Is there anything more depressing to go shopping for than jeans?
Even worse when you're limiting your search to no blue jeans. I know I know, I'm sure I'll come back to them but right now, they simply do not appeal at all. Navy yes, black, yes, grey yes - but blue denim isn't happening. But the colour that I know I'm going to be all over is ecru. Creamy off white, light beige, soft white - take your pick. That sort of colour.
And ideally it would be in a loose style. That's flattering and comfy. Works perfectly with cashmere or fine knit merino jumpers and a cocoon coat for now, graduating to a blazer for Spring. Not to mention my newly found love - the biker jacket. Throw on a tee come the much warmer months (god how long away do they seem?) and these will be one of your staple jeans well into the Autumn.
Last year I wore mine out at night with heels and during the day with loafers, sandals, pumps or sneakers. For me, they were the ultimate jeans.
Imagine my delight when I saw what looked to be the perfect pair in H&M yesterday. With a frayed hem and a frayed waistline. I've always found H&M denim to be really good quality so off to the fitting room I trotted.
This is what they should have looked like for a not completely insignificant £39.99. As jeans go that's not expensive at all but it does seem top end from H&M. Ergo I had high expectations.. (from their Studio line..)
Suffice to say a) I needed to lower my expectation and b) I'm not a 10 in these. On a scale of one to ten of not so nice these score close to triple figures.
I'm really really sorry if anyone's eating. There was nothing about them that worked. Apart from the colour. Which wasn't *quite* enough to persuade me to buy them. Not sure if I can recall a more unflattering pair of jeans. Ignoring the fact they're clearly a size too small, the cut through the legs is, frankly, ghastly.
I decided to seek refuge on the top floor of Fenwicks. Where they had not one pair of looser style pale jeans. Clearly I am the only dissenter when it comes to blue denim as it was wall to wall blue, as far as the eye could see. Never let it be said I don't have my finger on the fashion pulse (big fat fail clearly).
But I was determined not to be deterred and have made it my life's mission (for today anyway) to find a pair that will work alongside my (very distressed so am looking for an alternative) cream pair from last year.
Definitely looking for loose and these aren't loose loose but they're not skinny. The perfect middle ground if you're don't want super skinny.
Roma Rise Slim Leg Denim in soft white from M&S £35.00
Another not super loose looking pair are from Iris & Ink at The Outnet.
Mid rise boyfriend jeans from Iris & Ink £95
Boyfriend now at The Outnet with Current/Elliott. These are very distressed but not so you can see flesh through. And as it's white on white I think it makes it more of a detail than a traditional distressed look, if that makes sense?
The Fling distressed mid rise boyfriend jeans in white from Current/Elliott were £240 now £84
These are very similar to the ones I've got from All Saints and have worn and worn and will do so this year as well. I was just after slightly less distressed ones.
Relaxed Crop Nancy Jeans £29.99 from Mango
White cropped at Christopher Kane. These are 50% off but that still makes them £200... eek
But if they're perfect I would wear them all the time so could probably justify the cost per wear. I would have to eat nothing but beige food whilst wearing them mind you.
Boyfriend again in the sale from Stella McCartney. I have had these on the blog before at the beginning of the year but they're now even cheaper. I'm going for the reason they're still around is that they're such a Spring/Summer buy and we just haven't had the weather for it. As opposed to them being grim... I hope anyway.. These are my top choice for what is cheaper than a pair of higher end high street jeans.
Solange low slung bpyfriend jeans from Stella McCartney was £275 now £82 Size up in Stella jeans - just one size (so I'm normally a 27 but would wear a 28 in these).
To make them loose at the bottom, undo the zip. Love this detail.
Loose, looser, loosest at JCrew.
Rayner wide leg cropped jeans were £138 now £69 They also have these in a Tall and a Petite but not in the sale. Great great price if you're a regular height.
However I think I possibly prefer the side zip option. I find a size zip so super flattering. (obviously prefer the sale price of the ones above..)
Side-zip Rayner Jean in white £138 (again Tall & Petite options online). LOVE these.
Full length and flared at Mango. Personally I think these would look better with a bit of a heel as opposed to a sneaker. Great bargain for a pair of Summer jeans.
Flared Jeans from Mango £29.99
And slightly off piste - nothing loose and cream at Topshop but can I be lured by a pink pair..?
MOTO Pink coloured Mom jeans from Topshop £40
Another blush pair from Mother Denim.
The Dropout Chino Style Jeans from Mother were £214 now £128 Have to say I really like the blue with the red and the blush... Inspiration right there.
Black crepe tunic top - Zara
Black leather leggings - hush
Black Nuria sock boots - Iro
Snakeskin clutch - Michael Kors