Boyfriend jeans happen to be one of the most challenging looks to pull off. Nobody (but my 16-year-old self) wants to look so grunge and manly that people do a double-take – and not in a good way.
The fit is the most agonising element to this look. I have trawled every shop in Cape Town searching for the perfect pair, alas no luck. You just can't make woman's jeans look like men's jeans. It defeats the purpose, no?
Here are my tips on creating the perfect pair of Boyfriend Jeans:
1. Make a beeline for your favourite second hand shop, most likely they will have a men's section.
2. The right pair of men's jeans should fit you snugly around the waist. Chances are they won't do much for your bum, but that's the point, dudes don't work bums like we do.
Try pick to a pair that isn't too baggy around your crotch and thighs so that you don't look like a member of a bad rock boy band with skating shoes.
3. Take them home and customise. Make rips or fade them with sandpaper, dip dye them in bleach or bedazzle the crap out of them.
4. The look is all about the cuffs, showing some ankle makes them feminine and lengthens your leg. Either roll them up or cut them to size and give them a hem.
It's your choice whether they appear neat or scuffed.
5. If by God you cannot find a pair of second-hand men's jeans, visit your nearest Woolies and look through the men's selection. They have a stunning range.
6. Pair with heels/brogues or pumps but keep it feminine with a blouse and blazer or cardigan.
*About a Girl in Bloom is a blog based on the life and times of writer/chocolate enthusiast/fashion obsessed Jodi Leza, 24, from Cape Town. Featuring her often hilarious daily events, what she deems fashionable and the constant struggle with the state of her thighs.
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