I am loving skinny jeans. Especially coloured skinny jeans. And floral skinny jeans. And leopard printed skinny jeans. But … I think I’m a tiny bit bored with them. Just a little bit meh.
When I wear a skirt, I have the choice of full skirts, long skirts, pencil skirts, mini skirts, tweed skirts, lace skirts, silk skirts, floral skirts, pin striped skirts … so maybe that was the answer. I needed a little something different in the line of jeans. Not being a fan of flared or bootcut jeans, the answer was clear. I needed BOYFRIEND JEANS!
Armed with this knowledge, I set off on my lunchtime last week to locate a pair of boyfriend jeans. I went to every shop I could find that had jeans in its name, and quite a few that didn’t. I went to funky shops where the music gave me a headache and made me feel old. I went to expensive shops (where I was hoping to find a sale table, I must admit) and I went to bargain shops. Any sort of shop that may possibly sell jeans. Well, sell jeans they did but nothing remotely resembling boyfriend jeans.
Then inspiration struck. Just quietly, I can’t believe it took me this long to figure it out. On the walk home from school, we stopped at Vinnies and I hit the men’s section. Lo and behold, I found a fabulous selection of men’s jeans. And the bargain my little heart always yearns for!
I bought two pairs for the princely sum of $22. A pair of Hugo Boss with orange details for $10 and a pair of G-Star Raw for $12. Lovely and soft, already worn in, with a nice straight leg, and exactly what I was after.
The trick to wearing boyfriend jeans is to wear them reasonably low – for me, that means on my hip bones. You want them big enough to be a little oversized but not saggy baggy. Faded denim with signs of wear works best with the boyfriend jeans look. Absolutely essential is a big leather belt to pull them in.
You can wear your boyfriend jeans loose on the leg, but I prefer to funk mine up a little bit by pegging the legs. In order to do this, simply stretch your leg out with the jeans on, and fold the excess fabric on the outer of the ankle and fold in. Then cuff the jeans two or three times; a rough roll looks better than a perfect cuff.
Girl them up with some pretty flats, or sexy heels, and wear with a pretty tee or vest, and some OTT accessories, if you fancy.
I’m not a trackpant kind of girl. I don’t even like leaving the house wearing my yoga pants. Boyfriend jeans are my kind of comfy casual, with the added bonus of being able to dress them up with a statement heel and a smart blazer.
Oh, and the fringe thing. Yup, I got a fringe cut in. It’s a bit of a feat considering the twin cowlicks that grace my forehead, but Zoe from Stevie English Salon is a marvel with the scissors. And I’m learning how to be a marvel with a hairbrush, hairdryer and my trusty gHD.
Do you like to wear jeans? Do you have a skinny jeans only policy, or are you open to the idea of pulling on man pants? Any tips for dealing with a fringe?