Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Kristy e-mailed to ask me for some suggestions on dressing up jeans.  Like lots of women, she feels like either she is dressed up for a special occasion, or she is sloppy in jeans and a t-shirt.  The middle ground  -- when she needs to be put-together for more casual events -- is what gives her trouble.  In my opinion, most days include that "middle ground," as I have few occasions where I feel good looking sloppy.  Jeans absolutely don't have to be sloppy.  In fact, I wear jeans most days in Fall-Spring.  Here are a few tips for dressing up your jeans.

1.  Find the right color/wash.  First and foremost, you should know that the darker the wash, the dressier the look.  That's not to say that a lighter wash can't look awesome, but it won't look as "dressy."

2.  Change your shoes.  If you always have on your old running shoes, try a cute flat or sandal.  To take it up to "night on the town" status, pair your skinny jeans with a heel.  It immediately changes the overall look.

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3.  Throw on a jacket.  OK, I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but if you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt, throw on a cute jacket or tailored blazer, and your look immediately gets a huge boost.  You can even leave your sneakers on (as long as they're cute), and this look is perfect for running errands without looking sloppy.

4.  Add a little lace.  Lace tops are pretty easy to find right now, and they can really pair well with jeans to elevate your look.  For a casual, but thoughtful look, try a flowy lace tunic with cuffed jeans and sandals (or boots).  For nighttime, try something less flowy in black.

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5.  Get your sparkle on.  You've probably caught on to my love of sequins by now.  Why not try a sequin t-shirt and jeans for date night?  If you're not quite there yet, then any sparkle will do.  How about a silk top with a chunky, sparkly necklace?  (Don't forget the heels!)

How do you make jeans un-sloppy?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

I strive to make wardrobe choices clear and easy for women who are short on time, overwhelmed by their closets, or transitioning from one period of life to another.  Let's connect!

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