Whether you take an Americano with a dash of hot water; a flat-white with trim milk; a Soy Cappuccino or a Macchiato with two sugars, then it’s more than likely you are a creature of habit.
Being that English Breakfast with ‘trim soy’ is my poison of choice (allergies I tell ya!), I don’t necessarily fit into the coffee-drinking, caffeine-fixation equation. But, whatever your taste-buds dictate, we all have individual preferences and will most likely consume our poison on a daily basis.
Jeans—like coffee—hold that same kind of promise. If you secure a good fit…you’re in a relationship for life! And just like that morning caffeine hit, wearing your favourite jeans is a habit that’s just too good to kick.
The cigarette, boyfriend jean, the 80’s Mom fit and of late—the girlfriend jean—a cut that can only be described as: You borrowed your BFF’s jeans and the fit is just a tad too short! Last but not least, what I call the ‘toddler fit’ a.k.a denim dungarees—all have but entered the pick n’ mix of denim styles over recent years, yet ‘skinny jeans’ have been the all-pervasive, everywhere jean.
An omnipresent cut for the best part of a decade; skinny jeans with their elastane stretch have provided the ultimate in flexibility and versatility. They are a jean that hug in all the right places, tucked into boots, worn with heels or trainers, folded for ankle appeal or left, as is. The skinny jean sung perfection, and from a short girl’s perspective there was little need for hacking off excess hems. Hooray!
On the downside, they gave way to the muffin-top, subsequently sending the über tight jean with its low-slung waist morphing into a mid, and then a high-rise fit to counteract and eradicate the excessive visibility of muffin flesh. So too, when they entered the sartorial vocabulary of menswear wardrobes, it wasn’t always pretty—sorry guys!
But with denim rises climbing into territory that only Giselle Bündchen could pull off with joie de vivre, it was only a matter of time before the tight calf of a skinny jean gave way to a flare.
Not that the bell-bottom or kick-flare ever vacated the wardrobes (or incense-ridden floors) of the tried-and-true Bohemian ilk; over recent years they have infiltrated the prefrontal cortex’s of high-end denim designers…and now, the eagle of the fluted jean has landed—a welcome arrival for those lithe-and-lanky of limb for whom incidental cropped pants are part of an everyday angst.
#Tallpeoplesproblems aside, denim flares will either leave you cold and confused (until the proliferation of the aforementioned becomes ingrained in your psyche), or, bring about a sigh of relief.
For me, a vintage or heritage hue with a mid-rise and graduated flare, is the optimum choice and a more financially realistic alternative to a leg-lengthening operation (which I hear, go down a treat in China!).
But failing that, I could settle for a pair of Alexa Chung for AG —The Revolution Boyfriend Jeans—the cropped, slight flare being the answer to my #shortgirlprobs. While they won’t be ankle grazing as intended, (nor particularly flared) the wash is so vintage it hurts AND they will sit at a #normalperson’s length. Short girls take note: a cropped jean or trouser can be your best friend if cut straight down from the hip.
For the most part, the flared jean (with tailoring of an otherwise excessively long inseam) could well see a few of us with additional inches in height, and an excuse to buy a new pair of clogs!
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