Jeans – Paige Denim

Jeans – Paige Denim
Jeans have always been a problem for me. I’ve never been able to find the right pair of jeans for my body.  I’ve spent so much money trying to figure out what style fits me the best, what type of denim works well, what colour suits me… the list goes on. Despite my best efforts, I’d never managed to quite get it right.

Over the years I found a couple of pairs that kind of ended up being my failsafe style, but thinking about it now, they probably aren’t the best fit for me although at the time and with my pre-covid body shape. I think they were probably the best I could do.

During lockdown, I got a bit miserable about the lack of wearing normal clothes, and when it got to autumn of 2020 (the first year in lockdown), I bought quite a few pairs of jeans, mostly from Topshop, and I had done my research on what jeans would be the best for my body shape and what size would be the best.

I actually sized up because during lockdown my body shape had changed quite a lot and I needed to try and work with not only a new body shape, but a new level of comfort.

Before I was pretty happy to wear tight structured denim and I guess I didn’t even realise I was uncomfortable, I was just so used to wearing this type of jeans that it wasn’t even a thought that crossed my mind. However, after months of wearing joggers and comfy clothes, I wanted to find some jeans that were actually going to be comfortable to wear and weren’t going to restrict me.

After splurging a few hundred pounds on jeans on ASOS from Topshop and other places, I realised that I was never going to wear the jeans that I had actually purchased.

Every time I went to put them on I was unhappy, I was uncomfortable and after taking some photos and editing them, I didn’t even like how they looked at all. I was at a total loss with all fashion to be honest, and I’d lost my sense of style and I didn’t even really care anymore, and this is really unlike me.

I decided to do a total wardrobe clear out and I left myself with a tiny handful of things – you know when people say they have nothing to wear – I legit left myself with nothing to wear haha!




What I realised from this was that anything cheap or fast fashion was no good. It didn’t fit, or it hadn’t lasted and this was massively eye opening for me. Typically we are so busy churning over our wardrobes that I never really knew what I was tossing out and taking to the charity shop, and what had stood the test of time.

Having a solid 2 years without really needing to buy clothes gave me such amazing insight into what I actually wear when I do things, and what I’m comfortable in, along with the brands that not only work well in my wardrobe, but that last too.

Since then I’ve made a plea to only invest in great pieces, with a few exceptions here and there, but on the whole I now invest in better quality pieces with the view to spending less over time and actually loving what I have – a capsule wardrobe if you will.

Mentally it’s hard to type in your pin and blow £250 on one pair of jeans, but the reality was I spent about the same on four pairs that I wore only once and hated anyway. The mentality of spending a lot is hard to overcome, but the cost per wear and the enjoyment and comfort is ultimately priceless.

So, for me right now, I’m still trying out a few brands and I want to try some Levis and I’ve only ever actually had one pair of Levi jeans, which I cut into shorts but my go-to brand at the moment is Paige.

I’d heard of Paige many times and I know they come recommended, and every time we go into the city I have a little browse around Paige in Harvey Nichols and think ‘can I really part with this much money for a pair of jeans’, but earlier this year I took the plunge and have never looked back.

I have three pairs; a dark grey, a dark wash denim and a light wash denim. I would absolutely love a leather-look or coated pair for winter as I essentially live in leather jeans from September to May, so I’m keeping my eyes open for those!

The reason I like them so much is they’re actually tailored properly. They aren’t styled to fit a trend, they are style to actually fit real life bodies, and all the details are well made.

The quality of the denim is as good as it gets, and the colours and styles are perfect for most people and are ideal for creating a capsule wardrobe.

 

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I have also learned that washing denim is a serious no-no and you really shouldn’t be washing your jeans, and if you need to it should be once a year and certainly no more than every six months.

This might sound a bit gross, but unless you actually spill something (spot clean if possible), or have had a total sweat attack (which in jeans shouldn’t realllyy happen if you’ve read the weather right), then there’s actually no need and the denim will thank you for it.

If you’re worried about bacteria and germs, pop them in a sealed food bag and chuck them in the freezer. This kills the bacteria and will effectively clean your jeans without having to go near a washing machine.

My tips for finding the right jeans is pretty much following these three steps:

Do your research! Try on as many pairs of jeans as possible and find a brand or style that fits you. And when I say fits you I mean your body, your personality and your style.

Don’t be afraid to splash out – it will pay off in the long run! Spending over and over on fast fashion will equate to spending more than investing in something well-made and high quality.

Take good care of them when you find the perfect pair! Again, do some research, but essentially don’t wash them if you can avoid it, stick them in the freezer for killing bacteria, and spot clean if they get dirty. A good pair of jeans can actually last a whole lifetime if you look after them.

Let me know your favourite brands as I’d love to give them a try!



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