Posts tagged Jeans
M&S JANUARY PICKS

This months’s M&S picks include the perfect crop loose jeans (I love M&S jeans), a very cool blazer, a cropped (Chanel / Clueless style) jacket and a cosy cardigan.

M&S jeans are some of my high street favourites - they fit well, do not go baggy after one ware and last. I’ve worn these jeans a lot since I bought them - dressed up with a sequin top and white boots and dressed down with t-shirt, cardigan and trainers. This style is called (High Waist Wide Leg Cropped Jeans) and is my current favourite.

Wear with: boots, bare ankles, funky socks and then sandals in the summer. They come in blue, black and ecru/white - I have them in every colour.


High Waist Wide Leg Cropped Jeans £29.50

I love this outfit - even though I am usually a pink person I do love a dabble in blue and blue is going to be big this Summer. This jacket is awesome, very cool and looks so great with jeans - it is comfortable too as it has a slight stretch.

I’d also like to draw attention to this white T-shirt. Perfectly cut t-shirts are quite hard to come by and this is a really good one - its great quality cotton, got nice long sleeves and is loose around the tummy which I like.

Pure Cotton Round Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt £22.50 /

Cardigans are back and I missed them, they are such a useful item of clothing. Love this tiger print one its so cosy and can be worn over everything and anything.

Animal Print Cardigan £25

LOVE this little box jacket - it actually comes with a matching skirt (I saw someone wearing it as a suit the other day and it looked very cool) it reminds me of something from the movie Clueless.

This post is part of my monthly retainer with Marks & Spencer, all thoughts and outfits are my own.

TOPSHOP MATERNITY JEANS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

As you are all well aware I am a fan of TOPSHOP and highly rate TOPSHOP's denim, so it was the first place I went for my maternity jeans. 

I believe that it is worth investing in maternity jeans early on in your pregnancy - they are so much more comfortable on your expanding waist, even with a small bump so why wait? Also compared to normal jeans they will have limited wear (although I have friends who still wear theirs for a Sunday roast). You will most probably be wearing them for a while once the baby has arrived too - so get some you love.

Another thing to know is that maternity jeans can either fit under or over your bump. It is personal preference as to which you prefer but some style legs work better than others.

The advantages of over the bump is that it keeps your belly warm and you don't suffer from 'mum bum' when you squat down. Also you can wear shorter tops without exposing your belly. If you are looking to get a looser fit leg or a non-stretch denim jean then I would opt for over the bump as they will tend to stay up better - no belts remember!

The advantages of under the bump are that they aren't so bulky under tops and to combat exposure or to allow you to wear a shorter top you can always wear a belly band or long vest top under your top top. Under the bump tend to work better for skinny, stretchy style jeans as the stretch in the denim will hold the jeans on your leg as supposed to having to rely on the waist band only.

Up until very recently there has been a distinct lack of interesting style maternity jeans - and most still tend to be skinny which is fine and often what you feel like wearing as they tend to balance out the ever expanding top half of your body, but still it is good to have a choice of styles.

Here are my top 4 and what you need to know: (FYI I am about 6 months pregnant in these photos)

STRAIGHT JEANS

These are very comfortable and I love the cropped length. They are normal non-stretch denim but i've found them to be good at retaining their shape. Because they are a loser fit it is an advantage for them to go over the bump as this stops them falling down.

Over The Bump Straight Jeans £42 / Knot Woven Mules £39 / Double Breasted Tartan Jacket £59 / Shelly Straw Basket Bag £26

JAMIE JEANS

Jamie Jeans are made from super-stretchy denim which is good because they hold their shape well. These fit under the bump which works well with a stretch denim as the jeans stay up and on. These are great every day jeans and would work well with both boots and trainers too.

Rich Jamie Jeans £40 / 'Amour' Slogan Jumper £29

BOYFRIEND DUNGAREES

I am a big fan of dungarees (bump or no bump) these Boyfriend ones are a loser fit and are very comfortable. The advantages to maternity dungarees are that they do not fall down and feel super comfortable on the tummy. I personally wouldn't style them with boots but would wear them with most flats and trainers.

Boyfriend Dungarees £49 / Point Polly Cat Eye Sunglasses £18

JONI JEANS

These are similar to the Jamie jeans but are even more stretchy denim. They fit over the bump so create a smooth waistline. I like the rips - very rock n' roll mum.

Super Rip Over The Bump Joni Jeans £42 / Attitude Soft Ballerina Pumps £29 / 'Voila' Embroidered Slogan T-Shirt £16 

This post was kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP. All thoughts, ideas, poses and ideas are entirely my own - clever me!

Photography by Jane Looker

 

 

AND/OR

AND/OR are one of John Lewis's new in house, exclusive to them, fashion brands.

Their jeans and denim have a great reputation and rightly so - they have loads of different styles, cuts, washes and colours and believe 'Great denim works with everything and it makes everything work'.  But as well as brilliant denim the rest of AND/OR's collection is great too. Their clothes are versatile, flattering and wearable, as are their fun accessories and shoes. And being John Lewis the quality is good too.

I love this embroidered, velvet bomber - it can be worn layered under a big coat or over a knitted polo neck in the cold or worn as a jacket on its own once the milder weather returns. I love the detailing and colours. 

I am always on the look out for a well cut, good quality and (hopefully) amusing slogan t-shirt and this OH WHAT FUN one is perfect.

Los Feliz Fray Jeans £120 / Valeska Velvet Embroidered Bomber Jacket  £160

I am a jeans lover - I have a lot and wear them often and I am always on the look out for a pair that are interestingly cut or have unusual details. These cropped and frayed ones are cool - I like the colour and fraying around the waist and along the bottom - the fit and quality is good too.

This long length striped cape top is a wardrobe staple - it would look great with leggings or leather trousers and it is suitable as (non)maternity wear too.

Another great staple is this matte leather biker jacket which is a great fit (something that is crucial with a biker jacket) - I love the long arms and zips.

Star trainers are having a moment and these are good ones, they are also available in silver with blue and red stars on - which are very cool.

Leather Biker Jacket £250 / Uhla Cape Top £49

A smock dress is a style of dress that I usually associate with summer but this velvet one proves that that is not the case. It is really easy to wear, so soft and flattering - I'm wearing it with my star trainers but it would also look great with ankle boots. A perfect winter dress for day or evening.

Vivi Velvet Tiered Dress £89 / Evita Star Lace Up Trainers £85

This post was kindly sponsored by (one of my favourite shops) John Lewis. As always I choose all the clothes and styled the outfits myself.

Photography by @janelookerphotography

GOOD JEANS

I can't remember a time in my life when I haven't worn jeans. I have had purple Levis that I used to go to get from Kensington Market aged 16. I then progressed to flares - with dirty, wet, ripped bottoms; there was a phase of big baggy ones worn on my hips with a studded belt and platform trainers and then there were the skinnies that I was wary of at first but that stuck around for a while.

Right now the denim landscape is ruleless! Jeans come in all shapes and styles, they are cropped, straight, moms, boyfriends, ripped, frayed and everything in between. This is a good thing because jeans are great . They can be dressed up and down and it is currently acceptable to wear them (more or less) everywhere. They are durable, washable, flattering, look better with age, plus there is a style for everyone.

TOPSHOP for a long time has been my go to place for jeans. I like the quality of the denim and all the different styles they have that they constantly update and add to. 

Here are my current top 3 styles:

MOM

Coincidentally I have only started wearing Mom jeans since becoming a Mum - i'm not sure why this is but I do know that I like the high waist which has proved invaluable when bending down to play with the kids on the floor (no mum-bum). They are also great for hiding the mum-tum both things that you might not have considered if you are not a mother (or someone who bends down a lot or rolls on the floor!).

I love the patchwork panels on these, it makes them a bit more interesting and more of a statement than the plain versions.

Patchwork Panel Mom Jeans £50 / Dropped Hem Jacquard Blouse by Boutique £59

CROPPED WIDE LEGGED

I love these (and this whole outfit), they are such a useful style - perfect for the UK's not hot but not cold summer weather. Personally I would wear these with flat sandals or trainers, but they would look cool with a sequin top and pointed flats too.

Mid Blue Cropped Wide Leg Jeans £40 / 1972 Tshirt £15 / FALCON Buckle Sliders £39 / SWIFT Chunky Cateye Sunglasses £18

STRAIGHT

If you are still stuck in your skinnies but are tempted to break away then a straight leg is a great transition jean. They are flattering and easy to wear with all types of shoes and ankle boots. I like the simplicity of these and will wear them turned up as well as left to fray.

Blue Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans £40 / Box Pleat Cold Shoulder Top £45

This post has been kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP + Affiliate Window. As you know my love for TOPSHOP (especially their jeans) is real and genuine as are all the words and thoughts in this post.