This is my third summer in the Middle East and in each of the last two years I have packed away my jeans for a seasonal sabbatical. They were all too tight, too heavy and too dark. Well, enough of that. Jeans are too much of staple to cast off into the sartorial wilderness until November. I call for summer jeans! White jeans are supposed to fill that void. They are the quintessential summer jeans, but I just don’t think I’m neat enough to maintain a pair of white jeans. I had a pair about twenty years ago from the Gap. I’m not sure how long they lasted, but I have to imagine they took a beating and met an early demise. Sidebar: Can I say that everything I owned from the Gap twenty years, I’d like to have again. Can’t they just reproduce the old patterns and make the whole store the 90s (ads and all)?
By chance, I came across a solid summer jeans contender at Topshop. I’m a big fan of color when it comes to home decor and accessories, but I tend to limit my wardrobe to a palette of neutrals, black, white and navy (with a splash of color here and there). So these greyish pink jeans from Topshop are a bit out of character for me. Apparently they were also out of character for every possible demographic known to Topshop, because I scored them for the low, low price of 49 AED (about $13 USD). While pink jeans are new territory for me, I do love a muted palette and these pair well with chambray, white or any pastel with a grey undertone. That’s where they make for easy incorporation into my wardrobe. The color is much more of a neutral than a pink. Another sidebar: What is all of this foolishness about “millennial pink”? Every time I see something about millennial pink, it’s a different shade of pink. If you name a color, you kind of have to pick one shade and stick to it. This Apartment Therapy article expresses my feelings on this made-up trend exactly.
Back to summer jeans. Lightweight, natural fabrics like linen and cotton are definitely ideal for summer pants. Those fabrics breathe and won’t trap in the sweat. I also prefer a relaxed fit in the summer months. A pair of en vogue, super ripped and holey Boyfriend jeans would be great for hot weather. These Topshop Moto jeans, called the Jamie, are very far from relaxed (they are fitted right up to the edge of jeggings). I’d put a moratorium on skinny jeans, but these are high-waisted, ankle-skimmers with a raw edge. That makes them novel enough to not count as a regular skinny jeans. However, they do meet the summer jeans prerequisite of (mostly) natural fibers with 91% cotton, 6%polyester and 3% elastic. They’re so lightweight, they literally feel like nothing on the leg. Light color, lightweight. Now, that is what makes of good pair of summer jeans.