I may be one of last of my friends group that hasn't ventured into a Hollister store. Walking through the mall I almost passed it up because the beach shack storefront made me think it was a restaurant not a clothing store. It's actually more of an experience than a shopping event. It was refreshing to be greeted as if I were more than a walking credit card with a high unused credit limit. The friendly the staff was actually willing to help me find a great pair of Hollister jeans.
Hollister is all about the casual look looking terrific while just hanging out. I'm actually starting to feel a little energized as I think of myself with an entirely new look. My main focus is to pick up a new pair of jeans. Being a slave to fashion is not my thing. Lucky for me, they are all about the distressed look. They have a great selection and much of would appeal to a much younger set. Pink embroidery and flowers don't exactly thrill me as much as it does the Hannah Montana set.
As I browse through their clothing I'm rather perplexed by their sizing who exactly fits into a size 0? Since I am 5'6 and 118 pounds, I'm usually a junior size 4 sometimes a 6. Their sizing goes from 0 to 11. I figure that a 5 will be about right. My ever so helpful sales associate bounces over to help me to the dressing room. I've grabbed five different pairs of Hollister jeans all pretty similar in their look. It will be a tough choice between the low rise, the flare, the hipster, the button fly and the stretch.
Heading for the dressing room is never a pleasant experience for me. But I'm feeling energized new jeans what a concept! As I put my left leg into the first pair of jeans, I have a problem. I can barely get them over my thighs..no way will they get around my hips. Obviously they are mismarked for size. No problem I have four other choices. After the third pair, I've decided that the Hollister people have come up with their own sizing formulas.
My quick question to my sales associate about sizing of Hollister jeans fitting too small gets me the reply that Yes, they do run small. Not wanting to repeat the entire experience, I ask her to bring me both a 7 and a 9 in the hipster style. The perfect fit is the larger size and even though I am flabbergasted at the size 9 I really like the way they make me look so slim and sexy.
Obviously, I won't be sharing this story with my friends and I'm sure glad I won't have to tell them the size of my Hollister jeans. They have probably already had this experience and kept it to themselves. The secret is out now though, the Hollister jeans sizing mystery is a club that's all about the numbers. No one over a normal size 7 fits in.