Right. I'm back. Sans jeans. And with a thigh complex. As all of the boyfriend jeans I tried on, weren't exactly boyfriend at all. Unless my boyfriend has thighs like a girl. Ok so either you have them enormous on the waist, saggy on the bottom yet slim fitting round the legs. As for my theory of going down a size. Pah! That equated to skinny jeans.
Firstly starting with Gap. I did only try the sales ones on but I'm assuming the others aren't a different shape? Maybe I should go back and see.
Ok so here they are on the model.
And here they are on me. Hmmmmm. This is a 28 so a size 10 - my usual size jeans in Topshop. Absolutely enormous on the waist (you can't get an idea of how big they are but uncomfortably big) Yet tight through the legs. Again, I'm not sure the image gives you an idea of how tight they were, but the same tightness as my skinny jeans I wear.
Hilariously these are supposed to be a 32 inch leg. Yeah. Ok. Not sure entirely what tape measure Gap have actually used to measure but it's a different version of inch to the one I'm used to.
And here on my behind so you can see how big they are and how tight they are on the leg. Wrong. On every level. Shame actually as theoretically on a no arse like me, the pockets should have been quite flattering. But through the leg, on me, they were just hideous. I did try on the smaller size - the 26. Well I tried but I couldn't get them past my knees.
Having said all of this, on my Twitter feed, on emails and comments, the Gap boyfriend jean does seem to get the most votes by far. Hell knows what went wrong when I tried them on!!
But the proof is in the pics. Not for me. Maybe it was just this specific one and I should try the non reduced ones. However they're still too short for me.
Would love to hear more details about people's Gap ones. You can maybe see why I've come away with a slight thigh complex..... (I haven't really don't fret !)
Moving on to my personal favourite of the day jeans wise, although still not remotely what I was after. The Karen Millen jeans at £85.
On the model:-
And on me. These are the most wonderfully high cut, comfortable jeans. Not high waisted at all - properly on the waist. Honestly the best fitting jeans to minimise a muffin top that I've tried on in ages. I think all in all, very flattering, although they are definitely a slim leg. (on me anyway). I would definitely recommend if you're looking for a slim leg jean - again I wouldn't class these as boyfriend. They certainly had no slouch on me.
Finishing with the Mango jeans. Oh I was gutted - I had such high hopes for them. These in real life are much more distressed than they seem on the website here.
And on me, the right size was just too big on the waist and bum but too fitted round the leg. Now with these I think actually someone with a proper figure might be onto a winner. For me, having a pancake arse, these were a big no no. Length wise not too bad, so perfect for someone, again of a more normal height.
I will concede that they don't look too bad in this pic (face on) but from the behind they really do look like I've done a poo in my pants.
And this is the smaller size (so an 8 which I so so so am not) An excellent fit - if I want more skinny jeans. DOH.
And that was it. Believe me I tried elsewhere. River Island, Miss Selfridge, Zara, Reiss, Diesel, Armani jeans, 7FAMK, Levis, Dorothy Perkins, Forever 21 had none. Topshop had only skinny jeans instore. The only other place that had them was All Saints but at that point I was far more interested in finding a new top to wear out for lunch tomorrow (success on that point - for another day!). I will return and try the AS ones on. To say they are few and far between at the moment is an understatement. It is all about the skinny jean still.
However I'm thinking that perhaps I need to rethink what I actually want from a Boyfriend jean. The premise behind them is that they are looser on the behind and through the hips and thighs, slightly tapering into the calf. On a pancake behind like myself though, I'm not sure this is going to fly. I think perhaps a better shape is a straight leg which is fitted on the bum, slightly looser through the thigh (although not baggy) and straight through, not clinging at all, to the calf. Oh hang on - like the ones i already own. "slaps forehead". But that's not to say I'm not going to carry on hunting.
Would love to hear of any success stories you have had though.
A couple of outfits to finish with.
Yesterday. Braving the cold. I was actually too cold to even take my cardigan and scarf off for another photo - so apologies. (ran upstairs and got straight into sweats and lots of layers!) Quite liked the underneath actually!
Cream and gold ribbed longline l/s tee - Michael Stars
Khaki & beige oversized tee - Next
Beige Kirsten jeans - Topshop
Cream long cardigan - Monsoon
Cream crocheted scarf - Eley Kishimoto
Tall Chestnut Uggs
Grey wrist warmers - Toast
Stone maxi zip satchel - Anya Hindmarch
Black and white cashmere longline jumper - Joseph
Distressed biker jeans - By Malene Birger
Black boiled wool coatigan - Ronit Zilkah
Grey wristwarmers - Toast
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
Leopard print scarf - Louis Vuitton
Chestnut cross body bag - Campomaggi from Plumo
Over to you - Boyfriend feedback please!