This month on SIGNATURE STYLE Cindy, Kim and I are talking Jeans 👖 ….
Did you realise that there are more pairs of jeans on the planet than people? I heard that statistic on a podcast recently 😳 so then I started wondering what the average number women own is 🤔 and I discovered it’s 7 ….and the very same Ms Average apparently buys two new pairs a year! So together, with my current intention to be an under-consumer, this has me feeling pretty good when I admit to you that I own only 5 pairs (although I never wear the black skinny Dr Denim’s anymore) ! Which btw, range from my 10 year old (that’s a guess) thrifted Citizens of Humanity flared hipsters, to my 4 month old 1964 Denim Company high waisted bootlegs, meaning I average out at a new pair every 2 years. While all these facts and numbers mean something to some and nothing to others, it tells me I’m not really a Jeans buyer nor a Jeans wearer. I may use them a bit in my styling, but truth be told, they don’t get many “real” wears, hence I purchase them minimally. And considering denim is far from the most sustainable textile because of the required chemicals it needs, thousands of litres of water used and huge energy consumption to produce the finished product it’s a WIN WIN for me and the planet 😊 however…..
The good news is there are loads of Jean producing company’s addressing these supply chain issues to produce incredible sustainable and ethical denim garments and I’m going to share some of my current favourites with you 😊 and in doing so, will focus on what I would buy (or at least try) if I needed a new pair. And that is the wide leg. I covet comfort above all things, and being an A Shape Body Type (thighs being my largest area), I need the leg width to fall from the top of my thigh rather than cling to it, otherwise every time I stand up, I feel like I need to pull my jeans down from this part of my body. I’m sure there are readers out there that get this 😉 and it also explains, why all my denims are dark. I do look better when I dress my bottom half in a darker colour and my top half lighter! So, if I was to be looking for a new pair, I would be interested in trying these…
In addition to being A shaped, I have shorter legs and a longer torso. So ideally, a full length jean with a heel is a great casual leg lengthening look on me (if I don’t have to walk far or stand for too long…. I’m seriously loosing my interest in heels!) I do however, still wear a wide cropped jean, it doesn’t look too bad if I wear a flat form style shoe or trainer, although it’s certainly not leg lengthening! And thanks to COVID lockdowns, a little thigh hugging 😫 Here are a few looks of me in my jeans.
The 1964 Jeans Company bootlegs are a pair I ended up buying new this year. While current, they no longer seem to be available. The higher waist is flattering, the stretch fabric comfortable and I can almost talk myself into them being sustainable if you read the label and the blurb on Big W’s website (but at $24 I have serious doubts). I do think they look quite good. Press here for the new design for SS21. When I wear a boot leg jean, it usually involves a longer cardigan or coat worn over the top. So I’m not one for fancy back pockets, because no one usually sees them. With fitted jeans, I go for “illusion” dressing. Wearing a long length top disguises where my bottom ends and my shorter legs start. It’s a style habit I picked up from Trinny Woodall years ago. Wearing a dress over them looks great too, but I haven’t done this for ages…. although it’s now got me thinking 🤔 And if you head over to Pinterest, there are lots of inspiring pics like the ones below. It looks to me, like the secret is not to wear a dress too voluminous or structured, and the length of the dress long, although on me, I think calf length (midi) is probably best. The jean also appears to be straight, which is a style i don’t own, and slightly cropped or with the hem rolled above the ankle. It’s certainly a look and idea that i would enjoy to play with. It may even make me wear jeans more and look at them differently. Plus I really like the idea of this with sneakers!
Here are two straight leg jeans in a shade that i quite like. Both would work with the dress over jeans idea. Although, when it comes to jeans I definitely have to try before i buy and being in lockdown i don’t think that will be anytime soon.
So until I up my style game, I’ll keep wearing my bootlegs like I do. But I also have a wider leg jean. These “pant like” denim jeans are about 4 years old. I love the depth of their blue. They feel and look quite smart. When I wear these, I’m more likely to expose the back, like in the pics below. In the first, I’m full tucking a linen shirt, the next is with a turtle neck with cashmere wrap. As it’s no secret I love a loose pant, these are probably my current favourites. And the bonus is they also look great with a flat shoe!
So that’s my Jeans style 😉 I wonder how Kim and Cindy wear theirs? And what they have to say about their Signature Style on Jeans? Best pop on over and see… that’s what I’m doing next 😉
Hi Sarah, thanks for another enjoyable chat. I have to confess to a few more that 7 pairs of jeans 🙄they are a staple for me. My preferred styles are straight, ankle cropped and the classic skinny 🤷♀️Gxx
YOU ARE SO CUTE!YOU LOOK LIKE A YOUNG THING TO ME!WELL,TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION I HAVE ONE PAIR OF JEANS THAT ARENOT THE REAL DEAL…………….I WEAR THEM TO GARDEN IN.I WOULD NEVER WEAR OUTSIDE THE CASA!I DO LIKE THE WIDE LEG BOTTOMS BEST BUT COULD NEVER FIND ANY ON LINE WHEN THEY BECAME POPULAR……….LIKE YOU I NEED TO TRY ON FIRST!LOVE THE LOOK WITH A MAXI DRESS……..THAT I CAN SEE DOING COME FALL!
OFF TO VISIT THE GALS…………..XXX
How fab! I wonder if one day I’ll never wear them outside the casa 🤔 I’m going to experiment in the coming weeks with dresses over them 😉
I think if you feel comfort in them, you should have more, it means you’ll wear them Gretchen 🙏🏻
Hi Sarah, I always love your perspective and doing this with you. The jeans that look good on you are so different than what flatters me, so it’s great we do this collaboration with the three of us. The wide leg styles look chic and I especially love the dark wide ones in the last two photos on you! I also have always like the idea of a dress over jeans and the ladies who pull this look off always seem arty and cool. I definitely am going to try that again come fall. Loved this post! xo Kim
Love this post. I did not know that you are long waisted and short legged as well. How do you wear shirt waist dresses? They always hit me right below my boobs!! I am totally a jean lover but if I looked as fabulous as you in dresses I would wear them!! Just love doing these with you!! I so hope you are out of jail soon!!
Such a compliment. Thank you. I think it’s that we have different body shapes. I’m thigh and bottom heavy, so tighter jeans only emphasise that. It’s great we get to chat about a topic and have a different perspective.
Yes! I love doing this too! Thank you 🙏🏻 You should definitely wear Jeans all the time! They are so cool on you..just the way they are. You are definitely rock the casual girl next door kinda look!