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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tried & True Jeans Report :: High/Low Styles to Love

Over the weekend, we got lots accomplished over here.  I took advantage of my husband's willingness to get into the attic and we brought down ALL of the baby stuff that's been accumulating up there over the last few years, and, while we were at it, might as well bring down the CHRISTMAS bins too!! Yay!!  We typically never start decorating until after Thanksgiving, but my son and I are both anxious to start spreading all the holiday love around our home.  And I say, if you're ready, go for it! We've only put up the Nativity scene in his room and the sign that counts down to Christmas - officially 37 days now! We almost put up the tree, but ran out of steam on Sunday night.  So, any other decorating may just have to wait until after Thanksgiving anyway! But yesterday, I got motivated to get some of our toy shopping done online.  Have you started?! 

Today, I'm partnering with Nordstrom to share all my favorite JEANS with you- and there are lots of options.  Although I enjoy getting all dolled up as much as the next girl, "jeans and a tee" best describes my day-to-day style.  Designer jeans have their place in my closet, but I'm no discriminator, and also have stylish, budget-friendly pairs too.  You can check out their jeans under $100 here.

This post is a doozy, packed with tons of styles, and I broke it down into:

1) Brands I know and love in alphabetical order with some high/low options along the way (including the ones most loved according to the women on Nordstrom reviews);

2) Maternity jeans - because at 24 weeks pregnant now, that's all I fit into!; and

3) My easy "cuff & tuck" jean roll - perfect for wearing jeans with ankle boots so that a bit of your ankle shows and also great for us shorties, whose jeans are always too long!

I hope it's helpful, let me know!

jeans report :: high/low 

AG - 'The Prima' Mid Rise Cigarette Jeans - love, love, love these!  They are by far my favorite white jeans that I own and happen to be currently price matched- 25% off.  And don't think that white is only for summer; winter white is so chic and classy! I bought these pre-pregnancy when I was in good shape, so I'm wearing size
I took advantage of the Nordstrom tailoring and snipped a tad off the length for a custom length.

What makes these jeans so great is that they are thicker than most white jeans and not like a jegging that makes your legs look like sausages, but rather, they are thicker (98% cotton, 2% elastane) so they are more slimming and not sheer. 

AG - 'The Prima' Mid Rise Cigarette Jeans



AG - 'The Prima' Mid Rise Cigarette Jeans & Billabong cardigan

AG - 'The Prima' Mid Rise Cigarette Jeans and off-shoulder top
Off-Shoulder top (on sale)

AG's comparable 'The Legging' Skinny Ankle Jeans (white white) are a more true skinny jean, slimming all the way to the ankle and made with more stretch (61% cotton, 35% polyester, 4% Lycra spandex) if that's what you're going for.  They've gotten great reviews and are currently available in all sizes.  Would look awesome with a tall bootslouchy sweater and necklace (similar)

Winter white fashion - white jeans, tall suede tan boots, cable knit sweater and statement necklace

I actually liked this cable knit sweater so much, I bought in grey and 'brown sienna' - it also comes in  burgundy and navy indigo' 

cable knit sweaters

For size reference, I'm wearing Small

Winter fashion - jeans, tall suede tan boots, cable knit sweater

:: More White Jeans ::




BLANKNYC - 'Good Vibes' Distressed Skinny Jeans (Medium Wash Blue)

A great, weekend ripped jean is the BLANKNYC 'Good Vibes' Distressed Skinny Jean.  The holes on this jean are bigger, so they aren't for work, just weekends.  And the lighter wash is more casual too. Size down one for a tighter fit and because they tend to stretch over time.  Apparently, I like to pair mine with striped tops! 

Fall/Winter fashion - distressed jeans and stripe sweater w leopard flats and statement necklace
Yosi Samra leopard flat (40% off) - my favorite brand of ballet flat, they only come in whole sizes, so size up | striped pullover (similar - on sale) | Gorjana ring (similar here in more sizes) | Kate Spade watch | necklace (similar)

Fall/Winter fashion - distressed jeans and stripe top w military vest and statement necklace
Caslon long sleeve tee (486 positive reviews- great value, 19 colors) & here | military vest | necklace (similar)

Weekend casual - skechers gowalk sneakers
Skechers GoWalk (ultra comfy and lightweight) | watch (similar) | striped hoodie

I bought my BLANKNYC jeans a size too big since I needed extra room for a just starting to grow baby bump below.  
Fall fashion - white button down, ripped jeans, and great bag


:: More Casual Distressed Denim ::



The Citizens of Humanity - 'Emannuelle' Bootcut Jean (Modern Love)

While skinny and distressed are all the rage lately, I'm still smitten with my ultra comfy bootcut jeans that make your butt look oh, so good!  Don't you always check how your booty looks in jeans when trying on?! I don't know what it is about this pair that seems to give that extra lift, but I love it! With bootcut jeans, a wedge or heel will keep your legs from looking squatty.

bootcut jeans with wedges and white button-down

bootcut jeans

:: More Bootcut Jeans ::




A dark wash jean can easily be dressed up and made work or night-out ready, depending on what you wear on top.  Dark jeans pair especially well with blazers at the office or sassy tops and heels at night.  I feel like Joe's Jeans are especially well made and fit very well (pre-pregnancy size 25, and I probably could've sized down for a tighter fit, but I love how relaxed this pair felt on).  My Joe's are an old pair - the Genna straight ankle, but I'm loving their newer, skinny styles even better.  My old pair are similar to the popular 'Honey' Curvy Skinny Jeans (Charley)

Joe's jeans

:: More Joe's Jeans ::





Vigoss is a great value brand with styles that look good and won't break the bank. I've had the Tomboy Destroyed Skinny Jeans (Medium Wash) and the Vigoss 'Tomboy' Destroyed Skinny Jeans forever and they've lasted through many wears and washes.  And they're both under $60! You may want to size down as they tend to stretch out a little. 

Vigoss distressed denim and tee
booties (similar on sale!

Vigoss distressed denim and striped top
booties (similar on sale!

Vigoss distressed denim and solid top with leopard scarf and heels
 fierce leopard heels (on sale- 40% off!similar scarf | The Dreamers v-neck and u-neck sweaters come in a beautiful variety of jewel tones and are currently on sale for under $20! Size up though- they run small. 

Vigoss distressed jeans, solid sweater, plaid scarf, tassel booties and statement necklace

Tall boots, distressed jeans, sweater, statement necklace
If you've been looking for a knee high boot, I'm crazy for this pair by Sole Society.  They have a 3 1/4 inch heel, not too chunky, and I wore them comfortably for several hours while running around this week.  They also come in black.  | similar statement necklace here & here

maternity jeans 

And last but not least, when you're pregnant and finally move from trying to make your non-maternity jeans work to actual maternity jeans, it's such a relief!  Nordstrom has a good selection of maternity jeans, BUT, they don't carry them at the store, so you'll have to order online.  I'm all about online ordering, but with maternity jeans, I'd prefer to try on.  Since Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns, I'm okay ordering a couple sizes and then returning the ones that don't fit.  With most maternity, they recommend ordering your pre-pregnancy size, but I feel like sometimes you have to size up. 

I have been living in Paige Denim maternity jeans- they are so comfy and I love that they just have the side panel.  I don't remember side panel jeans when I was pregnant 6 years ago, but maybe I just didn't look hard enough.


Best maternity jeans - dressing the bump
Caslon Detail Button Back Tunic Sweater | booties | faux leather reversible tote | plaid scarf  (similar)

Fall fashion - plaid button down and jeans

And since I want a 'winter white' pair of maternity jeans, I just ordered the Maternal America Maternity Skinny Ankle Stretch Jeans.  They are made of 98% cotton and 2% Lycra spandex and have pretty good reviews.  Since they run in sizes XS to Large and since most reviewers recommended sizing up, I got the Small.  I'll let you know how they work out. They come in 7 colors! I'm excited that they just pull up too, no button or zipper, but they still have pockets. 

:: More Maternity Jeans ::



Easy way to roll your jeans - cuff and tuck

It looks cute to have a cuffed jean that isn't too bulky at the bottom with a traditional double-roll, so I'll do the "cuff & tuck" to still have some of the hem show, and a bit of ankle. So easy!

Or, on your skinny jeans, you can just do the cuff up a few inches and that looks good on it's own.  But, a few inches cuffed looks more modern than just an inch or two. 

 Best maternity jeans - dressing the bump
faux leather jacket (Size ref: Small - do not buy the XS unless you are super duper petite!) | Free People Solid Muscle Tee (Size ref: XS) 

Of course, jeans always look good tucked into tall boots.  I finally got a pair of tall socks to go with this look and think it's super cozy! 

Best maternity jeans - dressing the bump
Free People ski lodge cuff thermal top | vegan leather reversible tote  | knotted fringe scarf (similar) | knee high boots (old MK, similar here) | over the knee socks (so cute!) 

You can check out more of my maternity style here.  I'll do another update soon! 

I hope this post is helpful!  I'd love to hear what jeans you love! 

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2 comments:

  1. I am on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to jeans - they're always too short. I did appreciate you mentioning thicknesses and blends when it comes to the fabric. I'll be on the lookout for that when I finally get my courage together to buy some new jeans! You look fabulous pregnant! :)

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    1. That would be a problem too! And maybe harder to deal with since you can't hem them longer. But, I'll take some of your height for you! Thank you for the compliment! 16 weeks to go!

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