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Catherines Denim Debunked Challenge

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What could be better than an invite to test drive jeans? I was very excited when Catherines and ALL YOU Magazine invited me to participate in their Denim Debunked blogger challenge.  Full disclosure: I was provided a $100 gift card to Catherines along with an issue of ALL YOU in exchange for a shopping experience, product reviews and as a part of a contest for the chance to win a $500 gift card to Catherines.

I live about a 20-minute drive from two different Catherines locations in Atlanta, but I hadn’t been to either one in years. I’m spoiled by living within about 5 minutes of a major shopping area, so I rarely go far for clothes. Also, I’ve never been a big Catherines fan. They have a distinctive style, with lots of long tunic tops. However, I have friends who love this style and lament that they don’t have a Catherines nearby.

When I saw the New Direction of Denim campaign, I knew that I was overdue to give Catherines a try.

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I went to the Catherines in Austell, GA, at the corner of East-West Connector and Austell Rd. (Click here for map to location. For those not in driving distance of a Catherines, all items pictured here are available at Catherines.com. Links in the post will take you as close I could get to the actual items online.)

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The New Direction of Denim campaign is in full swing until September 15th, 2013, and the store had a large array of denim styles to choose from in sizes 16W-34W.  A very helpful store associate, Audrey, greeted me at the door and helped me load up a dressing room with different jean styles and tops to match (gotta try on the whole outfit or why even bother?).

I decided to try three different denim styles: the Knit Jean, the Right Fit Jean, the Slimmer Synergy Modern Bootcut Jean.

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First up, the Knit Jean. These are the jeans for the woman who loves sweats and T-shirts. These fleece-lined, knit leggings felt wonderfully comfy, and they could easily be dressed up or dressed down. I paired them with the Studio L’Attitude Tunic and the Leather Look Jacket.

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Next up, the Right Fit Jeans. The Right Fit Jeans come in three styles: Curvy, Moderately Curvy, and Straight (based on the waist to hip ratio, with Curvy as the size for small waist/big hip). The jeans have an elastic inset to allow for a better fit in the waist.

 

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In this shot I paired the Right Fit Jean (Curvy) with the Ombre Buttonfront shirt and the Leather Look Jacket. I was a little put off by the elastic waist, but they fit great through the waist and hips. I like my jeans a little long, since I wear heels, and found these more suited to flats than heels.

 

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Last up, and what for me was the winning look, the Slimmer Synergy Modern Bootcut Jean (here paired with the Leather Look Jacket and a black tank). I liked the dark wash of the jean, and paired with the black jacket, these jeans had a very modern look. Where I found the other jeans true to size, I had to go up a size in these to get a comfortable fit, but I really liked the look.

Overall impressions:

I had a very positive experience at the store. There was more there in my style than I expected, and I left with an entire outfit that I know I will get a lot of wear from. Even though the experience was to try on jeans, I was impressed with the long tanks and tees–sometimes I like to wear a longer, close-fitting tank, and they had plenty there to choose from. I went in with $100 and ended up spending $170, so clearly I found plenty to like.

Pros:

Great size selection

Friendly, helpful staff

Variety of styles and colors

I could use my Lane Bryant credit card

Cons:

A little pricey ($70 for the jeans)

Not at lot in my style (I prefer Lane Bryant, but many of my friends love Catherine’s style)

 

About our sponsor:

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DISCOVER CATHERINES and find a whole new world of fashion in sizes 16W–34W and 0X–5X, including petites.

 This month, we present The New Direction of Denim. It’s all about color, print and finding your perfect fit!

 www.Catherines.com

Link to jeans page: http://catherines.lanebryant.com/plus-size-jeans-denim-colored-jeans/2013-denim-guide/4536c21112/index.cat

 

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