March 27, Everything you Ever Wanted to know about Jeans & Tops

This title may be a bit ambitious, but my sweet (and fashionable) sister, Kara asked me to do a post on what tops to wear with different styles of jeans. So, after doing a ton of research, here are my findings. Hint: grab a cup of coffee… this is going to be a LONG post!

I’m going to start with wide leg jeans- since 1. that is what I’m wearing today 2. they are totally back in style 3. you may be wondering what the heck to wear with them.

I’ve worn these once before, paired with a cute striped top as seen here. Today, I’m pairing them with a black camisole and a VERY old blazer. Seriously, I think my 17 year old was an infant when I bought this at White House, Black Market. But, after all these years I still love it. It has that classic, Chanel inspired look that will never go out of style.

I decided I needed a long necklace with this top, so I threw this on one.

In my before photo, I paired it with a blouse that is oversize and a jacket that was too baggy for this style of jeans and clunky boots. The trick with wide leg jeans is balance. Since you are big on bottom, keep the top somewhat fitted or simple. My cropped jacket doesn’t overwhelm the pants. You don’t want to look like this photo below. While she looks comfy, it’s also a messy look.

photo cred: whowhatwear.com

I would say with wide leg jeans or pants, do not wear peplum, tunics or oversize tops. Unless you are super skinny, avoid long jackets. Stick to slim tops, or a fitted blouse. Off the shoulder top is popular with wide pants. Or a striped sailor shirt with boatneck collar would be cute. Try a tank or plain fitted v neck shirt (like I did today). Shoes really matter here- think heels, pointy toe or very minimal tennis shoes like Converse or Superga. Below are some inspiration outfits for you to consider.

I love the scarf as a belt. Cute, simple white top keeps everything in balance.

I love the simple tank with these jeans. And the shoes. Gorgeous! photo cred: Stylecaster.com
I always love stripes- and the off the shoulder look is lovely. Shoes are fun in the bright yellow! photo cred: katie considers.com

Now let’s talk about skinny jeans- since you all know they are my favorite! One of the nice things about skinny jeans is you can basically wear anything with them! They are so versatile.

An oversize sweater (or tunic), skinny jeans and booties is a great, casual look! Jackets and blazers over a tank or camisole look cute with skinny jeans. A long cardigan over t shirt works, or consider a statement blouse or button down shirt. Be sure to add a skinny belt. Another option is a boxy blouse to create a little shape on top. As for shoes, try neutral sandals, or pointy toed heels look gorgeous. Ballet shoes work as well. For a more casual look, wear simple tennis shoes. Below are some inspiration outfits I found on Pinterest.

This gal is perfection. She always nails it! http://www.fashionjackson.com
Here are 2 great tops with skinny jeans- a button down blouse or a boxy blouse. Notice the neutral shoes. Photo cred: Gorgeautiful.com
Here is a date night look with skinny jeans. Love the off the shoulder top and the pink heels. Very glamorous! photo cred: miamiamine.com

Moving on to cropped jeans! Cropped jeans can be a skinny cut, a wide leg cut, or a straight leg. As with skinny jeans, any top works with cropped.  Cropped straight leg cut is a good alternative to the skinny- they are still dressy, but better for many figures.With cropped jeans, it’s all about the shoes! Ankle boots, flat sandals, tennis shoes, ballet flats, pointy heels. Anything goes! 

A camisole, blazer and skinny cropped jeans is a very classic look. And again with the neutral heels. Photo cred: SydneStyle.com 
Cropped straight leg with a striped top. I just love this look. The plaid scarf is a nice touch. photo cred: http://outfitideashq.com/absolutely-best-ways-wear-cropped-jeans/
Here’s a pair of high waisted- distressed cropped, paired with a black top, black blazer and strappy heels. Great date night outfit. photo cred: http://www.frenchafricana.org/black-blazer-with-jeans-womens/

Boyfriend jeans are a must have for most fashionistas (although truthfully, I’m still trying to find some that I love). Boyfriend jeans are usually really faded, distressed with holes at the knees. They fit somewhat baggy, but have a straight leg. They are often rolled at the cuff. For date night, pair with a super feminine top and heels. Otherwise, pair with t shirt or fitted sweater and tennis shoes or ballet flats. Try a crew neck sweater and loafers. A graphic t and blazer would be a super cute outfit. Below are some inspiration photos:

I love the plain black t shirt, the ripped jeans and the espadrilles. Such an easy, but stylish look. photo cred: femalemag.com.my
Here she has paired boyfriend jeans with a cute t shirt and duster cardigan and heels. This is a fun way to wear them. photo cred: FashionTasty.com


Here is a good date night or girls night out look- a black camisole, white blazer and black pointy toed heels. photo cred: http://makeoverly.com/boyfriend-jeans/
This is a cute casual boyfriend/ straight leg look. Graphic t shirt, blazer and tennis shoes. photo cred: Mykindofsweet.com 

Making it’s way back into style is the bootleg cut. I do not own bootleg jeans, but now think I may need to get some! They are a great jean for a curvy figure. With bootleg jeans, try an off the shoulder top, or something somewhat fitted. One rule with bootleg is always wear heels, boots or wedges! No flats! For an edgy look, try a graphic t shirt and a bohemian cardigan. Or for a classic look, a button down blouse tucked in with a wide belt. Add a cropped jacket to show off your waist. Or maybe a flowy blouse- but not too flowy (no Seinfield references!)  Remember, the jeans are the main attraction in this case. The top should be understated and not compete with jeans. No oversize sweater! 

This flowy blouse is perfect. photo cred: Collection201.nl
Here she is wearing a simple grey shirt and a cute blazer with the sleeves rolled up and boots.
These are cropped bootleg. I love the off the shoulder top and the neutral, scrappy heels. photo cred: http://meagansmoda.com/2016/04/25/retro-inspired/

One of the things I noticed in my research is that you can wear basically anything with jeans! There aren’t any rules- just go with what you think feels and looks right. But try to think about proportions, big on bottom = small on top and vice versa. Remember, darker denim is dressier, so for a casual look- for for a washed or faded color. For evening out, go for a dark wash or black jeans. And in my opinion, white jeans are in style year round.

That’s all I’ve got for you today. I’ve got to get to work (teaching 4th grade today)! Wish me luck… and please comment with your favorite style of jeans and what you like to pair them with.

March 20, Plain White Shirt

You guys, it doesn’t get much more basic than a plain white shirt and blue jeans for my OOTD. But yet, I love the way it looks when it’s done right.

The outfit on the left is awkward. Seeing the tucked in tank under my shirt looks really weird (and I sort of look pregnant, gasp! I’m far too old for that). Not helping are my Birkenstocks (which I LOVE by the way) but there isn’t much in the way of style in this look.

To improve the outfit, I first tucked in my shirt and rolled the sleeves. Then I added this cute leopard belt to give the outfit a little oomph. Then I threw on a bunch of bracelets (see below). Lastly, I swapped out my comfy Birks for these cute neutral flats by Paul Green. I love the style of these shoes, the ties add such cute detail. Plus, being Paul Green, they are so comfy! Perfect for being on my feet all day.

These fun bracelets add some color to my otherwise plain look.
Paul Green Flat

Jeans- Joes, Nordstrom Rack

Blouse- Treasure and Bond, Nordstrom

Shoes- Nordstrom

Belt- Target

Bracelets- Forever 21

March 8, Good Vibes

It is very unusual for me to wear a graphic tee for my OOTD, but after yesterday- I need some good vibes and good karma! More about that later…

There really isn’t anything wrong with the before look- but I like the after look better. I think the darker jacket instead of the grey cardigan adds a nice contrast- same with the darker jeans. As for my shoes- I wanted to keep with the ultra casual vibe- so I opted for these Chuck Taylors. They don’t offer a ton of arch support, but they are perfect for an easy, casual look. I do think they make my feet look huge though! Maybe I’ll go back to the slip ons?!

Notice how I knotted the tank to give it a little shape at the waistline.

This tank is so old I can’t remember where it’s from. Maybe Old Navy or Target?!
This cute jacket is from Evereve, it has a ton of stretch in it, making it super comfy!

Now- if you’re still reading I will tell you about my day. I had a shit day yesterday, literally. The toilet in my powder room exploded- filthy water was gushing out all over the floor. My son and I grabbed as many towels as we could to mop it all up- but the water just kept coming. It was like something out of a horror movie. I finally had the sense to turn the main water off (do you know how to do that in your house? If not, learn quick!). Needless to say, I called a plumber and spent the rest of my day waiting around for him to come. Fun times. And now I have to go buy all new towels… not to mention pay a HUGE plumbing bill.

Hope you’re day is better than mine. Happy Friday!


March 2, Weekend Casual

Today’s OOTD is what I call weekend casual: jeans, t shirt and tennis shoes. 

There’s nothing wrong with the outfit on the left, but it isn’t very stylish. The outfit on the right is a better version of the same idea.

In my opinion, broken in jeans is the epitome of relaxed style! (As seen here and here) Even if they aren’t old, these ripped ones sure look the part!  Best news is- they are from Target! And they are as soft as sweat pants. Seriously! Paired with this cute and comfy long sleeved Michael Stars t shirt- I’ve got an easy, casual weekend outfit. Happy Saturday!

Feb 27, J Crew

I’ve always been a fan of J Crew. Their clothes are well made, classic- and totally my style.

Today’s outfit started with blue jeans and this checkered blue and white shirt from J Crew. Untucked and buttoned up, it looks boring- and the bulky Uggs aren’t adding any style.

To add some interest to this outfit (and because I am always cold!) I threw on this cute blue sweater over my shirt. I love the tails peeking out underneath. To top it off, I added this cute military inspired jacket and rolled up the sleeves. This style of jacket is very popular right now- and let me tell you a little secret, mine is from Ross, I think I paid about $30 for it. What a steal!

To complete my outfit I swapped out the Uggs for my favorite boots- my Paul Green grey suede booties. These are almost as comfy as my Uggs, and much cuter!

If I get too warm, I can take off my jacket and still have a cute outfit.

The school I’m teaching at today is having a ‘Wear Blue for Kindness’ day today! I love that elementary schools are teaching kindness! We could all stand to be a little kinder!

I wanted to show how this cute sweater dips down in the back.

Shirt- J Crew

Sweater- J Crew

Jeans- Joe’s, Nordstrom

Boots- Paul Green, Nordstrom

Jacket- Ross

Feb 25, Test Post

A reader commented that she can’t see the side by side photos when she opens my email on her phone. This post is a test to see if I can correct that. I apologize for the repeated content from yesterday. But… if you didn’t get a chance to read about my jeans try on session, now’s your chance! Click here for yesterday’s post!

This is not a weight loss post, it is me in both pictures demonstrating how size and cut of your jeans matter!

In yesterday’s post I tried on several pairs of jeans to discuss what works best for my figure.

Here is another example side by side of me:

These cropped jeans make me look wide.

Holy moly do I look like a pear in these jean joggers! Yikes!

Feb 24, Good Jeans

Feb 24, Good Jeans

Today’s look is all about finding good jeans that fit right. I’m wearing a simple, casual outfit- that’s sort of a staple for me. It’s my uniform- when I can’t think of anything else to wear, I rely on skinny jeans and a sweater. Which alone can be kind of boring, but with a little attention to detail (belt, shoes, jewelry), and the right jeans, it can be a cute outfit.

For a little research project, I went to my local Value Village (which is sort of like a Goodwill) and tried on lots of different pairs of jeans so show how the right cut and right fit make all the difference in the world. All of these are a size 6 (28). Notice how differently each brand fits.

The Gloria Vanderbilt jeans are probably the LEAST flattering ones I tried on. Notice how they dart in at the hip- I’m not sure what this is all about, but it creates saddlebags. It also has way to high of a rise (length of zipper) and the waist is too high. Yes, I know I mentioned a few weeks ago that I like high rise jeans- but not this high! And the solid blue is not flattering at all. This is definitely a mom jean, just not this mom!

These are Loft brand. The waist height is better on these jeans, and the color is better. Notice the whiskering- which are the lines formed by natural creasing over time, giving them a well worn look. Nowadays whiskering is made in the factory- and it gives jeans a natural distressed look. The problem with these jeans is the cut of the legs. Notice how they bag and gape around my thigh/ knee area. There is just a little too much fabric there.


Not your Daughter’s Jeans- This is another pair where the rise is too long, the knees are baggy and the whiskering is bad- it makes my tummy look big and my legs look short. These are not flattering jeans.
This is a brand I’m not familiar with, called Silver. In my opinion, this much bling is dated and out of style. The shorter rise is more flattering to my tummy area and I like the rips at the knees, the white stitching, and the boot cut, but I wouldn’t wear them simply because of the bling!

These are Banana Republic. I like the dark wash, but they are a little plain- they look like leggings, there is nothing to trick the eye (which is what good fading and whiskering will do). They make me look extra curvy. Quick note on that- I know I am thin- but I am also curvy. All this means is that my hips are way wider than my waist- which gives me the curves. Some women are built straight up and down- and clothes look totally different on them. Other women are pear shaped- small on top and big on bottom. Some women are big on top and skinny on bottom. We are all different and we are all beautiful- and we should embrace our shape and work with it, not against it.



Calvin Klein- these are too short, and the high rise, giant pockets and tummy area is not flattering. These look like mom jeans to me.


Denizan jean joggers! You know I love my joggers, but not so sure about denim ones! I will admit these were incredibly comfortable, but they make me look pear shaped and there’s just something weird about denim joggers. I think it’s an oxymoron?!

These are Free People- and clearly they are way too long. They have a totally different style- with the buttons at the side instead of a center zipper. On a really skinny straight body, these would be really cute. To me- they just make me look even wider through the hips.
Joe’s Jeans- These Joe’s fit me the best, although I still don’t love the straight leg. However, if you absolutely refuse to wear skinny jeans- than try something with a very straight leg. To me, the boot cut is a little outdated.
These are the Gap jeans I am wearing in the photo at the top. Notice the whiskering and the stitching. Both of these details add interest and help minimize my tummy area.
These are my Paige jeans. I love the skinny cut and the high waist. These jeans hug my curves, but don’t make me look huge. The dark wash makes them great for dressy occasions.

These are my Joe’s jeans, which I mentioned earlier and I love them! So comfy! Great fit. The lighter wash makes these more casual.

Here are some of my favorite jeans that I own:

From left to right: Top Row- Joe’s, Paige and Gap jeans.

Second row- 7 for all Mankind, Joe’s and Good American

Below are all the jeans I tried on! As you can see, my body looks totally different in each pair. When jean shopping- try on as many pairs as you can and don’t get caught up in sizes! Ask the salesperson to help you- that’s what they are there for. I suggest jean shopping at Nordstroms- they have a great selection and very helpful salespeople!

What are your favorite jeans? Do you have a ‘go to’ brand that fits your body great? And if so, what body type are you? Since I am curvy, I really only know what works for me… as mentioned previously, all of us are shaped differently.