I cannot say I was instantly smitten by the boyfriend jeans craze. It seemed like the slightly roomy, cropped, cuffed, low-rise jeans with some distressing around the knees and hips would look incredibly frumpy on my middle-aged frame. This, I thought, is not for me. Then I noticed that women were dressing up their distressed jeans with pretty, feminine blouses and stiletto heels and the look started to grow on me. It’s rather embarrassing, but even though I spend hours researching new fashion trends for work, I am not an “early adopter”. It takes a while for me to accept a new style. In fact skinny jeans were around for a good ten years before I would even try a pair on.
Boyfriend jeans have other issues for me as well. For years I had difficulty finding jeans that were simultaneously flattering, chic and comfortable. Finally I discovered high-end denim brands like J-Brand and Not Your Daughters Jeans. They look amazing but unfortunately run between $100 and $200 a pair. I cringe every time I spend that kind of money on a garment I feel should be utilitarian, and do it only because I know I’ll wear the things constantly. Now take that mindset and throw it over a pair of jeans that are already almost in need of patching. No, it’s just not something I can do easily. So even though I tried on a few pairs of high-end boyfriend jeans that looked great I just couldn’t bring myself to buy them.
So what happened?
Well, I tried to make my regular jeans look like boyfriend jeans. (You can see my fashion disaster here.) It was a “total fail” as my daughter would say. Then I found these 7 for all Mankind Josefina skinny boyfriend jeans and fell in love. They’re perfect. They’re really, really comfortable. They’re chic. They even kind of make me look cool, or as cool as a middle-aged mom can look.
So I went out with my husband to celebrate my cool new jeans. Of course I had to dress them up with heels and a ruffly black chiffon blouse. And what trendy denim outfit would be complete without an impractical clutch bag and an arm full of bracelets? I even layered my necklaces.
Yes, those are rubber bangles I’m holding the in the photo above. They’re just like the ones Madonna wore on the cover of her very first album, Madonna, in 1986. They’re baaaaacccck. And I want some. No, I didn’t buy any, but only because I didn’t have cash on hand. Next time.
- Jeans – 7 for all Mankind Josefina Skinny Boyfriend Jeans (Here they are in a slightly darker rinse)
- Blouse – White House Black Market
- Pumps – Nine West
- Belt – Of unknown origin. It’s been in my closet so long I kind of wonder if it didn’t just grow there.
- Clutch – Nordstroms
- Leather cuff – From a store on Melrose Avenue
- Watch – Wet Seal
- Necklaces – My grandmothers
What do you think of boyfriend jeans? Do you wear them? If so do you dress them up or just wear them casually?