The January Style Challenge 5 – Perfect Faded Jeans

The last item in my January Style Challenge is not really a big reveal as I’ve already worn them loads on the blog, Instagram & Avenue 57 over the past few weeks. But there was a reason for that – I wanted to show how they’ve earned their place this month. 
You see, I’ve loved wearing my distressed straight cuts from Maison Scotch and my boyfriend jeans but I was on the lookout for a pair of proper skinnies in a slightly distressed wash – to work my existing wardrobe a bit more and to dress down some of my looks – covering both of my 2014 style resolutions.
My perfect distressed skinnies are from Gap and are called the ‘Always Skinny’ and I picked them up on my recent visit to the Outlets at Banbridge. I expect they are available in most Gap outlet stores as they had tons of them in Banbridge. I bought them in a US6/UK10 Size 28 and they definitely come up on the big side as I’m not really a 10 in jeans. Cost-wise, they were £22 with a promotion that day. 
Here they are worn today with an ancient burgundy oversized sweater from H&M, my Betty Barclay perfect white shirt from this post and some 5 year old burgundy long boots from Bertie:

And just to prove how useful they’ve been, here are just some of the occasions I’ve worn them over the past two weeks, in many cases with older items that I’ve not worn for a while. First up, two blog outfits that I’ve already written about here and here:

Next, a variation on top left – worn for some grammar school visits for my son. Feeling old so it was nice to wear some hip jeans!

They were also worn out on a mucky walk in this post:
And finally, with my pink Warehouse coat, scarf from the shop and the brown suede boots that I dyed ages ago. These jeans are the first pair that have really worked with these boots.
They also featured on Saturday’s post with my grey cocoon cardigan and I know they are going to continue work hard in my wardrobe. As well as the colour, I’m loving how tight they are at the ankle and the fact that the length is perfect, requiring no adjustments when worn with boots.
And that’s it – with 5 days to go, I’ve completed my January challenge, which in fairness, wasn’t that tricky as it involved buying stuff! As for Frugal February…now that’s another story… I’ve put a date in my diary for May to look back on these 5 items to see if they really did earn their keep…was it worth resisting everything else on those sale rails? Because it wasn’t easy in a few shops!
As always, link up with any of your recent sale blog post OR new jeans blog posts please – last chance this month!


  1. Great jeans Avril and I love finding a pair with the correct ankle length also! It makes such a difference to the overall fit. Hope you have a lovely week:)
    ~Anne xx

    • I hear you Anne! I’m average height but long in the torso so many jeans end up bunched up at the ankle. Thanks for dropping by and hope you have a great week too – at least today looks a bit brighter..I might venture out! Ax

  2. Emma Iannarilli Reply

    Those jeans are just fab, I love them with the pink coat and scarf. I hate buying jeans at the moment as I seem to be in between sizes, so the ones I buy always need a belt and sag on the bum!

  3. Muireann99 Reply

    Great jeans! Have done always skinny in the dark blue denim and they are great so might just invest in a pair of these too!! Thanks Avril!

  4. I won't wear sludge brown Reply

    It might be ancient but I L.O.V.E. your burgundy top. Whit woo you look stunning x

  5. Perfect jeans – they remind me of a pair I bought in Gap whilst in America last year. I love them!

  6. The Flaky Fashionista Reply

    Like Donna, I love your burgundy top as well. Those jeans are fab … love the fact that the length is right. Gap is one place where I find jeans that fit – which is a joy as I truly detest shopping for jeans! Good luck wtih Frugal Feb – almost (not quite) tempted to join you!!

  7. Style At Every Age Reply

    Love that first picture of you, the outfit I mean, I love all pictures of you obviously but that jumper over the white shirt – wardrobe perfection in my world xx

  8. Sharon S Reply

    Hi Avril!! Great post on your new Gap jeans- they feature on my post today but the ones I was hoping to get were the ‘Joyce wash’ which really didn’t live upto expectations! I did get a H&M replacement and like you, I’ll be wearing them a lot too! My bargain find this weekend was my MaxMara grey blazer from Barnados.You look lovely in all your outfits and I’m pleased to see that I’m not the only one who has to have the ‘right’ style of jeans, hehe! xx

  9. Michelle Lee Reply

    Goodness Avril….these jeans have already earned their keep! What a truly excellent purchase! I have bought quite a few pairs of the Gap outlet skinny’s and find they are brilliant! In fact I think the outlet is great for the more classic items…….thinking my recent mac purchase!! The jeans look brilliant in every pic…..might have to pick up a pair of these the next time I visit an outlet xx

  10. School Run Mum Reply

    How hard is it to get the perfect jeans..and those Gap ones look so lovely on you, perfect colour and stretch and so flattering, gorgeous x

  11. Jenny G Reply

    They’re great Avril, when you find a pair of jeans that fit perfectly it’s like a new best friend! I used to buy my jeans from Gap all the time as they were the only ones that didn’t leave me with a gaping waistline xx

  12. ASH Reply

    Looking great Avril, as always – an inspiration :-) xx

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