Hunting down, the perfect pair of jeans
No other item in my wardrobe has so much time; and so much care or angst lavished upon it. Of course, one can spend money on good Coats and fancy bags, but jeans are unforgiving and you can’t just throw money at them. They need to be perfect.
Knowing how to wear ones jeans can be a matter of life & death. Wear your jeans well and doors will open, wear them badly and is not just a faux pas – it is no les than fashion suicide – nothing else will look right and -No- there is no bag to save the ‘bad jeans look’.
There are no shortcuts, I take a deep breath, take the day off and prepare to try lots of pairs on. Wear the right shoes, eat something light and nutritious – stamina is essential.
skinny stretch jeans
these are now so over, that they have to go. Especially in the lighter washes, they flatter no-one and there is only so much anatomical detail one needs to see. Let this be a lesson for us all, never buy anything you cannot breath in.
beware of anything too loose, Anyone under 6 ft just looks dumpy with a paunch, so don’t go wild with that fashion trend. if you must have boyfriend jeans, cheat and have a very small boyfriend,
slim fit jeans
These are my staples, and depending on finding your desired perfect pair, they can look boyfriend-ish, slim- ish and up to the minute-ish. Dark washes are more flattering, and always choose flattering, over fashionable. Always! Fashionable may look ridiculous in a few weeks, but flattering will remain flattering. Choosing good quality denim that won’t sag round the knees is worth some extra money. I wear mine for work with tailored jacket and a feel ‘dressed appropriate ‘.
Never a good idea, not even for carefree summer pic-nics. Pastel colours are difficult at the best of times, and very few ladies bottoms can take white jeans, Harsh I know, yet it has to be said. Black or dark grey is just about ok- but I prefer more tailored styles.
some mild denim distress can be tres chic, but not the ‘just been mauled by a tiger look’. I like my casual jeans to look broken in, but not so much artificially distressed. I like proper stiff denim, able to withstand heavy wear. I also like to wear them with a tailored Chanel jacket, or a delicate satin silk camisole. Something really smart, with exceptionally good grooming, so the look is intentional, anything less perfect will just look sloppy.
flared jeans/boot cut
Provided the choice leans more towards boot cut, rather that 1970’s extreme flare, these can look great. Especially with some chunky heels, (but do test you can walk in them first.) They make the legs look longer, sexier, creating an effortless, elegant look. A lot of fashion goddesses were wearing those in Paris, St Germain. High waisted are my personal preference, but again depends on body type, so do try a few on.
Love the cropped jeans look for summer, slightly looser fit, rolled or frayed to show off a slim ankle. I am afraid this is non negotiable, slim, tanned ankles are a must. Puffy, pink ankles need to re think this look. Otherwise…’quelle horreur’!
So to summarise, I avoid extreme shapes, and look for flattering fit. Producing denim is one of the most polluting fabrics on the planet. Artificially distressing it and acid washes make it worse. Jeans become comfortable when they are old, good friends, so worth considering longevity in design or even scouring second hand shops. ( which is very time consuming.) so I want my jeans to last for years and years…who would want to go through that ordeal on a regular basis?
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