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.
For accessories I kept it simple with my two January sale buys: a Nixon watch via ASOS and a Halcyon Days Agama bangle in cobalt which was on offer for better than half price.
How do you style boyfriend jeans? Have you ever worn them with flats? What are your styling suggestions, I’d love to know!
I love this look Katie !! It looks so effortless – you totally rock the boyfriend jeans girl !!! The jumper is also beautiful !
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Thanks Saira! It was really cosy and I felt much more casual than I looked… until I caught my reflection! Definitely an outfit I’ll wear again. x
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