Okay, wide jeans. You will still require your skinny jeans for very wet days or when you need to put your wellies on over something to go for walk no. 500,000 across the now churned-up quagmire of your local green space. But on all but the very wettest days you can wear wide jeans. They are super comfortable and very modern. It’s time.
Note, please, that these are not boyfriend jeans, nor are they flares. Wide jeans are high-waisted and… wide all the way down and ought to cover most of your shoes and be worn with cropped sweaters or cardigans. Any survivors from the 90s will probably think of them as “raver pants”. I have got two pairs, one lightweight for summer from Sezane (“The Venice” – absolutely terrific, but not for winter as the material is too thin) and one completely random heavier-weight pair off asos, by “Dr Denim” whoever she is, which now only has one size left. If you want to get the Tall version of my jeans (which I love, by the way) there are still available in plenty of sizes and you can get them taken up. They should stop about 1cm shy of the ground and show a thin strip of your trainers all the way around, you don’t want soggy, trodden-on hems. It’s not actually the 90s.
(What are those random brands on asos by the way? As baffling and fly-by night as the brands sold in Argos.**)
And now I see OtherStories is in on the act with their High Waisted Flared Jeans, though they are not so much flared as wide. I have seen them on Fran Bacon @thefashionlift and the fit is great.
H&M of course also have a great selection: go to women/jeans and then under “Style” check the “flared” and “wide” box and their range will pop up.
These from Arket also look promising.
Of course, even out of full house arrest lockdown, we cannot try clothes on. This is a major fly in the ointment of particularly buying jeans because the only way to find a good pair, even in-store, is to try many, many pairs on.
I strongly recommend, in order to cut down on general heartache, doing some due diligence here and actually measuring your current waist and leg sizes with some string and a metal tape measure, or even a dressmaking tape measure if you have such a thing. Your measurements are probably not what you think they are.
Then order in a bunch of likely-looking styles around your usual size and then faithfully return any that don’t fit and promise yourself you will not kick any rejects into the coat cupboard to be found again in 2024.
Although someone told me that some places throw away returns because the manpower required to sort out returned clothes isn’t worth it. Can that be true?
** UPDATE – a reader alerted me to the fact that Dr Denim is not a random brand but a cool Swedish store. But then alas they’ve shut their UK store because, they claim, they’ve sold out of everything. This seems a very weird reason to shut an online store, but I sort of admire their honesty. Anyway just for clarity the wide jeans I have from Dr Denim are here: https://drdenim.com/collections/womens-jeans/products/echo-5 but the Stockholm store doesn’t ship to the UK (this must be a Brexit thing)! But you might not be in the UK, in which case, go for it.