I spent the past week in sunny Florida, and that has me all the more ready for spring. I’m eager to tuck away my full length jeans and pants and opt instead for ankle lengths. Ankle length straight leg jeans are definitely trending this spring and summer. While this cropped length is not new to most of us, some of us are still adjusting to the straight leg version. But today I’m sharing a pair of straight leg ankle jeans from Wit & Wisdom, a Nordstrom exclusive brand, that make trying out this denim trend quite affordable and risk-free.
While I know it can be hard to change styles when we’ve become accustomed to something, I think it’s worthwhile for every woman to give straight leg ankle jeans a fair shot. This silhouette can be quite slimming and elongating if chosen and worn correctly. A few of the features that I suggest looking for include:
- a mid to high rise (10-11.5″) – so the ankle length jeans are long enough from waistband to hem to create that long leg effect
- a darker wash – because it’s trending but also quite slenderizing
- slenderizing control – to keep the silhouette as smooth and trim as possible
These Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution slim, straight, ankle jeans have all of those features plus a trending raw hem. And Wit & Wisdom’s signature Ab-solution panel offers slimming, shaping and lifting in all the right places on a woman’s body. These dark wash jeans are available in a full range of sizes for a very affordable price. They do have a lot of stretch in them, but I don’t find them to “stretch out” with wear. So you might consider sizing down if you like a snug fit. But I’m wearing my usual size 8 very comfortably and happily.
Oh, and if they’re a little too long, just use your sewing shears to trim a bit off like I did. But I suggest keeping the length just above the ankle bone. I think I trimmed about 3/4 inch.
To create the most slimming and elongating look with your straight leg ankle jeans, consider pairing them with a top in the same intensity and/or color. Then top that “column of color” with a contrasting third piece. My Caslon t-shirt is so soft and comes in a variety of colors. I’m wearing my usual medium, but it does run a little large so I probably could have worn a small.
Depending on your proportions, I think it’s generally smart to tuck your top a bit when wearing ankle length jeans. That will help create that long lower portion of your body. I chose to tuck my tee and then I added a Nordstrom brand double loop leather belt to elevate the simple outfit a bit. I’m wearing the cognac leather belt, but it’s also available in black and a pretty bone shade. The belt runs true to size. (Style Tip: If you don’t want to tuck your top but still want that elongating effect, choose a more cropped length top.)
This ivory relaxed fit gabardine blazer is going to be a frequent go-to in my spring and summer wardrobe. I was blown away by the quality and drape of this simple, unlined, lightweight blazer. Yes, I had to iron it when the package arrived. But it kept its shape beautifully with wear. And while blazers have been trending for years now, this relaxed fit is definitely the more contemporary style.
The Open Edit blazer features a back vent, functional button cuffs, a notched lapel and a button closure. It runs true to size and comes in several other great colors. But I think this ivory is especially perfect for spring and summer. Wear it with jeans over a simple tee like mine or an edgy graphic t-shirt like this one. Or wear it with trousers or dresses. And yes, rolling or scrunching up your blazer sleeves is very on point, but also optional. You do you!
Having some recent skin cancer scares, a wide brimmed hat has become a permanent part of my accessory collection. I took this packable floppy hat on vacation and wore it everywhere.
One of the beauties of wearing straight leg ankle jeans is that they work great with so many footwear choices. In today’s post I’m wearing these Open Edit Cora heeled sandals as well as these Zeldi loafers. Both shoes fit true to size and wear very comfortably, and I’d recommend either with this outfit depending on your personal style aesthetic and preferences.
I also carried this faux leather classic tote on my vacation. It was a great travel bag, but also really balances this blazer and jeans combo nicely.
Below you can see how the straight leg ankle jeans work with the Zeldi loafers. They’re a great little loafer. And I especially love that the shade is close to my skin color, creating that visually long line. Really you can wear most any shoes with straight leg ankle jeans, but it’s always smart to wear a shoe in either your skin tone or the same color as your pants. It just visually elongates and slenderizes.
So if you haven’t tried straight leg ankle jeans yet, I can highly recommend these Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution slim, straight, ankle jeans. The price is good and the quality is pretty amazing. And they have all the features that will help you feel and look your best. And since Nordstrom always offers free shipping and free returns, you can try these straight leg ankle jeans or others risk-free. I love shopping Nordstrom because of their stellar customer care, convenient shipping and return policies and good values. And with each purchase you can accumulate Nordy points to use in future purchases. If you’re not a Nordy Club member, sign up here. It’s free and convenient.
I’m grateful to Nordstrom for sponsoring today’s post. I’ve really come to love shopping at Nordstrom and consider them to be my go-to store for the latest fashions in the quality I desire. Most of the items featured in today’s outfit are Nordstrom house brands and the quality is outstanding. But all of the opinions I’ve shared in today’s post are genuine and voluntary.
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Where we set our mind determines our course. I’ve had days when I knew I was setting out on a dangerous or at least toxic course as I allowed my mind to think on things that stirred up either fear or anger or bitterness. For some reason those thoughts can feel sickeningly delightful. I guess because that kind of thinking tends to elevate self and it draws you in like a warm bath you don’t want to get out of.
If you’re in that warm bath of unhealthy thoughts today, let me offer you a warm, dry towel of truth to wrap up in instead. Step out of that self-exalting kind of thinking and choose to look at your circumstances only through the perspective of biblical truth instead. Then choose to listen to the Holy Spirit’s reminders to set your thoughts on the things above so that you are not taken captive by such thoughts again.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. ~ Romans 8:5