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Much as I profess to be anti-jeans, finding them uncomfortable and usually part of a thoughtless outfit (don't shoot me yet, that was just my opinion of them up until a few weeks ago!), I have decided to focus this week's Ways to Wear feature on jeans once more. I've been reaching for my old Miss Selfridge favourites a surprising amount recently, and think they can look lovely, elegant and effortlessly chic when styled with something more than a hoody. Also, following on from my last Ways to Wear edition that focused on back-to-Uni looks, I felt this fit in nicely with the whole theme of this time of year.

As with every installment, you don't necessarily need to go out and buy the jeans I feature, or any of the other items I feature. Take this as inspiration to rework pieces that you already have, or could potentially get your hands on via sisters'/best friends'/parents' wardrobes, clothes swaps, etc. I certainly don't buy clothes weekly, if that is any consolation! The pairs featured in my Looks below are from Topshop, Zara and River Island.


This Look is centralised on those skinny/straight leg jeans that once fit you perfectly, yet now seem to fit a little too loose and strangely (score!). Simply fold up the hems of each leg, for that slubby, slightly undone cuffed look, pop a simple camisole on and then an oversized top, letting it hang off one shoulder. I really think showing a bit of shoulder looks understatedly chic and not tacky at all, as long as the top is nice. I chose this navy top, which contrasts nicely with the faded pink jeans, with a scallop vest underneath. The scallop detail just offsets the outfit from looking as though you have a bra strap hanging out, which for the record, isn't a good look. If you were opting for blue jeans, I think a reverse with a pink top would look lovely, or even a warm mustard yellow. While the rain holds off in England, I'd pair with some little classic loafers, and a sideswept fishtail braid.


Taking inspiration from the likes of Lyzi and Emma with this outfit, and an animal print shirt. Again, a relatively conservative outfit, but a versatile one at that. You could either button the shirt up to the top, and wear a collar necklace under the collar with it, or pop a plain camisole underneath, leave the shirt unbuttoned and throw a silk scarf around your neck. These ankle "pixie" boots are still absolutely everywhere: they look gorgeous with pale grey jeans and some ankle socks peeping out above the boots. Finally, dress up your wool winter coats by tying a velvet or grosgrain black ribbon underneath the collar. Et voila, modern Audrey Hepburn chic!


Finally, I've styled a more dressed-up, dark look to finish this week's feature off. I think everyone has a pair of seriously worn-in jeans, right? So this look focuses on reworking those old jeans that you cast away in favour of shiny - maybe not literally shiny - new jeans. Wear with a plain, slightly oversized white vest top, I'd recommend the Heattech ones from Uniqlo, and layer a lace detail black vest over it. Nothing better than a simple layered look to dress an outfit up: I particularly love this silk one from The Kooples, although I'm sure the High Street will have similar, more affordable options. I've added some gold bracelets and a statement necklace to the look, for a failproof accessorise job, and then these gorgeous beyond gorgeous River Island wedge boots. Bag-wise, anything goes with this, a simple canvas tote, a black satchel, or my personal favourite in a drawstring leather bag. Keep your hair natural, tousled and slightly messy, and make-up classic and simple. To finish off, add a light wool snood and a buttery soft leather jacket.

I meant to post this on Saturday, but my laptop is on its' last legs at the moment, and it wouldn't switch on. Instead, I had a lovely evening spent torturing myself while watching awful X Factor contestants, and eating Maryland cookies and Thornton's champagne truffles with my little sister. Then, yesterday, my blog was flagged up for a malware notice, which has thankfully been sorted out now. It's been a ridiculous weekend for technology...!

I hope you enjoyed this week's Ways to Wear anyway, jeans are so easy to overlook for their sheer simplicity sometimes. I'm guest posting over at Victoria's blog soon too, so keep an eye out for that, and I'll be back tomorrow for an outfit post and update (with a bit of luck!). Let me know which Look this week is your favourite; mine is Look Three! xo

18 comments

  1. This is great, I also never wore jeans (I'm 5'2" and I just couldn't make them work!) and up until a month or two ago wore dresses and skirts daily, but after buying a pair of coral jeans (not as bad as they sound I swear!) I was slightly swayed and now have a black pair too, it's been kind of fun trying out jean based outfits lately.. but honestly I do still find them a bit uncomfortable, I'm thinking I'll get used to that though. Anyway.. great post Thanks! :) xx

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  2. Look number two is my fave, that bird print blouse is gorgeous! :)

    Louisejoyb xo | Bits&Bobs

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  3. those shoes in look 3, are laaavley
    i think i need them..would never wear them but at least i could look at them right?!
    I used to literally hate jeans. wouldn't be seen dead in them but now they seem to be glued to my legs! it's weird how your style can change.
    xxxx

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  4. I love these type of posts. They are so creative and gorgeous. You have a really unique sense of style which I love.

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  5. I have got a new pair of jeans recently that are very similar to the first pair and this has inspired me!

    Maria xxx

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  6. So glad your back hun, I cried inside when chrome wouldn't let me access the blog! A lovely compilation of pieces as usual - I really love the red topshop skinnies - will have to see if they have them in the tall section! Although, I'll have to wait a while as last time I ended up embarrassing myself with a pair of too-small leather trousers. Dear god. x

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  7. I love this post! As boring as it seems, jeans are my all time go to- and it's so nice to see outfits that have really been thought about and styled up making the jeans a real statement and not a scruffy day-to-day piece :)definitely going to be saving some of these for future reference, you never cease to impress Michelle! xxx

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  8. I was actually just trying to decide what to wear to uni tomorrow, this post is SO helpful. Although not so helpful for the bank balance, desperately want though jeans in the first set :P

    L x

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  9. As always, lovely post, michelle! I especially adore the jeans in look three, they're gorgeous! And it's nice to see them be reworked as a proper fashion statement other than the typical jeans and hoodie combo! X

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  10. I love look #1! It's so casual and effortless but really effective. I've always been a fan of just shrugging on some jeans and i'm in awe of all the coloured ones, i just want them all! They make wearing jeans, dressy. I also love the loafers xx

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  11. i'm such a jeans addict and i looove this w2w!! makes me wanna get a raspberry-red jeans like in look #1 ;) also i'm in love with look #2, absolutely something i would (and definitely will) wear!!
    many autumny greetings from Paris! xo♥

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  12. Look two wins for me purely because of the shirt! I pretty much live in jeans x

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  13. loving the first look and the second looks blouse.

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  14. I love the colour of the jeans in look one, and that oversized top would look great with them x

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  15. i love the jeans you chose, especially the first coloured ones. I have just got into wearing jeans. been sticking to a navy skinny pair but will definitely have to try out some coloured ones next time i am shopping! xx

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  16. Look two is my fave, the shirt is gorgeous. OMG, how torturous was this week's xfactor? Me and my mum can't bear to watch goldie anymore. As funny as she is, we just can't watch it without cringing. Bless her! She is funny though (when she isn't singing!) xxx

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  17. Great post! Surely this would help a lot of girls that would want to wear jeans but could find ways how to make it fashionable and chic. We like the 3rd look.

    Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!
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  18. Look #2 is a definite favourite for me, I have boots exactly like those but from New Look!
    Great W2W Michelle, glad you managed to get the post out after all your tech drama =) xoxo

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