The Plenty Perfect Elastic Stirrup Solution

I predict that you are going to hit yourself in the head and say – “I shudda thought of that!” after you read this post.  I think you are going to forward this post to 10 friends and say “why didn’t we think of this?”  (Yes, please do that – I need readers.  Thank you.)  This plenty perfect solution is so simple, so easy, and so “duh” that I almost feel silly posting it.  The reason I am posting it is that I have not seen this tip ANYWHERE…and I suspect that beneath my simple, forgetful, dopey mom exterior, I just might be a genus.  Oops, I mean a genius.

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When considering my very small suitcase and my week long trip to California and the wide range of weather conditions we were going to encounter, I realized that I could not bring multiple pairs of jeans.  I had to bring one pair of jeans to do both of the jobs I needed them to do – wear with boots and wear with flats – is that too much to ask?  Normally, you might say “Yes, that is too much for one pair of jeans to do” but I am here to say “NO.”  No!!!!   No, that is not too much to ask of your jeans when you equip them with the Plenty Perfect Elastic Stirrup Solution!
I have tried everything – the hope for the best method, the fold and tuck method, the fold and tuck into a tall sock method, the mitten clip method and nothing works better than this!  Here it is – the answer to your jeans-lovin’ prayers!
Sew a button onto each of the inside seams of your jeans (about 4-5″ from the hem) and in a 8″ strip of 1″ wide elastic cut a slit (or two if you want to adjust).  There you have yourself a handy removeable stirrup!  Of course, you should adjust these measurements to suit your personal legs and jeans so that the whole thing is comfortable. 
That’s all you have to do to keep your jeans in your boots – and when you want to wear flats, just take the strap off!
One pair of jeans with two very different functions – yay! - how plenty perfect!
I told you I might be a genus!


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  1. Sara Tetreault Reply

    Brilliant! And, no I hadn’t thought of this but I will do it. I need jeans to be everything while traveling. Well done, friend!

  2. Carolyn Reply

    Hi Annie
    Just cruised through your Blog and it is great.
    I’m happy for you. BTW I actually had (have) a pair of boot straps for lack of a better word. They have clips (that I have to say are a bit bulky) on either side of an adjustable elastic strap. I used them in the 80′s to keep my jeans tucked into my very cool “scrunchy” boots.

    • annie kip Reply

      So smart that you kept them! I found that the clips I used hurt my ankle bones – maybe because my boots are not scrunchy, although I see that look everywhere! I hope you kept the boots too!

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