I need a new pair of jeans. No... really... I do.
My Paige Hidden Hills, straight legged jeans recently bit the dust The fabric went all pucker-y in places, which is not surprising, since I wore them all the time and evidently washed the stretch right out of them. My J-brand skinnies still look good, but I vowed last fall to replace them. They're low rise. And therefore difficult to keep up, and thus enormously annoying. I have other jeans, of course. But not ones that I love. Not the "perfect jeans."
So. I begin a journey this week. And what does this journey have to do with that guy pushing the rock? Well, that's King Sisyphus. According to ancient Greek mythology, he got on the wrong side of a bunch of Greek gods and was punished. His punishment was to roll a huge boulder up a hill. And when he reached the top, he had to watch it roll all the way back down to the bottom. Then he descended the hill and began his task all over again. For eternity.
So, as I said. I am beginning this journey. Again. Well actually, I began it last week. I made one futile trip to the mall and came home empty handed. I hadn't done my homework thoroughly enough. I mean what exactly was I looking for, anyway?
I consulted Net-a-porter.com my go-to source for fashion inspiration. And the editors there say that flared jeans are the "jeans of the season." I know that flares quietly reappeared a season or so ago. But... "jeans of the season?"
Images of jeans, like the ones below, are NOT consistent with the image of the "perfect jeans" that I've carried around in my head for the past few years.
See, this is the look I have aspired to for a while now. Skinny jeans with flats, or low heels and a sweater, or with high heels and dressed up a bit with a jacket. Black, dark blue, or distressed, full length, cropped, or rolled ... but always... skinny.
St Laurent jeans at net-a-porter.com J- Brand jeans at net-a-porter.com Rag and Bone at net-a-porter.com
|Paige Hidden Hills Straight at Paige.com|
But flares? I was a teenager in the seventies. We wore flares that were so wide in the leg, and so long that we stepped on them. And the hem in the back always looked chewed up. It took me years (and years) to feel comfortable wearing pants that didn't drag on the ground. Could I actually go there again? Did I want to go there again?
|Net-a-porter.com Denim Workshop|
Now, I do like this Theory silk shirt, v-neck sweater, and long, black Elie Tahari jacket with my boot-cut jeans. And that's good... because I'm getting tired of trying stuff on and going "meh." It seems to me that anything boot-cut jeans can do, skinny jeans can do better. Or more chic-ly.
And then I found these jeans in my trunk... where I store stuff that I'm not currently wearing but haven't decided to weed out yet. These are Paige jeans, supposedly boot-cut, but much wider in the leg. They're really more like... flares... actually.
I tried them here with my brown, suede, low-heeled Prada booties, a white tee shirt, and my much loved, brown Akris leather jacket. And this wool scarf which I also love. And, that ain't all I love... I kind of love this whole look. With the scarf layered outside...or inside.
So what exactly have I achieved today? Hmmm. Let's see.
- Well, I've done my homework. I researched my topic, learned some stuff about how to wear flares.
- I've created a couple of outfits that I like with my 7-For All Mankind boot-cut/compromise jeans.
- I may have gone some, small way in overcoming my fear of flares; I'd definitely wear these Paige flare-ish jeans with my leather jacket and Prada booties.
- But, more importantly, I have learned that, while boot-cut may be a good compromise between skinnies and flares, and though flares are the "jeans of the season," my heart is still with a long, lean look. And for that I want a slim or straightleg (even if not a skinny) jean. And one with a higher rise.
So, let the journey continue. Armed with a much clearer idea of what I want, and don't want. I'll be off. I've shopping to do. Many, many pairs of jeans to try on...and discard...before I find my "perfect jeans."
I know there will be jeans that are too low in the rise, and ones that are too high and feel like they come up to my armpits. There will be jeans that are too skinny and tight in the leg, and ones that are too baggy, or too short, or too big in the bum. There will be jeans that make me feel fat, and ones that will make my legs look like sticks. It's a tough, frustrating journey, the search for the perfect jeans. One might even say Sisyphean.
And you know...once I find them. Once I get that darned rock to the top of the hill. I may have to buy two pairs. And thus delay its rolling back to the bottom... at least for while longer.
What are your perfect jeans? And is shopping for them a Sisyphean job for you?
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