1 Golden Goose boyfriend jeans | $525 at La Garconne
2 Chimala faded ankle jeans | $285 at Madewell
3 Current/Elliot cropped straight leg jeans | $228 at Shopbop
4 MiH jeans | $270 at Net-a-Porter
5 Zara straight jeans | $79
6 Isabel Marant grey bootcut cord jeans | $96 at the Outnet
Remember when I shared my personal list of “what not to buy” with you? Guess what number three was? Yep: Denim. I definitely do not need any new jeans; I have four really good pairs of jeans that I also really like. BUT. I’ve been craving a pair of straighter, cropped jeans for the longest time. I have a great boyfriend jean, I don’t want another pair of boyfriend jeans. I want a pair of straight, ankle-length, just-a-little-bit-loose jeans that are slightly distressed and perfectly lived-in. Grey would be nice.
I do always think I “need” a pair of grey jeans every fall, and never end up getting a pair. Oh, I did get a pair of grey jeans last year from Target, but they’re long gone…not very good, not very comfortable, and a waste of $20 generally. (see what happens when you settle?) And then, the more I think about it, I wonder about grey jeans: are they only for fall/winter? how would I wear them?
Of course, since my wardrobe only consists of black, white & grey, I would not have any trouble incorporating grey jeans, I don’t think. I can see myself wearing them with loafers, and a black sweater or cardigan. With sneakers and a sweatshirt. With a white shirt & blazer. See what I’m doing there? trying to talk myself into them…
If I were to get a pair of grey jeans, the Current/Elliot pair are the ones I’m most leaning towards. They were what started me on this quest in the first place. But still. I’m trying to stay minimal, and I do already have a great pair of grey pants (James Perse) that I should wear more often. And a pair of AG Tomboy jeans that are a similar cut to the C/E, just not grey.
But perhaps you’re looking for grey jeans?
I do think grey denim is a great way to modernize your look. I’d steer clear of the lighter grey that borders on white, but I see it as interchangeable with regular denim, really. And if you do wear color, wouldn’t grey be gorgeous with a burgundy or cream chunky sweater? Or even baby blue. Or pink! Remember pink is big for fall.
And yes, I realize the extreme range in prices of jeans I’ve featured above. The Golden Goose jeans in particular are mind-blowing both in terms of how amazing they are (NOT perfect, but damn close!), and the price. I mean…I’ll spend more than $200 on jeans (but usually wait until I can get them with a code or on sale), but more than $500? I don’t think so.
A final note on denim: I personally always default to denim made in the US, because I think we do a pretty good job with premium denim (which is why I don’t own any Madewell denim, even though I do like the way it seems to fit), and it’s important to me to buy close to home, but I’ve featured below denim that is NOT made in the US, because unless it’s made in Italy or Japan, it’s generally at or around $100.
Do you own grey jeans? How do you wear them? are you looking for a pair this year? what’s your favorite pair?