Boyfriend Jeans … and a Fringe


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?



  • […] top.  I’ve embraced the oversized men’s jean worn low on the hips held up with a belt, pegged legs and with a fitted top.  Combining the two was […]ReplyCancel

  • Perfect Summer Shorts | Kimba Likes - 3 December 2012 - 6.02 am

    […] Alternatively, find some fab skinny-style chinos or cotton pants and roll them to the flattering part of your leg, just above your ankle.  Fox in Flats has some great tips from Peter Morrissey on how to cuff your chinos.  OK, it’s for blokes but works just as well for the girls!  You can do the same with boyfriend chinos using my tips on how to peg your jeans. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] at the vets so he could have his manhood cut off, before I took myself to the hairdresser to get my fringe cut back in.  I highly recommend English Hair and especially the lovely Zoe […]ReplyCancel

  • Katy Potaty - 5 November 2012 - 10.11 pm

    I’m so in love with your boyfriend jeans – I have not yet found a pair that I love, but when I do, you’ll be the first to know!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia // She's Sonic - 24 September 2012 - 5.15 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you are the Bargain Queen! Great scores. And boyfriend jeans seem to be on everyone’s mind at the moment. We need jean variety!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 5 November 2012 - 9.10 pm

      Yes, we do Sonia. And you can’t beat a thrift shop bargain. G Star Raw for $12. I pay more for lunch some days! 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren/y - 12 September 2012 - 11.34 pm

    Okay, so I’m in love with your fringe! Gah, so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda @ Shop Me Chic - 11 September 2012 - 11.37 am

    Love your lip colour in the fringe photo! Divine

    I really need to get my act together and get into a vinnies. So many hidden treasures to be found!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 September 2012 - 7.27 am

      Thanks, Melinda. It is a new lipgloss from BECCA and I la la love it! x You never know your luck in an op shop. There is hidden treasure but a lot of dross too.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine RodieBlagg - 10 September 2012 - 7.20 pm

    I LOVE the fringe! looks great. I’d never thought of pegging my jeans – love it. I have some pink boyfriend jeans (not that many boyfriends would actually wear pink jeans!) but I gained so much weight during winter that they look like skinnies! Ugh.. ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 11 September 2012 - 10.45 am

      Merci, Catherine. x The pegging is an easy way to update old jeans, and so comfy for running around after your girls too.

      Luckily, pink skinnies are uber fashionable at the moment xReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - 10 September 2012 - 4.22 pm

    Love the new hair. Fringe suits you. Colour also rocking. That’s three thumbs up from me.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 10 September 2012 - 5.25 pm

      Thanks, Tiffany. I haven’t got any colour – that’s just my hair. Must be the clarifying shampoo! Love the three thumbs up! xReplyCancel

  • Lauren Greenlees - 10 September 2012 - 12.34 pm

    Firstly I adore your hair, the frige looks divine and secondly your so right about boyfriend jeans, I bought a cheapy pair from Kmart 2 sizes two big and they are prefect xxxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 10 September 2012 - 5.25 pm

      Oh, thanks Lauren. Yup, that’s been my trick in the past, to buy a pair of skinny jeans two sizes two big. Works well!ReplyCancel

  • B - 10 September 2012 - 12.11 pm

    I am off to Vinnies – again… Although, I am not sure I live in the ‘G-star’, ‘Hugo Boss’ kind of neighbourhood!

    Love the look of the relaxed jean with cute sandals… Very nice indeed.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 10 September 2012 - 4.42 pm

      Thanks, B. I got those sandals a while ago, just before winter. I had to give myself an emergency pedi to be able to wear them in public!ReplyCancel

      • Kim-Marie Williams - 10 September 2012 - 4.42 pm

        Oh, and yes, I’m very lucky that my local shops have a few brand names here and there!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 10 September 2012 - 6.46 am

    I know what you mean. I am a little bored with my jeans wardrobe. Skinny jeans every were and I always wear them with a long top. I love the idea of boyfriend jeans, because you can wear the shorter tops. Mmm, I need to find my closest vinnies. Rachel xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 10 September 2012 - 7.04 am

      Yes, that’s it exactly. I won’t wear skinny jeans unless it is with a tunic or a long top. I kinda missed my waist. Shorter tops here I come!

      Let me know how you get on. If you’re lucky, maybe you can borrow your husband’s jeans? For me, not a go. He has only two pairs that he’s not willing to share with me, and the size differential is a bit too much.ReplyCancel

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