50's was actively encouraged. So as much as some may look upon my body shape with envy and wonder what the hell I am complaining about, being into pinup fashion and the 1950's with a body shape like mine, isn't always easy. Just as it isn't easy for someone who is 'plus size', being petite also poses its challenges.

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Being skinny in the 50s was not the look. 
I have no hips - period. I have a small waist at 26.5 inches, but my hips are only 34 inches. According to a very questionable 'body shape calculator' on the internet, my figure is very similar to that of a banana - excellent! Who wouldn't want that?! So I have a really hard time fitting into clothes that are made for a curvy, 50's shape, something in which I can imagine I am not alone?

So with this in mind, today on the blog I want to talk you through my experience buying my first pair of 1950's jeans! I don't remember when I first came across Freddies of Pinewood but for those of you who don't know who they are, they are a UK based brand who produce amazing reproduction 50's style jeans, tops, jackets and also menswear. They have a huge range of jeans in a number of different styles. I bought my first pair from them last August for my Birthday and to be honest, I got it all wrong!

Freddies of Pinewood Ton Up Jeans and Beatnik Top

I went on the Freddies website, picked out a pair of jeans I liked and placed an order based on my waist measurement alone. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!! There is a huge amount of information on the site, telling you how to measure yourself for their jeans and what to do and not to do - like the kind of rebel I am, I ignored it all. The consequence, my Jeanies (which are described as being 'slim-cut') made me look like I was wearing clown trousers. This is not the look. "What did I do wrong?" I thought - everything, you complete Muppet.

Freddies of Pinewood Ton Up Jeans and Beatnik Top

So, desperate to not accept defeat and to prove to myself that my little banana bod can be a proper 50's pinup, I tried again. After receiving loads of Freddies gift vouchers for Christmas, I had the pennies in the bank. Next step - research. I watched the tutorial on 'How to Measure for Freddies Jeans". I urge you to watch this also. It shows  you on a real model, how the jeans should and should not look. I also read all of the information on Sizing. This is a crucial read. It takes you through each measurement you need and how to take it. I then took my measurements. I measured my waist, hips, rise (the length between your crotch and the waistband) and leg length, according to the website's directions.

Freddies of Pinewood Ton Up Jeans and Beatnik Top

After doing my research, I realised one crucial factor - a 26" for one pair of jeans, will have different measurements to the next size 26". It is not enough to simply pick a style you like, select your waist size and leg length and hit 'add to basket'. Chances are if you do this, they wont fit. So, I managed the process the other way around. After taking my measurements, I then compared all of the jeans on the site, picked the ones with the slimmest hips and then chose the style I liked the best.

Freddies of Pinewood Ton Up Jeans and Beatnik Top

The result - they fit!!! This process took me a long time, so for your convenience, I have created a (hopefully helpful) Freddies of Pinewood Jean Comparison Chart! It lists the jeans (excluding pedal pushers, trousers and dungarees) and provides measurements for a size 28" (for comparison purposes) and ranks the hip size in terms of Small, Medium and Large. (You're welcome). Of course, you must use all of the measurements available, not just the hip or waist size, but if you are slim hipped like me, this should help to eliminate styles that will be far too curvy for you.

Freddies of Pinewood Ton Up Jeans and Beatnik Top

In the end, I opted for the Ton Up Jeans. Now, while these jeans fit me, they do not fit me like they do the model on the website. They are by no means tight. They fit me more like a classic jean, but I would take this look over circus performer any time! They are perfect in the waist. They are a great length and only require a couple of turn ups (which is great news, considering I am 5ft 2"). The rise is a little long, but it is not a deal breaker. Overall, a much more successful fit. When I compare my measurements to the size chart, the jeans come up a little bigger on the waist, but the hip and rise are in the right area. The waist on the jeans however is adjustable, with a popper clasp, providing 2 size options.

Ton Up Jeans Size Chart
In addition to the jeans, I also bought a Beatnik top in the Navy Stripe colourway. Again, a crucial thing to keep in mind is that not all Freddies tops have the same measurements. I previously brought one of the Patchwork sweaters in a Size Small (B42 W34 L43) but the Beatnik in a Size Small is a different size (B46 W32 L48). Now, you could argue that its a different top, so of course it is a different size!! But it was only because of my failings on the jean front that I inspected the sizing further. Otherwise assumption would have got the better of me. Freddies tops are also measured as "over bust" measurements and you have to measure an existing top, laid flat from side to side, to get an accurate size for yourself.

Freddies of Pinewood Ton Up Jeans and Beatnik Top

The Beatnik fit like a glove (once over my head), but I could do with a little more room. Having bought 2 tops from Freddies and experienced the same longing for a little more wiggle room, if I buy again, I will definitely size up.

Freddies of Pinewood Ton Up Jeans and Beatnik Top

I had to put in a lot of work for this relatively simple outfit, but it was totally worth it. The quality of Freddies clothing is great and completely justifies the price tag. Their customer service is also brilliant and nothing is too much trouble (I sent about 100 emails to them asking for them to amalgamate my gift vouchers!!). But most importantly, I have my 50's style jeans!

- x - LMDW - x -




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