Finding a pair of well fitting jeans is difficult to say the least – for years I’ve struggled and I’m forever putting off trying to find a new pair; wearing the last down to the barest of threads, pretend the wholes are intentional, forever sewing the belt loops back to the main bit of the jean.
Thank fully, I’ve just found a new favourite in Simply Be’s Shape & Sculpt Jeans … they’re high waisted, butt hugging, nipped at the waist, with a just little bit of stretch which means they’re not continually falling down or revealing my knickers when I sit down.
I love them! So much that I thought I’d show you three different ways to style these beauties …
But first, a little bit on the fit.
I’m wearing the 16 long and they fit me pretty damn perfectly. They’re a slim fit jean and hug my thighs, knees and calves and (after several wears) haven’t gaped at the knee or stretched at the waist/butt – which is looking really positive. The length is perfect, with the longer length hem hitting my ankle. Unfortunately, they would come up a tad short on anyone over 5ft11 and they don’t yet come in an extra long.
I’m fairly consistently a 16 in jeans so I would say that these are very true to size.
Now, on with the styling …
I think jeans are mostly worn for casual – nipping to the shops, a brunch/shopping spree with the girls & many, many other things. Come autumn, I’ll practically live in these jeans with a blazer or my waxed jacket whilst exploring the Cotswolds (a little promise my hubby & I have made to ourselves).
There is, in my books, nothing more casual than an oversized vest, a pair of skinny jeans and some ankle boots. It’s a bit of a go to look for me and this twist front vest is perfect for carefree dressing. Note, I have pinned the front of the vest for this look – otherwise you’d be seeing my tan lines!
Strictly speaking, I’m not really supposed to wear jeans to work. However, I rarely have external client meetings and especially not on a Friday so on Friday’s a wear jeans! It’s kinda like a ‘On Wednesday’s we were pink’ thing as jeans are definitely more prevalent in the office on a Friday.
I do like to smarten up my jeans a little for work; pairing them with a tailored shirt and blazer with heels makes them feel that little more polished. This longline, sleeveless duster jacket is my warm weather equivalent of a blazer and I have to say, I’m loving the layering options it affords (I wore it with a striped bardot top on Friday and it looked delightful).
Night time denim calls for heels, red lips, and some sparkles.
These shoes are actually my most worn item at the moment – they’re so comfy and summery and cute. I fell in love with the pastel colours and will likely miss these beauties come autumn and the onset of opaque tights. Perhaps Clarks will release them in autumnal colours?
The sparkly top is something that caught my eye at Simply Be the moment it arrived – it comes in the navy option shown above a more neutral toned beige. It’s sheer but I am wearing a camisole underneath is here as I was meeting work colleagues and thought it best to be a little more demure than my normal style. When with friends I’ll almost certainly be wearing it with nothing but a bra and a harness beneath!
The jeans are priced at £45 which puts them around the same price as other shaping jeans out there. I can’t really say they sculpt me and more than a normal pair of heavier denim, well fitting jeans do but they certainly do have more of a smoothing effect than other, cheaper denims.
I would definitely recommend buying these and I will likely be investing in a black pair come late autumn as I feel they will last for quite some time – and it’s rare to find a pair of jeans that fit me so well!
Simply Be are doing a huge denim campaign going on at the moment with some really great new styles on offer – check them out!
Outfit Details – Casual
Outfit Details – Work
Outfit Details – Night