Ask Angie (and all): Tapered jeans? ETA: A different look

On a whim this morning I pulled a new pair of jeans off my shelf. DH bought them on a whim a month ago or so, fully expecting them to not work at all. They were on deep discount, and they fit well enough that we figured, eh, keep, for laundry day, at least. As of this morning, my weight's come down enough that they don't have a muffin top anymore (yay!), but I just realized they're tapered. I don't think I've worn tapered pants in a decade, even longer for tapered jeans. (I love bootcuts and flairs!) So it's an unfamiliar silhouette.

Am I just not used to it, or is it really as unflattering as I think it is? 

Is it better rolled, or left alone?

And the top semi-tucked, or worn out? 

P.S. And apparently today's the day DS couldn't hold off and had to photobomb.

P.P.S. The belt required the smallest hole for these jeans. Any tips on how to add holes to a simple one-layer leather belt? 

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  • Diana replied 8 years ago

    Um, do you have any old straight metal knitting needles?  I have a whole pile of those long colored Boye ones that I never use (someone gave them to me ages ago; I keep them because they are kind of pretty even though they are really awful to knit with) but they are really good for making extra belt holes.  

    Or, you know, you could buy this tool:;qid=14...

    These look like BF jeans!  I think I prefer the top semi-tucked.  I would roll them maybe one roll higher, if that doesn't make it too bulky.  Do you have a flowier woven top?  That might also look nice semi-tucked like in my photo below. 

    I'd also search the blog for Angie's advice about how to style BF jeans.

    PS - congrats on the weight loss! 

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    Congrats on the weight loss. These are straight leg jeans, and actually not so tapered. They could absolutely be more tapered to create a neater roll - see Diana's pic. 

    That said, I like the roll you popped onto these and they look fab. Try a roomier soft top with a semi tuck with them. 

  • replied 8 years ago

    I think you're just not used to the silhouette.
    I think you need a flowy top to do the semi tuck, so I like this top untucked.
    Congrats on the weight loss!
    You're son is cute. Look at that blonde hair!

  • celia replied 8 years ago

    The jeans look great on you. Love the advice on wearing them as boyfriend jeans.
    You son is too cute, he can photobomb anytime.

  • kkards replied 8 years ago

    fab photobomber!
    l don't know if photo 7 is a different roll then the other photos (or maybe its a different shoe?) anyway, i really like the way the roll looks in that picture....and i like them unrolled as well..
    as for putting another hole in your belt, most shoe repair places can do this. or my dad used to just use an awl and a hammer.

  • Word Lily replied 8 years ago

    Sorry for not responding in a timely fashion; lots to process here!

    Diana: I do have old straights around, somewhere ... I might look into one of those tools, thanks!

    I don’t have any woven tops right now, alas. It’s a long story. I turned up the cuffs one more time and that’s how I’ve worn them all day. After reading some of these replies, I went and read about BF jeans and apparently how I cuffed them here is much taller than the norm? Hmm.

    So these are BF jeans? I’m so confused! That means I basically have nothing but, excepting that the bottoms are supposedly none of them tapered, if we don’t consider these tapered. I guess maybe there’s still one pair that might not be? I’m not sure I’ll ever get this straight.

    And thanks for the weight loss congrats; it’s been very slow, but I’m making steady progress (still a lot of that journey ahead of me, though).

    Angie: Thanks! I was going by the tag on the jeans when I called them tapered. I’ve only got a few roomier tops and I’m getting very tired of them, wearing them all the time all of a sudden since joining YLF. :) I’m hesitant to buy much that’s very loose, because I assume it will just look ludicrous as I continue losing weight …

    Smittie: Thanks! My dearth of flowy tops is catching up with me, alas. Now you know what color my hair was when I was little. :)

    Celia: Thank you! So they aren’t boyfriend jeans, but I can wear/style them as such? I’m so confused.

    kkards: :) Thanks. 1-3 is one pair of shoes and 4-7 is another. The roll is the same, though, I think, across 2-7.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    Word, Lilly, it's probably not a bad idea to purchase a few more fashionably roomy tops to keep you going. We ALWAYS dress the body we have right now despite our goals for weight change. 

  • Word Lily replied 8 years ago

    Angie, that's certainly true. I'll have to ponder and study to see what I want.

  • Word Lily replied 8 years ago

    With a different top. And hey, I accessorized! Not loose and flowy, though. Am I right in thinking that the seam on tops like these is supposed to sit fully below the bust? I like them but they have never fit that way. This also feels too short, but I was digging through my closet looking for forgotten pieces and unearthed this. Decided to put it on and see.

  • cjh replied 8 years ago

    The different top was worth a try - the lighter color and detail on the bodice is great. That said, the fit is not ideal. Your instinct of "too short" is right on, and the bust issue as well. There are many good lessons here for searching for better, though.

  • Maneera replied 8 years ago

    I love the different top. These jeans are pretty great in you

    So here is what I think a bout roomier tops. I woven top, be it a shirt or a blouse, will suit your body better RIGHT NOW. The beauty of these tops is that once you lose sufficient weight, you can get them altered. It's a very easy alteration as the top just needs a stitch inside along both sides to tighten it. A couple of such tops are definitely worth having --you'll dress for the body you have right now, plus you'll be able to transform the top and keep making it your size as you lose weight. A top like the one Diana's wearing is great. Choose patterns, they're super sliming!

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