If I had to describe my style, I’d reference Blair Waldorf, youthful femininity, and the 1960’s. I like to dress like “ladies who lunch.” I adore the now-outdated mentality of dressing up everyday, simply because you should. I love ruffled skirts, floral dresses, and pale pink tights.
None of this, however, works with jeans.
I own three pairs of jeans: one pair of dark wash skinnies from Citizens of Humanity, one pair of medium wash trouser jeans from It!, and one medium wash mid-rise bootcut from Topshop. I wear them so rarely that my sister asks me if I’m sick whenever I do. I feel less comfortable – not to mention less confident – in jeans and a t-shirt than I do in a high-waisted skirt and colorful tights. For whatever reason, I feel sloppy, lazy, and less feminine in jeans. I dread shopping for jeans because it’s challenging for me to find a pair that fits well; I’ve inherited height from my dad and hips from my mom, which ensures that most jeans look like ill-fitting high-water pants on me.
However, after seeing some decidedly chic denim-wearing girls with an air of, “What, this old thing?” that a Waldorf-esque dress can’t quite convey, I’m rethinking my grudge against jeans.
From left to right: The Stylish Wanderer, Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere, and Kate Moss. Don’t they look so chic? There’s a certain je ne sais quoi, a laidback androgyny that I admire. I think it’s time for me to strike a balance in my wardrobe and make more room in my closet for denim.
On Sunday, I wore my trouser jeans with a sheer lace top over a bright red Sugarlips tank and a pair of heeled oxfords in an attempt to feminize the menswear-inspired cut of the jeans. Today, I tucked a loose, gray tee into my skinny jeans and let my black and white printed rain boots take center stage. I do admit that the right pair of jeans (when styled well) can be flattering and stylish. Besides, even Blair wears jeans once in awhile!
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I already want a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans for spring, white skinnies for summer, and black denim leggings for fall! Any tips on how to transition to wearing jeans? Do you wear jeans?
– Mademoiselle Hannah