It's Actually Not Impossible to Find the Perfect Pair of Jeans for Under $10

I managed it, even on a time crunch.
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I managed it, even on a time crunch.

Emboldened by last week's success in finding the exact item that I wanted at the thrift store, I decided to test my luck once again this week. This time, the stakes were a little higher: I needed to find the perfect date outfit the day before the date. It seems a little silly to spend money solely for a date that may or may not go well, so I thought it would be prudent to eschew the mall in favor of the thrift store.  

Since I was short on time and wanted something really nice, I opted to go to the better thrift store in our town where everything is slightly pricier but mostly high quality and organized really well. 

I only had forty minutes on my parking meter, so I immediately loaded up on dresses. I had actually been thinking something along the lines of a light-colored, floral dress but in the end everything seemed to clash with my new pink hair. Instead I went through every LBD on the rack (thank God for color-coded racks organized by size) and went into the dressing room with an armful. 

Don't ask me why I feel the need to do the arm on the hip pose in every picture. 

Don't ask me why I feel the need to do the arm on the hip pose in every picture. 

On the plus side, none of these dresses clashed with my hair. On the other hand, they were all so drab and depressing! It's a date, not a funeral. I quickly changed into a lighter dress. 

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That dress was OK but nothing special (I really don't like high-low hems). So I decided to change tack. Instead of a dress, I'd pair blue skinny jeans with a black bodysuit that I own. Unfortunately, my dog Doug recently ate the butt of my only pair of blue skinny jeans so I needed a new pair. 

Mindful of my parking meter minutes that were steadily disappearing, much like my sanity, I rushed to load up on jeans to try on. Let me tell you: it doesn't matter how well-organized a thrift store is, it is still absolute hell trying to find a pair of jeans that fit you in that situation. Dozens of different brands were represented, all with their own unique approach to jeans sizing. I think I tried on at least four or five different sizes of jeans. I quickly discovered that while one brand's size six fit fine, another brand's size six wouldn't even go over my thighs. 

Luckily, after texting a few pictures of my butt in various pairs of jeans to my sister, I found a winner for $7. 

This is what sisters are for.

This is what sisters are for.

And I somehow didn't get a parking ticket, in case you were wondering. Success all around! 

The $7 jeans in question.

The $7 jeans in question.

Just don't make my mistake. If you decide to save some money on a new pair of jeans at the thrift store, make sure you go with plenty of time, granola bars, and water because that shit is a marathon. 

And don't expect to find the perfect dress for a date at a thrift store the day before you need it, obviously. Luckily I think I ended up with a decent outfit in the end. 

The sunglasses were just because it was really sunny out when I took this; they're not actually part of the date night outfit, sadly. 

The sunglasses were just because it was really sunny out when I took this; they're not actually part of the date night outfit, sadly. 

I think this is the perfect date outfit because it's simple, comfortable, and fairly casual while still looking--as my sister would say--very flame emoji. OK, and because it has cleavage. If you like it too, I've made it really easy for you to copy it with the items below (sunglasses and pink hair not included):

L-R: ASOS Body With V Neck, $31, asos.com; Brooke Straight Jeans, $54, luckybrand.com; High Heel Shoes With Bow, $70, zara.com

L-R: ASOS Body With V Neck, $31, asos.com; Brooke Straight Jeans, $54, luckybrand.com; High Heel Shoes With Bow, $70, zara.com

Now it's time to ooh and ahh over some of the awesome thrift store finds that you guys shared last week. It looks like the reason I can't find any cute spring dresses is because these ladies already snatched up the good ones: 

I also loved seeing everyone's beautiful engagement rings! There were too many gorgeous ones to choose from, so you're all winners.