What's the issue she's having with wearing jeans? Maybe we can find a way to work around it.
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Here's the puzzle:
She finds the material too rough. Says seams dig in. The belt digs in. The back of the button digs in when she bends. The low risers are too low when she bends down. The higher waist ones are uncomfortable on her waist. I think these are her main issues.
I've tried making her try on different styles and sizes, but she hates them so much, she probably only tried about 4-5 pairs, in second hand stores. She can't even think about the current styles, such as skinny jeans, even if they have lycra. Another reason for second hand stores, as I was hoping old jeans might be softer.
She is just very particular about how clothes fit, and she'd sacrifice looks for comfort any time. She loves sweat pants for their comfort. Last summer she rode in very thin, very silky kerrits tights that I got second hand for her. Sadly, she outgrew them.
I think her ideal pair of jeans would be soft--maybe I can make them soft by washing multiple times? With some stretch. Adjustable waist, maybe even elastic cuff-like material for the waist.
She'd be wearing size XL or 14 in kids, depending on the brand. She's tall, slim but not skinny. I haven't seen "comfort jeans" for this age/ size. I'm sure there's, somewhere, a very expensive pair of riding jeans / denim breeches that are uber soft and stretchy. I just don't have the $300 I suspect they'd cost. Sigh.