I'm saving my spate of probably hilarious photos for tomorrow with my visit to Forever 21.
So the good news is that I may have found some boyfriend jeans which are contenders. Bad news to follow.
Starting with one that lots of people complete rave about. The Gap 1969 sexy boyfriend jeans. I have to say the jury is out here. One reason being that I throw up a little bit in my mouth when I write or read "sexy boyfriend" (really??!!! Grown ups do buy these, you know. Although have to say it's enough to put me off)
The second reason being they are short. Ok so I am tall. (is probably a more appropriate thing to say.) But they are just too short on me. Hugely irritatingly they're labelled as 28/32. Well. They're not. As I mentioned before. They clearly have a funny way of measuring 32 inches.
Actually now looking at these photos - they do look like different jeans. But these were the newest stock they had instore apparently. And these are the only ones online.
But being positive, they are a gorgeous wash and I love the amount of distressing. And they're a good price. However they're also (and now I'm being fanatically picky) ever so slightly too tight round the calf for me. I now know I'm looking for a looser fit rather than a tapered mum style jean. (I'm not convinced men wear tapered jeans so not entirely sure why some boyfriend jeans are so tapered through the bottom of the leg)
I didn't love them so much when I tried them on, but I have to say I do like the look of them in these photos. Maybe my irritation at them being too short (and they are too short - it's not apparent from these pics but we're verging on Huck Finn territory) clouded my judgement. Another random negative is the changing rooms in Gap in Tunbridge Wells are beyond revolting. Hideous carpet, paint peeling, half changing rooms/half storage rooms - just ghastly. I was quite surprised actually. The changing rooms that time forgot.
However worth trying on is the verdict. (and they're 30% off at the moment - not sure until when..)
Now don't laugh but I resorted to The White Company. (this was actually last week but I wanted to be able to try on some more before posting)
They wouldn't be top of my list when jean shopping but I have to say I was reasonably impressed with their boyfriend jean offering. Beautiful soft denim (can't see from the pic but really great quality) and a decent loose but not too loose slouch. A slightly longer length and a nice fit on the derriere (again, you can't see from the pics but I was really pleased with them when I tried them on) Negative is that there is no distressing. And I've decided that I do want some distressing. However they are a lovely pale washed denim (as it says on the tin) and are definitely a good option if you're not after an exceptionally lived in pair. £85 so not cheap but the denim really does feel worth it (and again, there's always a promotional code winging around. Let google be your friend)
The White Company washed boyfriend jeans in pale denim
Lastly I resorted to bringing out the big guns. My first premier denim pair of boyfriend jeans. And oh balls, they're gorgeous. But here is the Bad News. They're £250 in Fenwicks. (£210 from Coggles below though - quite a big difference - a whole pair of Gap jeans difference!)
Stunning soft easy to wear denim, beautiful shade of washed, vintage looking fabric, beyond comfortable and an excellent length (on me - tall bird. Not a problem if you're shorter - just roll up more).
As you can see from the photos (hopefully) the difference on the fit on the behind is huge. Perfect fit. However this is basically a loose skinny jean (described here as a skinny boyfriend jean (go forth & be hugely peed off at how inflated the prices are over here. Gah.) Of which I already have an Earl pair and an old Zara pair. But they were so so comfy and were they not so expensive I would have bought them in a hearbeat.
One to beat.
Paige Denim Jimmy Jimmy Skinny Boyfriend jeans
One more in the fold to check out tomorrow - I'm a trier if nothing else... From my beloved Zara. I think they will look utterly sheeite on the bum though. The photo isn't selling them to me but I've learnt you can't judge a boyfriend jean by its photo.
So thoughts? I refuse to give in (ooh also must try the Warehouse ones on tomorrow and get them out of my system) I shall also be tracking down a men's pair to compare and contrast. However I am getting jeans blindness...... Anyone else had any joy? Handily it's still boot weather (which don't really lend itself to boyfriend jeans) and it doesn't show any sign of tropical temps soon.
Round up of todays outfit for a meeting and a trip to BHS to purchase the most beautiful bed quilt and cushions for RR1's bedroom. Beyond impressed and so so reasonable. Highly recommended.
Black longline l/s top - Baukjen
Black coated jeggings - Dorothy Perkins
Tobacco oversized poloneck jumper - Primark
Black and camel skull scarf - Zara
Charcoal wrist warmers - Toast
Brown Mardy boots - Caterpillar
Leaf earrings - Etsy
Brown cuff with chain detail - Hultquist
Gold chain bracelet - Made from Whistles
Black Faridah hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Tomorrow - Forever 21. Bring it on. (says the 40 year old....)