Dressed for: Denim in Disguise

Already Pretty outfit featuring denim moto jacket, chartreuse tunic, burgundy ponte pants, Frye Vera Slouch boots, long pendant necklace

Jacket – Jag Jeans
Tunic – courtesy Gudrun Sjödén (no longer available) – similar color
Ponte pants – Macy’s (no longer available) – similar (burgundy)
Boots – Frye Vera Slouch
Bag – Stick Dog Leather
Necklace – Kali Butterfly
Earrings – Corset – similar

Denim jackets are surprisingly contentious. I’ve always maintained that a basic blue denim jacket is a classic piece that most women can use and wear, but just before the double-denim trend exploded all over us, many disagreed with me. This jacket is a meet-in-the-middle option: Denim material, but biker shape. A possible alternative for those who flash back to the big-shoulder 80s whenever they see a Levi’s trucker!

Are you a lover of classic denim jackets? Hope to never wear one again? Indifferent? Would you wear denim jackets that don’t look like denim jackets?

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Boyfriend Jeans

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Ericka requested a few picks for boyfriend jeans, so here we go:

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Eddie Bauer Worn-in Boyfriend Jean – was $70, now $52.50
with code FIELD

I’ve come to love the look of distressed/destroyed boyfriend styles myself, but I know they don’t hold universal appeal. This pair has a wonderfully worn-in, vintage look minus the holes and threads. A great option if you want the slouch and taper without the distressing. These are on the higher end of mid-rise. Available in sizes 0 – 20, including petite, tall, and plus sizes. Some sizes are on backorder.

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Old Navy Boyfriend Straight Jean – was $36.94, now $28

This pair has a true straight fit, so you’ll need to peg if you want the illusion of a taper. Otherwise, a chunky cuff like the one shown here is a great alternative! Available in this medium wash as well as a darker wash and a super light wash in sizes 0 – 20. Size availability varies by color. Also available in tall and petite sizes in the light wash. This style has a similar look in sizes 12 – 28.

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Loft Boyfriend Jean – was $79.50, now $54.50
with code BOTTOMSUP

And if you’re ready to just barely dip your toes into the distressed/destroyed waters, this is a great pair to try. Whiskering and tiny distressed patches on the thighs and back pockets. Available in sizes 24 – 24 (inches), as well as petite and tall sizes. Loft also has a darker wash with minor distressing, and a light wash with more distressing, but both are available in limited sizes. This light wash pair is available in sizes 16 – 30. For a darker wash with minor distressing, try this KUT from the Kloth pair.

 

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Other not-currently-on-sale resources for boyfriend jeans:

  1. Gap – My go-to for boyfriend styles. The Sexy Boyfriend is a little slimmer fitting, Authentic Boyfriend sits lower on the waist. For a very slight slouch, try their new Girlfriend style.
  2. ASOS – Great variety of washes, rises, and amounts of distressing. ASOS also has petite and plus options.
  3. Nordstrom – More than 140 pairs, including both bargain and premium offerings. This pair looks chic and comfy.

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Lessons From the Dressing Room: Try On EVERYTHING

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I’ve been thrifting since I was 13. Back then, I didn’t have a defined style and didn’t know much about my body so if I saw something that looked cool, I’d try it on. And I learned over time that clothing sizes are totally arbitrary, and sometimes a piece that says it’s three sizes too small or big will fit perfectly.

I’ve been shopping mall stores since high school. Early on I just went for the styles I saw my friends and peers wearing, but eventually I branched out. I played it safe for a while, but eventually started hauling unusual styles and cuts into the fitting room with me. Which yielded lots of duds and the occasional gem. I learned that some things look funky on the rack, and others may be designed far outside my comfort zone, but I’ll never really know how they look until I get them onto my actual body.

I’ve been shopping online since about six seconds after Zappos launched. The arbitrary sizing issue actually worked against me in this realm, especially initially when online clothing vendors were working out the kinks and didn’t always list garment measurements. But through gobs of trial and error, I learned how certain brands cut and fit, which materials felt best, which shapes and style suited me.

And now? Now I can look at a dress online and tell if the Designated Boob Room is too big, if the collar is gonna bug me, if the waistline is too low. (Usually.) Now I can grab a blouse from a thrift store rack and gauge whether or not it will fit, even if I can’t be 100% certain it will look good. Now I know which styles work for my figure, so when I’m out shopping I reach for styles that I’m not sure will work for my figure. And I learn.

The surface lesson here is simple: Try it on. Whatever it is, if you like it try it on. Trying on is free and you will occasionally find a brand or style that is unexpectedly amazing. When it comes to online shopping, stick to vendors that offer free shipping and returns at first so you can play around with sizing and cuts at low risk and with relatively little hassle. Be bold, make educated guesses, try on EVERYTHING. Because when you stick to what you know forever, you run the risk of stagnation. And because an understanding of your figure and its specific shape will help you make more informed shopping choices. And because every so often, you’ll unearth a style that you thought would look horrendous on you, but ends up making you feel like a goddess.

The deeper lesson here is this: You can learn some things about your body by looking at it in the mirror, using it for exercise or sex, listening to its needs and wants. But you can learn other things about your body by seeing how it interacts with clothes. You can learn about how your specific curves work and relate to each other, and which garments show them off or tone them down. You can learn where your waist is, whether you want to highlight it, and how to create illusions that move it up or down on your torso. You can learn what feels comfortable to you in fibers, structures, and designs and please your body by wearing comfortable clothes as often as you can. You can learn about your unique proportions, your distinct scale, you can learn about your body as it relates to itself instead of as it relates to the bodies of others. You can move away from generalities like big, petite, and curvy to hone in on a set of highly specific facts that apply to your body only.

Try on everything. See what you learn.

Image courtesy Orin Zebest

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