I have recently discovered jeans. In the past six months, I have evolved from a legging and dress person into a jean person. They are all I wear every single day. I think I bought five pair when I was at home over the break. I do not know how this happened. I was never a jean person.
I remember when I first discovered fashion. I was probably around sixth grade and all I wore were skirts and cute little capris. This continued all the way through HS where the popular thing was to wear a horrible tee dance/ sport/ school TEE shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes, yuck. I was always told that I was dressing up by wearing some Abercrombie shirt or something. Go figure.
In college and during my first year abroad, all I wore were dresses. They were easy to throw on and run to class. Despite living on a campus that was 90% female, I was wearing dresses because they were easy and comfortable. I also felt better when I was actually dressed. Some girls would roll out of bed in their pajamas. More power to you, but it takes just as much effort to throw on some sweatpants as it does a pair of jeans. Many girls sported what I considered the Sweet Briar Goes to Class uniform: leggings, uggs, and an over sized oxford. This was better than nothing I guess.
My JYF year was when I would all my J. Crew piled on and dress up in my fur and glitter. I was living in Paris and that it what one wears when in Paris. I still break out the glitter every so often, but those times are becoming few and far between. I still dress like this when I go out or for a fancy occasion or when I get sick of jeans. This look is not behind me, but I have just opted for a more casual look as of late.
I would expect at 25 that my style would have matured, and I guess it has to an extent ( I mean I wear Talbot’s for goodness sake). However, I almost feel like I am regressing. What 25 discovers jeans and then adorable over sized tee-shirts? Why don’t I wear smart sheath dresses or even the blazer/oxford combo? I don’t even think that I have bought a polo shirt in five years. Thus, I think I have become the a weird high school incarnate of style. I skipped right over the casual dressing and went straight for the pencil skirt. Now, 12 years later, I am making up for lost time by coveting every pair of boyfriend, destroyed, straight leg piece of denim out there! WHAT IS MY PROBLEM?
Jeans just give me more freedom. I can wear any top I want. Dresses leave you with only one option. Jeans are easy, and they can be dressed up or down. Of course, I love my chinos and dresses still, but jeans are sending me a massive siren call. I attribute this to my nomadic Parisian writer lifestyle. HELL YEAH.
So, I do not see my style really changing in the near future. I mean….. I did not tell anyone this, but I think this is the biggest indicator of how I have changed. My first fashion shows I would dress up like non other, like super trendy dress, fur, jewelery- the works. Last summer, I threw on a pair of destroyed jeans, heels, and an old white gauzy top and went to some random men’s show. I doubt I would do that a WFW, but it was nice being so relaxed for once.
Who knows what I will like five years from now or even five weeks from now? All I do know is that JEANS ARE IT for the moment.
One of the bloggers I usually follow at Sea of Shoes recently posted a really laid back look. Normally she is always wearing something kind of crazy and retro. She even refers to days like this easy look as her everyday look which makes me realize most fashion bloggers do not actually wear half the crap they post in real life. That said, I am feeling this look over the one she posted the next day which was some weird outfit that she claimed even got her weird looks. Anyway, sometimes there is nothing better than a pair of jeans and basic tee shirt (though in my case it would be white!)
Ok I think that is enough of denim for today!