Today I’m talking basics or, more specifically, jeans. Back in the day (the day being when Evanescence were on the radio and Buffy Summers was my idol ) I owned a ton of jeans – bootleg, flare, patchwork, skater, even a pair or two of skinny jeans, paired with ballet flats, naturally.
But then I started university, discovered vintage and the wonder that is floral printed trousers, and somehow all my jeans found their way to my local charity shop. I just didn’t get the casual urge anymore. I hung on to a black pair and some that were strictly reserved for festivals and camping, but even the latter bit the dust when we moved, along with a pair I picked up in a recent clothes swap. To me jeans signified casual, ordinary, uniform and dull, but I’ve finally realised what I’ve been missing out on.
Jeans can be a uniform but they are also an iconic piece of clothing that originated as a sign of change and rebellion, which is perhaps why they look so darn good paired with leather, leopard print and tartan. Jeans are an easy choice – they go well with everything, even vintage blouses, and there are no hidden surprises.
I decided to ease myself back into the denim game with this pair of skinnies from Paige Denim. Paige are an LA based brand but I actually found them in Nordstrom Rack for a stitch (geddit?) of the original price. I’ve only had them for a couple of weeks but they are fast becoming a wardrobe staple, and the perfect accessory for my growing collection of Breton-themed t-shirts.
Now that jeans are back on my radar, what should I try next? I’m thinking ripped at the knee… Tell me what your favourite brand/style is in the comments below.
Blue ‘Verdugo’ jeans – Paige Denim via Nordstrom Rack / White and blue stripped t-shirt – Zara / Oak ‘Effie’ bag – Mulberry / Tan Chelsea boots – c/o Topshop, Cabot Circus