And if there’s any form of shopping that resembles the fate of Sisyphus, it’s shopping for the perfect jeans. Jean shopping is a journey filled with hard work, frustration, more hard work, and frequent, bitter disappointment. And then when you find the perfect pair, they wear out, and you have to start the whole painful process all over again.
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.
Or even straight. Like my Paige jeans that have worn out. Still slim, but a bit wider at the bottom and so more easily worn over boots.
|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?
This is a shot of Kim Hersov modeling her take on flared jeans, for Net-a-porter’s free, weekly on-line magazine The Edit. I love their features in which Kim and Tallulah Harlech describe how to take trends from runway to real life. The January 15 issue included a “Denim Workshop” with Kim and Tallulah which you can check out here.
|Net-a-porter.com Denim Workshop|
But, I don’t know that I’m ready for flares. I like boot cut jeans though. They could be a good compromise between skinnies and flares, couldn’t they? I own a pair of 7-For All Mankind boot-cut jeans from a couple of years ago. I still like them even though I rarely wear them. They look fine with boots, a casual turtleneck, and a scarf. Although, to be truthful, I’d really prefer my skinny Tory Burch cords with this outfit.
Or I could pair my boot-cut jeans with this animal print sweater from Eli Tahari. Looks good, I think.
- 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.