....although admittedly I did fall out of love for a short while.
But what it did mean that when I discovered how much I adored them again, it was like falling in love for the first time all over again.
Of course I'm talking about classic jeans.
And whilst packing for over here in Ireland, I realise, seeing as I only packed one pair, how useful they are. As I should have packed at least two. Fool. Eejit.
Just to torture me, I then get three emails telling me how denim can be the immediate injection of new into my wardrobe. Yeah, thanks for that Mango, Gap and The Outnet.
So in memory of the jeans I didn't bring with me, I'm thinking forward to jeans that I will be wearing over the coming months with pure pleasure.
It's the versatility of them that I've come round to realising makes them so special. They work for every sort of outfit (ok I'll give you maybe not black tie or super smart occasion wear). The ideal throw on for days when you're verging on hobo but throw on a pair of heels and a blazer and you could easily wear them out for dinner. And that's the same pair.
My current favourites? Well, I'll be honest, it's two pairs - the newer wide leg crops which I have and shall be exploring in more detail shortly (currently with 10% off at Me+E though using the code TREAT10) but it's the classic loose, straight legs which I'm all over today. The one pair I have with me - although I'll be honest, mine are a very loose leg. And to prove how useful they are, these are old. Five years old now - a vintage pair of Current/Elliott I in fact bought from ebay as they didn't make them anymore.
Perfect with sneakers and a tee for during the day. The ultimate in dress down with a sweatshirt and Uggs for slobbing round the house. And as I said, a blouse (or tee), sequin jacket or blazer and heels - be them boots, sandals or courts - just perfect for nights out.
You will wonder how you ever lived without them.
Now these aren't quite as loose as mine but I find Current/Elliott does come up big so I'm wearing my normal size which are I would say a good two sizes too big. I also have the Industrial Pants by C/E and again, I would say you could size down with them.
The Vintage Straight Distressed Mid Rise Jeans was £220 now £99
And the same size in a different wash with a frayed hem which I adore, this time £98 down from £245
I think the C/E boyfriend jeans might be better.
The Boyfriend distressed low rise jeans were £210 now £94.50
Alternatively there is The Fling from Current/Elliott which is a mid rise loose boyfriend style, available in loads of different washes and finishes.
This would be my pick.
The Fling distressed mid rise boyfriend jeans from Current/Elliott were £210 now £95
Another boyfriend pair which I would definitely be taking a look at, from Acne.
Boy high rise boyfriend jeans from Acne were £240 now £120
But were I to be picking a new pair, these are the ones that would get my vote from the designer end of the scale.
Mid-rise distressed straight leg from 7 for All Mankind were £210 now £90.30
However denim on the high street is absolutely not to be sniffed at. One of my favourite pairs of jeans which I have worn for about four years - the old Real Straight which they unfortunately don't make anymore - are from Gap. However they do now make a shape which I would say is very very similar - and now with 30% off at Gap on all their denim until Wednesday evening.
Original 1969 destructed vintage straight leg jeans were £64.95 now £45.46 in regular, petite and tall.
Or a classic vintage style indigo, also in the new straight style was £54.95 now £38.47
The other shape that is loose and I think looks worth trying is their Girlfriend leg.
Authentic 1969 destructed girlfriend jeans £49.95 now £34.97
Although I have to say I am also loving the two tone girlfriend jeans - these definitely don't look as loose as their vintage straight style but would work perfectly if you didn't like the very loose look. Now also with the 30% off at £34.97
Another store which is definitely worth looking at is the sister company of Gap, Banana Republic. When I went to New York earlier in the year, my friend got the most amazing pair of (admittedly skinny) jeans from here. And I think the UK prices have in fact come down. They were definitely this sort of price, if not more over there.
Boyfriend Jean in regular and tall from Banana Republic £59.50
Or in the Indigo again in tall, petite and regular £59.50
However my bargain of the day is from Mango and yes, even in the sale. I cannot justify another pair of jeans, even at this price, but they are fabulous.
Kate high waist jeans from Mango were £39.99 now £19.99
And here I am in mine yesterday - the one pair I bought with me. Is it wrong to say I can't wait to get home to put on more denim? This Autumn, I'm thinking jumpers and polo necks, jeans, jeans and more jeans and long chunky cardigans. RIght now, I have a hankering for cardigans. Or long chunky coats. Oh my lord, I mentioned coats in August. Which is wrong of me, seeing as we are, according to my Irish family, "sweltering" in 22 degrees. When I've begged to differ and say it's not "that" warm, my mother in law pointed out that her plants were already dying after two days of "this weather" and she's had to go and water them. I did mention that it's wall to wall rain for the next week according to the weather forecast. You have not seen a happier set of faces!
But here I am "sweltering" yesterday... (and no of course I didn't have to take my jacket off!)
Feather tee - hush
Jeans - Current/Elliott
Black blazer - hush
Black Sandals - & Other Stories
Red Soho Disco bag - Gucci
So today... we are off the the races. And then, I think we may go to Bingo again later. I have to say, any friends of mine at home be warned - I am organising a Bingo night as it is officially THE best fun you can have. Even better when you win. I was 15Euro up the other night. Best feeling ever! And I shall be bringing my dabbers home...