Ask Avery: One of the boys
blog by Avery Hartmans • October 25, 2013 @ 9:16am
How the heck do you wear boyfriend jeans?
I hope you mean the collective “you” and not me personally when you ask that question, because boyfriend jeans are just not in my repertoire.
They used to be, don’t get me wrong. I used to have a pair of boyfriend jeans I wore when I wanted to feel like my “no ice cream for a week” diet was working, since they were a much smaller size than I usually wear. Turns out most people go down a size when it comes to boyfriend jeans. I’m not as special as I thought.
But those jeans didn’t last long in my wardrobe and were quickly converted to jorts. That turned out to be a magical decision, but that also leaves me sans boyfriend jeans. Luckily you weren’t as hasty with the sewing scissors.
The key to wearing boyfriend jeans is to add some structure to the rest of your outfit. Your bottom half is going to be super loose and baggy, so you need to wear something on top that will remind people you’re still a lady.
And keep in mind that “boyfriend” does not mean “too big.” They still need to fit through the waist and hips and they should be just slightly longer than ankle length. After all, you’re wearing boyfriend jeans, not boy jeans.
Option No. 1
One way to add some polish to your ensemble is with something ladylike on top. A loose, silky pajama blouse looks sophisticated and chic without trying too hard, and a buttery-soft satchel is the perfect complement.
When it comes to your feet, burgundy smoking flats will never let you down. They fall in line with your pajama theme, and they’re quite possibly the comfiest shoes around. But it is October, after all, so your neck is going to need some extra attention. Keep it warm in a thick, knitted scarf in charcoal gray and you’re ready for anything.
Option No. 2
I bet you thought you couldn’t wear your boyfriend jeans out on a Saturday night. Well, guess again, my friend. Your boyfriend jeans are actually perfect for a night out, because they look excellent with heels and act as the perfect base for some super-cool layers.
Remember that structure thing I mentioned? It comes into play for your evening on the town in the form of a quilted white leather jacket. White leather is a cool alternative to black and it’s easy to wear as your top layer: just add a graphic-print black-and-white top underneath, a pair of gold-toed booties and a metallic clutch. The best part? This glam ensemble is appropriate at nearly any age, so you’ll never feel too old or too young.
Option No. 3
I think we can all agree that it’s definitely sweater weather. But your sweaters don’t have to be paired exclusively with skinny jeans or leggings throughout the fall — loosen up a little and opt for boyfriend jeans instead. When it comes to a heavy knit, however, there’s always the fear of looking thicker than you normally do, especially if you don’t wear it with something super-skinny on the bottom.
To avoid all that, layer your outfit with a slim-fitting, leather accented down vest in a neutral color. It’ll add the structure you need, keep you warm and look super cute at the same time. And when paired with cool boots and a burgundy carryall, your outfit will look effortlessly fallish and effortlessly stylish.
Image courtesy of The Lost Girl