Hubby and I went had a weekend away last week, we had been given a stay in a country house as wedding gift and it was nearing its expiry. We were only going to be gone for 24 hours but I was determined to only take the new small weekend bag I purchased a couple of weeks ago and wrote about here. This meant some very thrifty packing, something which doesn’t come easy due to my ‘just in case’ nature.
Anyway, I decided that to maximise the space available I should wear the same jeans on Saturday and Sunday and just take an outfit for Saturday night and a change of top for Sunday. Easy peasy! Ho, ho ho……
I really wanted to wear my riding boots but that would mean I’d have to wear a skirt which isn’t ideal for keeping warm. In everyday life I’m not a really big trouser/jeans wearer, much preferring the figure skimming/lump and bump hiding coverage of dresses and skirts. I have two pairs of jeans and they are both New Look Inspire boot cut dark denims, I keep one for everyday type wear and the darker ones for evenings out. When the evening pair start to look faded they get relegated to every day and I go and buy a new pair.
The only other trousers I’ve ever worn are M&S linen trousers, of which I had 4 pairs – black, stone, white and navy. In the summer months I would wear a pair each day to work with a flowing top and of course the obligatory arm covering cardigan. Last autumn, hubby-to-be (as he was then) took me to task and told me that the linen trousers weren’t doing me any favours, made me look bigger than I am and really should be consigned to the charity bag.
After getting over the initial shock and giving H2B’s comments some thought, I decided that I would try on a couple of trousers which were a bit more form-fitting and I was lucky enough to pick up a pair of navy chino’s and black cigarette style pants quite cheap in the sale from Dorothy Perkins, deciding that if they didn’t work out for me then I hadn’t blown a load of cash on them. Needless to say I’ve never put the linen trousers back on since and last month I donated them to the charity bag. On my hen weekend I wore a pair of black skinny jeans, also from Dorothy Perkins, which was a total first for me but everyone was nothing but complimentary and the earth didn’t open up and suck me and my plentiful rump into it either.
Anyway, back to the point. Since this mini-revelation I’ve been wanting to try the ‘jeans tucked into boots’ style, but haven’t really found any jeans where the fabric was thin/soft enough that they allow my boots to zip up. However, the Thursday before we went away I found a perfect pair, again from Dorothy Perkins. They were £15 full price and I also had a 25% off voucher – total bargain!!
Here’s a not that great picture of me trying them on at home:
And here’s what they look like online.
All things considered, I was really happy with the look and it made me really think about all the ‘rules’ I impose on myself or pick up from well-meaning but totally rubbish magazine articles which dictate what you should or shouldn’t wear if you’re larger.
For our night out I packed another pair of skinny jeans (same black ones I wore on my hen night), with a nude vest I got in the sale at New Look and a black blazer I got in the January sales from Next. It’s a sort of velour type fabric but it looks like pony skin – not an amazing description, but I LOVE it and have worn it out the last few times I’ve been out. I finished the look off with my nude M&S Sledge fakies and a patent clutch bag, also from next.
You can’t see them in this picture but I also had on an amazingly huge and sparkly pair of statement earrings from Accessorize which I’ve been wanting to wear for ages but felt that the outfits I was trying to wear them with wasn’t right, but they worked really well with this look.