Where do I even start? The world is a heavy place right now and 2020 has certainly challenged us all, but I believe we can really emerge from this period collectively more educated and passionate about the things that matter – making real change for the good of all mankind. I could talk for the next 1000 words about the topics that have been exhaustingly bubbling away in my mind, but we all need a little escapism and lighthearted entertainment right now; and I’m here to deliver. Because yes, I really do want to talk about why I stopped wearing ‘jeans and a nice top’.
During my teenage years jeans were reserved for casual weekend activities and certainly not ‘dressed up’ for a night on the town; my wardrobe was full of £15.00 layered slip dresses from Select and Bay Trading reserved for that pleasure. It was only when I went to Uni in the early 2000’s, possibly influenced by the like of B*Witched and S Club , that jeans became more of a fashion item that I was prepared to wear with a ‘nice top’ to go out-out. (There’s a horrific photo of me in 2001 wearing tie-die bell-bottom frayed-edge jeans with a nice top, a matching FCUK denim jacket and a denim baker boy hat. It was my favourite look back then, but 2020 knows I looked the fool.)
For years it became my default, mainly because as a student / graduate employee my funds rarely stretched to a whole new outfit and a cheap top was a quick way to feel like I was wearing something new, but over the last decade I started to metaphorically hand up the classic combo in favour of dresses and skirts. Maybe it was just be finding my fashion footing, maybe it was the realisation that I looked and felt better in more flattering cuts and midi lengths, or maybe it was a bigger budget to play with. But my closet is overwhelmingly full of floaty numbers, while the ‘nice tops’ took a back seat.
But with the lockdown period challenging everything we thought and knew, the ‘jeans and a nice top’ look has made a comeback.
Although I’m making an active effort to get dressed up even if I’ve nowhere to go, I’ve honestly been living in jeans and comfy trousers these past few months. Walking a dog in a crisp white dress never ends well, so jeans are always a default (even if they do get covered in mud and water like they are in these pictures; thanks Archie!) option – so adding in a slightly nicer top has definitely helped me to feel like I’m making a bit more of an effort. I’d forgotten how much I loved the combo, walking the line between comfortable and slightly smarter perfectly, so I was glad I picked up this New Look top amongst an order for comfy clothes at the beginning of lockdown. Can you believe it’s only £15.99?
I love the flattering style and the way it skims over my hips to balance out my shape, while the polka dot sheer material and slightly poofy statement sleeves bring it bang up to date. Although I’ve styled it for a walk in the park with a pair of comfy espadrille sandals and basket bag, I’m totally going to dress it up with heels and a clutch when I’m finally able to return to the pub (at a safe distance obvs.)
Because that’s the magic of jeans and a nice top. You can dress it up, dress it down or just make it work for whatever occasion you happen to be engaged in.
I’m definitely going to be hunting out those old tops I can wear with my favourite M&S Ivy Skinny Jeans – and I may even treat myself to a couple of new ones, now the shops are finally set to re-open.
Are you a fan of ‘jeans and a nice top’? Why did we stop celebrating the simplicity of this combo?
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