Shopping for jeans has never been one of my favourite things – all that weird sizing, hot changing rooms and uninterested shop assistants. But as I’ve got older it’s become positively painful. I’m not one for fashionable cuts or the latest “it” brands when it comes to denim – I’ll leave that to the yummy mummies – and I’ve yet to find a high street shop that understands that some of us simply don’t want the latest super skinny/low rise/ distressed/high waisted/snow washed styles.
The boyfriend jean is this season latest “thing” and for once they actually look quite flattering, easy to wear and a lot less gimmicky than some of the other styles on offer.
Not too low in the crotch and nicely fitted across the hips, they are slim fitting but not skinny and softly taper into a flattering, cropped, narrow ankle. They look best turned up to just above the ankle, with a denim shirt or cashmere knit (tucked in – this is key) and mid height or flat pointy shoes, or maybe a pair of block heels (like girl crush Jenna Lyons). Boyfriend jeans say “look I’m wearing fashionable jeans in a contemporary way, but I am grown up and not trying too hard.”
I’ve heard great things about the Current and Elliot, Rolled skinny Boyfriend Jeans in Bleeker, I haven’t actually seen them, but they might be worth checking out! Alternatively if you don’t want to spend £220 H&M have a perfectly acceptable pair for £19.99 (ignore the hideous shoes in the picture!).
If I am really honest I am probably a bit of a jeans snob and after much hunting for the perfect pair, I ended up buying some dark, unwashed Japanese denim in a (non boyfriend) basic shape from APC.
I’m also hankering after a pair of the selvedge denim, slim fits from (ex founders of Howies) Hiut. They take six weeks to arrive as they are made in Cardigan Bay in a factory with only six employees. Their motto is “Do one thing well” and they are expensive at £230, but I figure they will last for ever and surely that’s better than buying a new style every month?