A Lazy Girl's Guide to Denim

28 April 2013

Today I'm going to broach a subject that has confounded me for a while. I get frequently asked how I have time to dress up for class (and work, in the summer) and I'm always floored by the assumption that it takes long. Before I go to bed, I check the weather (10 seconds max), walk to my closet already thinking of a temperature-appropriate outfit (5 seconds), and then I pull out the garments (15-20 seconds). The longest this has ever taken me is 1.5 minutes; I know what's in my wardrobe and hence can create a look very quickly. It's pretty simple. And putting on clothes in the morning takes less than 1 minute!

 I've tried to figure out why people think dressing up takes forever and then some. And... I've come to the conclusion that most consumers buy pieces that are fashionable, but uncomfortable. Or comfortable, but unflattering. It's so easy to look put together and on your A-game when your closet is full of clothing that flatters your body shape, doesn't itch/constrict/ride-up, and pairs well with everything else. In reality, this is a super lazy way to always look good and feel good. So I've decided to put together a list of requirements I have for denim, a closet staple that makes my legs look good, and goes well with all my tops.
Chantelle's Denim Requirements
1. The material needs to be soft, and stretchy. This is my #1 rule, and the one that creates the biggest "no-no" pile in the dressing room. 
2. Ask the sales associates how much the jeans stretch out, especially around the bum area. Wrinkly bum denim is nobody's favorite.
3. Don't repeat denim washes, colors, or patterns. Unless they're in different cuts (ie/ flares vs. skinny vs. wide)
4. Pick a fit that flatters. I'm skinny so coincidentally skinny jeans work wonders on me.
5. Move in the positions you frequently assume. I scrunch into a little ball on a chair while I study, that's why I need good stretch, and material that doesn't bunch behind my knees and cut my circulation.
6. Look at yourself in the mirror. Do you feel good? Great. Now how many tops can coordinate well with these jeans? All of them. Awesome. [I have a collection of white blouses that go with everything, and most of my jeans are simple washes that don't clash with my patterned pieces anyway. See how easy this is!? ZOMG.]

A recent addition to my comfy jeans collection: ASOS Ridley Supersoft Jeans
{Other brand styles I love in any color: 7 For All Mankind Gwenevere, Mavi Jeans Serena. Check these out on ShopBop in the USA & Trilogy Stores in the UK. Denim Forever!}
Any other ideas for a Lazy Girl's Guide? 



  1. love wearing my boyfriend jeans with a loose tee as well when lazy xx

  2. oh I agree with everything you said here. All through out university people would say why are you so dressed up (meaning why are you not in sweats like everyone else)? or how do you have time to do that. I usually just answer with I'm not dressed up, I am dressed!
    I love stretchy jeans (jeggings are really good too) and thick tights that look like jeans (Zara does some amazing ones) and then have a variety of longer tops that go with them all!

  3. You have actually inspired me :) I normally take ages to dress, I have no idea why, I think I just waste too much time. I also suspect that I buy too many clothes in too many colours and forms anddd these items are not always well presented in my closet :) I really need to organise myself :)

  4. you pull it off very well! adorable :)



  5. Great post - I always test whether or not I can sit down comfortably as sometimes they recommend you size down in store (like hello, do my legs not looked like stuffed sausages already?) , and that usually helps. Anyway, you are looking gorgeous in your denim.

  6. So so so gorgeous! No, seriously, you have the best legs ever..!

    Lost in the Haze

  7. You go girl,love it!;)

  8. Your jeans are lovely... you look fab! xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  9. Thank you so much for the comments/tips you left on my blog!!! So helpful with my trip planning to Chicago especially :)

    I need to pull off getting dressed in less than 5 minutes! I am horrible! I always change my mind the morning of and end up running late for work :(


    love your shoes!

  10. So funny you posted this, I was just saying to a designer how I have not bought a pair of jeans in over 2 years. I have been moving towards looser, more relaxed looks so I love this top! Plus I have a A TON of skinny jeans so do not need more. But love the idea of jeans being more comfy. What I really need is more long loose tops, blouses, trousers and dresses.

    Thanks for the comment on by about section, next up I need to post a photo, getting that shoot arranged!

    Ali of


  11. what a fun hat with that extra special detailing!

    stop by for a visit,

    lydia from vintage2vogue


  12. Love the striped skirt and pointy heels. Very cool! x

  13. a lovely look. loving the hat.

    xx m


  14. Gorgeous outfit, I love it! So simple, yet so elegant

    x Sam

  15. I simply LOVE the wash of your jeans! This is the perfect simple, chic look! Well done xxxx


  16. This is gorgeous! I am obsessed!! Hugs from Cali! xx The Golden Girls

  17. Love this fun little outfit. Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at brewedtogether.com

  18. you're very right! I have issues with my shoes the most! I love high heels and I have so many of them but every morning is a battle between do I wear my killer shoes or my confy but ok looking flats! anyways I think like you said the best way is to optimise your wardrobe with things that are both flattering and confy whenever possible! that way it's always a win win!

  19. i just love the heels, dear!
    great style, definitely following you
    i'll be so glad if you could follow me back, xoxo

    love, Yulia

  20. cute!i love loose Tees and jeans and the hat makes it even cuter!


  21. i love those jeans, they're a perfect fit!

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