H&M muscle tee / &DENIM relaxed skinnies / GYPSY WARRIOR sneakers
I’m usually not one for anything but true skinny denim – loose styles tend to be less tomboyish badass and more 1989 suburban mom on me – but this pair from H&M is pretty nice and very, very comfortable. I feel that H&M has really stepped up their denim in the last few years. The fabric is sturdy and washes and wears well without snagging or pulling, plus it doesn’t stretch out (though this is for their relaxed fits so YMMV). I don’t own any of their true skinnies since the sizing is always off on me but they seem to be well made with decent stretch. I’ve been eyeing their shaping skinnies for a bit now – if I ever end up with a pair, I’ll give a full review.
In the last few years I’ve tried to really narrow down what cuts/brands work best for me. A lot of this has been patience (who actually likes to shop for jeans?) and a willingness to experiment with different fits. It also means not buying things that just fit okay which is a lesson I need drilled into my head over and over, for everything. I’ve discovered that there’s a lot of okay pairs of pants out there and since I don’t need 1000 pairs of jeans, I’m trying to wear only what I love, what looks best, and what is comfortable. I think it all comes down to fit and what works for you personally: figuring out what brand of denim you like best is a lot of trial and error. I had to try on a lot of straight leg/relaxed fit/girlfriend jeans from a lot of stores before I found these ones.
I’m tempted to pick up an extra pair of these in a slightly different wash (they’re on sale, seriously, get them) to dye a deeper color for the fall, maybe a washed black or dirty olive green. Once I find a cut I like, I commit, and start wishing it came in more colors. I’m planning a few DIY projects to help inject some life in some of my older clothes and they mostly revolve around RIT dye and plenty of crossing my fingers. I’ll be sure to share the results especially with store-bought jeans – which frequently use synthetic fibers which have varying degrees of dye uptake – and hopefully have some pieces I want to wear in the end.
I’ve been playing with proportion a lot lately. Tying up the muscle tee provides some definition here and a sense of cohesiveness to the outfit, lest it become just another jeans-and-oversized-tee ensemble. I traded out my black Converse for these numbers from Gypsy Warrior which are a lovely muted, autumn-colored floral print. They’re not my first choice when I grab sneakers in the morning but that’s just me being lazy and staying in my comfort zone.
The summer-to-fall transition period always brings out a simplicity in my style which I think is quite evident here – it’s the calm before the layering storm.