Jeff and I have been doing the konmari method of decluttering, and when I was going through my clothes I came across these jeans at the back of the closet my heart skipped a beat. I’ve had these boyfriend jeans in my closet for well over a year now, and I’d bought these and been super excited about trying out this trend. I’ve worn them only a handful of times, and each time I felt self-conscious and un-pretty. But as I held them in my hand I still felt a flurry of excitement for them and decided to keep them for up to six weeks in order to find a way to make them work for me. And as you can imagine, that’s exactly what I’ve done!
For starters, I’m petite. I know I’ve mentioned that quite a bit in my blog, but at 5’2″ (or about 157cm!) I can really struggle to find clothes that fit off the rack. Most of the times I buy the closest fit for me and then ‘cheat’ the fit, by cuffing, tucking, rolling, whatever. Other times I buy the closest fit and then have it tailored to fit.
I bought these jeans in ‘normal’ sizing, taking the oversized style to a whole new level. I’ve tried rolling them but it gets super thick, and I’ve tried cuffing over a few times but it looks pretty odd! After I decided to keep them I took a look at Pinterest and felt inspired to try a single large cuff. With just a peek of my ankles showing I felt like the proportion actually looked nice, and I didn’t feel self-conscious about hiding behind so much material!
With all the decluttering I’ve (gasp!) gotten rid of all but two pairs of heels; my wedding shoes and a pair of heeled sandals made the cut. As much as I love how I look in heels I don’t like how I feel, so I decided to commit myself to fashion and styles that I like in both respects.
But when it came to picking the shoes for this outfit I was feeling a bit lost for inspiration: everything I found online showed petites wearing their boyfriend jeans with sky high heels. And when I searched for boyfriend jeans and flats I found many tall women with little or no cuffs on their boyfriend jeans and cute, delicate flats. That’s great and all, but lacking style inspiration I started trying on every shoe I wore before I settled on my Dr Martens loafers. I think it’s a winner!
Next I had to find a top silhouette that worked for me, and because it’s winter I started by trying on my boyfriend shirts. And you know what? I was satisfied on the first go!
But on this particular day I was going to be out and about in the cold and the wet all day, so I reached for an oversized knit jumper and I was just as pleased. This one is from M&S but I can’t see it on their website (I picked it up on the high street) but there are a bunch of similar styles in various colours on ASOS.
It wouldn’t be a day out of town for me without my trusty leather rucksack, which is perfect for carrying my camera, book and wallet!
I bet you recognise this Liquorish blanket scarf from previous looks because it’s one of my staple items this year, but I think the coat is new to the blog. This one is from Zara and is a few years old. It’s a cosy wool blend so it keeps me warm and it has a hood to keep my hair dry when it drizzles, making it my go-to coat when I’m going to be out and about in the winter.
Before I’d left the house I’d twisted my hair into a simple bun, but I wanted to make it look a little bit fancy so I wrapped my Vielma London scarf around the top.
How do you style boyfriend jeans? Have you ever worn them with flats? What are your styling suggestions, I’d love to know!