The Blues Jean Bar: Drinking Wine and Trying on Clothes
I flew home from San Jose, California last night with designer jeans that I didn’t have on the flight up that morning. And no, my fiancé is not going to exasperatedly ask me why I felt compelled to purchase another pair of jeans when our wedding is right around the corner. Instead, I got them as part of a corporate outing to Blues Jean Bar in San Jose – one of the perks of my job as a sometimes media buyer.
I don’t get to travel much for my job – ironic as I work for a travel company, but the trips typically get taken by my boss – so when I do get to ravel for work I relish being out of the cubicle and in a new city. Part of my setting today involved wine, cookies, and jeans.
One of the publishers I work with rented out Blues Jean Bar for a couple hours and took my co-workers and I there for an afternoon unlike any I’d ever had before.
We arrived into the “bar” and at first glance it looked like a normal clothing store. A shoe display in front, rows of clothing on one wall and tables with expertly stacked pants in front of us. But a few steps past the first couple tables of clothes and we came to a long, wide, wooden bar with stools placed in front. Two of the workers immediately opened up a bottle of red and white wine and I was sipping wine within seconds of arriving. We were also allowed to bring in snacks, resulting in me eating several Trader Joe’s cookies (not necessarily the best choice to do before trying on jeans).
While sipping on my wine, my jeans bartender asked me what type of jeans I like – straight leg, skinny but not too skinny; what size I wore – I told him and he promptly told me I’m a size smaller. (Turned out he was right, which was quite impressive to me since I can’t ever even remember what size jeans I am, but he could tell just by looking at me in my frumpy business casual slacks.) Next I had to decide on a color. He grabbed several pairs and led me back to the dressing room. The first pair I tried on was perfect – exactly what I wanted. (Well, once I went down the size as he originally recommended).
This, I decided, must be how celebrities shop.
Alcohol and doting employees who know their exact style and fit. No wonder celebrities always want to go shopping.
The afternoon was a blast. Watching my boss try on skinny jeans that were totally not his style was a riot and the women and I on the excursion bonded over the thrill of having someone tell us exactly what type of jeans we should wear; taking the common headache out of trying to find that perfect fit.
Overall, I’d highly recommend the Blues Jean Bar for a special outing. The jeans are designer so aren’t cheap, but most girls I know spend a small fortune on their denim anyway, so may be fun to do during a girl’s getaway or for a bachelorette party for the girl who doesn’t want strippers in Vegas. The Blues Jean Bar has several locations around the U.S., including in Denver, Boston, and Santa Monica.
Wine, clothing, and snacks – can’t go wrong with a work day like that. Too bad free jeans don’t happen every time I travel.