I’ve lived in skinny jeans for, probably, the past 10 years. My uniform of choice at University was baggy jeans (the more baggy the better) and once I waved goodbye to that look I struggled to revisit it. I mean it was quite possibly the least flattering look I could have chosen to wear – low slung, wide leg jeans on my 5″4 pear shape – and it felt dated really quickly. It wasn’t long before I jumped on the skinny jeans bandwagon and, well, let’s just say I struggled to get off that train. But when the only style of jeans you wear are skinny, it’s a little restricting both in outfit options and occasion. I often feel dressier in a skinny jean and sometimes I crave something a little more casual.
We’ll if any style was going to get me off the skinny jean train it was the Mom jean. They’re a high waist (like my all my skinny jeans…have I mentioned a high rise is the most flattering rise on everyone?!), they’re loose without being unflatteringly baggy, and they’re surprising versatile, as you’re about to see!
LAYERED UNDER A DRESS
Now I’ll admit that this look is an acquired taste. After seeing this outfit, my husband asked why I’d chosen to wear jeans underneath the dress when it looked so pretty without? (well actually first he said “but without the jeans, right?), and I couldn’t think of any other reason than because I liked how it looked. And that, my friends, is a good enough reason don’t you think?! But if I was to break it down, the jeans add a relaxed element to an otherwise dressy outfit and they also add a little quirkiness which I’ve always liked but that doesn’t always come through in my outfits.
A few tips if you want to recreate such a look – heels elongate the leg as do the cinched waist of the dress. Without these the outfit might look frumpy and I’d probably look dumpy.
WITH YOUR FAVORITE TEE
I’m well aware that this outfit is nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s a classic so I thought it worthwhile noting. I’ve tied a cheeky knot in the side of the tee to give it a little shape and have given the jeans a little turn up as I like the length better.
WITH A CLASSIC BUTTON UP BLOUSE
I love the way that relaxed denim looks with heels and a button up blouse. It takes the classic combination of white shirt, blue jeans, and puts a 2017 twist on it with a mix of unkempt and smart. I’ve cuffed the hem again – the length works best with these heels, have half tucked the shirt so it doesn’t swamp me and purposefully chosen a leather jacket with cropped sleeves so the blouse cuffs hang outside…a nod to the relaxed denim.