Finally, finally we’re having white jeans weather. Hot, but not too hot, sunny, breezy, beautiful. And I’ve been wearing my white jeans with everything. They pretty much go with whatever I feel like wearing on top. Black, blue, red, navy, tan, camel, stripes, prints, whatever. They’re a neutral, I guess. And they’ve been a summer staple for me since the seventies.
The thing that is so great about white jeans, and about jeans in general these days, is that they come in so many styles and cuts. There’s something for every body type. For instance, this is my latest pair of white jeans. Frame cropped, mini boot-cut, with cool embroidery down the leg, and a released hem. (You can find a similar pair without the embroidery here.) Very seventies. Well, almost. If they were truly seventies, they’d be much, much longer, and I’d be walking all over the back of them. Ha. I bought these jeans a month or so ago, but I’ve been waiting for proper white jean weather to wear them.
I’ve been trying my new jeans with all kinds of combinations from my closet. I like them with my tan safari jacket, and the brown sandals that I got on sale at Aldo. But for a true seventies vibe they need something like this old Tory Burch tunic, with its linen-y feel, and bell-sleeves. If I had something in cheesecloth I’d be channelling the summer of ’75 … again.
I’ve written before about my quest to expand my jeans horizons, about trying to find a pair of cropped flares to suit me. But with my short waist, narrow hips, and stick-like ankles the quest has been a futile one. Now it seems that I should have been looking for cropped boot-cut jeans instead. The cropped boot-cut is slim through the hip and thigh, which I like. And the narrow flare suits my skinny ankles and skinnier feet better than a wider flare. The eyelet embroidery down the leg is just a serendipitous little extra.
I have more white jeans in my arsenal than these new cropped, boot-cut ones. I also have a pair of Frame high-rise, straight-leg jeans (below) that I bought last summer. Like all white jeans, they go with whatever I decide to wear on top. Last weekend when I was heading out for a day of shopping with my sister, I wore them with my old black Stuart Weitzman loafers, and a black Vince tee shirt. Easy, peasy dressing. I do love black tops with white jeans.
Well-cut tee shirts, like the one I’m wearing from Vince, can make summer dressing effortless. That’s because unlike many tees, they don’t really need a third piece to make the outfit complete. These Vince tees are tidy around the neck and shoulders, not schlumpy or saggy. And they are loose enough around the middle for me to be comfortable wearing them without a jacket or sweater.
For the past number of years my expanding middle-age middle has made wearing many of the tee shirt brands I used to favour out of the question, unless I’m also wearing a jacket. Except for my white Vince tee, which I’ve had for several years and which really needs replacing. I couldn’t find Vince tees anywhere this spring, or a comparable brand, so I ordered a white one and a black one on-line. They are pricier than some other basic tees, but I’ve yet to find any other brand that suits me as well.
So, this is me on Saturday waiting for my sister to arrive. And waiting. Ha. She’s always late. But never mind. In the meantime, I was able to get two loads of laundry done and hung out on the clothesline. And in between loads, I had a second cup of tea, and a good book to read. What was the hurry? Later, we had a lovely time shopping at Escape in the Glebe. Carolyn scored some fabulous pants and tees. Then we came home and had cold roast chicken and salad for lunch on the deck. I call that a great day. Not to mention the fact that I felt crisp, cool, and comfortable all day in my white jeans and tee.
Yep, it’s been wonderful weather for wearing white jeans lately. I’ve been wearing my white jeans and whatever. They go with everything. These two pairs will probably be my go-to white jeans for the next while. I also have a pair of cropped, skinny NYDJ jeans I bought to take to France in 2015, and a really old pair of Hudson jeans that I chopped off a year or so ago, in a DIY experiment. They’re both still wearable, in a pinch. In case of a white jeans emergency. Ha. And I’ve been thinking that since I had such good luck with DIY before, I may chop the NYDJ off into shorts. Not ghastly short, short shorts. As if. But maybe shorts that fall just above the knee, kind of cycling shorts style. I could participate in a trend without spending a cent. I’m still thinking about that one.
You know, my friend Liz, whom I am fond of quoting, says everyone needs a jeans wardrobe these days. I agree. But it does seem as if I am accumulating a white jeans wardrobe as well. I now have four pairs of white jeans. And I’m wondering… is that terribly extravagant of me, do you think?
No wait. Don’t answer that.
Instead, why don’t you tell us about your white jeans wardrobe? If you have one. Or even better, your summer fashion extravagances. That would make me feel so much better.
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