Sunday, 20 September 2015

Thrift Finds | Jeans for Genes

#JeansForGenes; if you hadn't already caught it, I am up for the cause!
Couldn't order my limited edition t-shirt (out of stock) but in the meantime, will be sticking to the slogan, and wearing my jeans. It was the perfect excuse to go and source a new pair - 1 guess?, courtesy of the charity shop. The Jean genie did not not disappoint.

Which Jean?
> Johdpur denim, jenim, bought because they are Zara - slap on the wrist, bad brand buyer. Not sure why, but the texture/wash reminds me of granny pants. Not rich, can't decide whether it's a slim, skinny or straight leg. I feel like I've aged. Maybe not pretty, but practical?
I already own a pair (blue H&M, November thrift finds) that I struggle to wear because they just won't stay up! These hips can't lie, they can't keep up any not-elastine-enough leggings. Sit mid to high rise, you feel somewhat sucked in; yet, despite being thick, these stretch with zip side fly do not work for me, would be constantly pulling them up.
Why buy another when I don't wear the current. £4.50 - returned.

> I often see, second hand 'Leighs' (the classic skinny TOPSHOP style), but worse for wear. The condition, and my ideal true blue denim wash, is what won me over this time. Found in 'The Children's Society' men's section - check all areas - at £4.99.
I appreciate the stretch comfort wise. Good fit in the leg, though a little rippling - which not unlike with baggy tights - is not cute; unfortunately, it is to be expected with thinner jeans, unless your body fat is below zero. Bought in mind for today, and times that call for comfy and cool clothing. Aka charity shop shifts.
My hesitation; at Waist30, body section is a bit big. Quite a bit of give on the waist band and front 3 pocket zip fly setup. My waist and especially hips, are way out of proportion with my legs, so I have to compromise on something with conventional sizes. Fitting the thighs in is obviously the priority.
Does it look like a massive nappy, or can I make it work?

> Being so used to skinny fit, I'm somewhat scared of slouchy jeans. My mind classed them as outdated. A theory? What slouchy jeans (supposedly) lose in a conventionally flattering shape, make up in comfort. Though I have yet to experience that. Spurred on by the southern sweetheart (LisaLisaD1 - who continuously wears them so well) that they can in fact have the best of both, I grabbed when I saw one of her recommendations in stock - the 'sexy boyfriend' from GAP. My size, I approved the texture/wash - even liked the scrunched fading that is far from aging (an unflattering effect with older, skinny counterparts). Overall, appreciated of the piece for the price.
Amidst this try on session, it clicked! Tapered leg jeans have all the frame of joggers, just in denim, a material you can't doubt.'sThis pairs advantage, especially sandwiched between the other 2, they felt like butter. We have a winner.

Turns out this time Charity Shop, in the words of Miss Dolittle, I really don't like your skinny jeans; but faulty jeans, are a lot easier to deal with than faulty genes.
I, by way of these posts, & a donation to match the Jeans(ForGenes) I wore on the day, hope I have helped in some way.
Hands up who's wearing jeans right now? You can still donate, at

For Genes.

Cami - Tesco
Boyfriend Jeans - Gap, via 'St Catherine's Hospice' Charityshop
Denim Jacket - Dorothy Perkins, via CarBoot
Slides - Primark
Na Makeup

To go with my homemade Jeans for Genes factfile and fundraising promotion; OOTD, thrift finds and review. Supporting good causes all at the same time (Gentics UK, CharityShops and my wardrobe included)

I had planned this post, but after reading through the handful of children's stories online, talking about jeans seemed so insignificant. But, that is the beauty of a campaign like this. Picking something small to get people talking about something big. Reading up on the cause, or wearing jeans today and paying £2 pounds for the privilege may seem insignificant, but it can make a significant difference. Charities do a lot with your money, not just with combating but coping. Jeans for Genes is a fabulous example of that.

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