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27 January 2016

My wardrobe champions!

Hands down my wardrobe champions are my jeans. Skinny jeans to be exact! With my current *SAHM.....stay at home mum* lifestyle I find myself reaching for my jeans pretty much everyday. I do dabble with a boyfriend every now and again but the hubby isn't keen ;0) says he doesn't like a saggy bum.....fair enough! My go-to store for jeans is Topshop and my favourite style are the Jamie's. I think I'm right in saying that these are their bestsellers and it's not difficult to see why for all us school run mums! For a start they are high waisted, they've got a good bit of stretch thus making them comfy but maintaining their shape whilst keeping all my wobbly bits under control. Job done! They are also very skinny around the ankle too which is how I like to wear mine with boots and hi-tops. I have 4 pairs at the last count and I'm currently coveting this mid blue pair for Spring.



I have it on good authority the the Toppers Leigh style is also very good too(thanks to my sis)! They are more of a mid-rise, the fabric is lighter and they are pitched as more of a super soft denim. More of a jegging material in my book but I think these will be a great weight denim-wise during the Summer.



I'm not entirely faithful to Topshop for jeans......my favourite pair of ripped/distressed skinnies come from Zara. I bought mine about a year ago and I have to say they have fared very well so far. The rips on the Zara jeans are backed with fabric which can only be a good thing as no one wants to see more of my flesh than neccesary! That said, the fabric has come away on some of the holes but they still look good and shape-wise they are still going strong! They get an airing every week!  Mine were around the £40 mark but these look pretty similar and they are more reasonable price-wise at £25.99...I am considering getting a pair of these too as back up for my much loved pair.



Another style that I have a couple of pairs of, also from Zara are their jeggings from the TRF range. They have a great amount of stretch and are super comfy, though I would recommend to try and get them with belt loops if you can! Unless you don't mind hoick-ing them up now and again as I've found they can get a bit baggy around the waist. I can live with that though as these grey ones I have are a bargain at £17.99.



Another store that I've previously enjoyed a lot of jean-success with is Gap. I have a couple of pairs of Always Skinny which I've had a few years now but they still come out every Spring as these are not so tight around the ankles and I like this style better with my skate shoes or Adidas Stan Smith's.



Do you have a favourite brand or store that is your go to for jeans? What style do you tend to favour.....are you also a skinny jeans girl?

A couple of outfits to share......


Superdry leather jacket, past season similar here
Uniqlo Merino v neck sweater, here
H&M jeans, past season similar here
Converse hi-tops, here
Pull & Bear scarf, sold out online


Zara coat, past season similar here
Bella Freud sweatshirt, here
Zara jeggings, past season similar here
Converse hi-tops, here
H&M snood, here


Zara coat, ancient similar here
Topshop sweater, past season similar here
Topshop Jamie jeans, similar here
Urban Outfitters Percy boots, sold out similar here
Hallhuber bag sold out online
Pull & Bear scarf, sold out online

I would love to hear all about your jeans preferences.....please share!

Until next time!

23 comments:

  1. Like you I love my Topshop jeans especially the Jamie style. In summer I prefer a slightly lower rise for a fashionable tuck/untuck with shirts etc and I love Zara jeans also like you. I think we have the same pair from last year, they are my favourites, my backing fabric came off one knee which I didn't mind exposing just one knee. I want another pair this year! x

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    1. I don't think you can beat Topshop and Zara on the High Street for jeans Annmarie. The Zara distressed ones have been brilliant haven't they! I think we both tried the Topshop ripped ones but I know I wasn't convinced they would stand the test of time. I'm going to do some jeans research today, Topshop is my first port of call! xx

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  2. The only Topshop jeans I own are the Joni style, which I love. They're high waisted with stretch and a very skinny too. It's skinny all the way for me - I never feel right in boyfriend I rooster styles. Most of mine are from M&S - I've long since sang the virtues of them. They fit me just right and the price isn't excessive either. I might investigate the Topshop Jamie's though. Lynne xx

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    1. I might give the Joni's a whirl today Lynne, I haven't tried them on before as they are really high waisted but that could be the way to go! I know Avril really rates them too! I shall have a little gander at the M&S ones too! xx

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  3. Hi my lovely!! Love your picks and thanks for doing a high street edit of jeans, its great to see the best styles around so I can start visualising what I want in my wardrobe for this year! I do love Topshop jeans, they run pretty good to size and I think I'll be hankering after some black ripped skinnies and faded skinnies this season!! xxx

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    1. Hey Sharon! I know that a jeans trying-on session is not everyone's favourite territory! I absolutely agree that Topshop jeans are true to size and I can vouch that they are stocking exactly the styles you are after.....don't forget to let me know how you get on with them! xx

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  4. I'm definitely a skinny jeans girl and block my ears when people try to tel me that their day is over :( My teenage daughter has recently become a fan of the Topshop Jamie jeans ... so that ends my hope of getting a pair. Nothing worse in a teenager's eyes than wearing the same as their mum, lol!!!

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    1. No way are the skinnies over....never! Well definitely not for me anyway! Lol! I hear what you are saying about that the roll of those teenagers eyes, thankfully for me my daughter is quite a way off being introduced to good old Topshop! ;0) xx

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  5. Oh yes please - do a review on the Topshop ones. I have the Jamies which are great for tucking in to boots because they are so neat fitting on the ankles but they look a bugger on me around the tummy - that needs full coverage with a big shirt or jumper. And they need a lot of hoiking. And I have the Baxters - a straight skinny cut which are great for the trainers and Stans - less carroty. I'd love to see what you think of the Joni's - they scare me.

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    1. Yep.....in the flesh the Joni's scared me too! They are very high waisted and because they have no pockets on the front which just draws attention to the belly area which is what I want to conceal! That said, it's not like I'd be wearing them with a crop top but for me that's the image I get, basically that style looks to young for me. I had a few pairs of Baxter's mainly in colours funnily enough, khaki, berry and even a bright blue pair (when I did a bit of colour once!) and they are very similar to the Gap always skinny shape. I'm staying faithful to my high waisted favourite drainpipes ;0) but there is a new skinny on the block which I shall report back on soon! xx

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  6. I just love my Zara jeans - some of which I've had for years & they're still going strong. I think style, quality & price wise you can't go wrong with them!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. There is no doubt that the Zara jeans are great quality Jane! I do love mine too! I am gutted that my local branch has closed for a few months for refurbishment as I'd like to go and have a huge trying on session to find the right pair! xx

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  7. Can't wait to hear your research! Jeans are the Holy Grail don't you think? I have to admit that I have never got on with Topshop Jeans - so I rarely have the patience to go back and try again! But after a few years of designer label versions, I am a total addict to Zara jeans. They are definitely cut to anyone with a more Apple shape as the waistbands are always larger than other brands - yahoo! I am a skinny wearer, but prefer mine a bit looser on the ankle (helps with balancing out the tummy!). I do also love a girlfriend jean (takes away the saggy bum, but still the baggy illusion) and Gap is my favourite there. Finding new ones is sooo time consuming - but I think it is time to start?! Xx

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    1. Jeans are the hardest thing to get right aren't they Meg? Getting the perfect fit, size, style is definitely a challenge! Thanks for the tip-off about the Gap girlfriends though, I must try those! xx

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  8. Grea selection of Jeans. I tried the James but they really didn't fit me well. Too tight on the calves but massive on the waist. I always have a problem finding jeans as I have a tiny waist but a bit of a Beyonc e booty. In the last couple of years I have found Next jeans have fitted perfectly specially their relaxed Skinny and high waisted Lift & Sculpt skinny. But the last few pairs I tried in A/W last year were different sizing and just too baggy. My favourite skinnies have to be my River Island Eva Girlfriend Jeans. Xx Melanie

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    1. Thank you Melanie! Getting the right is so hard to get right which is why I end up with several pairs in different washes when I find a good pair! I've heard before that the fit of the Next jeans can be a bit hit and miss and if you've shopped with them before and have been happy it's so disappointing! I heard great things about River Island jeans though so I must remember to try them out when I do my research! xx

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  9. Oh I'm definitely a Zara jeans girl these days! Although I really do need to put some time aside to go and have a good trying on session in Topshop. I find jeans shopping quite stressful to be honest, and it's something I've always avoided wherever possible! Loving your Pull and Bear scarf, great colour combo! xx

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    1. I couldn't agree more that jeans shopping is more of a pain than pleasure Becky! I have found with Zara though that the sizing is pretty consistent so at least you can order online fairly confidently! I shall have to do that as the Bristol store is being refurbished at the moment! :0( Pull & Bear have had some great scarves this season!! xx

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  10. I do think Jeans are the hardest thing to buy, and what suits one person is so wrong on another. But having said that I am so with you on the Topshop Jamie's...I have about four pair some of them really old now, and they do keep going, and for me the different leg lengths really help. I have recently bought a couple of Zara pairs, a cropped kick flare, which I'm loving and a gently ripped boyfriend, which is still looking ok'ish. Like you Mr NAD doesnt really get them, but then I dont rate his old weekend faithfuls much either!!
    Helen xx

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    1. It would seem that jeans shopping does strike fear into the hearts of most women doesn't it Helen! That's why I think once we find a good brand and shape we tend to keep going back for more! I love the idea of the kick flare but I've yet to get my head around them, I haven't even tried them yet as I'm not entirely sure how much I would actually wear them. Thinking about it I tend to wear my boyfriend jeans more in the summer as I have a few lighter colour denim pairs, I think footwear is easier with boyfriends when the weather is warmer! Lol to not rating the OH's weekend wear....my hubby is exactly the same, I'll have to remind him of that the next time he rolls his eyes at my baggier jeans! xx

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  11. I love Top Shop Jamie's too... I'm short so the fact they are sold as ankle grazers means they are the perfect length for me, I also like how the ankle is fitted so they look good tucked in to boots but equally great with sandals/ pumps in spring and summer. I read somewhere that to get your perfect fit of jeans they should always feel too tight when you first put them on as the denim relaxes as you wear it and you get your perfect look. If skinny jeans are too easy to put on then they are going to look baggy!

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    1. It's great that Topshop do the different lengths isn't it! It's taken me quite a long time to get my head around the ankle grazing length as I've always thought they looked a bit short on me. However over time I have grown to love that look. The ankle skimming looks does look amazing with ballet flats and sandals in the summer doesn't it!
      I plumped for a new style in Topshop (Cain) after my research , very similar to the Jamie's.....described as premium denim. They are thicker denim and when I picked up my usual size I was wary they might not fit but as you say once in them, yes they do feel tight but they relax and I've found just the right amount of give makes them really comfortable. The baggy look is not good at all! xx

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    2. Will look at Cain next time I'm in Toppers then! I do love my jeans, dressed up or down they just work.

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