we’ve headed towards a cool spell in Athens. this gives me the opportunity to wear, wait for it: jeans. seems weird to say that, but when was the last time you threw on a pair of jeans over the past few months? with so many, if not all of us at home full time, there’s not the same incentive to throw on a pair of, say, skinny jeans. i get it. i was going through some of our more recent posts over here on the blog, and we’ve featured wide leg pants, shorts, and even a little black dress. but not a lot of denim. many of you have reached out to me over the past few weeks and have acknowledged that you’re ready for the transitioning from athleisure wear to jeans. well, so am i.
transitioning from athleisure wear to jeans
we’re all about timeless, classic style on the blog. and we feature denim heavily. in fact, jeans made my top 10 classic essentials that transition to spring. today, i’ve got on a pair of high waist, ankle cut skinny jeans (low, medium, high). and you know what? i’m loving them. they’re doing a couple of things for me today. first, they’re keeping me honest. under quarantine, maintaining our normal routines has become difficult, if not impossible. i’ve made it a point to stay healthy by walking, but as many of you know, i underwent knee surgery recently, making even that challenging. jeans are less forgiving than athleisure wear, for sure. so it’s nice to get that gut check every once in while (pun intended).
also, putting on a pair of jeans gives an indication on how my knee is doing. my recovery has been going well, but there is still some swelling in my knee. jeans show me clearly how much farther i have to go. and that’s not a bad thing: it serves as motivation to keep pushing during my PT sessions. and let me tell you PT is the most important step in the recovery process.
original Breton tee
i love, love, love classic Breton striped tees: so iconic, and such a staple. if you don’t own one, i highly recommend it. did you know that the striped tee started life in the French Navy in 1858? the original sailor tee sported 21 stripes, one for each of Napolean’s victories. the distinctive pattern of stripes made it easier to spot a sailor in the sea if by chance he fell overboard. at the turn of the twentieth century, on a visit to the French Riviera Coco Chanel spied the tee on a navy seaman and introduced the Breton tee with her 1917 nautical collection. this look was a breakaway from the heavily corseted fashion popular at the time. Coco originally paired the tee with flared trousers and a trend began. women in trousers? striped tees? separates? it seems so matter-of-fact these days, but waaaay back then, it took one brave woman to change fashion forever.
and finally, i’m featuring a pair of cap-toe slingbacks. they’re a classic shoe. Chanel introduced them almost 100 years ago, and when in doubt on what pair of shoes to wear on any given day, i reach for a pair. they act as a neutral and will complement virtually any outfit you put together. love.