Experimenting with denim

A few weeks ago everyone was talking about these H&M wide leg jeans.



They are a cheaper version, or tribute to the Rachel Comey jeans worn brilliantly by Leandra here.

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They were unavailable online in the US and I managed to try a pair on in Manchester when I was home. I’d heard they came up tiny so tried a UK 14 but couldn’t even pull them over my butt! Hoping that they were miss labelled (glass half full and all that) I ordered a pair online too. Well what do you know they fit! Certainly still snug but I was quite relieved that I hadn’t piled on as many pounds as I was being led to believe – though I could have believed it with all the Monster Munch I consumed while back in Bury 🙂

Having got them back to Atlanta I decided I was very unsure about them – lets say they are not exactly leg lengthening – but the rebel in me still loves how different and wacky they are. I trawled through images looking for inspiration on how to wear them.



H&M wide leg jeans inspo 1H&M wide leg jeans inspo 2H&M wide leg jeans inspo 3 H&M wide leg jeans inspo 4 H&M wide leg jeans inspo 5 H&M wide leg jeans inspo 6 H&M wide leg jeans inspo 7I’ve played it pretty safe with how I have styled them today – toning it down with ballet flats and a blazer. I am feeling quite courageous though and have some more radical ideas for future outings – be warned!

IMG_0711 IMG_0705 IMG_0694Jeans – H&M // Flats – Tory Burch Eddie (no longer available – similar here) // Top – Mango // Jacket – J.Crew

While many of you will think they are hideous, I thought this was the perfect time to share some very wise words from The Man Repeller:

           “I like — nay, love — these pants. They’re me. I know they don’t look good but I think they’re cool. They make me feel like a more interesting version of myself and that, to me, is what style is about: presenting a difficulty and attempting to unpack it or make sense of it. I can’t tell you exactly why I like them but I can sharply recall having never really cared for pants that do the things we’re supposed to expect of them: flatten our stomachs, tighten our asses, makes our legs look longer and leaner, yadi ya. Maybe that’s a function of my believing that fashion is not about what’s flattering and vice versa or maybe this is simply a matter of style. And the thing about style, like with everything else, is that if you believe in it, you have to be willing to fight for it.”


10 thoughts on “Experimenting with denim

  1. sue

    Brilliantly summed up by Leandra. So often we forget to think for ourselves about what we actually want to wear and what makes fashion fun. So I bought pink shoes today for the hell of it. And I still have my Mih Phoebes though I think they do jot all for me but they are really rather comfortable and sometimes they look okay and sometimes they don’t. And I wore my old round toe black ballet pumps because they were there and they were easy and no they’re not pointy toed and they’re not this and they’re not that and they do nothing for my legs but hey – I like them. Because they are made from squishy soft leather. That’s all. And I love you for your energy and that you don’t conform and that you are willing to try. I wish I was braver.

  2. meg

    I think they look fab and that they are fab! I didn’t manage to track them down in my size and am gutted…I have managed to nab the MiH Phoebes in the sale but they are proving impossible to decide on. I don’t love them and I don’t hate them – guess it will be a no then. I firmly believe you look your best when you feel your best as your confidence shines through. That is style in a nutshell! x

  3. Anonymous

    Ha, ha – great fun – yeah, do what YOU feel like! this is what I love about you Joanna, and about this blog – you are having fun and taking a chance.

  4. Jane

    I would never be brave enough to try something so different, but you look totally fabulous in them! Inspiration to try new things 🙂 x

  5. Chris Reynaud

    Errm, not sure. I actually like the way you wear them cos you look cool and happy, but really don’t like them in the other pics. Can’t envisage how I would include them in my present life and sadly menopausal physique!

  6. ja4marti

    I have an old pair of culotte jeans from the early 2000’s that I should bring back! I think these jeans can look really cool. I love them with the high boots that you have shown for winter. I think that it is awesome that you are willing to experiment with your style and go with what you like not just what everyone else likes! Plus at the H&M price if you are over them next season it is ok 🙂


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