Timeless and ageless: The one wardrobe item you shouldn’t be without

wardrobe essential jeans

Denim jeans are possibly the most versatile item you will have in your wardrobe.

My current obsession has to be the straight/wide leg fit. I wear mine with a bold quirky blouse and a great pair of heels. If I’m looking for a more casual look I go for a white tee and trainers.

wardrobe essentials
Stylish denim. You can’t go wrong.

For me, I need a denim with some stretch – just enough to make them wearable all day long. I know that may send denim purists into meltdown, but I need to move, I need to feel comfortable and most of all I don’t want to feel restricted.

Secondly, don’t be fooled into buying a small too small, thinking they will give a size. They may give (depends on the denim) but not a size. Half a size probably. If your jeans are too tight you will never wear them, because they will be uncomfortable.

Don’t get me wrong, I know some denim stretches, but just make sure you are comfortable. You can always get them altered if they give, but you certainly can’t do anything if they are too small.

I used to love a good ripped jean, but lately I’m steering clear. It just looks more polished without the rip, especially if I want to dress up a bit. But hey, for super casual and running around, a rip is okay. Just for me, I’m all for no rip at the moment.

I love a few pairs of jeans, one in a dark blue denim and one in a more washed (not too washed) denim. I like to have a few pairs for different occasions, such as skinny, which I love wearing with sneakers and straight, cropped wider leg which looks great with pointed boots or heels. Blazers and coats look fantastic with jeans. A great way to dress up.

Add a pop of colour to your denim
A wider leg is also a great option

Top tips

  • Wear a jean that is comfortable. You know your body, you know what feels great. Go with your gut.
  • If they are really tight in the store, you probably won’t end up wearing them.
  • Yes, you can spend a fortune on jeans, I’ve got a mix of high street and designer, and to be honest both look as good as the other. You don’t need to spend much to look great – especially these days with high street stores offering pairs for under $50.
  • Know what shape looks good on you. I like a slightly higher waist, as I am shorter and it makes me look taller.
  • Don’t be afraid to try them on in the change room, take selfies or get a friend to take pictures (from all angles). Go and grab a coffee, destress (because we all know jean shopping can be stressful), go over the photos and see what looks best on you. This way you can make an informed decision without pressure from the shop assistant. Go back once you have chosen what style looks fabulous and purchase. Easy.
  • I also suggest trying on a style you would never dream of wearing, because you may be surprised.

Remember, jeans very rarely fit people perfectly. We’ve all got very different body shapes. For me, I need to get my jeans taken up and always taken in at the waist. It’s worth the cost to get the perfect fit, because you’ll get so much wear out of them. The bonus is, it can also make a cheaper pair of jeans look super expensive. The perfect fit, always looks good.

Most of all, have fun with it, don’t stress out when shopping, take your time and buy the jean that feels great. If you are comfortable, you’ll look and feel amazing.

The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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