Jeans have been around for 140 years patented in May of 1873 by a Reno, Nev., tailor who teamed with Levi Strauss.
Women have been struggling to find a pair that fits just right for almost as long.
They simply dont exist, said Malgosia Michalowska, who is 21 and lives in Detroit.
I hate shopping for clothes, but jeans are the worst, said Kathie Hayes, who is 53 and lives in Southgate, Mich.
Sure, there are zillions of brands in zillions of styles curvy, classic, petite, plus, bootcut, straight, skinny, low rise, high-waist and on and on at various price points.
And fashion editors everywhere agree that there are few things more versatile than a great pair of jeans.
You can dress up the American classic, or dress it down.
You can make them look sporty or sexy.
Women really struggle, said Stephanie Pavlo, a 30-year-old CrossFit athlete who lives in Canton, Mich., and wears size 2-6, depending on the brand of jeans she buys. Were all different shapes and sizes. The fashion industry just seems to pick one group; if you dont fall into that size and shape, youre out of luck.
CrossFit, in general, tends to make your thighs and your glutes much more developed. We basically have bigger booties and stronger thighs. You have to buy two or three sizes bigger to get your legs in them, Pavlo said.
Belting jeans that are too big isnt the most attractive look.
I seem to be wearing a lot of yoga pants lately, she said.
Hayes figures she tried on about 20 pairs of jeans during a recent shopping trip and still came home empty-handed.
I was trying to find something that wasnt too low or too high in the waist, she said. It seems that they either look like mom jeans or for young girls who want to show off their thong.
Added Michalowska: If Im lucky enough not to find mom jeans or teen ones with holes and silly designs on them I always have to shorten every pair. Im also a size 16 so its difficult to find jeans because most stores at the mall only go up to a size 14.
Damisha Miller wears jeans every day regardless of fit.
It truly is a challenge. I hardly ever find a pair that fit both my waist and derriere/thighs, said Miller, who is 31, lives in Lansing, Mich., and admitted shed gone to work in a pair of jeans that are on the small side.
I grabbed the first thing I saw, she said, and didnt have time to change.
Im uncomfortable, she said. You kind of got to walk funny.
Deanna Ogle, who is 23 and lives in Clarkston, Mich., may be one of the only women on the planet who has found jeans that work for her theyre sized by waist and inseam, cost less than $60 and are available at Vanity stores. (To find one, go to www.evanity.com.)
As for the rest of us, the search for the perfect pair of jeans continues.
With any luck, it wont take another 140 years.