The thing about jeans is that every day can feel like Sunday when you’re wearing them. But that can be a curse as well as a blessing sometimes! A pair that works for both Saturday night and Sunday morning is my idea of multi-tasking denim. All hail the skinny!
It’s easy for me to get stuck in a bit of a style rut at this time of year, pulling on the same old pair of comfy jeans and wearing them with whatever’s warm and winter-proof. Then again there are few options that are as easy and practical as denim, which is why I’ll always end up returning to it. But it can be a little like Ground Hog day if you’re not careful.
I teamed up with White Stuff recently to try out a pair of their jeans, and while skinnies might not be my first choice just after Christmas (some baggy jogging bottoms often feel quite tempting right about now), it was a good reminder of how a slim-fitting pair of jeans can help to give you shape with comfort if they have the right amount of stretch.
Skinny jeans can sometimes get a bad rap and I have steered clear of them in the past, preferring a more relaxed, boyfriend fit, a cropped raw hem or even a wider-leg culotte-style jean. I guess I’ve always been nervous of whether they’ll suit my shape or accentuate the wrong bits! It’s true that there’s nowhere to really hide in a pair of skinny jeans but it’s also true that the right pair can provide the denim equivalent of a pair of Spanx! As with everything, it’s how you wear them too. I like mine turned up a little at the ankle and paired with something a little longer/fuller on my top half; whether it’s a boyfriend shirt, cardigan or statement blouse (the current trend for bell sleeves especially).
I wore this outfit during a recent weekend away and it was perfect for a relaxed stroll by the riverside, followed by coffee and papers in the cafe and a wander round a gallery (we were kid-free!!!!). I don’t like to feel too dressed up on a Sunday but it’s nice to feel like you’ve made an effort too and these jeans were a good halfway-house. I often wear striped Breton tops or sweaters with jeans but I thought I’d try some stripey knitwear for a change and this cardigan will be really versatile especially now we’re experiencing a few milder days and dare I say it ‘no-coat’ weather. It’s also nice to break away from the same blue denim washes I already have in my wardrobe and try something a bit different. This darker grey colour jean is flattering and will work well with white and pastels for spring, while also being slightly smarter so you can easily dress it up. For a night out I’d keep the tee and swap in a black blazer or leather jacket with some heels (and maybe a swipe of red lipstick too). And that is one of the real strengths of the skinny jean, it does work pretty well for both dressed up and dressed down days don’t you think?
How do you feel about skinny jeans?
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