Jeans shopping

Thursday, September 11, 2014

House of Fraser Mango skinny Olivia jeans

Jeans shopping. The two words that give a girl that sinking feeling regardless of body confidence. There is something about trying to find a pair of jeans to fit right that is at best a headache and at worst heartbreaking.
We've all been there, haven't we? (Patronising tone). I put myself into the category of 'happy with my figure and think I'm a pretty regular shape' so it shouldn't be that hard to find a pair to fit, but oh no, not the case. 
It's incredible the variation in fits and cuts of jeans out there; admittedly that is to cater for everyone but good grief it all feels rather uphill to find that pair that fit just right. I've tried on some (in my size) that hardly squash my thighs in yet have a gaping waist, ones that think I have half again larger hips but not a hope in hell of getting the button done up. Ones that are hilariously short and hilariously long, some that fall off of their own accord and some that need a second pair of hands to wrestle them off.

The moral of the story is that it's not you - it's the jeans.

House of Fraser Mango skinny Olivia jeans

House of Fraser Mango skinny Olivia jeansHouse of Fraser Mango skinny Olivia jeans

I have long since given up going shopping for jeans, I always keep an eye out for good jeans in charity shops (you know me!). I don't bother with anything that doesn't either look new or has a poor/unheard of brand name. I need hard wearing jeans as once I find a pair that fit I want to wear them for years on end before they die a death on me. Sadly my once large collection of jeans has been looking depleted recently as pairs have given up the ghost which I was only pondering last week when most conveniently House of Fraser offered to send me a pair of skinny jeans. They have a vast collection, which is easy to peruse online as the pictures give a great visual image of the shape and fit which takes much of the guesswork out of shopping.

My chosen pair are these Mango skinny Olivia jeans which are my kind of fit, like a glove. They have a brilliant amount of stretch to them which renders them marvellously comfortable to wear and one of those items which I'll reach for time and time again when in doubt of what to wear, knowing they will make me feel great plus will go with just about everything.

Worn here with a random old vest top and a pair of shoes I meant to get rid of but can't quite bear to let go.
Tell me your jeans stories!


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  1. I recently purchased some black Mango jeans - they fit so well and are super soft! I tend to wear my jeans until they fall apart (and sometimes beyond!). I hate jeans shopping, so I tend to order a number online and try them on at home so I can rant and weep in peace :)

  2. Nope. I am terrified of jeans. I don't wear them as I really can't get my head around my shape or size.
    Love these Mango ones on you, though.

  3. I don't get on with Mango jeans, but my Mum swears by them! I hate jeans shopping and put it off for as long as possible- most recently I've found Primark's £9 skinnies suit me best although I own two different sizes that both fit exactly the same!

  4. I don't really wear jeans much. I have had 1 sequinned pair for 15 years and they still look relatively new (m and s), some Matalan wide legged ones (my favourite kind) and some per una charity shopped wide legged ones. But I wear them rarely. Don't like thick seams against my leg. Skinnies are my idea of trousers hell, It's that seam!!
    You look GREAT in these and what opportune timing! Nice vest.

  5. You look great Sophie and those shoes are gorgeous! It's always a struggle finding good jeans especially as you say, each pair fits perfectly in a different area which turns it into a quest for good clothes! Mango always make lovely things though and these look great on you and I love the top too. - Tasha xxx

  6. I love your top and your jeans look stunning. Looking great as always Sophie.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

  7. Whilst I do love a good pair of jeans like most people I dislike shopping for them. I used to be a huge river island fan but my last few pairs have been new look jeans, cheap and cheerful but above all comfy.

    X x

  8. These jeans look like they were made for you! I loved the Topshop Kristens but they stopped making them :(

    Maria xxx

    P.S. LOVE those shoes!

  9. Love the look of those jeans and never thought of trying Mango jeans. I know what you mean abotut jeans shopping though, When I was a bit bigger I sticked to Jeggings lol as they had the elastic but since losing weight would like to get some good jeans. I got a bargain at a jumble sale today some Topshop Skinny Jeans for 30 p and they fit so well x


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