Jeans shopping. The two words no one wants to hear. I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair for longer than I can remember. For the last few years the skinny jean has ruled the high street and our hearts. For me the perfect skinnies were high waisted, lots of stretch and no wrinkling at the knee. Easier said than found!
Now, however, different styles have come back into fashion. Flared, girlfriend, boyfriend, Mom jeans, straight leg, skinnies, where to start? Particularly difficult when the models we see them on rarely resemble our own body shapes. My husband regularly comments on the amount of jeans I have but for me that perfect fit can change adepending on the practicalities of my day, the weather and of course how much I’m planning to eat. I spend a lot of my time crawling about after a toddler so I need to know that my jeans can keep up and stay up, bum flashing is never a good look for stay and play!
Below are a selection of jeans styled in different ways. My main motivation for this post was representation. I think it’s important to see clothes on different bodies, not just the idealised ones we are used to seeing everywhere. I am a size 14 or 16 in jeans and I will talk about the fit in each post, I’ll also put the link to each outfit in case you see anything you like!
The Primark Skinnies
Skin tight, midwaisted and fitted through the leg.
Primark jeans only in store., Shirt from M&S Here, Jacket from ASOS similar Here, Oversized jumper old Zara, similar Here (also comes in tall and petite.)
Fit: 7/10 These are a 14 and felt very tight when I first put them on, they stretched quite quickly and are now a little bit loose on the waist. They don’t wrinkle at the knee though which is a plus!
Stretch: 7/10 Not loads of stretch but enough to make them comfy, very fitted on the legs.
Value for money: At £11 per pair they are great value per wear.
The M&S ‘Mom’ Jeans
These were the first style I felt comfy in after having Ted. Very high waisted with a tapered leg.
Jeans are M&S currently out of stock online but were in the sale in store. Similar ASOS ones Here, Blouse from Warehouse Here, trench coat old from M&S, similar Here jumper from H&M Here.
Fit: 9/10 These are a 14 and were super comfy from the first wear. I like the way they can be turned up at the ankle for a more casual look. They come in three different leg lengths, as do the ASOS ones I’ve linked below.
Stretch: 9/10 The perfect amount of stretch. I could easily eat a roast dinner in these and not have to undo a button.
Value for money: 8/10 These were £28 and I wear them at least twice a week as they’re so comfy so definitely good value per wear.
The H&M Cropped Flare
Sitting at the ankle, flare from below the knee with a very 70s vibe.
Jeans H&M Here, Nana cardigan Hygge North Here, leopard print loafers ASOS Here, Blouse Warehouse as above.
Fit: 5/10 These are a sixteen and are too big on my waist, I have to wear a belt but any smaller and they wouldn’t fit on my bum. These jeans are well out of my comfort zone but they are comfy and I like being able to create a more vintage look with them.
Stretch: 7/10 almost too much stretch as they quickly become loose.
Value for Money: 8/10 These are £25 and although I won’t wear them as much as the straighter legs I think that’s a good price for jeans.
The George at Asda Boyfriend Jeans.
The relaxed version of the skinny. Straight leg, relaxed fit, casual jean.
Jeans George at Asda, updated version Here, Trench coat M&S as above, loafers ASOS as above, checked blazer Here (in the sale!)
Fit: 8/10 These are a 14 and fit perfectly, they haven’t lost their shape despite many wears.
Stretch: 5/10 not a huge amount, definitely would have to undo the button after a big meal!
Value for Money: 8/10 at £14 These are a good addition to any wardrobe.
I shopped my wardrobe for the photos in this post and it has made me realise that there are lots of potential looks I can create using clothes I already own, I find it easy to get stuck in a rut of throwing on jeans and a jumper every day. What’s your staple Autumn outfit? Do you have a pair of jeans that you always buy? I love a recommendation, let me know.