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Oh, THESE pants?


I’ve been on the lookout for a new purse for a long, long time. A few weeks ago, I thought I’d finally found “the one” — cognac leather with gold hardware, both crossbody and shoulder straps, affordable — so I mustered the courage to ask my long-suffering husband to take a few photos of me with the bag to send to a friend for her opinion. Ultimately I decided the purse wasn’t right for me – a bit too big and squishy – so I went to South Coast Plaza to return it.

As I was walking down the mall wearing the same pants I had on in the photos, a woman came up to me and said, “I have those same skinny cargo jeans! Don’t you just LOVE J.Brand?!” My pants weren’t J.Brand, but for probably the first time in my life, standing there in the middle of the luxury mall with the highest sales in the U.S., I was too embarrassed to divulge where I’d purchased them. So I just smiled, said “yes” (because I do happen to like J.Brand) and went on my way.

Apparently, these are the pants she was talking about:

 J Brand 1337 Maverick Cargo Pant   sarah-michelle-gellar-J.Brand-Maverick-cargo | via   J. Brand Grayson Cargo
[J. Brand Maverick (l), and on Sarah Michelle Gellar (m); J. Brand Grayson (r)]

I pretty much forgot about the incident until I had to brave that mall again today, and an adorable Nordstrom associate said: “I just love your Rag and Bone pants — I have the same ones on hold downstairs.” This time, perhaps because she was so sweet and young, I felt the need to come clean.

“Thanks,” I said, “but these pants aren’t Rag and Bone. I’m a little embarrassed to tell you where I bought them…”

“Target?” she offered.

“No, worse.” When I told her where, she practically shouted. “Stand up, turn around, tell me exactly when and where you bought them, and what size!” She was so excited, she dragged me over to the monitor to find them online.

So here you go, my secret shame. Those pants, thrown into my cart on a whim after passing them on an endcap during a grocery shopping trip, are from Walmart. And oddly enough, my first non-Hanes-t-shirt Walmart clothing purchase suddenly, and very unintentionally, has become the most talked about item from my closet.

Please note that although perhaps warranted, this post is not intended to invoke a commentary on unfair labor practices, nor on cheap designer knockoffs threatening the future of retail. It is simply a tip I would pass along to my sister or a friend about some cute, cheap pants I stumbled upon that wash and wear surprisingly well. (Also, I’m 5’8″ and usually have to shop online for tall sizes, but these are long enough as is.)

The No Boundaries Juniors Skinny Cargo Pants are $16.88 and still available (in limited sizes and colors) on

No Boundaries Juniors Skinny Cargo Pants | via

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Lori Hudson permalink
    12/04 5:47 PM

    Another great reason never to buy expensive, name-brand clothing! Besides the fact I refuse to be a uncompensated, walking billboard for an overpaid designer. You look great, Jennifer!

  2. Lorie Tucker permalink
    12/05 7:48 AM

    Super “like!”

  3. 12/11 10:50 AM

    I love those jeans… on you. :)

  4. 02/07 12:57 AM

    I have been reading your blog for 2 hours now. You are incredibly gifted. IN EVERYTHING. Wow. I need more of your guidance stat. Gorgeous. Witty. Bright. Talented. That ain’t right.
    Happy to know you!

  5. Anne Ryan permalink
    03/19 9:27 AM

    This made me laugh!! Love it! I was revisiting your blog for your Fast Diet article and I can see I missed some good entries. Those pants look great on you!

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