one pair of jeans, five ways

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANever let it be said that I’m not fond of a pair of printed trousers or even a pretty frock but I have to be honest friends – most days I live in my jeans like everyone else. They are the first thing I usually reach for, bleary-eyed, when I need to get dressed in a hurry to do the school-run and quite often my weekend go-to as well.

But that doesn’t mean we have to wear the same thing, day in, day out (although I have been known to do that as well sometimes). It’s always good to be set a little challenge, so when French fashion site La Redoute asked me to style up a pair of their jeans five ways, it felt like a good reminder to myself to think out of that denim box and work out some new ways to wear my jeans.

First off, I should just mention how pleased I am with these jeans. It’s hard enough buying jeans from bricks and mortar shops where you can try a pair (or ten) on for size but buying them over the internet is even more tricksy. I had to send the first pair back as they were too big, but the next size down were perfect for me: loose enough to skim over my thighs but still fitted on my waist and nicely tapered to the ankle. So here’s how I styled them up.

How-to-style-jeansDetails: Top: Six Ames via Nelle DK / bag: c/o Cath Kidston / Sandals: Salt-Waters

I found this top in a boutique on holiday and it feels really nice – softly woven, with gold thread running through it and I love the monochrome stripes on the back, which add a bit more interest. This is the perfect casual summer holiday look but you could easily dress it up by swapping the sandals for heels and I think it will work for autumn too.

Redoute-jeansDetails: Blouse: vintage / blazer: Boden (past season) / Shoes: Great Plains

I’ve decided I don’t wear enough pretty blouses or crisp white shirts, but I need to rectify this asap as they both go so well with jeans. Add in the blazer and brogues and it creates that feminine tomboy look that I really love.

Boden-AW15-coatDetails: Bag & coat c/o Boden / Converse: oldies but goodies.

It’s still not quite cold enough to wear my gorgeous new coat but time’s a ticking and the nights are drawing in! I love the camel shade which offsets the peachy handbag so well. However, I don’t always like feeling too dressed up so it’s nice to temper them both with jeans and trainers for a cute, practical look.

Redoute-boyfriend-jeansDetails: Sweater: Fenn Wright Manson / jewellery: c/o Black & sigi / Boots: Boden

Okay, look four (are you still with me?) is an easy one. I love wearing snuggly, over-sized sweaters with jeans, especially at the weekend (actually any day of the week in winter) but if you feel like you need to smarten yourself up, add a bit of statement jewellery and some ankle boots to make it feel a bit more special. Marilyn pose optional!

ways-to-wear-boyfriend-jeansDetails: Tee: Topshop (absolutely ancient) / espadrilles: Spartoo / Bag: c/o White Stuff

And finally, another easy-breezy summer holiday outfit that could work home or away. I like the way these jeans sit slightly lower (but not in a builder’s bum way) so if worn with a shorter top, you can flash a bit of midriff, while the bag and espadrilles keep it all very laid back. I’ll definitely be packing this for my holiday in Palma soon.

So there you have it: one pair of jeans, five ways – hope you like! For more info, check out my guest post for La Redoute here.

By the way, La Redoute is running a campaign at the moment, all about the perfect capsule wardrobe – jeans being one of the classic items – and how to make it work for you, so look out for more tips and ideas on their blog/social channels.


Disclosure: I was compensated for my involvement in the La Redoute campaign


Claire //

Oh, I love all these, especially with the woven top and the camel coat. I think I’m getting ready to cosy up in knits and Autumn coats already! I have a confession- I haven’t worn jeans since having my youngest daughter- I no longer even own a pair. I need to sort this out! Great post and all your photos are gorgeous, stunning lady! x

Kathryn //

I have a week in Palma planned in early Sep so I’m not quite ready to pack away the summer clothes yet but soon! Thanks lovely xx

Melissa //

I love all these looks – I can’t pick a favourite. Those are my favourite style of jeans though, so easy to wear. Looking fab! I particularly love the first top with the stripes – very unusual and pretty

laura redburn //

really like the look with the blouse! and both of the bags 🙂 i only own one pair of (black) jeans …and hardly ever wear them, ha! i think i’d need to find the perfect pair to actually commit to wearing some more than a couple times a year.

Kathryn //

Thanks Sue, it has to be pretty warm and sunny for me to get my tummy out 😉 x

Gill Crawshaw //

Really like all these ideas, they’re different but without being too out there – and you look fab! I need some new jeans at the moment I would never have thought to look at La Redoute, but will now x

Jess @ Along Came Cherry //

You look fab in all of these outfits you gorgeous lady! Jeans are such a great essential, I live in mine for most of the week, really need to get some more though. Love the look of these x


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