The big news is that big jeans are big for 2015. And by that I mean big at the bottom (bottom of the leg - not bottom of the, err, bottom). I refer to this style of flared jean as 'dingers' but as far as I know this term isn't universal, so please don't go embarrassing yourself by asking for such next time you’re shopping.
I already own a pair of ‘dingers’ which were purchased some silly amount of years ago from Topshop and I wear them every spring and summer (even if the magazines are telling me to wear something else - rebel!). Now, the reason I save them for the warmer months is because I prefer to wear them with an open toed wedge and given that they are quite long 'dingers', wearing a flatter shoe in the winter months would most definitely lead to a soggy bottom - again, of the leg variety, not bum. Or cake.
You don’t have to wear your 'dingers' with wedges of course but a word of caution - please be very careful which shoes you do choose to wear with them.
Now, believe it or not, the picture below is a current picture from the Zara website. I kid you not!
I’ve got my eye on a pair of these classics from World of Clogs
Ding dong - did you know…
'Dingers' are great for a bit of leg lengthening and also good if you are a bit hippy (as well as hippie!). You see, the wide ‘bell bottom’ will actually counterbalance the wideness of your hips, giving the illusion of a more balanced figure. I know, what’s not to like?! And if you go for a higher wasted jean, they’ll also keep your tummy in check too if that’s something your conscious of.
Now, as well as being careful about which shoes you wear with your 'dingers' – be careful to choose ones with good back pockets (this rule applies to any jeans actually). If the pockets are small and placed high up on the bum, your bum is going to look much bigger than it is. Go for bigger pockets that occupy a good section of the bum and that are cleverly angled. Levi’s and MiH are good at that.
And another tip – darker denim is more slimming than lighter denim – so choose a shade that flatters your figure. And it’s obvious that darker denim will look smarter than the distressed, lighter options.
A good vintage…
Speaking of distressed (I could launch into my current state of mind here, but I’ll stick with the denim for your own sanity!), I’m very excited to tell you about AG Jeans. They have a range called ‘AG-ed’ which is an ode to vintage, emulating naturally aged denim ranging from 1 to 30 years old. From subtle rips to crafty patches, the higher the number, the lighter and more distressed the jean. Clever huh?
My faves by AG jeans are The Belle (aged by 15 years).
And here are some other options that I’ve found for you - not an exhaustive list by any stretch, but it will start you off on your hunt for those denim 'dingers'. Good luck!
These River Island ones are similar to the Topshop ones I’m wearing.
These MiH 'dingers' come in a variety of washes and I like the faded 'crease' down the front.
These ASOS ones look like they have quite a high waist for those that like that cut.
Mmmm – double denim? I’m game!
* no relation!