Jeans are a staple item in my wardrobe. Whilst I find girls that wear skirts and dresses all year around enviable, I don’t think I’ll ever be that kind of gal— jeans are just too easy. They go with everything and anything, not to mention the fact there are approximately a million different styles these days, to suit every body shape and size. There’s no tugging at the hem of my skirt to make sure I haven’t tucked it into my knickers after a dash to the loo or checking my tights for ladders. Once my jeans are on, they’re staying there!
Until recent years, I never really understood the idea that a good pair of jeans are hard to find. In my youth, it was all about bootlegs and I can vividly remember a soft pair of stonewash jeans that secured with a brown suede lace at the fly. Gorgeous. I definitely went through that grunge phase too and I can still remember my favourite pair of jeans— they hugged me in all the right places down to my knee, until they flared out over my shoes. They got scuffed and torn on the bottom, but that totally added to my look! I literally wore these jeans all the time. So much so, that I had to stop wearing them, because the material wore thin on my butt and frayed. Dayum.
My late teens and early twenties were all about the skinny jeans. Skin tight jeans. I was a bit of a scene kid, so the skinnier the better— and pre-baby, I could totally get away with it! These days, I’m still fond of a skinny jean, although they require a little more movement now that I have a rascal to chase 24/7 and high-waisted anything is mum-tum friendly!
Jeans are versatile and can easily blend into a look for day or night, with just a few tweaks. It’s not all about blue or black either; my favourite pair of jeans are a purple pair!
I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.
—Yves Saint Laurent