Sorry, S. I had to. While your post was rockin’ as usual, I have to take a stand for the tall gals and say, some of us can’t wear boyfriend jeans the way you do – darn it. Some of us wish for just a little bit more pant leg to cuff and scrunch to our hearts content. ((sigh))
…but you look like a model blah blah blah I wish I was tall blah blah blah. No. Shh. Yeh, being tall has it’s benefits; such as, being able to reach things in high places that no one else can, seeing over people’s heads in a crowd or being able to give super awkward, hunched over hugs to your shorter friends, but when it comes to certain articles of clothing that are totally rocked by the petite, tall girls get the short end of the stick…or pant leg.
It’s like this…
What I wish I looked like in Boyfriend Jeans:
Okayokay. Maybe not Steve Urkel bad, but I speak for the tall ladies and they understand. There is no…”oh, darn. I have sooooo much extra leg left over I haaaaave to cuff them TWICE and scrunch them all perfectly…just so. Oh, wow. Cool! There’s still like 5 inches of pant left over to give me that grungchic look”, says Shana (every time she puts on her boyfriend jeans). Direct quote, by the way. 😉 For tall gals, it’s more like…”huh. So. Can I get a few more inches, please? Let me just puuuull them down as far as I can without them showing my bum crack and cuff them ever so slightly…and there. Oh F. Maybe I should make the cuff even skinnier. Yeh, that totally passes for a cuff. Maybe. Oh, whatever.”
Mmmmhmmm. My tall chicas come in. You know how it is. Pants just don’t fit us the same…along with other things, but I won’t go there right now. LATER. There will be more time for bemoaning the fact that other things don’t fit us well in the future. Promise.
Now, just because boyfriend jeans may fit differently on us tall girls doesn’t mean they are a no-no. Definitely not the case. In fact, I love the challenge of figuring out a different way to wear something. Also, the Madewell Slim Boyjeans I took the plunge for and bought are actually on the longer side…still not too long (which would be sweet), but they give me that tiny bit more that I can really use in a boyfriend jean.
So. Let’s get down to it…
I was going to go all tee crazy like Jules (yeh, might as well go ahead and get used to seeing her around here), but then thought, you know what? Boyfriend jeans can look a bit tomboyish, so why not make it a little bit more feminine with a girly top? Yes, it was warm enough here for it. I think it was…uuummm…70 something that day. I love the South for many reasons, but the fact that it’s warm enough for tanks in March is one of my main ones.
I did bring a lightweight cardigan along just in case. I tied it around my waist and I think it actually made the outfit. I’m looking at the pictures now and think that without it…this whole outfit would be a bit on the boring side. So. There. One simple addition and those boyfriend jeans are looking mighty cool.
I’ve done flats, strappy sandals, these booties and even pumps…all look great, sure. However, when we’re talking about making boyfriend jeans look longer…go with a high top. My Supergas did an awesome job of covering up the skin that was not invited to the cuff party.
Also, I love these Supergas. They are a tall girl’s dream. As loyal as I am to Converse, their high top makes it look like I have giant clown feet…which is not good for the ego. These Superga high tops make my big feet look awesome…smaller even…which is just crazy. Crazy good.
I’ve never been big on jewelry. It always feels like too much and I get uncomfortable with a lot on me while I am trying to do my mom thing. Give me a simple necklace, especially if it makes me feel all Carrie Sex & The City, and I’m a happy girl. Plus, just like the silky top, it helps to make the whole outfit look more feminine and pretty.
top: Express Reversible Barcelona Cami. I haven’t shopped at Express since errrrr college, but when I saw this top…it reminded me of the silk ones at J. Crew right now, but less expensive. Win. (wearing size S for reference). The ones at J. Crew are still on my radar though…of course, because…J. Crew. grrr.
jeans: Madewell Slim Boyjean. These are actually the longest pair of boyfriend jeans I have come across so far. I went down a size with the Madewells, because I prefer my boyfriend jeans to be a little less baggy saggy. Oh! I also love my GAP sexy boyfriend jeans. I’ve been wearing them out since I bought them last year.
cardigan: AE, old old old…ancient, actually. I just found a hole in it, so it’s time to part ways. Nooooo. J. Crew has some lovely cardigans that can be thrown over most anything…or tied around the waist, of course.
shoes: Superga high tops. Like I said, my FAVES right now. They are replacing my Seychelles bootie, at the moment. Love, love, love them. If you are tall, these are the high tops for you.
tote: striped canvas tote I was sent a couple of Summers ago. This thing has been everywhere with us. I love how big it is! Of course, that means it’s full of junk now…and I can never find my keys, but hey ho. I would actually totally rock out a Land’s End tote. They look amazing…and I’m pretty sure that means that I have officially reached cool mom status?
necklace: Carrie Name Necklace. So Carrie from SATC. So fab. I got mine from Onecklace. On the cheap side for a necklace I wear all of the time, but it works for moi! If you’re looking for an option that may last a bit longer, I’d check-out this Argento Vivo one from Nordstrom.
How to Do the Cuff:
Don’t. Ha. I joke, but it is all about using as little of the pant leg as possible.
1. cuff the very end of the pant leg and then cuff once more, but only a thin cuff if you want the jeans to look longer.
Yeh, there are no more steps. That’s it. There isn’t any more pant to work with after that. 😉
S, you can start looking forward to that awkward, hunched hug.
Oh, and tall gals…we totally rock a mean pair of wide leg, long jeans. Yeh, we do. We so do.
photos: Brandon Brown Photography