One thing is for certain about boyfriend jeans. It’s not a jean that everyone can pull off.
When I received a sample to review the J Brand 1265 Ace Cropped Boyfriend Jean and tried them on, my husband walked into the room and laughed…”You’re not going outside with those jeans?” To which I replied, “If I can’t style these jeans, what kind of blogger am I?” He walked out… then after trying on a few different outfits, he started to warm up to the style.
Boyfriend jeans are so relaxed, it’s easy to look like you’re slumming it if you don’t play your cards right. Believe me, when I wear baggy jeans, more often than not, I’m slumming it. But unless you’re rolling in dough, shelling out $218 for a pair of jeans to slum it in, isn’t a very wise investment. However, if you can make them look fancy… that’s another thing!
I’ve been reviewing a lot of jeans with stretch in them over the years. In fact, I didn’t like wearing jeans until they introduced the “stretch” to the fabric composition. It’s not often I come across styles I like that are 100% cotton. The 1265′s are not only pure cotton but soft to the touch thanks to the mild distressing in the thighs and the whiskering. They’re also “high waisted” by which I mean, they have a 10.5 inch rise (most mid-rise jeans have 9 inch rises), however that “high waist” sat on my hips in my regular size. If you think these jeans look too baggy on me, I would suggest ordering a size or two down. You’ll have a lot of room to play with fit-wise with this style. The inseam is 25″ making it a cropped jean with plenty of room to roll, which is what you see most often with boyfriend jeans. I don’t normally like cropped jeans, but for the boyfriend style, cropped is a must, else, you just look too baggy all over the place. That said, I don’t know if I’d want a boyfriend who wore clam diggers.
How to Wear the J Brand 1265 Ace Cropped Boyfriend Jeans
It’s really hard to look put together wearing boyfriend jeans with flats, unless you’re tall and gorgeous. The rest of us should really wear heels, and the higher the better. With boyfriend jeans, I found myself to gravitate towards more unisex type pairings, ie, a motorcycle jacket (guys wear motorcycle jackets too), a blazer (old standby, but also worn by men), and a button down shirt. I of course wore my trusty chambray shirt from H&M which is about to disintegrate from wearing too much, but an oxford shirt, or a button down silk blouse both work. Boyfriend jeans are a lot easier to style than I thought, as long as a pair of high heels are involved. I was going to wear suede pumps, but changed to a leopard print Stuart Weitzman booties to make it a bit more girly. Because you know, I’m a girl.
Wearing: Jeans: J Brand 1265 Ace Cropped Boyfriend Jeans (on loan for review) • Chambray Shirt: H&M • Jacket: Marc by Marc Jacobs • Booties: Stuart Weitzman (gift) • Sunglasses: SUPER • Bag: Proenza Schouler