Continuing my participation in the “We ♥ Target” style challenge hosted by Whitney @ Along the Lines of Style and Heidi @ Literate and Stylish, today’s theme is bottoms. While my choice — skinny jeans — may seem a little predictable, buying my first pair of skinny jeans at Target last winter felt like a major breakthrough in my personal style journey.
Why? Being a classic pear shape — that means having bigger hips and a smaller chest, y’all — I would look at these magazine editorials like “Anyone can wear skinny jeans!” and roll my eyes. It wasn’t until I started following style blogs and witnessing how ladies of all shapes and sizes — not just models in magazines — were looking great in skinny jeans that I thought about taking the plunge myself. And thank goodness for Target, who has a fit system for jeans that is figure-friendly and not intimidating. (By the way, I am a Fit 4, a mid-rise for curvy bottoms.)
I now have two pairs of skinny jeans, my first being a dark denim, and my second pair in black. I haven’t taken the plunge yet into colored denim, but my comfort level with skinny jeans has also impacted my regular pants collection. I now have a growing collection of close-fitting ankle pants (my tan pair seen here, my red pair seen here, and my teal pair seen here), and more importantly, I am more comfortable than ever before with my own body shape. 🙂
And today’s photos tell the story of this vacant lot around our neighborhood. We love how it feels like this vacant space is taking a rest, and how nature is once again having its say. And how cool do these steps look in the side of this hill?!
The dramatic slope of the lot then leads into this shed that has been almost completely taken over by vegetation. And I love how the rose bush perched on top is spilling its petals over the slope. So picturesque.
And below is the other side of that same shed. And this is only two blocks north of a major through-street in NE Portland!
Details: Skinny jeans: Target, last winter / Red cotton jacket: Macy’s, on sale and gift-carded this winter / Blue striped t-shirt: Fall fashion swap / Striped canvas flats: Target, on sale this spring
And in the middle of this rather overwhelming landscape of overgrown greens is a beautiful flowering rose bush — the same kind of delicate pink roses up on the vacant lot. And looking at this picture, I am reminded of how long my hair has grown these past two years!
The cost per wear of these denim skinnies must be in the fractions of pennies by now. I’ve worn them at least once a week since first buying them (and I wash them, inside out, after 3-4 wears, and air dry to maintain the color and shape as much as possible).
Below are a few of the ways I’ve worn these skinny jeans, as well as a bonus inspiration board featuring my black skinnies.