That's what I feel like I have discovered.
Good old blue denim. I was a long time without it - months and months in fact - but now I am back to being Forever in Blue Jeans. (for the next couple of months anyway...)
I know that a part of my thinking is all due to the Gucci loafer (which may be taking over every waking thought I have. Just a tad) and going back to classics.
My head is firmly back in the Graceful camp. But with a twist thrown in here and there of course... a mere hint of the Disgraceful perhaps?
I'm thinking blazers, bretons, little jumpers, blouses, shirts, tees, trenches and jeans jeans and more jeans - but what sort of jeans? And frankly the answer to that is how long is a piece of string? For me, I'm going at the moment with what I know and that's my faithful boyfriend versions.
I dragged them out of the cupboard recently and have fallen back in love with them all over again. They are the easiest jeans to fling on at this time of year, especially as they go with pretty much every shoe you can think of. Heels, flats, sandals, sneakers, sliders, ballet flats or loafers. Wear with shirts, blouses, jumpers or tees. Honestly they are super versatile and can be worn from morning through to night.
I have a couple of super distressed ones and I tried on hundreds before I bought them. I would like to say I was exaggerating as I am occasionally (only very occasionally mind...) prone to do. But no, I really think I did. And in the end, I procured two pairs for around £15 each. Now that's not to say I wouldn't have paid more were I able to find a pair that I loved - and believe me I tried - as with jeans, I will look absolutely anywhere and everywhere and try anything to get the right fit and Gap and ASOS came up trumps.
That was about three years ago though when they weren't nearly as prolific as they are now and there are loads more to choose from (or get confused by - depending on which way you look at it...).
However, fear not, I have sorted the wheat from the chaff and humiliated myself in some changing rooms to bring you the best out there.
Starting with a big fat fail.
Topshop. I was having a Topshop love in at the moment but that all went pear shaped when I convinced myself their jeans would be a good idea. That'll be a no.
Ok so on the upside, they have definitely cut their rise higher and what they call "mid rise", in my book would be "high rise". I then did discover that that's because they should rename "high rise" "Simon Cowell stylee". Verging on nipple warmers. You have been warned.
But back to the boyfriend jeans which weren't so boyfriend.
Apparently they're supposed to be loose. Now I genuinely don't my legs are *that* chunky but these are verging on spray on. Suffice to say, when I come to look for skinny jeans, Topshop won't be my first port of call... (images of circulation being cut off from the thigh down spring to mind...)
Moto Mid Blue Hayden boyfriend fit jeans from Topshop £40
Now I couldn't even find the right wash but not entirely sure you'll want to be buying these anyway, seeing as I've done such a great job in modelling then. Topshop I LOVE you and am hugely sorry that the jeans don't work. Which is gutting as one pair I do wear are from six years ago and I wear them all the time - the Baxters. I wish you could see how tight they actually are.
And they just got tighter...although to be fair, I do believe these are supposed to be a Slim boyfriend. Not "hermetically sealed to your skin" boyfriend however...
MOTO Acid Lucas Boyfriend Jeans from Topshop £45
Again, I don't think these are the same as the ones above... I'm sure you can find online if you want to buy them (although would you really?). As you can see, I am very impressed.
Zero success at River Island (again, nothing vaguely loose). Nothing at Fat Face (seriously how SHORT are their jeans? They only had a cropped boyfriend which came to just below my knee when I held it up so I didn't even bother. If you are of a more petite stature, you may want to try it...) And absolutely nothing in the entire jeans section of John Lewis. And nothing at Forever 21 that didn't look like a rabid dog had attacked it.
However much much more success at Levis. Yes we're upping the price ante, but what's more classic than a 501?
I will be honest and say I'm not sure these are for me but on other people (and there was a lady next to me who rocked them) they look amazing. My advice would be to order a couple of pairs (and size up as I find Levis come up small) and try them on in the comfort of your own home. Free delivery and free returns from Levis who have the most phenomenal range.
501 CT jeans for Women - prices vary in different wash. These were also too short for me (which is definitely what put me off). I do believe you can get different lengths online.
I tried on the Opaque Indigo which is this shade for £90
I appreciate they don't look that much looser necessarily than the ones above, but trust me when I say they are....
Also love in the Ink Blot £80
Although perhaps the Onyx Mountain may be my favourite £100.
However, I am come bearing proper gifts. So whilst I was at Bluewater, I spoke to a really good friend of mine and explained I was having a disaster trying on boyfriend jeans. Beyond excited, she exclaimed she had found the holy grail of boyfriend jeans in the most random of all places and could I please put them on the blog... of course I said...where are they from?? The White Company. And yes. Who would have thunk it?
Off I trotted keeping her on the phone, keeping her on the phone, keeping her on the phone as I walked to TWC... "right - the only ones I can find, are the Brompton ones. Is that what you have?".
"Oh I've no idea what they're called. I got them last year".
Face. Palm. Eyes. Roll.
But I still do owe her a massive thank you as I thought whilst I was there I may as well try the Bromptons on and, hats off to you TWC. They are fabulous. The softest denim I have felt in an age. Imagine a pair of jeans that you have worn and worn and worn till they have that velvety baby blanket feel?
The photos do not do them justice - they are amazing. Plus 15% off with the code AL904,
I've put the photo of the white ones up first as they randomly took the best pic.
White Brompton jeans £89
I tried on all the jeans in a 10.
The pale blue is a very washed out blue and are also amazing in the darker blue.
Brompton boyfriend jeans in indigo £89
Again, the photo belies how great they are.. I have rolled down one leg so you can see what they'd be like full length or just cropped...
In the paler blue £89
They genuinely look better in the flesh. Trust me.
And I've spied them in a grey.... now these are something I definitely don't have and would be infinitely useful.
In the grey £89
Didn't see them in store but I would say they are definitely definitely worth considering.
So these are the ones that I could find instore during the week but I will be doing a part two on these with ones that I've discovered online. I had actually done that earlier today and lost the entire two hours worth of work somehow. Not exactly at the top of my game after a day yesterday in London which turned into a rather impromptu extended lunch with the best friend after visiting the Vogue exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and doing some damage at Selfridges (I actually had to return the red eel Gucci loafers I had ordered which didn't fit... ). Then straight to a dinner party for another of my best friends after consuming a gazillion gallons of water...
Today I am exhausted - football at 9, followed by swimming with the boys (where I lost all my work) and I have had to have a granny nap this afternoon. And am going out for dinner and drinks this evening.
So that's me done for today but finishing with pic from today - revisiting my old boyfriends which I shall be wearing often.
Rainbow Breton jumper - Wyse London
Real Straight jeans - Gap
Ada jacket - M&S
Red loafers - Gucci
Black Hazlemere bag - Village England
I'm off but I'll be back tomorrow. Give me your thoughts on boyfriend jeans... I've got more...