They looked OK last night. You’re fairly sure they looked OK the last time you wore them to the pub. Nobody gave you any strange looks – well, not any stranger than usual. But now, though – this morning, right here, live and direct from your own bedroom mirror – they most definitely do not look OK. They look shit.
That’s the thing with jeans – one minute, you’re cruising along in your favourite pair; the next, they look wrong in a million strange, unfathomable ways. Maybe it’s the cut. Maybe it’s the wash. Maybe it’s the rips – once so modeish, now just too Ayia Napa for comfort. The hard truth is that jean shapes change every season, sometimes incrementally, sometimes radically, but it behoves a woman to keep up. Especially if jeans are the lynch-pin of her life.
This season, it’s all about straight or wide-legged jeans that fall to the ankle, the better to show off your ankle boots/baseball boots/actual ankle, if it’s smooth (or hairy. Nothing wrong with ankle hair). The good news is that this is a much easier style to wear than skinny, or ripped, or even Mum, because it’s so straightforward. Basic, but in the best way.