For as long as I can remember, jeans have been my uniform. For me, they’re a staple, so comfortable, they can take me from day to night and they keep me warm (it is England after all). So obviously, a jean trend would be the first bandwagon I’d jump on – and I have done all my life.
I remember S Club 7 esque flares in the 90’s, moving into Avril Lavigne baggy pants in the early 00’s, Kate Moss turned skinnies into a full blown revolution, then most recently were the rips, providing many the over 50 with the “don’t you think you need some new jeans” joke, despite knowing you bought them from Topshop just yesterday. We’ve had mid-rise, ridiculously low-rise and the ever-flattering high-rise, so I guess we really have had it all.
Jeans are unlike any other trend out there. Where things like peplums, cold shoulders and platform trainers, have long been forgotten – jeans will never truly die. Instead they mutate from season to season, giving us something fresh to lust over. You never have to worry when you’re bored of a certain silhouette as you can guarantee another will be on the horizon. But maybe not any more… I’ve recently been wondering, have we depleted our creative resources when it comes to all things denim?
On my quest for new jeans last week I was faced with so many styles I didn’t know where to start. When did there become no reigning jeans trend? It seems that nowadays anything goes. I’ve seen skinny, straight, flared, boot cut, boyfriend, mom, ripped, zipped, embellished, embroidered, cargo pocketed, and ankle baring is incorporated into pretty much all of the above. Don’t even get me started on colours.
I do however think this is a really good thing. No trend means everything is a trend. As I’ve gotten older and my body has changed shape I’ve learnt that not all styles suit me. I also don’t like wearing the exact same thing as everyone else –remember knee slits being on absolutely everyone a year ago? I hated it. I get bored of trends quite quickly.
Currently though, I must admit, I do love the bare ankle and raw edge trend, rather than a neat hem. Strange when I think back to the school days of getting harassed if you’d grown out of your trousers – ‘ankle bashers’ was the name I seem to recall.
When it comes to inspiration, Victoria Beckham is hands down my jeans idol. She has been through so many fashion crazes. The style that she has currently landed on, however, is my fave. This woman knows how to work a white t-shirt and a pair of jeans and I love her for it. Every fit of denim known to man, looks incredible on VB. So if you fancy changing up your jeans look, just check out good ol’ Posh Spice.
Recently I have been loving the return of relaxed fits and retro inspired designs, or as I like to call it, the ‘happy medium’ denim – straight leg. This is the jean you turn to if you’re unsure about a boyfriend design or fancy a break from the skin-tight, it suits pretty much everyone.
I ended my trip with two pairs, one (of course) a mid-blue straight leg that I’ve turned up as they’re a 34” leg and I am not, but I really loved the style. The second, is a deep indigo skinny, my slightly posher pair. I plan on cutting the excess inches and hem off both of these jeans, but thought I’d post pictures of the originals so you’d know what to look for in the shop. Both are from Topshop and both are lush.