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For anyone who doesn’t fit into a narrow spectrum of sizes, shopping for jeans is about as fun as a dental appointment. To avoid hours of frustration, stick to places where the salespeople are genuine experts in the different brands, like Nordstrom, the Blues Jean Bar, or Out of the West. Now I can add another destination to that list: DNA 2050, a denim boutique that recently returned to Chicago (after a seven-month test run in Lincoln Park) with new digs in the 900 Shops.