To bang my head again. I don't why I do this. I should perhaps just give up. But obviously I refuse. I'm going to come out and say it really quickly, like ripping a plaster off.
For the love of the lord, how hard is it to buy a pair of jeans? WHY??? I manage to persuade myself after each harrowing attempt to purchase that I don't need them. I can manage without. But it's like coffee or wine. There is no other substitute *really*.
So I'm going off piste which is always a bad idea. Starting with Gap. Actually I don't know why I'm starting with Gap as I hate their jeans. Which isn't strictly true - they hate me. They just don't work on me. They are always SPRAY on tight. I could fit an extra member of my family into the waistband but through the thighs? Vacuum packed.
However I am not one to take defeat lightly and so I am persisting.
These. How wrong can they be?
Original 1969 Vintage Straight Let Down Hem Jeans £59.95 They may be slightly too light for what I'm looking for (I swear I am turning into the Goldilocks of denim). Code for 25% off is NEXTGAP.
Or something a bit different from Mango. I love the fact that these aren't tapered which is exactly what I'm looking for.. are they slightly too formal for what I'm looking for though?
Suit straight jeans from Mango £35.99
These are perfect. Well - if they were just a SMIDGE darker..
Raw Edge Denim Jeans from & Other Stories £55
And these I did try on in London on Thursday (was in a massive rush and a flap and didn't get a chance to pap them). The problem I had and why I didn't buy them was that I was between a 27 and a 28. The 28 was probably perfect IF it didn't stretch ONE iota. And the 27 would be perfect it they did stretch a bit. Which clearly put me in a complete quandary and so I walked away. I'm going back on Monday to retry.
Cropped Flare Denim from & Other Stories £55
And then I've blown the budget. I don't mind doing this. IF IF IF IF I know that they're going to be amazing. But how can you tell with denim? They should genuinely come with a label that says whether or not the'yre going to stretch after one wear. As some do and some don't. It's not even a question of more expensive ones don't and cheaper ones do. It's total pot luck.
Then there's the high rise element. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge high rise - tuck the muffin in - waistband fan. But there's high rise and there's Simon Cowell.
Grlfrnd (I *might* be able to get past this spelling..) Helena Stepped High Rise Jeans £185
Then the classic Phoebes which were my first choice but as I already have the lighter pair, I thought I should possibly find a different style. I love these with shoes and trainers but not convinced they work so well with boots. Hence my dilemma for a Winter purchase. DUH.
Phoebe low slung boyfriend jeans £235
These would be perfect if they were just ever so slightly looser on the leg. I know for a fact that these wouldn't be straight, they'd be super tight. Ugh.
BUT one can live in hope... anyone tried them?
Le High Straight leg cropped jeans from Frame £262
Or the MIH Lou Cropped Jeans £225
This is a story that I will continue another day. Monday, the 12yr old has a day off school so we're heading to London. Seeing as I'll have to spend half the day in Lush, we can spend half an hour doing some jean research, so I will be reporting back.
Tomorrow, I will be back but I now need to go and get ready as we're off out for dinner at a pop up restaurant near us. This is the one we tried to go to before but it didn't pop up (chef had had a personal crisis).
Great day yesterday - one of those sorts of days that makes you just grateful. Lovely walk in the morning with friends. Don't forget the code DMB40 for 15% off all Seven Boot Lane stock.
Coated jeans - New Look
Parka - South at Littlwoods
Fur Scarf - New Look
Cashmere hat - Black
Himalaya Boots - Seven Boot Lane
And then off for a rather boozy lunch (followed by a dinner party..!).
Cropped Flare Trousers - Jaeger
The Briggate Trench - M&S
Black boots with gold heel - Zara
Red Soho Disco Bag - Gucci
I am sat here listening to the rain hammering down thinking why on earth am I going to bother doing my hair... and still wondering what to wear...
If only I had the pair of perfect jeans...!