Full disclosure: I’m all about denim. Boot cut, boyfriend, cropped, straight – I’m obsessed with it. I’d like to think that in a world of tulle skirts and lace dresses, I can rely on this mining-inspired classic to keep me grounded style-wise and not be swept up in the whirlwind of trends that will not always work on me and will eventually regret wearing some Instagram scrolls later. I think I’m at an age where I’m starting to become a bit more trend-averse and have recently realized that certain stores I used to love don’t have the same allure anymore and certain pieces I thought were too “old” for me are slowly humming their siren call.
But denim? Denim is timeless. Cliche but true. I have throwback photos of me as a child looking cute in denim (if I may say so myself), and even throughout my teens when I looked awkward as hell denim was always there. Whether my jeans had snoopy embroidered on them (true story), or whether my pair was exaggeratedly flared and way too long for my petite frame that it turned filthy after just 10 minutes on me all because Britney Spears wore the same silhouette circa I’m a Slave 4 U, for some reason denim has always felt stylish. Even circa 2015 when #normcore was thrown around right and left and boyfriend jeans were paired with Nike slides and the plainest of shirts, it still felt fashionable. Even if it is at its very core #basic, the right pair can still imbibe Kate Moss-effortless instead of a sartorial hump day.
That’s exactly what I love about jeans. And I’m always in them especially when I travel. I always bring a pair and I somehow always end up buying another pair when I’m away. Though I’m partial to anything bootleg at the moment, I must say that my favorite travel silhouette will always be the skinny.
Skinny is just easy. When I travel I want a no-brainer, no-fail piece that doesn’t come with the stress of having to think about what to wear in addition to everything else (like a debate on how much my Uber will be versus my willingness to walk an unimaginable number of blocks, which, quite frankly, is a debate that is all-consuming). It looks good with just about anything. The risk of seeming sloppy is basically non-existent. All kinds of footwear would be accentuated especially boots that instantly up the sartorial ante. I assume that when you’re on the go, run around a lot, and pack a lot (I’m lucky I’ve been living out of my luggage the past few months for a change) you need tried and tested staples. The skinny will always be mine.
What is difficult though is finding the right pair in terms of length, fit, rise, and the ability to flatter one’s behind. Luckily, Promod recently released five new denim silhouettes and, of course, I gravitated towards the Gaspard, a mid-rise skinny. It comes in six washes but I tried on three: a faded blue, gray, and black. If you’re torn, I would recommend buying it in black – a hue of skinnies I think everyone should own. True to form, when I had to pack my bags for a staycation, it was the skinny I chose to bring. Wore it with a sweater, a loose white button down, a tee and a motorcycle jacket. It’s both versatile and universally flattering.
The good news is that if you do get yourself a pair of jeans from Promod and show my photo in this post (or on Instagram wearing the Gaspar) they’ll give you a free gift (until September 30 only). So try on a pair and jumpstart that wardrobe haul for the holidays. I can assure you, you’ll be doing a lot of shopping, prepping, and hopefully traveling in jeans in the next few months. Style and function have never been more seamless, pun intended.
All clothes from Promod. They are also having a buy one, get one at 50% off for all pairs of denim until September 10. So don’t forget to visit a branch near you!