... buy the same thing you already have in another colour for Autumn? A new saying. That I've just made up.
But I've come to the conclusion that it might a moment of genius from me. Jeans. Oh lord, how much do we all hate shopping for jeans? Seriously, I honestly think it doesn't matter what your shape, most of us would agree that, the 10th circle of hell is a denim shopping trip. Too short, too long, not the right denim wash, too tight on the thighs, too loose on the thighs, too saggy at the bum, too camel toe inducing, too low rise, too high rise. Ugh.
So when you find a pair that works for you.... why wouldn't you just buy the same pair in a different wash for a different season? How much sense does that make? When it's written down like that, it just seems totally obvious no?
Except that unfortunately the ones that I love are £220. *all the sad faces*. And... I've tried them on and I think they're a slightly different fit from the ones I have. Even though they're supposedly the same size.
The MiH Phoebes that I have lived in all Summer. Totally lived in them. They've done me during the day, they've been perfect out at night. The fact that I only paid £60 makes it all the more satisfying. But they're a very pale wash and for the Autumn/Winter, a darker wash would be perfect. What? Like these ones? That will be yes. For not £60.
MiH Phoebe Jeans £220
Now here they are on me and they don't look as loose as my originals. I definitely think they're slightly smaller cut. As my old ones are a 26 and are baggy, whereas this is the 27 and *just fit*. However I think they look better on the looser side so I should probably size up to a 28. And the model above is wearing a 26 and I can guarantee she does not have three kids later hips. Or a "really should do more exercise but wine is always more appealing" bouncy castle of a stomach.
I definitely need to size up to the 28 to give them that proper slouch. That will work so well with the more fitted sorts of tops I'm going to be collecting to go with all my midi and maxi skirts.
So as much as I'd love to just press buy on the Phoebes in the original dark blue and justify their cost per wear till I'm blue in the face (although I think it would be an easy task), I thought it would be foolish not to take a minute and see if there were any other versions I should try.
The crucial thing about the Phoebes is that whilst they're a boyfriend jean, they're in fact a straight leg, unlike most boyf denim which tend to be mostly on the slightly more tapered side.
First up - ASOS, as I have definitely had success with denim from there in the past. But not a lot on the straight leg boyfriend jean front, especially if we're looking at the straighter leg versions.
These look great but for me, they're definitely not loose enough for what I'm looking for. (great looking jeans though!)
ASOS Kimmi Shrunken Jeans in Rio Wash with Deep Turn Ups £32
Using my imagination here and wondering if you could turn the hem instead of rolling it... although for me, they're probably not dark enough and are too similar to my old pair. But these could work..
Bethnals Smith Relaxed Boyfriend Jeans with rolled hem were £75 now £52
Now these are completely the wrong colour - couldn't be less what I'm looking for, but they are an amazing amazing cut. Maybe for next Summer?
Weekday Mid Rise Loose Unisex Jeans were £45 now £22
Maybe a contender? (not quite the wash I'm looking for personally. I am officially the Goldilocks of denim).
Pepe Jeans Donna Turn Up Loose Fit Jeans were £85 now £34
Wide Leg Crop at Warehouse AND with 20% off all their denim. Was £49 now £39.20
I do know however that these aren't going to be long enough for me, but a great option for those who aren't daddy long legs.
And these are exactly what I want. But not in my size. Gah. Seriously EXACTLY what I'm looking for and at half price.
MiH Phoebe Slim Jeans were £220 now £120
So I'm hawking ASOS to see if these come back in stock (I fear I have two hopes of this happening and one of them's Bob). In the meantime - what are you favourite style of jeans? I do love a skinny but I have to say, the boyfriend jean and in particular the Phoebes, have definitely won me over and I could happily wear on most occasions. But if you have another pair of boyfriend jeans to recommend, I'm all ears.
Finishing with some pics from yesterday and today. The daughter's 12th birthday. Party with friends in the afternoon and a rather late finish... exhausted and then some today.
Silk blouse - Isabel Marant for H&M
Black leather skirt - M&S
And today. Is anyone else more excited than they should be at the prospect of wearing their Autumn garb?
Breton - Joseph
Khaki midi skirt - Topshop
Trench coat - Zara
Haworth bag - Village England
Leather lace up ankle boots - M&S
Don't forget the 20% off at M&S ends today. SEPT16A21. Enjoy!