Do not breathe a word of this to my extensive skinny jeans collection but I may or may not have purchased a pair of boyfriend jeans.
And I may have been very happy with said purchase. So happy in fact, I planned a whole outfit around said jeans on a recent work trip to Sydney.
I know, I don’t know who I am either.
One minute I’m banging on about skinny or slim leg jeans being the most universally flattering jean for all body shapes; the next I’m turning my back on my own advice and getting my boyfriends on.
I blame these jeans from Embody Denim for making me cheat on my skinnies. I had trust in designer Natalie Wakeling that she’d know how to create a boyfriend jean that would work for a size 16 hip, ok legs and a flat bottom.
Turns out she did. I think I’d like a more narrow leg but the fit around the hips and stomach just works – as does the wider waistband.
Why I think I won’t be ditching my preference for skinny leg styles any time soon is that to make this look really work for me, it requires heels and a bit of feminine contrasting with a softer shirt. So not really my everyday kind of wear.
I love skinnies as you can throw them on with a pair of ballet flats and you’re good to go. Ballets with these (even rolled up) looked a bit clown-like.
But if the occasion calls for heels, then yes, I’ll pull on these jeans again. And again. It’s always good stretch your fashion comfort zone, I say.
Embody Denim jeans (sizes 12-22; I’m wearing 16) | Mr Rose silk shirt (from last year) layered over this muffin-minimising tank | Country Road jacket (from two years ago) | Michael Kors watch (freshly purchased for me in NYC … thanks Mr and Mrs Romance) | Aussie Girls Love Shoes Bordeaux heels*
Can I talk about THOSE shoes? Too bad if you said no, because I’m going to talk. I’m a LOT in love with them. Mr SY even likes these.
They’re feminine, fun and offer just the right kind of statement a shoe should. What’s more they hail from a new, independent online shoe store that was created because of the designer’s own passion for beautifully designed, well-made shoes.
I’m an exclusive shoe designer for women who love to feel glamorous and be noticed without the designer price tag to freak out hubby or the bank manager – Dawn Harris, AGL Shoes
The lazy-girl in me kicked in. It was my second trip to Sydney in a week and instead of grappling with a hotel hairdryer and squeezing my styling irons into my cabin bag, I booked ahead online to have my hair washed and styled at the nearest Blow Dry Bar. It $40 well spent and I was in and out in 45 minutes. Much like this one time I was in New York …
I stayed overnight at the QT Sydney and couldn’t resist using the hotel’s lobby and lounge area as a backdrop. I love how this chain of hotels is turning upside down the concept of what a hotel and its rooms should look like (here’s a post from when I first stayed at the QT last year), turning them into interesting and fun places to stay.
Ok, so what say you re boyfriend jeans? What do you wear your boyfriends with? What brand has worked for you? And how much do you love a statement shoe?
* These shoes were sent to me for editorial consideration.