A friend did remind me earlier of the fabulous cargo pants that Uniqlo do which I tried on last year and I'm sure I did like. But eschewed on the basis that they'd need extensive ironing, ergo they would never make it out of the laundry basket. Please tell me I'm not the only one who would rather poke pins in my eyes than do the ironing? In the next couple of weeks I'm going to try them back on under the premise of research for trousers to wear in the Spring other than skinny jeans.
I did try on last year and loved the J Brand Earharts but they were clam digger length on me and seeing as they're cuffed at the bottom, did actually look like 80's stylee pedal pushers. That'll be a no.
So, as you may or may not have noticed, my trouser of choice, is that of the skinny variety. Be it a jean, a trouser - hell, even a printed jean - as varied as the fabric and colour may be, the fact remains, they're still a skinny jean.
Now I do think there is an argument that says if something does work for you, it's flattering and you feel comfortable in it, plus you're able to change the look by adding different tops and shoes, then why on earth not just stick with it. You can spend more on quality or justify a more expensive pair you like, as the cost per wear with something you live in, makes financial sense (well at the very least this is how I sell it to The Husband - he's a sensible man and buys this, so trust me ladies, it works).
But as much as 95% of the time there is nothing else I would rather wear, there is the odd day when I just feel like a change.
The weather isn't helping (no shit sherlock). In the Spring/Summer I'm much happier to wear maxi dresses and maxi skirts with sandals but as bored as I am of wearing skinny jeans, I draw the line at wet feet.
And today, yet again, it was chuffing raining. I had planned on wearing sandals and something with a much more summery edge but the weather was just pants. All day. (on the upside, I didn't look like a complete numpty in my exceptionally Autumnal outfit)
So raiding the wardrobe, I dragged out a pair of kick flare Jessie jeans. I bought these last year as I absolutely loved the fit. But I never wear them. Primarily as I have a sizeable "shoe/boot to go with a kick flare jean" hole in my wardrobe. It irritates me (clearly I lived a charmed life if this is what I can define as irritation but I'm sure you know where I'm coming from) that the heel needs to be a specific size. And with these jeans (due to giraffe style appendages masquerading as legs) it needs to be a mid heel. Which I relegate happily to my shelf of "Things that look great on other people but I feel like a tool in".
The mid heel. Bleurgh. Because I'm tall, I always feel like they're saying "ooh look at me tall person venturing out in a heel but only a mid heel as otherwise I'd be just ridiculously tall" Whereas the real me says "balls to being ridiculously tall. Everyone's legs look so much better in towering heels. My middle name is fashion victim not sensible mid heel person" (this will of course bite me on my sagging bum when, come 50, I have bunions the size of eggs and the sensible mid heel person is skipping around like a spring lamb. Bridge. Cross.)
Which is a shame, as I'm loving the selection of mid heel sandals that are around for the Spring. I just don't feel comfortable in them. I did even buy a pair of mid heel clog sandals (to wear with the jeans below - that's when you know you need help - when you buy a pair of shoes just so you can wear the new jeans you bought. Total Bob shopping) from NW3 by Hobbs last year. And they're gorgeous. They're really really cute. But I feel mumsytastic in them. A midlife, approaching 40, crisis just waiting to happen. Tis me, not them.
Back on topic - if you are of a more normal height then I think kick flare jeans are a fabulous smart casual option. Topshop recently did the Jessie in black as well, although they seem to have disappeared from their website (interesting observation - out of 104 jean they have online at TS, only 7 pairs of them aren't skinny. Seems I'm not the only one with a skinny obsession) If you do have a smart casual work code, these can easily pass as trousers, teamed with a lovely blouse (blog about blouses on list of things to do) and (obviously - this is me after all) blazer.
Today though, I have them on in dark indigo.
Dark indigo Jessie kick flare jeans - Topshop
Navy and silver lurex striped top - Topshop
Grey double breasted cropped jacket - Topshop
Leopard print scarf - Louis Vuitton
Chestnut knee high mid heel boots - LK Bennett (as old as Rugrat 2 - on their last legs but due to earlier mentioned issue with mid heel I don't want to replace them)
Tan shopper - Zara
Tan leather and rivet cuff - Mulberry
And oh bum, this was supposed to be a brief blog. Hmmmm.
Tomorrow, regardless of the weather and what I end up wearing, I am determined to eventually talk about something summery and so flat sandals are the name of the day (flat, not mid - noted)
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