59 April 8, 2010

Style: April ’10

Style: April '10

Skinny jeans! I don’t typically wear jeans, but after Abbey mentioned how flattering these were, I had to go try them on. Let me tell you, she was right. I’d wear them with shiny, art school girl shoes and a pretty tunic. My bag would have a paint drip pouch inside (just because it’s fun and I love it), and then I’d wear simple earrings and a couple of stacking arrow rings to finish off the look.

How do you style your jeans? I know how to rock a dress, but this is a new area for me.

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59 Comments

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    Jenny
    April 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Love the jeans! I love long, flowy tops and tunics, and skinny jeans are made for them. Also love them in the winter to tuck into my boots or with high heels for a night out.

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    Ruth@GraceLaced
    April 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I just bought the Gap “Really Straight” jeans which wear much like a skinny jean on me. For spring: I love wearing skinnies with simple tanks and statement crochet necklaces I make (http://www.gracelaced.com/?s=crochet), and finish the look off with some espadrille wedge sandals. Perfectly Springy.

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    Ruth@GraceLaced
    April 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Sorry, Nicole, I think I sent the wrong link for the crochet necklaces. http://www.gracelaced.com/2010/03/23/crocheted-necklaces/

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    Jen
    April 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Really??? I have been too afraid to try the skinny jean trend.

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      Making it Lovely
      April 8, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      These look so good though! On me, at least… and I’m certainly not ‘skinny’.

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        Jen
        April 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

        Me neither! This is the second time someone has recommended these particular skinny jeans, so I think I will try them and see for myself! =)

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    Sam
    April 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Skinny jeans really are flattering and are surprisingly comfortable. I wear them with flats or boots also.

    On top I like to do a thin sweater or fitted long-sleeved shirt over a cami and then a fitted military-cut jacket or a cool weather waist-length swing coat.

    However, last week I wore them with a flowy tank top and a thin 3/4 sleeve unbuttoned sweater. Really, you can pair them with almost anything!

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    Karla
    April 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    A fab pair of jeans is part of my interior designer/mommy uniform! Never tried those Gap jeans (confession: I have a total designer jean fetish), but I may have to soon, the price is awesome! I love a dark pair of nicely fitted jeans with subtle distressing, a dressier silk top, satchel style bag, chunky cuff bracelet, stud earrings, my favorite tank watch and some cute flats. I saw someone wearing skinny jeans with some wedge heels though and loved that look.

    Karla

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    Christine
    April 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Love, love this outfit! The pinky/lavender top and the red shoes… be still my heart ;) You can’t go wrong with skinny jeans and a tunic!

    I also love the ‘Diva Skinny’ jeans from Old Navy, super affordable and flattering. I’ll have to check out these Gap ones too! Thanks for the tip.

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    amanda james
    April 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    well, done!
    i wear jeans like you. with a great shirt/tunic sometimes a dress.
    and flats for i don’t wear high heeled shoes(exept for boots-they often have heels). i can’t walk in them :-(
    and i add a cardigan in boyfriend style. and a scarf. i can’t go without a scarf. even in summer when it’s really hot i have a scarf with me…

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    Lisa
    April 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    You know I really stay away from skinny jeans, but hey I ‘ll give them a try, I really a boot cut girl at heart.

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    iris
    April 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Oh man, last time Gap jeans were on sale, they weren’t selling any of their skinny jeans in tall sizes, but the internet has them now, so who knows…

    I really don’t need another pair of unintentional skinny ankle jeans.

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      Ruth@GraceLaced
      April 9, 2010 at 12:35 am

      Iris–did you know that skinny ankle jeans are “intentionally” in style? :) You see them everywhere this spring!

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        iris
        April 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm

        I know this, but there’s only so many pairs of them a girl needs, lol.

        That, and tall-sized jeans can be turned into ankle jeans, but ankle jeans cannot be turned into tall-sized jeans ;)

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    nichole
    April 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    i’m so SCARED of skinny jean. i guess because i’m not ‘skinny’ and i have hips and thighs. i’m scared they’ll make me look top heavy with little ankles! ha!

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    Ashley
    April 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I hear such good things about those particular jeans! I have to try on a pair for myself, for research sake- naturally. I agree with many of the style options mentioned by other readers but I also enjoy pairing skinny jeans with a really feminine blouse, ala’ anthro or even forever 21. Especially something that’s loose fitting. I think the ‘big on top, small on bottom’ balance works esp. well with skinny jeans. And I like the jux. between femininity and masculinity. Great post!

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    Jules
    April 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I’ll try them, but I’m going in with low expectations. You’ve seen me–I’m too curvy! I shouldn’t wear pants as it is, and skinny jeans make my already not skinny body look like a fun-house mirror reflection.

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    Katy
    April 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    My only problem with most of the skinny jeans I’ve tried is that they are also low or super-low rise which means I get SERIOUS muffin-top. Not at all flattering.

    I’m pretty sure I will die if I don’t get those earrings – LOVE them!

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      Jules
      April 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      Yes on the muffin top! I’m so long-waisted that anything low-rise just creates even more problems.

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      Deebo
      April 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      these are actually mid-rise… faaarr more flattering!! go try on a pair. :)

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        Catherine
        April 11, 2010 at 9:22 pm

        Jules – I am so long-waisted it’s not funny but I’m here to tell you these jeans are so fabulous I bought a pair today after first hearing all the positive comments on MIL. Just make sure to get the mid-rise style, which I think is actually the “forever skinny.” Try them on and then be amazed. I think they’re just as flattering as everyone is saying!

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        Jules
        April 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

        Well, okay. I’ll try them. I’m just such a “junk in the trunk” girl. :)

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    Sandra
    April 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve never had luck with skinny jeans, being the chubby petite I am, but I can rock just about any look with these jeans: http://nydj.com/#/home/collection/jeans/styles/bootcut/157

    Typically I like to do a hip-length top, and a cardigan, plus whatever pair of shoes I feel like wearing for the day. Perfect for the office (granted, I work in a very dress-code-free environment) and for casual nights out.

    I’m really into lace, too, and these look great above jeans: http://www.freepeople.com/scandalous-lace-top
    You get a nice juxtaposition of flowery lace against durable denim.

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    Kathleen
    April 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I love wearing a pair of my husbands beat up holy oversized jeans with a really pretty, feminine top.

    I also love wearing my skinnier jeans cuffed with my brown leather eastland loafers and a collared top with a sweater vest on top.

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    Penny
    April 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I live in jeans. Even at work, I wear black or colored jeans. I’m thin, but I’ve never had much of a waist (much more so now that I am 4 months pregnant), so I tend to wear billowy tops. My favorite proportion is a skinny leg paired with a pretty, full top, a cropped jacket or boyfriend blazer and flats or very high heels. I find it looks good on me, because of the aforementioned lack of a waist and the fact that I am proportionally leggy.

    I do own a pair of Gap’s Always Skinny but I usually opt for Diesel. Now that I am pregnant, I’ve swapped to a pair of William Rast Sienna jeggings and Jolt, which are a great bargain at 40 bucks a pop. You can buy them at the BP section of Nordies.

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    selena
    April 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I always find red hard to integrate. This is a great outfit! Hopefully the skinny jeans fit like GAP’s skinny cords. I’ve rotated between 3 pairs all winter.

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    Ludmila {CreamyLife.com}
    April 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Oh I love that clutch! And great choice with the never-dying skinny jeans! With a pair of heels (or flats) they look perfect on everybody!

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    Nicole
    April 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Why oh why must you keep posting shoes that I have to buy?

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    Hilary
    April 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    This is my favorite style post yet. I am in love with the tunic. I wear my skinny jeans with flats, a cute ruffly top, and simple jewelry. As a teacher we have a jeans on Friday policy and it is my favorite day of the week.

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    jessica
    April 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I don’t rock the skinny jeans; it’s just not my thing. This sounds weird, but my ankles get claustrophobic….

    Jeans are probably my favorite piece of clothing, but finding a pair that really, truly, actually fits is about impossible. I probably have 10 or 15 pairs that kind of fit and 1 or 2 pairs that really do fit! If I was a millionaire, I’d definitely have custom-made jeans!

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    Emily
    April 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Love the outfit! My fave skinny jeans (which I Totally thought I couldn’t pull off cause I’m a curvy girl) are the Vera Wang ones at Kohls- the best and almost always on sale! NO muffin top with them which is great! I also have a pair that I just made out of the Old Navy Sweetheart jeans- they were bootcut but I while I liked the waist I never liked the legs. So I traced my Vera skinny jeans on the legs and stitched up the sides- voila, perfect jeans!

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    Lindsay @ Likely Design
    April 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I was scared, too but I’m wearing these (http://canvas.landsend.com/pp/SlimLegJeans~203246_-1.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::RND&CM_MERCH=IDX_00017__0000002202&origin=index) Slim Leg Jeans from Lands’ End CANVAS as we speak and they are soo cute and flattering…and I’m not a super skinny girl, either. They’re nice and stretchy. Love them.

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    Dallas Landrum
    April 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I would sleep in jeans if I could (and maybe I already have?). I need more practice wearing dresses :)

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    Kristi
    April 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I love this month’s style post! Those shoes and tunic are to die for! I recently bought a pair of bright red jelly flats from Fred Flare and this was perfect idea of how to pull together an outfit with red flats. :)

    Here’s a link to the shoes:

    http://fredflare.com/customer/product.php?productid=5965&cat=252

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    Polly
    April 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Flattering on everyone? Even short people? I always feel stumpy in them. Glad you all can find a way to make them work!

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    Sara
    April 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for skinny (but not too skinny) jeans, especially since my calves are on the bigger side. The only downside is that they are so often either extremely low rise or super high waisted!

    I like to wear mine with loose tops like drapey tees and blouses and a “men’s cut” button down.

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    the southern hostess
    April 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Such a cute outfit! That pouch is brilliant.

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    Helen
    April 9, 2010 at 5:39 am

    JBrand Skinny jeans are the best. I skimp everywhere else, but I’ve learned to seriously splurge on denim. The JBrand cut is flattering on everyone and they last forever. (seriously…I have pairs that are five years old and in perfect condition, despite daily wear).

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      Helen
      April 9, 2010 at 5:50 am

      Sorry…that sounds like an endorsement. I just really love my JBrands!

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    Jessica @ {Black.White.Yellow.}
    April 9, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Oh this outfit is very me…and I am dying for one of those rings (maybe with matching earrings?).

    I am also not exactly skinny, and those jeans fit me perfectly too…I have three pairs, I love them so much.

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    Heather
    April 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I have those same skinny jeans–and they are so flattering! I think the secret is that they have a slightly higher rise than many jeans, which shapes the waist nicely instead of cutting directly into the muffin top region (which has been my issue with other skinny jeans I tried on).
    I like to wear them with a long, flowy top or wear a short dress as a top over them. These jeans have inspired me to buy a few more pairs of fun boots–since I can tuck the jeans in, they really show off a great pair of boots!
    I swore I’d never do the skinny jeans thing, but I actually feel like the dark wash is quite slimming when styled with a longer/flowy top. I used to only wear bootcut or trouser-style jeans, and I’m really enjoying playing with this new silhouette!

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    Cyrie
    April 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I bought my first pair of skinny jeans a few weeks ago. I loved the style and the way they looked on other people, but I was hesitant to wear them because my legs are really short! My husband said they make my legs look longer. Fancy that? I love to wear mine with a pair of converse, a cute t-shirt, and some fun jewelery… I bet you look amazing in yours. You are so stylish.

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    Mélo
    April 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I really love the skinny jeans!!!
    I wear them almost every day for the last 5 years. The way you usually wear dresses, is also perfect with skinny.. A nice long cardigan, a belt and pretty girly boots is my favorite in the moment. I also love to simply wear a white T and some feminine color ballerina.. inspire by the simplicity of Audreu Hepburn.

    I truly love your blog and style.
    Please be gentle, english is not my first language..
    I’m a french girl, who live in Québec

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    Jen
    April 10, 2010 at 8:25 am

    These are my favorite jeans! I bought an embarrassing number of them when Gap first put them out, because they are SO comfy, so flattering and so reasonably priced! LOVE them!

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    Fiona
    April 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    You’re on to a good thing. I live in skinny jeans in all colours, but always with a short loose dress or tunic, something that stops at your hip bone. They’re great with converse or ballet flats for day and v cool with heels. Long loose stripe t-shirts esp good.

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    Jeannie
    April 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    These are my favorite jeans! Gap pants and jeans don’t usually work for me, but these are truly flattering, and I’m a curvy girl. Try them, they work with everything. It took me a while to get the hang of styling skinny jeans because I was kind of scared of them at first (big hips, small ankles). Now I wear them with everything!

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    panyizsuzsi
    April 11, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I love your style!
    ..and love theese thight jeans. I am not a skinny type, but a tunic or a long T-shirt is my fav. I love them with black flat, lacquer ballerinas!

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    Legally_Pink
    April 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Just found out we’re getting Gap in Australia this year – yipppeeee!! Having discovered the joy of mid-rise skinnies last year, I’m never going back. I also take exception to all the so-called style guides which recommended low-rise jeans for short-waisted people like me – all they do is make the middle look thicker (hello, muffin-top) and legs shorter. Not a good combo! Oh and showing everyone what you had for breakfast every time you bed over is quite vulgar and SO 2001.

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    Allison
    April 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

    i went to the gap to try on these jeans this weekend b/c of this post and i have to say, i was really impressed! skinny, comfy, and flattering (and i am not a skinny girl!)
    Thanks for the tip :-)

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    Amanda
    April 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I went to Gap this weekend and bought the skinny jeans. I had a baby 8 months ago and have been working on my body for the last 4 months, but these jeans actually made me feel skinny and rewarded for all the hard work I’ve been putting into my body. Thanks for the recommendation!
    Amanda

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    Making it Lovely
    April 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

    OK, a photo from this weekend:
    Eleanor and me

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      nichole
      April 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      those look amazing on you!

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    Jen
    April 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I tried on the jeans yesterday and…I just can’t do it. I just had a baby 8 weeks ago, so I think I am going to give myself a little more time. =) I will definitely purchase a pair in the fall when I can wear boots over them.

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    Fiona
    April 12, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I hope you don’t mind… going to dive in and critique. Skinny jeans need to be worn waaaay tighter than you have here. They just look peculiar if they’re worn loose. Don’t worry about the inevitable muffin top because that’s what the long loose top is for.

    No need to ask how the healthy eating regime is going anyway. Girl needs to go down at least one dress size.

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    Seraph
    April 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Dark skinnies (black or just indigo), a white button down (I have five, in different styles and materials from classic to tunic to this weird ruffly knit thing) and red shoes (I have a pair of flat maryjanes, a pair of 4-inch maryjanes, and a pair of low wedge sandals). Sometimes I switch it up with a pair of gray skinnies and a black button down, and I have a great pair of Born boots to alternate with the red shoes.

    This is close to becoming a uniform, but I feel so crisp and classic and put-together every time I wear a variation. Plus, with black skinny pants, I can get away with it at work.

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    Fiona
    April 13, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Oh no, typo of the worst possible kind. I meant to say the jeans need to go down a dress size since you look like you already have.

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    Sarah Sarniak
    April 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Love this look! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Tracy Elaine
    April 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I may just have to try these. I’ve got a pear shape and short legs, so I’ve avoided even trying on a pair of skinny jeans. I’ve been seeing a lot of girls roll up the bottom of their skinny jeans when wearing them with heels or flats, and it looks so crisp and clean versus wearing them long and bunched up at the ankle.

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