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They're Like a Box of Chocolates-----
on September 9, 2012
-----YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET.
I live in a year round coastal temperate climate and these lightweight jeans are just perfect for me. If I lived where the winters were very cold outdoors, they would not be.
I have ordered Lee jeans from three stores in the past 4 weeks and have had to send many back for exchanges, which work sometimes. I noticed on the inside label that one pair of 12s ( M ) were way too tight and too short ( 30 inches ) and another size 12 M, from another company fit snugly but were the right length ( 32 inches. ) The inside label on these jeans from these stores said they were made in Egypt. I will save this pair for my skinny days. Love all the colors these jeans come in and that is why I keep trying to buy some that will fit right, for when they do, they are good looking. ( In these stores, these jeans are known as the one I am writing about. Amazon puts the name Marilyn in. The other stores don't. Kind of like buying a mattress.) Stores sell the same ones, but put their own private name on them. That way you can't do a search and find that same mattress, anywhere but the store selling it.
The Lee jeans I have ordered from AMAZON, have been made in Mexico and have been the best fit so far. Just know that they run WAY long, for athletic shoes, and even for my 5'7" frame with very long legs. I usually wear a 12 to a 14 LONG in pants. These pants do run small so if you are between sizes, the smaller size might be the best choice because they would give, as they have the stretch factor. I do like a 32 inch length ( tennis shoes ) and the size 12s ( M ) I have ordered from Amazon have been the perfect length, for me,( 32 inches long ) but I am thinking that not even Amazon knows from what country their order renewal jeans will hail, and maybe that is why there is no length description that accompanies the sizing information.
The size 14 LONG that I first ordered were way, way, too long at 34 inches.
When they are worn, they do stretch some and don't rebound enough to keep a tight look but they are very, very, comfortable and soft and nice for sitting around in. They ARE slimming. If you have really long legs and want to wear these jeans with boots or high heals, the longs might fit fine, for they are very, very, long at 34 inches.
I have not noticed any odor, or lint collecting, as I have read in other reviews here. Make sure to follow laundering instructions, turning them inside out and using cold water, otherwise they will fade. These jeans do NOT shrink and they are cotton, polyester and 1% Spandex, as the label says.
If I could count on each pair being the correct size, for me, I would order them in every color and give them a 4 star rating. That is how much I like them, but alas, a good fit, is likely going to be an experiment in futility, as of this post. If you think you have found the perfect size for you and you order another pair in the same size, don't automatically expect it to fit the same, in that size. There is just no consistency, from one pair to another. You never know what you are going to get....just as in a box of chocolates. :)