Good jeans, bad jeans and everything in between..

There is nothing which infuriates me more than shopping for jeans. It’s not something I ever look forward to doing. To be honest, they’re not something I ever really plan on buying. Usually I only go out to buy them when I absolutely HAVE to. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I don’t like jeans. I do as much as the next person, I just don’t wear them all the time so I tend to rely on a pair that probably could’ve done with being replaced months before I realise they have a tear in them…

What it really boils down to though, is the fact they’re a pain in the arse to buy. I know what I like, (skinny usually low rise, sometimes a little higher but nothing too high waisted), so you’d think it wouldn’t be such an arduous task.. However every time I find myself in need of new ones, the hunt for a semi-decent pair feels equivalent to some kind of Holy Grail style quest.

I’m 5’4″, which means I’m just that little bit too tall to be classed as petite, somewhere between an 8-10, usually depending on the shop, and pretty much an hourglass shape. And jeans shopping is one of the single most demoralising things I can shop for. Sometimes they’re too long making me feel too short. Or they’re just a little too tight. Or not quite tight enough on my calfs and ankles. Or a bit of a strange cut that makes me look like a balloon animal contorted into an odd shape.. (like the pair I just ordered that I thought would be great). I don’t understand why there isn’t just an easy way to find a decent pair. I’m confident it’s not just me, and most of my friends seem to be equally as bitter about finding that one great pair of jeans that will put an end to all the hunting around.. so I’m assuming you lot are in the same boat! And by sheer coincidence after spending the last few weeks moaning to Justine about my search, the nice folks at Warehouse got in touch to ask how I’d like to help out my readers by giving away a customised pair of their distressed boyfriend skinny jeans. So even if I can’t solve my own denim-related drama, I may be able to help out one of you…


The customised pieces are all handcrafted and one of a kind, so they’ll not be available to buy. Right now I have one pair in a UK size 10 to gift to one of you lot. The boyfriend cut is something that I’ve toyed around with for a while now. I understand why they’re flattering but I’ve never been a huge fan of anything too baggy. One of the reasons why I avoided the whole palazzo pants trend is a little like my feelings towards maxi dresses, I appreciate them on other people but for whatever reason they just don’t work on me. Boyfriend jeans went into the same category but lately my curiosity has been reignited by the skinny boyfriend jeans favoured by the ultra chic Blair of Atlantic Pacific.
They’re flattering without being totally shapeless and making you look untidy and slimming without being so tight they cut off your circulation.
I’ve got this pair from Warehouse in a size 10 to giveaway so if you’d like to get your hands on a pair….

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Open to UK readers only.


  1. May 14, 2013 / 11:01 pm

    I know what you're going through. Although I have a couple of pairs in my wardrobe, I'm on the hunt for the holy grail of boyfriend jeans. I want them mid to pale, worn in but no rips. I have ripped ones already and I keep putting my foot through the knee rip which is a real pain in the backside. I've decided I don't suit the really baggy ones (I have a pair of moderately loose ones and I've conceded they're not flattering) and so today, I had a mini search for new boyfriend jeans. It was like Goldilocks and the three jeans – too tight, too ripped, too this too that. So I know what you're going through. However, unlike you, I live in jeans – they are just too easy for me around the kids. I'm not giving up my search though because that would be no fun!

  2. May 17, 2013 / 9:26 am

    It's funny… well, it isn't funny, because I hear this complaint from people all the time, and yet, it's something I've really never experienced myself. I don't know what it is, since I'm 5'2" and still basically child-sized, but jeans are the one thing I never have a problem buying. I suppose I've just given up on having jeans that are the right length, which probably helps a bit, but I think I like buying jeans because I can get away with wearing them even if the length isn`t right – not so much for the sleeves on jackets and sweaters {hence why I'm consantly cuffing things.} Alas, I'm not a UK ten so I can't enter the giveaway, but I hope someone truly deserving wins 🙂

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