Finding the perfect pair of jeans is kind of like finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie. You have heard that it's out there, somewhere, waiting for you to discover its wonder and beauty, but you sometimes think it might be a myth. I have been on this journey (for the cookie...and the jeans) for years and along the way I have found some good ones, even some great ones, and some I hope to never encounter again. I have been a fan, recently, of my J.Brand skinny jeans and my Paige bootcuts.
I can assure you, though, that those two pairs of jeans were not bought on whims. Oh no! Buying a new pair of jeans and adding it to the pile in my closet is a science of sorts. I don't buy jeans without trying them on at least two different stores, with two different mirrors (Don't be fooled by dressing room mirrors, people! They can be sneaky little suckers) and I don't buy jeans without going home and doing a little research and reading reviews. Do they wash well? Do they stretch? Do other people love them?
Because of this, you might be surprised to know that recently, I found myself at a Gap store in my local mall, as I'm apt to do, and I, on a complete and total whim, picked up a pair of their Legging Jeans and within three minutes I had brought them up to the cash and had paid for them. I hadn't even tried them on! But, you guys, they were calling to me. "Ali, buy me! Ali, you need me! Ali, you won't be sorry!"
Hello, new favorite jeans!
I assure you, I'm not sorry. Not one little bit.
Finding this pretty perfect pair of jeans (at a price tag I can really get behind, I should add) made me stop and think that maybe I should stop skipping over the jeans section of Gap. As my husband can assure you, I spend a lot of my paychecks at Gap—clothing for the kids, ballet flats, white blouses, sweaters, dresses, you name it. But never jeans! I had decided somewhere along the way that I needed to buy designer jeans—they had better cuts, better fabrics, better feels.
And I'll never give those up; designer jeans certainly have a place in my wardrbos.
But so do Gap jeans, you guys.
I'm falling in love. Over and over again.
Meet my second favorites: The Always Skinny Jean
See also two more of my new loves:
Give Gap jeans a chance—tell 'em I sent you. You won't be sorry.
(Disclaimer for all of you: the lovely, lovely people at the Gap were kind enough to give me a voucher to buy the Always Skinny jeans.)
(Disclaimer for my husband: the rest of the jeans were purchased by YOU. Sorry. Take it up with The Gap. Their jeans are too nice.)
Oxblood red is all the rage these days. It certainly is not a new color on the scene, but it has been re-invented it seems and has become somewhat of an "it" color. Oxblood has completely taken over the runways—and the malls and salons. While its name is not particularly on the lovely side, the deep and gorgeous color makes up for it completely. It's not quite red, it's not quite burgundy, it's not quite wine. It taps into the brown family, as opposed to the burgundys and the reds and the wines which seem to lean towards purples and violets.
The best part is that it's super versatile. Use it for a great pop of color with any outfit—a great scarf, a bold bag, rich nails. It pairs beautifully with jewel tones—try it with blues, greens, teals, even citrines. It works seemlessly with the usual shades in your wardrobe—black, camel, cream, brown, navy. Try it with metallic accessories, leopard patterns, even geometrics.
It's easy to work into any wardrobe, both conservative and more daring. And it looks great on women of any age with any skin tone, which means you won't run the risk of dressing too much like your grandma, or too much like your children.
All Over Oxblood by alimartell featuring nica
And it certainly doesn't hurt that a certain Duchess of Cambridge that we all know and love has been spotted wearing it.
Jeans + wool socks + boots = my absolute favorite trend for fall and winter.
I have always been a fan of boots. They are so adorably versatile, and it certainly doesn't hurt that they actually serve a purpose—keeping my legs and toes toasty warm throughout our cold, cold Canadian winter season. I have worn socks under boots since about 2009 (trendsetter!) but have only recently started experimenting with these looks:
I am absolutely smitten.
And totally ready for the cold.