Jeans are an absolute staple for the majority of people’s wardrobe but if you look at the pictures on my blog or Instagram I’m generally in a dress … well always in a dress actually, literally every day.
However I do have this obsession with denim and finding my dream pair of jeans….
I see tons of pictures of girls dressed in an understated and chic way – in a really nice pair of blue or black jeans with a simple white T-shirt and a nicely cut jacket … and I dream of wearing the same sort of outfit – and yet when I put something like that on, I feel really plain and go straight back to my usual uniform of a flowery dress, having convinced myself I just haven’t found the perfect pair of jeans yet!
With the warmer weather arriving I’ve been turfing out my Winter clothes, sorting my wardrobe out for Spring and couldn’t ignore that almost half of one of my rails is full of jeans… not unusual for many, but I truly cannot remember when I last wore a pair. It literally must be over 6 months ago.
On further investigation I discovered there were an embarrassing amount of those jeans that still had their tags on – and some of them I must’ve bought well over a year ago!!
So the next time I went out, to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, I made a point of wearing a pair of jeans!
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In all honesty I was aware of my denim habit and I’ve just been choosing to ignore it – but I didn’t realise it was quite this bad!
I found it a little painful when I forced myself look at how many pairs I actually have so I counted them, to try to shame myself from buying any more.
I’ve got fat jeans, thin jeans, slim leg jeans, skinny jeans, jeggings in every colour imaginable, flared jeans, bootleg jeans, mom jeans – and I have most styles in bright blue, dark blue and black … I mean I’ve got a wonderful collection of denim for any possible occasion, so I am clearly somebody who lives in them?! 😆
It could be worse, I could have a thing for designer handbags I suppose…. at least everything I’ve got is High Street denim, but even so it’s pretty bad.
So I’m donating my jeggings that always go saggy on the bum, I’ve put the smallest jeans in one section for my thinnest days, folded up and put away pairs which are too big for me and I’m left with a substantial array of jeans that are crying out to be styled for Spring!
Of course now I’m convincing myself I don’t have enough decent tops to go with them all, because I live in dresses so much – wait for it, watch the addiction shift to black and white T-shirts?! – but Shein sent me this lovely floral wrap top recently which absolutely screams Spring and it will go with any colour or cut of jeans imaginable!
I love the gathered balloon sleeves and the belt is quite long, so you can wrap it round yourself twice, tie it in a nice big, loose bow or leave it hanging down nice and long.
So how do you find the perfect pair of jeans?
I think it comes down to being super clear on your body shape and what suits it…
There’s no specific science, it really is a case of trial and error when searching for the perfect jeans but as a general rule, these are the fit of jeans that will suit different body shapes:
Pear shape … A midrise boot cut or flared jean will flatter and balance your shape. Stay away from high waisted jeans which can shorten your legs.
Apple shape … A midrise straight leg or skinny fit will show off your legs, avoid high-waisted jeans which will draw attention to your tummy.
Hourglass or curvy shape … If you have a small waist, a high-rise jean will look fantastic and show off your curves, if you aren’t so confident in your tummy area then go for a low rise and balance your curves with a boot cut, flare or wide leg.
Athletic shape … If you have slim, toned body a skinny jean will look great on you, or you can add some curves with a pair of bootleg or flared jeans that are nice and tight around the bum and hip area.
If you are Petite you can go for pretty much any cut of jean, but a super skinny fit with a high waist will elongate your body. Avoid looser, boyfriend type jeans that will swamp your figure.
If you are tall you can also go for pretty much any cut, although a low rise waist can give balance to your proportions if you are lucky enough to have very long legs!
This video by Elle shows how different fits of jeans look on different body shapes:
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So, I’m going to be making a conscious effort to wear my jeans more often – what do you have lurking about in your wardrobe that you never wear?