At the end of April I handed in my last piece of coursework and treated myself to a bit of vintage shopping and a coffee that did not involve revision…a day I had been dreaming about for agessssss! I went to Pop Boutique on Bold Street and FINALLY found a pair of Levis 501’s – perfect treat! They were £20 (bargain I kid you not) which appears to be the price of all of the Levis in this store.
I love the baggy fit as it creates a really casual and relaxed look. They are a classic, staple piece of any wardrobe as my dad would definitely agree with. My dad still wears his Levis from the ’80s and swears by them (I’m not sure dad will be impressed by me referring to his jeans as vintage…sorry dad). Mum has often said for years, ‘when are you going to throw those Levis away and buy some new pairs of jeans’. Now I see her point, I mean they do have holes on the bottom and some are seriously frayed…but they are still pretty cool. When I told my dad I had bought a pair of Levis he asked me if they were 501’s…’I always buy those. Expensive but last a long time’ – seal of approval.
Levis have started to become a trendy item over the last couple years; we almost always cannot walk down a street without seeing someone wearing a pair or at least having the same style. They’re classy with a blouse and heels, and become casual with a pair of sandals. I cannot forget to mention the grunge look though, they are an essential piece!
Bridge and Bardot are an an American based brand and have a section on their website dedicated to vintage denim including Levi’s. I love this pair below because this style of Levi’s can sometimes look too casual if not styled with the right pieces. The tight fit of the top, tucked into the jeans and combined with the lace and flowers makes the Levi’s look softer; a complete contrast to the grunge look of the ’90s which they are usually associated with. The loafers also add to this as well as the short cardigan, especiallly with the rounded neckline. Whilst this outfit appears casual, the elegance of it means it would be lovely for an evening meal or a drink. Imagine sitting outside a bar, wine in hand, enjoying the sunshine and, relaxing with friends – perfect.
The blouse from Pop Boutique was £18. I like how it comes in at the waist as it complements the baggyness of the jeans, making them appear less casual and more of a statement. Blouses are perfect to pair with 501s as they make the jeans perfect for a time when you want to feel dressier. The shoulders are padded a bit – ’80s flashback – without looking boxy as the sinched waist deters from this. I would finish off this outfit with a pair of sandals in the photo further above or ballet flats in order to show the ankles, create the appearance of longer legs, and therefore distract from the baggyness a bit.
Coffee in Artisane – perfect end to a very hectic few weeks.