I was stalking Zara (Avenues) for a certain item (which still isn’t available for purchase, despite all the SA’s promises) and on my way back, noticed that American Eagle had a Buy 2 Get 1 Free promo. Rather than going home empty-handed, I decided to take a quick lap around the store and see if there was anything worthwhile. All of their tops were either overly faded t-shirts (that looked like they’d seen better days) or cropped tops (ranging from t-shirts baring a sliver of midriff all the way to cold-shoulder tops that were essentially glorified bras). The rest was all cold weather outerwear (already?) such as Stripe-y Wool Cardigans and other Knitwear! I spotted about four Jumpsuits (which I’d mistaken for dresses at first) that were somewhat cute, but they were only available in the size XL. They had Short Shorts (which I don’t do) in a variety of styles and washes, and Midi Shorts (infinitely more wearable) in a pitiful selection of unflattering light colors. As for their Jeans, I was so over Cropped Jeans and had accumulated more than enough Skinny Jeans and Jeggings, especially ones with all kinds of rips and frayed hems and other embellishments. In fact, I’d barely even touched the ones I’d purchased from Zara earlier (here). Unfortunately, Jeggings, Cropped Jeans and Skinny Jeans were apparently all they sold at American Eagle or so it seemed… until I spotted the Palazzo Pants!
Again, out of all the numerous colors and styles up on their website, only a meager selection of Palazzo Pants had actually made it to Kuwait (missing their matching tops), and even then, most of them were cropped (ugh), while the ones that weren’t cropped were only available in the size L and XL. I was just about to call it quits, when I spotted a really cool pair of Stripe-y Palazzo Pants (what is it with me and stripes?) and just had to try to them on! I figured since I was going to be dropping my pants anyway, I might as well make it worth my while by trying on a couple of other things too, while I was at it. After taking a closer look at the Jeans Chart revealed that they apparently had Jeans in styles other than Jeggings, Cropped Jeans and Skinny Jeans, I picked up a pair of Kick Bootcut Jeans and a pair of Wide Leg Jeans to try on… in all kinds of different sizes (because it’s been a minute since I’ve shopped at American Eagle and I’d kinda’ lost a little bit of weight since then). After trying on several pairs of Palazzo Pants, I finally decided to go with the one I’d wanted initially. All the Jeans I tried on were only available in the Regular Length which was overly long on me (I’m 5’1 which apparently means I’m short by international standards so length-wise I have to stick with Short/Petite, except they never bring those over to Kuwait, which is why I have to make do with Regular and if possible, get them hemmed). I tried the Kick Bootcut Jeans in several different sizes, but due to the longer length, every size looked… odd on me, which meant I had to pass on getting them. I’d just finished binge-watching Girlboss on Netflix and was kinda’ obsessed with the whole look of Wide Leg Jeans now, so regardless of how awful they might’ve looked on me, come hell or high water, I was walking out of that store with a pair of my own.
I left the changing room with the Stripe-y Palazzo Pants and Wide Leg Jeans that I was going to purchase. Surprisingly, it took much longer to choose a third item, than it did actually trying on the clothes in the changing room. For the life of me, I could not find anything else that looked remotely interesting to me… in the entire store! I even flirted with the idea of picking out one of their more decent-looking Sandals, except none of them looked like they had much arch support, if any. In the end, I gave up and just settled for a White Kimono-looking thing that I figured I could maybe wear over my sleeveless tops and dresses.