(ABOVE) J. Crew Matchstick Jeans in Racerbrook Wash, which their designers call the “every-woman wash”.  Land’s End scarf worn crossbody.

To View The YouTube Video of My Outfit, Scroll To The Bottom Of This Page

Usually, I wear a size 27 in J. Crew jeans, but I accidentally ordered a size 28 in these J. Crew Matchstick jeans (in the color Racerbrook).  I kept them, because they’d already been washed when I discovered the size issue.

Before attempting to shrink them, I decided to experiment and see if they could give me a “boyfriend jeans” look.  (I’ve been looking for a pair for ages and have been unsuccessful in finding any that look right on me.)

I like the idea of boyfriend jeans.  They’re typically more comfortable than skinny jeans, because of the looser fit.  Yet they’re still supposed to be figure flattering, since they taper at the bottom.  I’m wearing my new jeans here, still oversized, with one of the new “blanket scarves” I’ve been seeing everywhere this fall/winter season.  This one I found at Land’s End.  The site has many options, too.

Taking a look at the photograph of model Miranda Kerr (below), it’s clear that the more washed (and softened) the jeans, the better, if you want a boyfriend-jeans look.  I’m not sure my new  jeans will ever get that softened, worn look.  They’re really quite stiff.  And, they were not actually made to be boyfriend jeans either.

So, since this photo shoot, I decided to go ahead and shrink them down to my normal size and length–and I’m much happier with them now.  Whether or not I will ever find a pair of true boyfriend jeans that I like on me remains to be seen, but I’m still open to them.

….That was more information about a pair of jeans than you ever, ever wanted to know, wasn’t it.

Thank you for your patience. ~Janis Lyn johnson


CLOTHING…JEANS: J. Crew, Matchstick, Racerbrook Wash (Size Larger Than I Usually Wear) / SHIRT: Brooks Brothers, Ruffle Collar / CARDIGAN: Lilly Pulitzer, Past Season (Alternative Cardigans Ann Taylor) / ACCESSORIES…SCARF: Land’s End, Large Square, Plaid, No Longer Available (Alternative Large Plaid Scarves) / BAG: Longchamp, “Mini” Le Pliage, New Navy (Nordstrom) / SHOES: Talbots, Patent Leather, Indigo Blue, Past Season (Alternative Navy Ballet Flats Nordstrom) / JEWELRY…EARRINGS: QVC, Polished and Textured 14K Gold 1.25-Inch Hoops / WATCH: Michael Kors, Lexington Chronograph Bracelet / PLAIN GOLD BAND: 14K Gold, 6mm, Heirloom (Similar) / GOLD AQUAMARINE RING: Gift From My Mother, Bought in the 1970s / MY MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)…FACE: 100% Pure, both Crème and White Peach / CHEEKS:  Gabriel Color, Vibrant Pink / LIPS: 100% Pure, Anti-Aging Lipstick, Calendula / EYELIDS: Gabriel Color, Chocolate Brown / EYELASHES: 100% Pure, Black Tea.  (Some links are affiliates, which means if you click on that product link it may result in my receiving a small commission or advertising fee, at no cost to you. More information here.)


(ABOVE) Among those who inspired me to try out the boyfriend-jeans look, Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr (from  Here, she wears them rolled up, with a tailored suit jacket, loose-fit tee, and pointy-toe flats.

(ABOVE) Scarf worn around my neck, with triangle V in the front.  (BELOW) My version of a boyfriend-jeans look.  J. Crew jeans worn with hem rolled up. Scarf worn as shawl across body.  Longchamp bag carried in my hand.





YouTube Video of My Two Scarf Looks

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