...that I actually manage to track down the perfect pair of coated black jeans?
So I have my fabulous (and they are truly truly fabulous) hush leather leggings but... I'm scared to wear them all the time. Scared because I know you can (allegedly) wash them, but, I'm not going to lie, I'm terrified to do that. Clearly the plan is to wear them until they walk to the dry cleaners on their own. Or until someone else fesses up that they've washed them and gives me second by second instructions.....
Plus I could genuinely wear coated skinnies pretty much every day in the Winter. I know that's immensely dull but frankly, at 42 I've got to the point where trying to ring the changes daily doesn't fill me with any joy and I just want to wear what I love and what I feel great in. And for the foreseeable future, I know that it's going to be a round robin of skinnies, knitwear, shirts, sweatshirts and a variety of cardigans, blazers, coats and capes that are going to float my boat.
And I genuinely don't have a pair of skinny coated jeans in black. I have leggings but I don't have jeans. Being tall, with so many tops, I need something slightly more robust than leggings at the waistband and that equals jeans. I did have some fabulous ones which I've lived in, from Cos and 2nd Day but after extensive washing, the coating is now lining the drum of my washing machine. They just look like sort of scabby old trousers now.
So I am in dire need of another pair. Faced with the age old dilemma...buy cheap and buy often or spend more and they'll last longer. Will the cheap pair stay in shape for the whole day? Will the expensive pair go in the machine?
Let the research commence.
Absolutely gutted they don't have these in my size as there is nothing I like more at this time of my life than the words "high rise". Aka muffin smuggling. It's clearly only a matter of time before I manage to tuck both my boobs and my muffin in at the same time but at least for this year, we can focus on just something to encase the spare tyre in. These looked like they would do the perfect job.
BLK Denim Jeans 22 coated high rise skinny jeans were £145 now £72.50
I have to say I do love the look of this biker version from Great Plains.
Blitz Coated Skinny Jeans £70 (I love the detailing on the knee)
Topshop jeans are generally a fabulous fit (not the skinny ones with the knee slits - dear lord, there are no words to describe how hideous these are on a middle aged woman with flabby knees. Small children would puke) and there are some great coated options.
MOTO Black Coated Jamie Jeans £45 I have to say - this outfit - FULL STOP. Watch this space for a blog very shortly inspired by this - how can I not do one?
MOTO Black Zip Ankle Coated Leigh Jeans £45
Now I haven't tried these from hush - but I do know that they are on the petite side which will suit some of you down to the ground perfectly.
Black Coated jeans from hush £75 and I have a little 10% off code for you... PUMPKIN15 till the 8 Nov.
I have the porridge (aka beige) version of these and I LOVE them. I did order these ones but they sent me the non waxed ones and the waxed versions still haven't arrived..... I'm not sure these are a shiny wax, definitely more of a subtle coating which will be perfect for lots of you.
High Rise Super Skinny jeans from Boden £69 A2G2 should give you 20% off.
Nothing at Mint Velvet which is a crying shame as their triple zip jeans (now called The Phoenix Jeans) are one of my favourite fits on the market.
But I have to say - for a one stop shop, the best choice would be to order from ASOS. There are lots of different brands which you could buy separately, but the luxury of ordering them all and having them delivered in one package, is so much easier than going to each retailer separately. Ok so the sending of them all back is a total pain in the behind (god I loathe going to the Post Office) although I do believe if you've paid the Premier delivery thingymajig, you can get a courier free to come and pick them up (I am a definite signer upper to this - £9.99 a year is what I paid and next day delivery of whatever you want and however much you want is a total no brainer to me)
Starting at the top of the tree with these from Diesel.
Diesel Debbie High Waisted Coated Denim Jean was £150 now £105
These from Warehouse. Got to be tried.
Warehouse leather look coated jeans £48. Although my cunning plan falls apart as soon as I've started as everyone else has clearly had the same idea and they're in v scant supply at ASOS. Still available in all sizes at Warehouse though.
They do also do a coated jean...for £42 - again Warehouse but from ASOS. Or if you're ordering the above from Warehouse then you might want to throw these in for a comparison and free delivery.
I'm going to try the River Island ones whilst I'm there £42 (I did try the pleather ones from there last year which came apart at the seams but these look more robust)
Would be rude not to throw in the New Look ones for comparison.... £24.99 Now it does say these are apparently low waisted. Either she's a midget or they've got that wrong.
Mango Coated Skinny Jean £34.99 These they don't actually have at Mango in the black - only in the grey...although to be fair, they may be the same pair...
Last up - a slightly different version from Banana Republic. Slightly smarter but still perfect for casual too. Plus ideal for a night out (can you ever have too many pairs?)
Sloan-fit faux leather front skinny ankle pant from Banana Republic £69.50