...when it comes to jeans.
This will become apparent later in the post but yes, basically this is a blog on jeans. (hold that thought on genes... there is a story to tell about them later on)
I had intended to do a piece on straight leg jeans - pretty much my favourite style of jeans in the Summer over the past 10 years. My two pairs of Earls which I bought from their shop in Bicester, I have now had for 10 whole years. And since then, every Summer, I have worn them turned up - not that I'm saying I was doing it before everyone else was.. but yes, I've been doing it for that long. (small fist pump although clearly it means I was just wearing them when they were definitely not remotely on trend. Ho hum.)
But now I am constantly being asked where I can get similar from. So, whilst I don't need any new ones (famous last words of course), I thought I would do my becoming rather regular, jeans trying on session. I'll do the hard work on the High Street, so you don't have to.
Except I failed miserably on the straight leg front. I did manage to find a couple of pairs but truth be told, they weren't what I would call a straight leg. So I will shelve that idea for the time being and embrace all that is skinny.
Skinny jeans are going nowhere. I had aimed to do a High Street v Top end post but I found so so many amazing pairs of skinny super bargain jeans, I didn't have time to get round to seeing the new John Lewis Trilogy section - I will hopefully be able to check those out tomorrow.
However, I honestly can't see that they're going to be any better than the selection I found.
Starting at River Island where I had been very impressed with my trying on session last time round (not including the faux leather skinnies which came apart... they weren't from their "named" section though)
So starting off with their Molly range which is a half way house between a pair of jeans and leggings. All hail the Jegging. Tend to be made from softer, thinner fabric than your regular denim - personally I wouldn't want to wear them with any sort of short top as in my humble experience, they're not as forgiving as a sturdier pair of jeans. However with something covering your nether reasons, a jumper dress, a longer shirt, they are ideal.
Grey Washed Molly Jeggings £40
I have to say I'm not loving this colour on me - I've tried grey jeans a gazillion times and I always end up buying them too dark as the light ones look.... sort of a teensy bit wrong diddly on me. But they're comfy with an excellent high rise - they do in fact say they're mid rise, but they're definitely high enough for me.
They do them in lots of other colours and finishes - I also tried the khaki ones on. This is a great Spring shade, absolutely love it with tones of camel and it also looks great with navy and black.
Khaki Sateen Finish Molly Jeggings £40
Other washes which I would give serious consideration to, which I didn't see in store are the Smokey Mid Blue wash Amelie jeans at £42
I also picked up these as I thought - ooh the more high waisted, the better.
Grey wash Lana Superskinny High waisted Jeans £40
That'll be apparently not. These are the exact same size as all the other River Island jeans I tried on - a size 10. Admittedly these are not a Long but then the Khaki Mollies that I tried on above were only a Regular length and the fit was exactly the same as the Long Molly version.
Suffice to say, the Lanas are not making my list of recommendations...(and yes, I lost a bloody nail trying to drag these gits on)
I had much more success with their Jamie jeans. This is the washed black version which I didn't try on - there are lots of great washes and colours on line but this pic gives you an excellent idea of how they're supposed to look.
Here I am, trying on the 34 inch leg version In a size 10 (28 waist - the same size as the above Baxters. Apparently) This is with the ripped knee. I'm just going to say at this point, that I won't be going down this route - you'll see why shortly...
But as a fit, I was very impressed with these. Do I like them as much as the Amelies from River Island? I would say definitely on a par - I'd go for which wash/colour combo you prefer.
But they do actually do a black Tall unripped version as well which they didn't have instore £40
I will just preempt this glorious fashion faux pas by saying that I wasn't entirely sure from the outset about the whole ripped knee fashion thingy that's going on at the moment. I do feel very old fogey and all of my 42 years saying this, but I just don't get it. I get the whole distressed look - in fact I've embraced it over the years. But I've just had a mental block when it comes to two seemingly purpose made slits on each knee.
I also couldn't foresee that they would be that flattering around the knee. How prophetic that foresight was, it turns out. When it comes to genes, my knees have never been one of my strongest features......
Here are the offending items. I would like to point out that I do love the colour. It really is the ideal pale shade for this time of year and going into the Spring - a lovely muted and flattering shade of white (in fact, I'd go so far as to say that with shades of camel and caramel this would work better all through the Summer).
Right - brace yourselves.......
Stone skinny jeans - Dorothy Perkins
Shell coat - Ilse Jacobsen
Welly socks - Ilse Jacobsen
Wellies - Ilse Jacobsen
Khaki colourblock scarf - ASOS
Cream bobble hat - Amelia Jane
Wine furry mittens - Topshop
Whiskey Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe
Hope that gave everyone a little chuckle and it just goes to show - clothes do matter and can hide a multitude of sins!