I’ve had a relationship with jeans since as long as I can remember. And I’m always on the search for the perfect pair. I don’t know where I got it from exactly, as my mum is more of a skirt and dress wearer and I don’t actually remember her wearing jeans that often when I was growing up. I think it might started with GAP, although I’m not entirely sure. I still remember a pair of baby blue jeans my dad bought my when I was about 7 or 8, which were rather cool, even if I do say so myself ;)
Anyway whenever it happened, I have followed and succumbed to all the denim trends growing up - skinny, drainpipes, flared, wide-legged, cropped, mom jeans, tapered, straight-legged. You name it, I’ve worn it. (And made a lot of mistakes along the way.) Black, all the blues, white, pink, cream, yellow. 90s inspired acid wash (from my East London, Dalston days) and of course vintage… There are a few things that I’ve learnt along the way, so I’ve put together my top tips when wearing jeans and my edit of the high to low brands. Although I will say, it is worth investing in a really good pair of jeans as they will enhance your body shape - particularly your peach (and who doesn’t want that..) and last for years. My current favourite derriere-enhancing styles are the Levis Wedgie fit and Citizens of Humanity Charlotte High Rise Straight Jeans (featured in the photos).
Unless you have very little hips, I suggest you wear high-wasted. I would love to wear a pair of lower slung boyfriend jeans, but they just don’t suit me. There’s no room for my bum and I also don’t want to show off my underwear when I sit down…
A slight flare will help create the illusion of curves if you don’t have many...
If you’re on the short side avoid cropped styles (same goes for trousers) they will cut your legs in half and make you look shorter!
Size down (if you can and can still sit down) as most jeans, even if they’re a stiff denim will stretch
Wash your jeans inside out so you don’t dilute the colour
White will make you look bigger than you are, whereas black and darker shades of denim are slimming
Wear thongs with jeans or a very good barely there tanga - nobody likes a VPL
THE DENIM EDIT
Low-end: under €100€ (& Other Stories, COS, Arket, Levis, GAP and Weekday)
Mid-range: under €300 (Madewell, Acne, Citizens of Humanity)
High-end: over €300 (Goldsign, Isabel Marant, Balenciaga)