I wasn't sure if it was such a great idea to buy jeans through the mail, but I took a chance and I'm glad that I did.
L.L. Bean sells several types of jeans. After looking through their online catalogue, I decided to try the "Adirondack" model, which is the lowest-priced jean that they sell.
I measured myself with a tape measure and used the company's chart to find the right size to order, though for the inseam length I did order one size longer than the one the chart suggested (I ordered "Medium/Tall" when I am actually a "Regular") to allow for shrinkage in the length.
They fit great. At first, the legs were a bit long, as I expected, but after washing them (warm wash, permanent press dry), the length was perfect.
I ordered "Dark Indigo" which is a classic blue-jeans dark blue. It looks nice. The fabric is soft -- it felt as if it was already broken in before I even wore it. It's a medium-weight fabric, noticeabley thinner than the fabric in say, classic Levis, but heavy enough that you wouldn't want to wear it on a very hot summer day.
The legs are straight, and the waistband hits right at the belly button. It's a great style for me. I'm middle-aged and want something classic -- not too tight or revealing, but not frumpy-looking either. So this works.
I was very happy to get something that fit so well without going to a store to try it on, and I was pleasantly surprised to get something that looked so nice at such a low price.
I will be ordering more.