Not too skinny, not too baggy-saggy-boyfriend-style, with a comfy mid-rise and a slightly cropped leg – I think I’ve found the perfect pair of summer jeans. As J Brand are one of the top everyday denim brands listed in my book Style Forever, I was pleased to discover the Ellis Crop. On sale (now half price at Nordstrom who ship to the UK; available HERE). My favourite pair of threadbare, old Levi’s are on their last legs (see below). The denim is lovely – soft, faded and full of holes. I still wear them and want to hang onto them as long as possible but appreciate the risk involved. In the late eighties, I was quite happy to walk round in ripped jeans with my bum hanging out, but now it’s just a glimpse of knee, for me. And do I prefer it when rips are the result of natural wear and tear, not man-made. Granted the day will come when the gaping crotch finally gives out but these new replacement jeans will allow me to treasure my old Levi’s a little while longer. And then, rather than going all Tala Alamuddin, I’ll turn them into a Japanese-inspired Boro.
There is something really fresh, summery and Mediterranean about blue and white stripes. This cotton tunic shirt from J. Crew. is my other sale bargain which, alas, has now sold out. Similar-ish is this Trademark cotton shirt, available HERE:
Here are some alternative easy breezy blue & white tops and a selection of summer jeans to love to bits: