I haven’t written about my daughter’s style for a long time. That’s because she spends her weekdays in dance kit and school uniform and her weekends in layers of warm clothes, worn to keep her warm while watching her brothers’ sport rather than to look good. But spring is here and she’s finally started wearing different clothes!
My daughter hasn’t worn jeans since she was about 5. She’s never liked them. Until a year ago, she didn’t like trousers full stop, preferring dresses, skirts and shorts with leggings.
So when my mum told me she’d got my daughter a pair of jeans for her birthday, I was sceptical. I was even more sceptical when I realised they had a floral design on them. And they’re skinny jeans. A couple of years ago, my daughter looked at a pair of skinny jeans in the Next Directory, then at her own legs, and said: ‘My legs aren’t that shape’. She was right and I knew what she meant. My legs aren’t that shape either (yes, I’m skinny, but my legs aren’t).
But my daughter is a ballet dancer and in recent months I’ve noticed her physique is becoming more like a ballet dancer’s. She’s never been fat, but now she looks slim, muscular and long-limbed. The perfect shape for skinny jeans, as it happens.
And she loves her floral jeans from John Lewis. They’re skinny and stretchy, but also quite soft, so they feel comfortable. I wasn’t sure how the floral design would look, but I think it looks lovely – not too grown up, not too babyish, perfect for a 9 year old girl. They’re quite distinctive, but, coming from John Lewis, I don’t think too many people will have them.
Combined with an M&S jumper in shades of blue and red from that my uncle and auntie got for her birthday, my daughter had the perfect spring outfit. The jumper is knitted cotton, so not too hot or itchy, but warm enough for cool spring and summer days. The items weren’t bought to go together, but they just seem to work, anyway.
She finished the outfit off with her green Converse, but it would work just as well with her Clarks boots for colder days or sandals for warmer days.