Back to Basics

Relaxed denim ootdToday 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

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  1. March 31, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    Oh you totally need to wear jeans more often SJ, you look AWESOME in denim! x

    • SJ
      May 27, 2015 / 12:04 am

      Thanks so much Laura! I’m pleasantly surprised by how comfy/stylish I feel in them! I sense a jeans shopping spree coming! x

  2. March 31, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    These are beautiful! I really like Paige Denim, you’re so lucky you can pop to Nordstrom Rack ha! My favourite brand is Hudson Jeans, look out for them next time you’re browsing the rails! ♥

    • SJ
      May 27, 2015 / 12:07 am

      Hudson, noted! Will definitely keep my eyes peeled :)

  3. April 1, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    I love the jeans with the striped top. I never usually wear jeans I live in a uniform of oversize top and leggings haha, but I’d definitely buy a pair if I find the perfect ones (which I find quite difficult). Definitely liking the ripped jeans look though.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

  4. April 6, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    You look gorgeous here, these jeans fit you like a dream!

    Maria xxx

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