Wear It Five Ways: Boyfriend Jeans

This post is a continuation of Wednesday’s post.

I always try to do something unexpected with the given task but in these jeans I’ve found an indomitable foe. One unusual idea that did come to mind was to turn them into boyfriend shorts but they weren’t loose enough on me to cuff to shorts-length (nor did I think the end result would’ve been presentable…probably just ridiculous).

First up is the Canadian Tuxedo with a printed blouse.

American Eagle Faded Denim Jacket | c/o LaCaCl Illustrated Printed Blouse | C. Wonder Leather & Chain Belt | Corso Como Del Quilted Pump

With a graphic tee and a parka:

Zara Parka with Detachable Waistcoat | Uniqlo Hello Kitty T-Shirt | Ann Taylor Greta Patent Leather Bow Heels

And with various jackets:

Left:  J. Crew Tweed Dauphine Jacket | c/o Mexy Shop Whisper Jersey Drapey Top | c/o Choies Beaded Necklace With Gemstone | C. Wonder Leather & Chain Belt | Zara Wedge Court Shoe
Middle: Ann Taylor Seersucker Blazer | Forever 21 Striped Tank Top | Pearl Necklace with Bow Clasp via eBay | C. Wonder Leather & Chain Belt | Zara Wedge Court Shoe
Right: Theory Gabe B. Tailor Blazer (also here + here) | Forever 21 Top | Forever 21 Anchor Necklace | C. Wonder Leather & Chain Belt  | Pour La Victoire Chantel Scalloped Pumps (also here, here + here)

The last two looks were thrown together at the eleventh hour for good measure. I wanted to see how these jeans would look with low heels and wedge sneakers.

Left: Alice + Olivia Wendy Lace Blouse | Burberry London Mottram Trench | J. Crew Janey Patent Flats
Right: Ann Taylor Embellished Merino Wool Blend Sweater | Vince Camuto Follie Sneaker

My big takeaway? Wear these jeans with taller heels. As the last two outfits have shown, my legs aren’t long enough to pull off slouchy jeans without the help of leg-lengthening high heels.

How do you wear boyfriend jeans?

Next up on WIFW: The Drop Waist Dress (a few fun options here, here, and here).

Disclaimer: I received these jeans as a gift from Mexy Shop. No other compensation – monetary or otherwise – was provided for writing this post.

Stripes and Eyelet (+ Banana Republic Stackable Sale)

If you own a Gap Inc. credit card (BR/GAP/ON), you can use code LUXE2013 (15% off) in conjunction with BRWED40 (40% off on up to two full-priced items) and BRSUMMER (40% off sale items).

Styles from the Milly x BR Collection are close to an extra 50% off sale prices with the use of two coupons. This navy Fit-and-Flare dress is $51 with additional discounts and the Colorblock Patio Dress that Jean wore here is approximately $60. Khatu‘s Eden Rock Printed Dress is on sale for $51. You can read Ping’s review of other styles here.

I saw the Mariah T-Strap Sandal in a local store some time ago and recall being impressed by it in person. The stock photos make it look unassuming so sizes are still aplenty.

I also picked up Sloan Fit Slim Ankle Pant in Porch Green (such an intense color), Striped Trench (~$45 after discounts), and Sleeveless Linen Blazer.

An item that I have struggled to incorporate into my outfits is this H&M embroidered eyelet skirt (whose doppelgänger can be found here). I was immediately drawn to it last summer because it bored resemblance to styles in Louis Vuitton’s S/S 2012 collection, with romantic broderie anglaise lined in delicate pastel organza. When I found it hanging in the clearance section several months later, I decided to take it home.

That was nearly eight months ago and it has sat unworn in my closet until very recently. My closet continues to house similarly unloved items because they remind me, when I feel the urge to keep something that is conceptually feasible but practically not, to return everything that I have even an ounce of doubt about. This tactic doesn’t work every time but every bit helps.

Banana Republic Engineered Stripe Tee (similar here) | Pearl Necklace with Bow Clasp via eBay | H&M Eyelet Pencil Skirt (nearly identical here) | Burberry London Mottram Trench | Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote | Marc by Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch | Zara Basic Court Shoes

Get 30% off your Gap order today with code GAPBRIGHT. I’ll post pictures of the Girl’s Printed Halter Dress, Chevron Tank Dress, and Chevron Shorts in the upcoming Weekly Shopping Update.

Or get 30% off your Old Navy purchase when you use your Gap Inc. credit card; use code STUFFSAVE at checkout. Playful scarves can be found in abundance this season; I really liked the following: Square Floral Scarves, Sun Print Scarves, Americana-Pattern Scarves, and Green Floral Scarves.

Happy shopping!

J. Crew Factory Girls’ Printed Dress in Neon Persimmon

Against countless judicious advice, I decided to keep the Printed Dress in Neon Persimmon (blogged about here; currently sold out online but should still be in stores). People’s initial reaction to the dress ranged from “uh, that looks like an apron” to “is that maternity wear?” but my mind was made up and couldn’t be rattled.

I love the print on Cee and think it’s most versatile as an accent piece (like a scarf or a clutch) but the dress isn’t a bad choice either.

And I realize I have been breaking the cardinal rule of shopping for petite women: Stay away from the kids’ department. In the last month alone I added three dresses (Chevron Tank Dress and Striped Dress–worn here) from the girls’ department to my closet–in addition to trying several more. The insane heat and high humidity as of late both contributed to these less-than-ideal purchases.

J. Crew Factory Girls’ Printed Dress | Burberry London Mottram Double Breasted Trenchcoat (also here and here in size 0) | Forever 21 Necklace | Ann Taylor Pave Chain Bracelet | Chanel Medallion Tote | Zara Vamp Shoe with Heel Back and High Heel (similar)

For all of you dress lovers, Ann Taylor is running a 50% off sale on dresses (works on both full-priced and sale-priced dresses). Enter code SUMMERSTYLE at checkout.

Consider these: Ikat Cap Sleeve Dress (ordered), Lace Horizon Dress, Geo Print Jersey Dress, Daisy Ombre Print Sheath Dress, Floral Ikat Print Blouson Cap Sleeve Dress, Palm Print Side Tuck Jersey Dress, and Floral Print Cap Sleeve Dress.

A Closet of Essentials

The amount I shop over time more or less graphs a horizontal line with minor spikes that coincide with sale seasons but recently I find myself returning most of what I order even when my initial reactions to those purchases are positive.

Compared to when I started this blog in 2010 –  when I had been a recent college grad with a wardrobe that still consisted mainly of casual weekend clothes, impractical party dresses, and a few skirt and pant suits that I was mostly indifferent to- I now spend less than five minutes every morning picking out what I wear and on most days feel good about my outfits. I think much of that confidence comes from having an arsenal of versatile pieces that go well with other items in my closet.

The downside to having a fully stocked closet is that colorful pencil skirts and crisp white blouses that fit moderately well no longer elicit a gleeful yelp from me; most are quickly boxed up and returned. I still enjoy the occasional splurge on something whimsical and the frequent trendy indulgences from fast fashion stores but no longer feel the need to hoard clothes the way I used to (shoes I still constantly order in bulk; I might have been a millipede in another life).

If I could write a letter to young Elle, I would urge her to pace herself when it came to shopping. At this blog’s infancy, I shopped too often and mostly indiscriminately trying to quickly fill the voids in my closet and instead of savoring that experience, I rushed through it.

I still enjoy window shopping but the need to own things has waned substantially. When you find yourself shopping infrequently, is it because your closet is near capacity? Or is it because the selection is lackluster? Maybe it’s general disinterest in adding clutter? Perhaps it’s a matter of good financial planning? Whatever it is, I am truly interested in learning what impetuses suspend mindless shopping.

Burberry London Westland Trench | Ann Taylor Silk Charmeuse Long Sleeve Legacy Blouse (no longer available) | H&M Jersey Double-breasted Blazer (similar here) | J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool (in spicy gold, a f/w 2011 color) | Chanel Pearl Necklace |Christian Louboutin Simple 100 Patent Pumps

Silk and (P)leather

Leather and silk are a match made in sartorial heaven. In my formative years I thought the combination
was too “mature” but I can’t seem to get enough
of it now (see pleather pants with silk shirt look here). 

Burberry London Mottram Trench | Ann Taylor Silk Charmeuse Long Sleeve Legacy Blouse (no longer available) | Hermes H Buckle Reversible Belt | H&M Pleather Skirt | Christian Louboutin Simple 100 Patent Pumps | Chanel Medallion Tote

Also, for ice cream lovers, today is Free Cone Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Find your nearest Ben & Jerry’s here.

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