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Return of the bum bag

Return of the bum bag

Of all the 90s fashion trends to be revived, why this one? Whether you call it a bum bag or a fanny pack (and neither sounds attractive), this accessory was probably in your wardrobe at one stage and you did actually wear one. It was […]

New Shoe Blues

New Shoe Blues

They are beautiful. They are brogues and I’ve been eyeing off a nice shiny pair of brogues for months. I had no idea how mean my new shoes would be!! I wore them over a week ago and the injuries to my feet have not […]

Review: New Look “Yazmin”

Review: New Look “Yazmin”

 
I had been hunting around the UK for cheap high-waisted jeans for about a year and could not find any that fit. I finally came across the “Yazmin”. When did jeans all get their own names? I have a “Bailey” in my wardrobe as well.
 
But I digress.
 
According to reviews on the New Look website, the sizing has been changed recently so if you have previously not had any luck with Yazmins you might want to give them another go. Also, it’s not clear on the website image just how short the length of these jeans are (let’s face it, on a 5’9” model wearing ankle boots, any pair of jeans will look longer). These jeans are short. Let me say that again. These. Jeans. Are. Short.
 

What to look for in high waist jeans:

There are two main things I look for in a pair of high-waist jeans. Firstly, it should have a button fly. Zipping my belly tends to  make it sag a little, whereas a button fly is a firmer fit. Secondly, it should fit without a belt. This one is the tricky part because high-waist jeans cover more of the body than regular jeans, which means there are more areas to potentially not fit properly.
 

What the Yazmin jeans offer:

The Yazmin jeans are a skinny fit in a 7/8 length which is very much on trend at the moment. The fly is a combination of zip and button, but the button is on the belly region so it performs the same amount of firming you’d expect from a full button fly. I’ve gone for the black and it’s a soft black, not richly dark but not faded either. The colour options, along with the length, put them in the casual category. You can dress them up into a smart-casual look, but because if the length it’s really the footwear that will make or break your chosen look.

How they fit on a pear:

Miraculously, I can actually wear these without a belt. Strangely though, I still wore one for the first few weeks. I suspect this is just out of habit. They feeling of a belt gives me reassurance. I fought against this and have worn them for the last week without a belt and they stay up. Plus, they are more comfortable.
The zip fly is very short and I have had a few occasions of the zip coming down. Not sure what movement is causing this, but if I figure it out I will update you here. It’s probably just a fault in my pair.
 
In terms of comfort, they are very good. 2% elastane means that there is enough stretch for the areas that need it, but they are still firm enough to feel like jeans and not jeggings.
 

Overall rating:

Fit: 4/5
Colour: 4/5
Comfort: 5/5
Durability: 3.5/5 (mainly because of the falling fly issue)
Price: 4/5
Swimwear nightmare – the one-piece, one-style-suits-all nonsense

Swimwear nightmare – the one-piece, one-style-suits-all nonsense

Don’t run away now, but I’m going to talk about something that might scare you. It might make the acid in your stomach begin to bubble or hot fury rise up your neck. Swimwear. It’s okay. I’m not going make you try any on. I’m […]

Just the thing this Spring – get the look the easy way

Just the thing this Spring – get the look the easy way

This season may just be your laziest one yet You know spring is here when you are colder now than you were last week when it was still winter. Go figure. But the other key indicator is in the shop windows because flowers are everywhere. […]

Pear Flair on the go – now added to Bloglovin’

Pear Flair on the go – now added to Bloglovin’

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I'm working on getting Pear Flair onto Feedly as well. Any other requests for blog readers and other feeds?
When grey or blue just won’t do – 5 tips for making the corporate look your own

When grey or blue just won’t do – 5 tips for making the corporate look your own

Job interview day. You want to look smart. It’s a conservative establishment so you want to look as though you will toe the line. But you don’t want to get lost in the crowd either. Or you might not actually own anything conservative! What do […]

Walk It Off – how to wear high heels comfortably

Walk It Off – how to wear high heels comfortably

Stilettos. Those brutal match sticks we’ve all tottered around in, looking gorgeous on the outside and feeling cursed on the inside. Blisters, burning, balancing and, for some of us, a fear that the heel might just break off. So we tried wedges, kitten heels and […]

How TV stylists don’t understand ‘style’

How TV stylists don’t understand ‘style’

Don’t get me started on stylists. I remember watching some makeover show, and in the end every single curvy woman was wearing black and grey. It was all about subtle colours, “minimising” and distracting the eye from “problem areas”. Stylists such as those particular presenters were my problem area! They never once asked how the women felt about their curves, they just assumed that because they had big thighs or a big bum that they must want to “minimise” it. Screw you, Captain Bland! Personally, I don’t like being told pears shouldn’t wear pencil skirts as it emphasised the width of the hip. I don’t mind looking hippy. I find I walk with a rather cocky strut when I wear a pencil skirt. Given my pear shape, a stylist would probably dress me like this:
  • a dark A-line skirt (dark colours and A-line would "minimise" my bum)
  • a vertically striped top (becuase stripes are in and vertical ones should make me look taller, lengthening my wider body)
  • some nude or maybe pink stilettos (to add height and "minimise" my chunky legs)
  • an oversized handbag as a statement piece, to distract from my "problem areas"
I would probably look good, and I might even like the outfit - for 20 minutes. But what advice would such a look give me about style? The message that would be constantly drilled in (as it was on this show) is that if you have larger thighs they are always a problem. If you're shorter than average, this is always a problem. If you have anything that considered to be less than the current ideal, then it is always a problem and must always be minimised! What a terrible idea! Why should our fashion choices be decided by what we want to hide? Why is it assumed that everyone wants to hide the same things? Why can't fashion be about what we want to promote, what we want to feel and who we really are? Television stylists are usually focused on the day's trends, rather than actual style. You can work a trend into your style, but if you wear all the latest looks without making it your own you'll be trendy, but you won't have style. Are there some pear “rules” that you’re sick of hearing?

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