...dare I mention White Jeans.
Well hell, I'm going to as I think I've come up with a friendly option. As opposed to the "sausage about to burst its skin" look that is so easily achieved (as if you were trying) from a pair of skinny white jeans.
All hail the boyfriend white jean. Now maybe these have been around for ages or maybe I've been slower than slow to the party (yet again)
And here we are, inspired by something I saw early on in the season and the more I thought about them, the more wearable they became.
This image from Hush.
White Boyfriend Jeans £75
So I do have my ecru dungarees which I am absolutely loving, but there's still definitely a white jean vacancy in my wardrobe.
And I have to say I am OVER the humiliation of the white jeans changing room scenario. I'm too old. Have your laugh, Mr Retailer, at a non exercise loving mother of 3, in spray on white denim that sends me on a trajectory straight to Tragic Fashion.
To be fair, Mr Retailer is caught between a rock and a hard place. We want our skinnies to be comfortable. We don't want them to sag and go baggy after ten minutes of wearing them. We also don't want Summer jeans to be thick denim that is akin to having your legs clad in loft insulation. Just what you need in 20 degrees. As if the humiliation of rolls of leg fat highlighted by damp denim isn't enough, we get a sweaty top lip and drippy pits to accessorise them with.
They need to be a lightweight denim to work as a Summer jean and they need to have a good amount of elastane in them so they are comfortable, fit well and don't go saggy. Alas, this also means that they cling to your legs like a wet shower curtain in a student bathroom.
It also means that they are normally supremely unflattering. You can do one, white skinny jeans.
However, lightbulb moment on seeing that pic of the new white boyfriend jeans from Hush. I've mentioned it before but love that pic on so many levels. I also think it would work just as well with heels.
I was toying whether to just try them (even though I know that Hush trousers are ever ever so slightly on the short side for me being a giant at 5ft10) and then I came across these at All Saints yesterday in Kildare Village.
Both the mother in law and the 10 yr old thought they were ace - the mil even prefers them with the heels I tried them on with. And the best news of all. They were £22. Yup, £22. Amazing. I am so pleased with them, even though they are too short to turn up, I actually love the look of them rolled down - so a cropped straight leg almost. Perfect. And, even though they say they are low cut they are super high on me (clearly they're marked incorrectly which may be one of the reasons why they ended up in the Outlet. You'd be sorely disappointed if you wanted low cut and ended up with these which are just a couple of inches away from being able to tuck your boobs into them along with your muffin. Proper high waisters. Love 'em. )
So cue a mad hunt for others out there that will serve the same purpose, as I'm sure you can't all get to Kildare Village to track down these All Saints beauties.
Moto Ecru Selvedge Boyfriend Jeans £65 Slightly more cream than mine.
Jack Wills Boyfriend jeans with distressing £59.50
Denim and Supply by Ralph Lauren Boyfriend Jeans £110 now £52.50
At Gap - 1969 destructed Authentic Boyfriend Jeans £44.95
If white or off white isn't your bag but you are still after a pale pair, a couple of options I've come across are a pair that look very very similar to my All Saints bargain pair but in a very pale wash (not what I'd personally call indigo but who am I to split hairs on shades of blue)
Boy jeans in Indigo £98 from All Saints (adore these)
These are a bleached pair so not white white but a very pale blue.
G-Star Bleached Boyfriend jeans £110
A pale pink pair at ASOS
Weekday Ami Ankle length slim boyfriend jeans £35
I can't wait to wear mine. Think they're a great alternative to blue denim and are definitely the perfect nod to the Summer whilst it's not quite warm enough to bare the flesh to the elements. I appreciate that back at home, they've been basking in temperatures in the mid 20s. We weren't quite so lucky today but have to say am over the moon with the weather we have had which, for April in Ireland, has been pretty spectacular.
Yellow Breton - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Trench coat - Banana Republic
Leopard Print skate shoes - Next
Yellow Scarf - Hush
Black Faridah Hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs
So I should have posted this blog about three hours but god forbid we should have had a holiday without incident. The 8yr old (could only be him.....) managed to lock the car keys in the boot of the hire car. God. Give. Me. Strength. How you can do this, is totally beyond me. Note to self, I shall never ever EVER rent a Skoda again. Apparently the boot locks itself after 10 seconds. Obviously. I have therefore spent three hours on the phone to various people trying to sort this out. And no, can't get the spare key from the (fabulous) hire people at the airport as the keys aren't held there, but in Dublin. Wrong direction.
The AA have finally agreed to come out. Initially they said they could help. Then your local man rang me and said he couldn't (I'm sure the fact it was 9pm at night had no bearing on the situation at all.... ) Anyway, they're coming tomorrow morning as they now seem to think they can.
The fact our flight leaves tomorrow afternoon is something I'm not going to think about till the morning.
Am merrily planning what to buy on my shopping trip with the girls on Saturday...... And breathe....................