WIW: boyfriend jeans, then and now

Here are a couple of then-and-now looks, with boyfriend jeans. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose!

I think YLF introduced me to boyfriend jeans, when they became a trend. I loved the idea of them then, and I love them now. I searched high and low for just the right style for me. My first love was a pair by Fidelity.

2013 (photos 1-2): The Fidelity boyfriend jeans, with a black, gray, and cream blurry-starry print long-sleeved tee (made by me), a gray quilted leather peplum jacket (Halogen), black shimmer-suede oxfords (Naya), and a studded statement-buckle jeans belt (Bed Stu). [the jacket in photo 2 is different, but I wanted you to see the back of the jeans.]

& 2019 (photo 3): Same tee as above, with new favorite boyfriend jeans, a slimmer style with slightly higher rise (Citizens of Humanity, Emerson), fuzzy animal print cardigan in cream and gray (Free People), a newer favorite studded jeans belt (Suzi Roher), and black Chelsea boots (Dune London).

2014 (photos 4-5): Fidelity boyfriend jeans, ivory long sleeved tee (Caslon), metallic linen asymmetrical vest (made by me), taupe belt, belted ballet flats (AGL).

& 2017 (photos 6-7): Citizens of Humanity boyfriend jeans, teal long sleeved tee (Caslon), ivory boiled-wool vest (made by me), brown lace-up booties (Jo Ghost). Vest is from the same pattern as the one above.

2014 (photos 8-9): Slim dark boyfriend jeans (KUT, Catherine--a YLF favorite!), with a long sleeved tee (Caslon) and print boiled-wool cap-sleeve top (made by me), metallic high-top sneakers (Paul Green).

& 2019 (photos 10-11): Slim higher-rise dark boyfriend jeans (AG), with pattern-striped cotton cap-sleeve top (made by me), metallic snake-print sling-back booties (Gentle Souls). Top made from the same pattern as the one above.

This was a fun idea--thanks, Carla! I welcome any comments or observations you all wish to share.

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  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    Work it! Just superb!

  • Bonnie replied 3 years ago

    You have such an unique, enviable style and I love every outfit but #3 is my favorite. 

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    My dear, Sharan. You rock it all, and show tremendous consistency in your KILLER style. Yet it has evolved to a sharper level that is EVEN better - and your short hair is the bomb! 

  • slim cat replied 3 years ago

    Great collection. My favorites are #6-7 ( fab vest ),10-11 ( what a fun top! ). Love short haircut on you.

  • Helena replied 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! I have major jeans envy for that last pair especially!

  • Jaime replied 3 years ago

    Boyfriend jeans have really stood the test of time for you (and for me). I like the subtle update in your newer jeans. The newest are my favorite but is that just because they look current now? Probably.

  • replied 3 years ago

    Your style gets better and better as the years went on ;) Love the studded belt and boyfriend jeans in photo 3.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!
    Shevia, I like the newest boyfriend jeans (AG) the best, too! I like the higher rise on them and the dark wash. I still wear the Citizens of Humanity Emersons in the lighter wash, too, but the rise feels less current to me.
    Angie, thank you! Going through the old photos gives quite a review of my hairstyles over these past years. I prefer my new short cut, too.
    Bonnie, that outfit was part of my "very me week" series. It is still a very "me" outfit, though I've been liking my shorter sweaters more lately. That t-shirt is still a favorite, though. Hope it doesn't wear out before I tire of it.

  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    Great collection. I like boyfriend jeans and the newest are really fantastic, maybe as I like dark blue jeans. My favorites are #3 and #10. Your hair is so cute.

  • RobinF replied 3 years ago

    Fun comparisons! The earlier jeans look so big to me! But you always have great style and I love how you mix in your handmade items.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, Mirjana! I really like the new dark ones, too. Dark boyfriend jeans are hard to find. So many of them are made with the distressed look.
    RobinF, I agree the first boyfriend jeans were quite big and baggy. Not really flattering by any measure. I liked them in spite of it--ha!

  • kkards replied 3 years ago

    i can see why you love BF jeans. they were made for you style, and you look fab in all versions! and love seeing all the different haircuts! 
    (and even though i love them all, i most admit to loving #3 the most!)

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 years ago

    Aw, thanks, kkards!

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    I adore BF jeans, too. And you look amazing in them at all times, but in the newer slimmer ones in particular. Loving your shorter hair, too. Does it feel like a good change to you? You spent a while growing it out, so wondering at your experience! 

  • Style Fan replied 3 years ago

    I am another fan of BF jeans.  I have the same Fidelity BF jeans.  I also have the Free People animal print cardigan in a different colour.  
    I love all your outfits and jeans.  I am favouring the newer slimmer ones as well.  Great hair!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 years ago

    Suz, thanks! I really do like the shorter cut. I considered going shorter for quite a while, but I was reluctant, after taking so long to grow it out, as you astutely observed. So I first went to a shag, which I really liked, yet after a while I again wanted something shorter. When I finally decided to go much shorter (skipping right past the chin-length bob that I wore for what seemed ages, pre-grow-out), I loved it right away. I don't know if I'll go long again or not. Short hair just seems very much my style. I was so afraid I wouldn't like it short with my aging face, but I am happy to find I like it much better on me than long hair.

    StyleFan, thank you! And no wonder I like your style so much. I also have the Free People cardigan in the brown and black version. I think those colors are better for you than for me, but both versions of the sweater are favorites of mine.

  • nemosmom replied 3 years ago

    Another huge fan of bf jeans! And what a score to find dark wash ones!! I love the ways you have styled them - you have such an incredible knack for layering!

  • suntiger replied 3 years ago

    I like the new ones most too, but as always my favorite things are the ones you made! Love the haircut too :)

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