Wearing white jeans is brave.
Brave if you are messy and braver still if your sensitivity is directed towards your rear view.
Last weekend we all ventured out to see my daughter’s cottage in The Cotswolds. It was a working weekend and such fun to put the finishing touches on the most adorable home away from home she has created.
Can I just be a mother for a minute?
It is the strangest feeling when your children come of age and when they become the homemakers. Being a guest in your child’s home is the most wonderful and at the same time confronting feeling – “Better, not Younger” certainly helped me put it all in perspective. I will admit to being so thrilled she has inherited my love of home creation and attention to detail. Our styles are different and yet I am enthralled with how she has managed to put all this together in the most beautiful way. She works very long hours in a grown-up business world; how she finished the renovation and refurbishment in record time is beyond me.
What’s this got to do with white jeans?
I packed mine for the weekend to wear with a fuller style blouse I have been favouring and the new jacket I recently added to the wardrobe. When I tried them on – as much as I hate to admit – I had a serious crise about the back view. Self-consciousness is a trait I don’t admire and truthfully I am far too old to be worried about that but somehow white jeans bring out the worst in me.
The scenario goes something like this. I take them out of the cupboard, try them on with a couple of top options, wander around a bit and then take them off. The indecision drives me nuts. Then I see other women wearing them, not all skinny-Minnie’s and wonder why I make such a fuss.
My daughter’s advice was to “get over it” in the nicest possible way. She thought they looked great especially with the longer style leopard print shirt. Okay, I listened to her, relaxed and actually left the cottage with my self-confidence back intact; a classic case of over-thinking.
The moral of the white jean tale is to be brave.
Wear them, but wear them in a way that suits you. Personalise them.
If covering up is what needs to happen to make you feel comfortable – then do it – cover up the bits you don’t like. If tucking a shirt in at the front and leaving it long behind helps – don’t hesitate. Wear white jeans narrow if you want your legs to appear longer and wider if your worried your pins look too thin.
Try them with a blazer and heels, a striped shirt and sneakers or a silk blouse and mules; white jeans are an easy option to have at our fingertips.
White jeans are a fantastic staple in the wardrobe; don’t forget them. xv
Be Brave: Wear The White Jeans
images, gilles bensimon, vogue paris 2013, iachlan bailey for ag jeans 2015