As I mentioned last week, the great debate on the recent popularity of the boyfriend jean has taken centre stage in many magazines and amongst many bloggers. This first came to my attention towards the end of last year and I was determined that, in my quest to ensure that psoriasis does not prevent sufferers from being as trendily dressed as the next person, I would figure out how to rock the look.
I wasn’t as brave as Kat on doesmybumlook40inthis, who not only went shopping for some boyfriend jeans, but also took pictures of herself in a variety of pairs to illustrate how they simply didn’t work on her slim frame. Alas, ‘tis not my slim frame that is the problem, but rather the fact that I’m convinced the boyfriend jean makes me look even shorter than I am. In fact it makes my legs, by far the slimmest part of me, look like short little stumps. I then referred to Sue at Susie So So, who has been hailed by many as the Queen of the Boyfriend Jean! She too is of petite stature and her top tip was to take a pair of straight jeans and roll them up.
Deciding that I would worry about the ankle/leg exposure when the weather became warmer, my first step was to ensure that this was a look that suited. As much as I want to be on trend with the current fashions, I refuse to wear something that doesn’t suit me just because it’s currently in vogue. So, tah dah! Here are the results of my trials. First up a very happy Flaky Fashionista in her skinny jeans, worn with a sequin sweater purchased in the Zara sale a few weeks ago (complete bargain at €16; the metallic bronze and navy threads conceal flaking and it's lined inside so doesn't irritate the skin. Result!) and her beloved wedge trainers from Carl Scarpa
So happy in fact, I’ll show you another picture!
And now here I am in my straight jeans. These are a pair of Esprit jeans that I bought a few years ago in TK Maxx. (Jumper from Gap and shoe boots from Dunnes Stores - both old) I'm not quite so happy with this look, but it's not too bad.
Are you ready? This is the straight jean rolled up and worn with boots. Confession time. I tried these with a pair of knee high boots as (oh the shame!) I do not have a pair of ankle boots to my name. Shocking indeed, but somehow in the overhaul of shoes and boots in the last while, investments were made in wedge trainers and knee high flats instead of ankle boots. Clearly something I will need to address, although to be honest, they’re not something I hugely missed until trying out styles to fit with the boyfriend jean trend.
So what do you think? I really don’t think that this look works on me. I think my legs look ridiculous, I’m completely out of proportion and suddenly my derriere looks like it’s expanded massively in width. (No smart comments please - this was the best in a series of horrendous photos - hence I'm laughing!) If anything, I think this demonstrates the truth of the rule that if one is small, trousers/jeans should be worn long with a high heel to elongate the leg.
Now I understand completely that there are many of you for whom the boyfriend jean is a look that works superbly. I appreciate that there are those of you with skin disorders who still want to be able to work this look. I will not abandon the cause, but will strive to find a solution for you. However, I think that this is probably the last shot you’ll see of me in rolled up jeans. I don’t like it, I don’t feel comfortable and I don’t think it suits me.
I’d love to hear your thoughts? Are you determined to wear the boyfriend jean this year because it’s become the new favourite with the fashion pack? Or are you too attached to your skinnies to consider another look?
See you on Wednesday for my weekly wish.