For me, ‘Jeans’ and ‘Swimwear’ always fell in the same bucket. You know, the “hardest clothes to shop for” bucket because what could seriously be more fun then squeezing into a pair of jeans that fit your hips, gaped at the waist and had meters of leftover fabric at your feet making you look ridiculous in the change room and had you questioning why you HAD to be addicted to chips. Bikinis remain in that bucket for me, but these days most designers understand women don’t come in standard sizes so implementing ‘petite,’ ‘tall’ ‘average’ or ‘maternity’ sections at mainstream stores like Tophsop has been genius in my opinion when shopping for jeans.
Having built more confidence in jeans over the past few years, I recently delved into *gasp* coloured jeans! I know, what a rebel right?! I tend to stick to neutral hues and classic colours (i.e black!) but with 275 gloomy ‘Spring.Autumn.Whatever.It’s.All.Winter.to.me’ days of the London year, it’s crucial to inject colour into the wardrobe to psychologically lift my spirits and you know what? I LOVE the look of coloured jeans! On pretty much everyone, irrespective of age or size when styled appropriately. The only downfall I’ve found is that once you start with one pair, it’s addictive and hard to stop there!
This picture was taken on the 50 min train ride from London to Oxfordshire on our way to Bicester Village, 1 of the 8 chic shopping outlets across Europe where we took photos of my styling session with Gee (previous post) and introduced my friend, Sweet, visiting from Perth, to 130 discounted stores that were designed to appease her “I love a bargain” mentality and “I’m on holidays so I can buy absolutely everything without feeling guilty” appetite.
I find the electric blue denim colour the most flattering on everyone and a great colour if you’re plucking up the courage for coloured denim so when my friend Kylee got a pair, I took the opportunity to style her in a casual shopping outfit using pieces from her existing wardrobe which would also look perfect for a coffee date once some kitten heels are added.
I paired the electric blue against a neutral black underlay to direct the focus onto the colour of the jeans and added a shorter striped blazer to give it a classic twist and to finish off the look, simply added a colourful bag, for some visual ‘oomph.’
You could easily try this look with a white tee and black blazer / leather jacket combination with some bright read heels.
- Witchery Black Sleeveless top (similar here)
- Old Striped blazer from Oliver Bonas (similar here) and if you’re from Aus I think I saw one in MARCs in David Jones the other day.
- Blue Jeans from Peacocks (similar here and here)
- Prada Bag (purchased from Biscester village!)
- Zara Flats (similar here)
- Tiffany & Co ‘jug’ necklace (I call it the aubergine)
It costs £30 return to get to Bicester Village from London via train and bus which is a bit dear but worth it in savings terms, especially as a tourist because you can access both high-end designer brands (Burberry, Prada, Gucci, Christian Dior) and many English brands all at discounted prices (Matthew Williamson, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo, Ted Baker, Reiss etc) AND claim VAT (value-added tax) if you ask for a specialised tax receipt. There’s a really quaint English feel to the village and a great place to spend the day on your way to Oxford.
I bought my first pair of coloured jeans in a darker shade from Topshop early this year, opting for the Leighs (softer fabric, more elastane) over the traditional Baxters purely based on the darker burgundy colour I’d been searching to trial and found TopShop affordable and the sizing fit me personally better the GAP and Zara ones.
The fit on the Leighs are quite snug and clingy (you can probably tell in the pics!) and this is due to the fabric having more Elastane (4%) giving it a jegging cross jeans look. I’m generally a size UK6 or UK8 in bottoms and I’m 1.63m (5′ 3”) in height and found the 25”32” size fit me without having to get them taken up. They don’t give in the waist area after wear, but a little in the legs and hips area. I hope that helps!
- Tophsop Moto Supersoft Skinny Leigh Jeans
- Old Topshop Sweater (Check in stores) (similar style here)
- Old White Suede Leather hoodie Jacket (similar here)
- Zara Messenger Flap bag (available in stores) (similar here)
- Zara flat ankle boots with zip (currently on sale for £40!)
- House of Harlow Station Resin necklace (leather version here)
Zara, Topshop and GAP have a really great range of coloured denim in so many shades I can’t keep count and this is where I took Gee and Sweet to buy their coloured denim. Many girls I know have J Brand coloured jeans (above) which they rave about and I’d love to try a pair one day to tell you whether it’s worth it or not but for now, ignorance is bliss and I’ve opted for the more affordable options.
My plan is if coloured jeans go out of fashion, I can always cut them up into denim shorts to wear with t-shirts in Summer time
Thanks for reading and if you’re going to visit Bicester Village, read on for my personal tips in preparation!
T-Styled Me tips for Bicester Village visitors:
- Get a coffee and crossaint from Carluccios to start off the day.
- There’s an elusive invite only 10% extra voucher that if you can get your hands on over the internet can come in handy.
- There are three large Burberry Stores (Mens, Womens & Accessories) so if you’re visiting London try here before the full price Burberry Stores.
- Try lunch at the Creperie and Busaba Eathai for dinner if you’re still around
- If you’re planning to snap up a Prada bag or Miu Miu bag (usually 50% off), be ready at their doors as 12pm, bring a friend to grab as many styles as possible and don’t show fear when battling the borderline crazy “let me grab that bag out of your hand when you’re not looking” shoppers.
- Oh and don’t miss the last bus back to the station like we did !
Have a great weekend guys and we miss having you here in London, Sweet!
Sweet the cutie (from the very warm State of Perth) rugged up in a beanie, mittens, scarf and coat on what we thought was an average but not THAT cold day.
Happy coloured denim shopping !
Celebrity photo source: hnbirmingham
Other photos by Kylee Yee of Kytography (website coming soon)