SAVE A BOYFRIEND FOR A RAINY DAY -
AND ANOTHER, IN CASE IT DOESN'T RAIN
I'd like to encourage a renaissance in the boyfriend jean as a wardrobe antidote for easing out of quarantine. No, it's not time yet, but preparation is the key to success, and it's going to be (for me at least) a shaky segue-way from sweatpants to, well.... any other pant.
Recently, I've tailored a few of Tad's old Levi's to fit me a bit better - in the hips and thighs, and I took a little length off them. I'd never really had an appropriate pair of 'boyfriend' jeans - just some baggier women's styles that I kept around for those days when I couldn't stand the thought of squishing myself into a denim wrapper. And I honestly didn't quite know how to pull them off. I would admire the way Sarah Jessica Parker nailed the quintessential look (blogged about it here), but I couldn't wrap my head (or unwrap my tight jeans) around how to achieve the laid-back look.
Luckily Tad and the ladies at Lee's Tailor (at Crabtree Mall, they're the BEST), walked me through how to befriend a true boyfriend jean, and hark! there's no turning back now. And I would like to share this secret with you so that when the time comes to hightail it out of the house, you can do so with an easier transition from your sweatpants to pantalones with some swagger.
The only requirement is give a little less of a fuck, because they're baggy, and your mother-in-law may comment that she didn't "recognize you, are you bigger?", but you can power through this, at the very least on the surety that you aren't squeezed in. Liberation, just make it lady-like.
Which brings me to my next point: I've found that boyfriend jeans are best paired with a bodysuit. You can keep your figure without being flashy. Your jeans can be worn a bit lower because there's no struggle to keep shirttails tucked in, and it's a nice counterbalance to show a little cinch in your waist. I've rounded up a few faves from both categories: jeans that better than your boyfriend's, and an array of bodysuits, from a smart button-up blouse to my go-to tank top, that can send you out of isolation in style.
Full disclaimer, the top I'm wearing here isn't a bodysuit, but it really acts and quacks like a duck. It's really fitted in the torso and long, so it stays tucked in fine and is snug in the right spots. The jeans are Tad's Original Fit 501s (all Levi's are 40% off right now btw) and my leather boots are Simon Miller and I lurve them.