Call me a ‘late adopter’ if you will, but I have struggled for quite a while with the patterned denim trend. Whilst I liked them on others, somehow they didn’t seem quite ‘me’. I did buy a pair of stone coloured jeans last summer with a very small floral pattern, but I couldn’t seem to make them work with the rest of my wardrobe, so they were rarely worn. Perhaps, having to contend with the unwanted patterns of psoriasis plaques on my legs, I simply couldn’t summon up the enthusiasm for patterns on my jeans either. Whatever the reason, it was a trend that I never really committed to.
However, I was in Dunnes Stores last week to pick up a few groceries. For those of you who are not familiar this store, it’s probably mid-way between Primark and M&S, but as it has a large grocery section, any clothes bought there simply don’t count as clothing expenditure in my book. (And this my friends, is why I’d never make a good accountant) Out of the corner of my eye, I spied these jeans hanging on a sales rail, and how delighted was I when I saw they were in my size? Patterned indeed, but so subtly done that I figured I would try them on and maybe gingerly move towards a less conventional denim. Just dipping my toe into the water, so to speak!
They are black skinnies with a very slight, almost leopard, pattern in dark grey. Given that I have a multitude of grey tops in my wardrobe, I decided to purchase as, joy of joys, they actually fit me. So here they are … a side shot for you all, as I was feeling particularly un-photogenic when this picture was taken. For those who are interested, the wraparound cardigan is from last season All Saints and the boots are from Dune, formerly seen here.
As you can see, it wasn’t the most daring purchase as from a distance they look like plain black skinnies. However, a close-up shot should help to reveal the pattern. I wore shoe boots for this shot, so you can all appreciate the zip detail at the end of each leg. (I’m pretty sure that this was a style favoured in the ‘80s, but I’m staunchly ignoring the rule that if you wore it first time round, you shouldn’t wear it again).
Finally, as the debate on the boyfriend jean still rages on (you think I jest?!) I plan to explore this in more detail next week. Further to my post before Christmas, I’m still unsure as to how those of us with psoriasis should wear them, particularly in the summer months. I’m also struggling with the concept of rolling them up. Being of petite stature, I’m not sure that I want to make my legs look even shorter. However, I’m playing around with the look at the moment and shall report back next week.
Have a good weekend.