It’s denim week here at Dressed for My Day, so I’m trying to provide as much information as I possibly can concerning jeans and their denim counterparts. I’ll really get to the nitty-gritty of what’s in style for fall 2023 and the task of selecting jeans perfect for you in this week’s videos (yes, there are two!). But today I’m providing a little style inspiration with one of my favorite pairs of straight, wide-leg ankle jeans, and they’re also at an affordable price.
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Today I’m sharing a pair of Madewell’s perfect vintage wide leg crop jeans, and they are simply a little wide in the legs. Madewell does a great job with jeans. They tend to be a little heavier than some of the premium brands I like, but I still love their jeans. They also usually have less elasticity and a higher percentage of cotton. But these 99%, 1% elastane jeans do have a decent little amount of stretch in them.
Madewell’s perfect vintage jeans are known for sucking you in nicely in your torso, and these definitely do that. I size down at Madewell, and here I’m wearing a 29 in their perfect vintage wide leg crop jeans.
But as much as I love these jeans for now and later, let’s focus a little more on the styling. I want us to be able to style similar silhouettes and lengths for now and later because I think these make a great transition jean from summer to early fall. And later I absolutely can wear them with booties, but that’s for another day, another blog post.
For now I can wear my wide leg crop jeans with a tank and lightweight shirt. You absolutely can continue to wear your linen button up shirts into fall, but I’ll probably start leaning into other lightweight fabrics soon. I personally like to reserve my linen for summer. But this Cloth & Stone windowpane button down shirt is perfect for now and later. It runs true to size.
These are high waist wide leg crop jeans so I could wear a cropped length top with them and leave it untucked. But for best proportions with cropped length jeans, I do suggest trying a tuck or front tuck. That way you’re legs will look longer and you’ll have those desirable 1/3 to 2/3 proportions.
Above I wore the wide leg crop jeans with strappy sandals. Those also help to visually elongate the legs. But don’t be afraid to try other shoes options with your wide leg cropped length jeans, too. Below I swapped in my neutral colored retro trainers (another cool option). They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they’re very on trend and this combination is definitely a modern option.
I’ll be honest, I get compliments on my outfits quite frequently when I’m out and about. But the item I’m wearing almost every time that I’m complimented by a younger woman is a pair of retro trainers. I kid you not. And the compliments come when I’m wearing them styled in outfits like this one. In fact, two different young women paused on the street to compliment me during this very photo shoot. Just saying. So don’t knock this look until you’ve tried it!
But, for you traditionalists, let’s move on to another look I styled with these Madewell wide leg crop jeans. This one is for a little later as we start edging our way into fall.
I love elevating a pair of jeans with a pretty blouse and a great blazer. Throw on a pair of classy pumps to seal the deal! This is an outfit I would gladly wear to lunch with friends or a casual meeting. And it’s perfect for a casual work environment, too. And yes, I’d definitely wear this classy combo to our casual church service.
I’m wearing this pretty silky camp shirt in dark roast brown, but it comes in several other nice colors, too. My blazer is from a couple of winters ago, so it’s not available. But this one from Madewell is quite similar with its oversize silhouette. It comes in plus sizes, too. Again, the secret to this outfit is giving that shirt a gentle front tuck. And yes, I can wear it alone. So if it’s too hot for the blazer, this brown camp shirt still holds its own with my wide leg crop jeans.
I completed the look with my newest pumps from Sarah Flint. I earned these Emmas in Espresso suede, and they’re pricey. But I have to say, they are stunning and extremely comfortable. NEW Sarah Flint customers can use code SARAHFLINT-CCLAURAKAY1 to get 15% off a full price order.
But you can certainly create a similar look with pumps or pointy toe flats from your closet. I showed my Kate Spade Hudson convertible crossbody with the look some, but for a more on trend look I added a brown suede clutch (similar, same brand). Have I mentioned that clutches are really trending for 2023?
So to summarize, wide leg crop jeans can be so versatile and fun to style both now and later this fall. You can wear so many different shoe choices with them. You can dress them down or up. And you can create better proportions by giving your top a gentle front tuck.
Stay tuned for more Denim Week posts! But tomorrow join me on my YouTube Channel for What’s Trending in Denim for 2023. And if you’ve not already subscribed to my YouTube channel, be sure to do that. I’ll wrap up Denim Week on Saturday with a bonus video on How to Find Your Perfect Jeans.
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Blessed for My Day
I’m a huge fan of Romans 8:28. But, because I’m also a stickler for keeping scriptures in context, I don’t even allow myself to think on this popular verse without also recalling the next two key verses. You see, God does indeed work all things together for our good. And I love that. I’m glad that I can know with certainty that even the worst things in my life will contribute to something positive in the end.
But it’s important to remember what Paul meant by “good” in verse 28. Good, as it is used here, doesn’t necessarily mean sweet, easy or comfortable. The following two verses remind me that God’s priority for me is to shape me into Christ-likeness. He’s more concerned about character than my comfort. So yes, God is working all things together for my good, but that means He is using the pain, the conflicts, the detours, the delays and the dilemmas to conform me to the image or likeness of Jesus. And that is indeed a GOOD thing.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. ~ Romans 8:28-30