Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How I Wear My: Jeans

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget). Photo by Sylvia Steininger.

Welcome to the 2nd Anniversary edition of “How I Wear My”! I ask you, where did two (fun and stylish) years go and how can I thank all you lovelies enough for joining us every month?

Autumn is in full swing and with falling leaves and temperatures, jeans are definitely the go-to pair of pants for so many of us, so Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I thought this was a great time to turn the “How I Wear My” gaze to jeans.

We got a wonderful turnout and it has been inspiring to see the endless ways everyone styles their jeans. If you are in a rut with your denim, have a look here for new ways to change up that ol’ wardrobe staple!

Adrienne, above, of The Rich Life (on a budget) looks fall-fabulous in a Missoni for Target cardigan with her rolled-up skinnies. The neutral ankle boots and the hat in her hand make this look pure perfection!

Terry of Terry’s Two Cents.

Terry of Terry’s Two Cents is wearing my favorite combination on a man—jeans and a blazer. I love the addition of aviator sunglasses and oxfords. And you know I love all you lady foxes who join us every month, but I have to say it is fun to add a guy (the first!) to a “How I Wear My” post. Everybody say hi to Terry!

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep.

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep always inspires me with her styling and this look is no exception. I love every bit of it, from pale pink chubby jacket to flared jeans, from wolf T-shirt to pointy-toed pumps! And what I especially love is that this outfit is so her. You know what I mean?

Cyrillynn of Any Second Now.

Cyrillynn of Any Second Now turns an eye to London in this brilliant pairing of red plaid jeans, black blouse, bowler hat and boots, and that great fringed Union Jack tote. Rule, Britannia! Now I want to go listen to The Smiths (make mine Strangeways, Here We Come).

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files says she wears jeans all the time and I love how the addition of a hot pink tweed jacket, newsboy cap and two-tone pumps (love those shoes!) elevate her distressed jeans to something more refined and yet still edgy.

Bella of The Citizen Rosebud.

Bella of The Citizen Rosebud featured this outfit in a recent post and I had to have it for our jeans roundup! I love the mix of prints, the gingham and leopard bags, the kitty scarf, the cat hat! And her salute sends the picture right over the top. Bella, you can recruit me for your army anytime!

Aya of Couturgatory.

Aya of Couturgatory looks like such a cool character in this combination of jeans, sweater, faux-leather edged gigantic wrap scarf and Fedora. Don’t you just want to meet her in a jazz bar for some Charlie Parker and a round of Martinis? And while you may not know it at first glance, the stripes on the jeans came from the shadow of the balcony parapet, lending a further air of mystery to this shot.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley wrote, “I have never thought of myself as a jeans kind of gal... that phrase always makes me think of a jeans and T-shirts kind of look. Ironically, in searching for a jeans photo... I realized just how much of a jeans gal I truly am.

I realize jeans are often a go-to piece for me when building an outfit. For me, jeans are a building block staple in the creation of many of my ‘outfits’... working as the perfect piece to juxtapose more flamboyant pieces against... while creating an ensemble that is also functional in my real life.”

I adore this nautical-inspired look on Tamera, don’t you? And Tamera knows how to have fun so of course she would be on a boat in this ensemble. Ahoy, matey!

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb wrote of her look, “This was a weekend outfit that started off as just straightforward double denim (you can’t beat classic blue skinny jeans). My vintage Eiffel Tower scarf added some color, and I wore my short trench which is pretty voluminous but I just love the graphic black edging—plus a trench is essential with all the rain in the UK at the moment.”

I’m so into the range of colors in this picture and don’t you love the shot of deep blue here?

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life said that she likes to dress up boyfriend jeans with necklaces and pumps. I love the combination of flower statement necklace, red clutch and belt, and leopard high heels. Along with the two-tone (and dotted!) shirt, what a great way to style a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans!

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style, who lives in Alaska, is wearing a combination I love—a black blazer with her dark-rinse jeans, printed blouse, and a great tri-colored bag. And are those Valentino Rockstud pumps I spy? #lovevalentinorockstud What a way to finish off the outfit!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made looks so gorgeous and ladylike in this “Turkish lace” top by Karen Kane, red jeans, and T-strap shoes by Alice Alan. Ever true to her mission to wear more American-made items, Ana pointed out that Alice Alan shoes are made in the US and that not many shoes are. I do love a T-strap shoe and a pair made in America is even better!

Liz of What Liz Loves.

For a night out, Liz of What Liz Loves paired her cuffed gray jeans with a beaded flapper top, shimmering accessories (I’m so into those shoes), and red lips and nails! I never ever get tired of a Jazz Age look. This is modern day Daisy Buchanan and I entirely approve. I think Fitzgerald would too.


Our new friend Lynn was in a serious accident earlier this year and has been on the long road to recovery ever since. She wore this outfit when her husband took her out for a recent date night. She said, “For our date, I decided to go for the popular black and white trend. I wore my black jeans, which are comfortable and casual for a date such as this, and yet a little more dressier than a regular pair of jeans.”

I love the black and white polka blouse paired with black jeans and a gigantic white statement necklace. Lynn is showing us how to put your health back together in (inspirational) style!

Paula of Fashion Over Fifty.

Paula of Fashion Over Fifty wrote that for jeans, she is now almost exclusively wear jeggings, capris and skinnies. She’s bought some flares—though hasn’t worn them yet—but has not entered into the boyfriend trend yet! I totally hear her, I haven’t tried boyfriend jeans either. Probably because of all that boy-like dressing I did back in the 90s. Doesn’t this picture of her soaking up the sun make you miss summer already?

Catherine of Aesthetic Alterations.

Catherine of Aesthetic Alterations said of her jeans, “Skinnies are my favorite thing to wear come cooler weather—they are foundation of my autumn/winter uniform. Nothing is easier to style . . . Throw on boots and an eye-catching jacket or shawl, and the look is complete. Dress boots, riding boots, ankle boots—they all work; ditto with the moto jacket, the leopard blazer, the poncho or cape. Since I feel like I’m working 20 hours a day anymore, it’s nice that styling can be this simple.”

I love this look on her!

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge.

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge is wearing a great sheer sweater with dark wash cuffed skinnies. I love those classic items edged up with the strappy high-heeled sandals and Balenciaga bag!

Heather of Stylemindchic.

Heather of Stylemindchic said of her outfit:

“This photo is me styling my jeans for a work day, grabbing an early morning coffee with a girlfriend. I had her snap a few photos of me wearing my ‘go-to’ bootcut jeans, Tahari silk blouse, a charcoal sweater jacket (with buckles), St. John lariat necklace and suede booties. I’m fortunate that I can dress up or dress down in my career life based on my agenda for the day.”

Tahari is one of those brands I adore, his silk blouses are divine, so I am a big fan of this outfit.

Kim of Northern California Style.

Kim of Northern California Style wrote of her look, “These are a vintage pair of J. Crew distressed jeans that are quite wide-leg, I've had for a long time, but I recently started rolling them up and like the look. I pair them with another vintage item, an old Gap jacket. When I wear the two, I usually like to layer with another jacket and shirt under it, like this moto-inspired jacket cardigan and a T, to break up the jean.”

This look works so well with the black high heels and brings to mind one of our favorite fashion editors, Emmanuelle Alt!

Silk Path Diary.

Silk Path Diary is wearing Gap boyfriend jeans in a dark wash, a navy sweater with textured stripes, a beautiful silk scarf, really cool loafers, and carrying her vintage 45-year-old (!) Hermès Kelly, the handle wrapped with a Twilly. This is a look I would wear myself (still waiting on the Kelly, sigh).

Teresa in Riverside Park, NYC, circa 1973. Photo by Denton Taylor.

Denton Taylor sent me a great picture of his wife Teresa that he took back in 1973, with Teresa wearing jeans she embroidered herself! Look at the detailing and all that color! He believes the picture was taken in Riverside Park in Manhattan. I am digging all that true 1970s-in-New-York-City vibe in this shot.

In Times Square by the TKTS Booth. Photo by Denton Taylor.

It is not an exaggeration to say I wear jeans every day. Even if I dress up for a special occasion or a press event, I come home and return to my jeans, stat! I favor a bootcut or a mild flare since I don’t think skinny or cropped jeans look that good on me. My main goal is to make my legs look longer and to keep that line going I like to add a heel—though 3 inches is usually my limit! These stacked-heel patent loafers are by Tahari.

For this post, in honor of the Missoni for Target cardigans that got this whole party started, I donned my cardigan before I hit the streets of midtown Manhattan for photos, courtesy of Denton Taylor. It is so great to get outside for pictures in the city and to work with a fabulous photographer!

In front of a fountain in midtown Manhattan. Photo by Denton Taylor.

Be honest, how many pairs of jeans do you own?

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, with Hanukkah and Christmas not far behind, so to get yourself in the holiday spirit, break out the crimson and join us for “How I Wear My: Red”. Whether you like a dash of it to spice up an outfit or are daring enough to go full-throttle drop-dead red, send a picture to Adrienne or me or our email by December 3 so we can see how you style your favorite shade of red!

Stop by Adrienne’s to see even more chic ways to style jeans.

Thank you to the fine foxes who participated this month. And because this is an anniversary post, I want to say how wonderful it has been getting to know everyone, whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or just joined us for the first time. In a month with a holiday dedicated to gratitude, I want to say thank you so much for your pictures and your friendship. You make the “How I Wear My” series a delight!

I also want to thank my gorgeous, generous, and talented “How I Wear My” partner Adrienne, who proposed two years ago that we both do an outfit post featuring the same Missoni for Target cardigan we had each bought before really knowing each other and then thought it would be fun to turn this into a regular series. It has been amazing working with her and she has become a true friend.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for including me Jill! Although I found your HIWM series late on, it's such a great idea and initiative that I love taking part. Each time, I get so inspired my everyone's looks.
You look just great and I especially love the little pop of colour!

une femme said...

Everyone looks fabulous and I'm inspired to try some new jean looks now!

Catherine Summers said...

Jill thank you for hosting this series (to both of you of course) - your posts are going to get longer and longer with all your fabulous ladies!! BTW kudos for featuring men for the first time (hello Terry)!

I have to say I totally want your loafer heels - so perfect with the 70s vibe you've got going on, love those chevrons :)

Catherine x

Catherine Summers said...

Huge apologies, forgot to say thank you so much for featuring my blue skinnies xoxo

Adrienne Shubin said...

Such sweet words, Jill! I feel exactly the same way...we are bi-coastal buddies.
You know we can never part with our Missoni cardigans no matter what. I'm so glad we both kept them and didn't give them away since our 2011 posts. I love the way you added red to your Missoni look. I will have to try that.
So thrilling to have Terry and Wes with us this month. I hope men join us regularly!

Liz said...

Thank you so much for featuring me in my jazz age top. It is one of my favourites. I'm so delighted to be in the company of all these stylish guys and girls.
Thank you xxx

Terry S said...

Am both honored and thrilled to have been included in your latest and 2-year celebratory "How I Wear My" post, especially to be one of the first fellas. Hopefully more of the guys will follow. :)

Would love to do this again!


Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I love that guys are now contributing too.

Thanks for including me and congrats on two years!

I am scared to go up and count the number I jeans I own, but it must be close to 10.

I love your red shoes here.


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Jill, you and Adrienne look amazing in your jeans and I got so many ideas from many of the ladies. Thanks for doing this! It is always fun!

Tamera Beardsley said...

Jill such a fabulous round up of stylish participants! I see a few new to me blogs that I can't wait to check out!

You look so chic in jeans and the cardigan that started it all ... and in NYC no less!!

Thank you so much for hosting this series! Like I mentioned, I gained much personal style clarity by participating this month as I do every month!! You and Adrienne inspired my post today!

I so appreciate all the work you and Adrienne put into making this series a reality!


Lynn said...

That was really fun! I always enjoy these "How I Wear My" Posts. There's always great inspiration from everyone! Thanks for including me. I wish everyone the happiest of days today and beautiful positive thoughts!

Happiness at Mid Life said...

Great post! I always love seeing everyone's looks. So bummed that I left my email in draft status and never hit send.

There's always next month :)


Paula Ruta said...

There isnt a bad looking jean in the bunch; how can yiu ho wrong with a pair?
Thanks for doing this Jill! Glad you have made a friend too! Xoxo
Looking forward to the next one!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Everyone looks great and cute. Love the different looks and I must say I really love the series bc it's a lot of fun xx

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I really enjoy the HIWM series and happy anniversary times two! Can't believe its been that long- time flies when you're so stylish. Thank you for including me here, and thank you and Adrienne for hosting this wonderful monthly event, Jill. xo!

Heather Lindstrom said...

Looking fabulous in those jeans Jill. I love this series and how you and Adrienne have kept it going. Congrats on the two years anniversary! Thanks for all the efforts to make it happen. It's fun to see some men join too. I love the connections here and look forward to it each month. :)
xx, Heather

Hang T. Tran said...

Gorgeous ladies and gentlemen!
Though I can't fit in any of my jeans yet, it's really a feast for the eyes to see how everyone styled their jeans.
Happy anniversary "How I wear my"! What a great idea you and Adrienne have had!


miss b said...

This post just shows how much we all love our jeans and how versatile they are. I've not counted mine recently but my favourites are my dark denim and black skinnines which can so easily be be dressed up or down. Great post!

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Jill, Loved this and all the stylish looks! Great to see a guy too! Love that. Thanks for all the work you and Adrienne do. Such a great platform for everyone to share. You both are so generous and kind.

Love your photos in NYC! So pretty.


Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Jill, Thank you both so much for always curating these amazing collections of style. This is one was pretty easy for me - lots to choose from. Lovely to be included, as always, with so many wonderful looks, including the beautiful photo of you by Denton! I am already thinking about my "red" submission. : )

Jill said...

Thank you for so many lovely comments. You have made my day! Thank you to everybody who participated and please let me an extend an invitation to everybody who'd like to join us for the first time next month. We'd love to have you! XO, Jill

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