Insomniac Sale Picks: Stylish High-waisted 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?*

Riann requested a few picks for stylish high-waisted jeans, so here we go:

nydj Marilyn Straight in Cypress

NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg - was $110, now $87.99

Yes, they’re still spendy on sale, but NYDJ makes amazing quality jeans and these will LAST. With a front rise of 9.5″, these straight legs will fall a the natural waist for many figures and I adore that dark wash with subtle sanding. These guys have a 33″ inseam. Available in sizes 0 – 18. Here’s a slightly lighter wash but same leg style in sizes 14W – 24W, and same in 0P – 16P, though not on sale.

jag jeans holly

Jag Jeans Holly High-Slim - was $69, now $37.99

Classic. Love these minimalist dark-wash slim-fit jeans, and at such a great price. Pair these with a graphic tee for weekend or a floaty blouse and heels for a night out. This pair features a 10″ front rise and 33″ inseam and has a generous percentage of stretch for a comfy fit. Available in sizes 4, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16. Lots of other Jag styles are on super sale, too, including petite and plus, and even their low-rises are high compared to most mall brands!

mavi molly mid rise

Mavi Molly Mid-rise - was $98, now $39.99

Mavi does mid-rise really well, but at 8.5″ in front these will be plenty high on many frames. They’re dark, classic, and simply finished with plain pockets and timeless topstitching. Available in sizes 24 – 31 at 30″, 32″, and 34″ inseams. Size/inseam availability varies. For a higher rise and a more pronounced flare, check out these Joe’s Jeans Everleighs at 65% off.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for stylish high-waisted jeans:

  1. Not Your Daughter’s Jeans - Gonna be some repeats here in the resources section, but there just aren’t that many companies doing a great job with high-rise jeans, in my opinion! NYDJ is fabulous, though very spendy. Check for styles you like on 6pm and eBay, too.
  2. Talbots - Again, spendy but well-made. Sign up for their e-mails as they have frequent sales and promos. The Heritage Rise is the high rise jean style.
  3. Lee - Definitely an affordable option and amazing quality and fit, though you’ll find a bit more pocket bling on these styles.
  4. Karen Kane – My go-to for high-rise skinnies, as you all know. Super comfy and very sleek.
  5. GV78 at Kohls – I haven’t seen these in person, but they’ve got contemporary styling and details at great price points.

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Two Stylists, Two Looks: gr.dano Striped Top


The best thing you can possibly do when you meet someone who works in your field doing the exact same thing as you? Befriend them. Share resources. Swap tips. The notion that there is a finite amount of success in the world is preposterous, and someone else’s success will never impede your own. So when you encounter someone who is doing fabulously at something you’re also doing fabulously at, don’t get territorial or jealous. Join forces. Both of your careers will benefit, guaranteed.

This was an especially easy maxim for me to follow when I first met professional stylist Carly Gatzlaff of A la Mode Wardrobe Consulting. Because she’s FABULOUS. We hit it off in an instant and were exchanging stories and ideas and plotting collaborations within the hour. Carly works here in the Twin Cities, and offers an amazing array of services to her loyal clients. She is skilled and successful at what she does, gets nothing but accolades from her customers, and is both a savvy businesswoman and a truly lovely person.

Carly and I have extremely similar business models for consulting with clients, but we also have very different personal styles. Naturally, we put our own preferences aside when working with clients and focus on their tastes and needs, but we definitely bring different ideas and techniques to the table. So one of the collaborations I thought would be fun and interesting would be for us to each take an item from our personal wishlists and style it into an outfit, then post them side by side. Today, we’re starting with my pick – a striped asymmetric top from San Francisco-based gr.dano!

Carly’s Look

Already Pretty Polyvore

CARLY’S THOUGHTS: Black and white tops are a fabulous year-round option, but to make the look scream spring, keep the rest of your outfit light! A boyfriend style distressed denim is a fabulous way to add style to any outfit this spring. Leave the top untucked to show off the asymmetrical detail and top it with a collarless cropped coral blazer. The collarless detail will lengthen you and show off the cowl, while the cropped length will define your waist! Finish off your look with ladylike details. A vintage-inspired earring and pearl bracelet help balance the menswear-inspired pant. The neutral heel gives your leg length and is a flattering counterpart to the more relaxed bottom. A leather and straw bag pulls everything together, a timeless piece for this spring and many to come!

Sally’s Look

grdano top look

SALLY’S THOUGHTS: I desperately wanted to do a skirt, but with a longish asymmetric hemline this top makes more sense with pants. I love black, white, and red together so I opted for some bold red ankle pants and a white, elongated moto-style jacket for keeping the cool spring breezes at bay. A bright white topper will make the outfit feel more seasonal than dark black, though feel free to take it off and let the beautifully designed top shine on its own. These pants have a flat front which will create minimal interference with the lightweight draping of the top. The polka dot pumps create a fun print mix and will help elongate the leg line against the cropped pants, while slightly punky earrings and a leather wrap bracelet add edge. Throw in a utilitarian-cool crossbody bag with a chain strap to complete the look.

Definitely some overlap with these looks, but they’re quite different, too! Which one suits your taste? Or would you wear both?

Thanks again to my girl Carly Gatzlaff of A la Mode Wardrobe Consulting, and keep your eyes peeled for the next installment which will feature one of her wishlist picks!

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Dressed for: Living and Learning

Already Pretty outfit featuring green plaid dress, green suede platform pumps, leather clutch, rhinestone bib necklace

Dress – Byron Lars Beauty Mark (no longer available) – similar-ish - also cute
Heels – Seychelles (no longer available) – similar color
Necklace – gift – similar
Earrings – Bibelotsimilar
Clutch – Aldo, if I remember right (no longer available) – similar color/size

Oh, fancy-pantsy green plaid dress that I’ve had for years and loved for all of those years. You taught me a lot about yourself when I wore you to Flight of Fashion a few weeks back. You taught me that with a low enough neckline and a properly applied sticky-cup bra, I actually CAN achieve cleavage. You taught me that more dresses really should have sleeves. And, sadly, you taught me that you kinda need to be taken in at the shoulders and bodice a bit to fit properly now. And than you wrinkle immediately. As in I look at you and you get wrinkly.

I’m still gonna love you. But I think I’ll love you more once my tailor has had a go at you …


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