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Jeans Try On and New Trousers for Work

Today I'm doing a trousers and jeans post.  Why ? Because after  5 or more years knowing where I was  I'm trying to come out of my jeans comfort zone. My old skinnies do have a purpose in my life but I need to move on and embrace the styling that the internet experts and Instagram tell me to wear. 

This is not my wardrobe.  This is actaully the sale area in Zara, Oxford Street.  A mess yes, the shop was crowded, but these sale jeans are straight and distressed.  Not that we hear that distressed and straight are going anywhere soon but I did wonder why these were on sale and skinnies were not on the sale rail. That led me to take a look at Zara jeans online and there I have noticed that the majority of jeans that I saw on their website are in fact very skinny ankle grazer type jeans only peppered with the odd straight and mom jean.  Yes, there  still is a dominance of the skinny, or jegging. The elastine streamlining still seems to make commercial sense to the shops, so we must still be buying them, despite what the journalists tell us.

image showing jeans rail in Zara

However, we do hear from the experts that the traditional thick, hard, farmer denim is making a return. See here, I'm dabbling with what M&S call mom jeans trying to embrace this rigid fabric anti-fit.  I found this outfit such a thowback that I really felt uncomfortable.  The denim is tough, unflowing and unfeminine.  I look forward to seeing how IG superfashionistas style these in the spring. 

image showing mom jeans outfit


Recently I have been  buying a few 'new' jeans from M&S and thought I'd share the fits with you. Now I hear you. These pics should be left on the cutting room floor but I wanted to show you whilst they are in stock.  As I outfit them I will swap out the pics and this will then be a real blog. You'll have to revisit.  First up the mom jeans again. Although labelled Mom I am told by ladies in the know from the US that mom are actually higher waisted. 







These are too high wasited for a front tuck so I think an all in tuck is how we will be wearing them, or with short tops like below.  For this outfit I tried the mom jeans with pointed sock boots, rolled up the legs further and, as I mentioned, tried a short jumper.  I felt more comfortable in this look then the first.  It feels more feminine to me and at my age I think I need to be feminine rather than grunge with these jeans.( I'm so looking forward to daylight pic taking and hair that behaves)



image showing mom jeans outfit with sock boots





Then the 



which has a fit that I am at home with and a familiar touch of elastane








Finally 



slightly distressed ankle grazers with turn up, and a bit of elastane




but loose at the back.  



So I ordered a petite, pictured below.  Great from the front




but flipping awful on me behind.




These are also being returned.  I am dropping this style on me and will await something more slim fit. 

If in doubt ask opinions from family or better still ask them to take a photo of the rear of the jean.  There's my tip of the day.

Now onto  trousers for work for a petite. 

This purchase was a bit of a fluke. 






 I was intending that these trousers would be cropped but given my height they have turned out to be perfect just below ankle length trousers for work.  They are very heavy and thick.  Very winter weight but if you are petite you may wish to consider buying these for next winter whilst they are available. They do go out of stock and in again in quite fast rotation and who's to say when they won't be in stock for good.



image showing wide turn up trousers from Marks and spencer outfit






Comments

  1. Well thank you for going through this research, AM. You mentioned the farmer denim and that's such a good description of what I've experienced lately with jeans. I've recently returned some because back of the thigh felt thick, clumpy, claustrophobic. So for me the soft pliable jeggings aren't going anywhere soon - if they ain't broke, why are they trying to fix them! I want elastane! I like the straight on you, hope you've kept them, very good fit. Have a good week, hugs x.

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    1. Yes I kept those straights. The more I wear the farmer denim the more I'm liking those. Great for cooler weather.

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  2. Wow, you worked it! I know the fashion pundits are trying to get us to move on to some different types of denim. My general outlook is the skinnies for Winter because they go best with my boots (I just don't like baggy jeans hanging out of boots). But any other time of the year, it's a free for all. I thrift a lot of my denim (because there is so much of it here in the thrift stores!) but rely on two main pairs: one from Nordstrums and one from Madewell. The Madewell is sort of like the farmers denim that you're talking about and aren't their skinniest . Hurrah for Marks and Spencer for coming through! I like the look of their wares, just haven't made the jump yet. Take care-Terri xox

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    1. I'm so with you about boots. Skinnies still have a place in my boots!

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  3. Years ago medium length pants and jeans were the perfect length for me. However, recently they're making them way too long and I've been buying Short length. I'm 5'6", which is a pretty average height, so it must be really hard for a genuine Petite to find something that fits without re-hemming.

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    1. I'm hearing this a lot lately. The crop is the petites friend currently.

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  4. Great to see all the different styles of jeans! Thank you for sharing your research!

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    1. Perhaps some pics I should have left to the imagination.

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  5. I need a new jeans also. I only have one, and it's a poor one. I don't like the distressed, ripped, thorn and god knows whatever they call them more. Ha ha, and then it's very difficult to find a perfect one!

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  6. I think jeans are very hit and miss for us petites. I love the fit of FandF! Cheap as chips too. I know the fashion trends are always changing regarding our denim, but I think you can get away with any style nowadays and I still love my bootcut jeans simply for the leg lengthening trick. xx

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    1. I still have boot cut. There's one pair that I have now cut into a crop for the spring.

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  7. Thanks for the run down on your denim shopping this season! I agree with vanity andme - there's so much going on in the world of jeans that there's room for cuts and washes that suit us all.

    I'm all good at the moment. Stocked up on my trip last month. But wondering if I might be getting a bit too old to wear distressed denim. Meh, whatever.

    SSG xxx

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    1. I think you can wear distressed. It depends on what you wear it with and how distressed. The pair I'm changing are slightly distressed. They're the only ones I have, assuming the petite fits better.

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