This year you can wear most any jeans silhouette and be in style. While skinny jeans continue to look a little yesteryear, most every other style is considered very on trend. Still, it’s nice to try a new jeans silhouette every now and again. So today I’m sharing a few tips for giving a new style a real try while also sharing a classic fall outfit.
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My personal preference in jeans is full length straight leg jeans. I like those that are fuller in the legs as well as the straight leg jeans that have a more slender fit. But I’m all for trying the more on-trend styles, and I especially think the fuller legs of wide leg jeans can feel great and be fun to wear. Here I’m wearing the Paige Sasha high waist wide leg jeans in the Stefania distressed wash. They’re available in a number of stores, but they all have a limited number of sizes at this point. See the caption below the next photo for links to the jeans.
In this post I’m wearing them with a favorite white button-up cotton shirt, the Willa herringbone blazer and brown suede pumps. But let’s make this post about more than this one pair of great high waist wide leg jeans. Trust me, I have struggled a bit with styling these jeans. But instead of throwing in the towel immediately and saying I can’t wear them, I leaned into them even more.
Tips for How to Try a New Jeans Silhouette
- Try the silhouettes, washes and lengths that attract YOU.
Don’t be intimidated by the opinions of others. If you want to be fashion forward in your style, go for it! Truly, anything goes in denim these days. So if a particular style appeals to you, get up a little courage and try them.
- Set the new jeans silhouette up for success.
I always encourage women to try on any new clothes with their makeup on and their hair styled. Personally, I don’t even try on new shoes without my hair and face done. I know I won’t like what I see if I don’t give the new style a fighting chance. So put on some makeup, do your hair and try the new jeans silhouette with a top and shoes that work with them.
For wide leg, full length jeans I find that I need to wear either a slim-fitting top or at least one that fits close to the body at the waist. Otherwise the outfit will lack definition. Of course, another option is to tuck the top in to add that needed definition.
Don’t forget to add a belt if needed. And put on some shoes that help you see the jeans in their best light. For wide leg, full length jeans I like to wear heels – such as pumps, mules or booties – or maybe a sneaker with a platform.
- Try the new jeans silhouette with several different tops and completer pieces.
Every jean silhouette works differently with the various styles of tops and completer pieces. Some jeans look especially great with pullover sweaters while others seem to look best with tees or button-up shirts. For instance, if I’m going to wear a sweater with these wide leg, full length jeans, I’ll probably choose a close-fitting one.
Also some jeans look better with blazers, cardigans, bomber jackets or utility jackets than others. So swap completer pieces in and out until you see a combination you like.
For these wide leg jeans I do like a blazer, but probably only one that has a little definition like this Willa herringbone blazer.
- Give your eyes time to adjust to how you look in your new jeans silhouette.
Don’t just try on the new jeans silhouette once; try them again and again. When my kids were growing up I would insist they try new foods by taking no fewer than three full bites. In the same way, I think we need to “really try out” new silhouettes, at least if we want our style to evolve and not get stuck.
I suggest trying on the new pair of jeans several times over the course of a few days. Do your best to look at yourself in the mirror with an open mind, a little optimism. Don’t immediately discount them. Understand that you are indeed going to look different in them.
Additionally I suggest using a few style hacks when wearing the new jeans. Even little things like rolling up your sleeves or adding a bold necklace can change the way your jeans look. For instance, I think this chunky chain necklace helps balance out the “visual weight” of these jeans. And the belt helps them look a little more anchored, in my opinion.
Do you have to try a new silhouette of jeans? No. But wearing the most up-to-date styles in denim is one of the easiest ways to look a little more fashion forward. It’s a great way to keep your entire look more contemporary and stylish. And it’s really the only way to know for sure if something works for you or not.
I still prefer to wear straight leg jeans most of the time. But I’m glad I’ve learned how to style the wider leg jeans for my body. It gives me a little additional confidence and it gives me options. What about you? What silhouette of jean have you tried or will you try? I’d love to hear from you today.
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Do you want to share your personal testimony of how the Lord has changed your life? But maybe you’re not sure how to do that. And maybe you’re afraid that your testimony will offend someone. I’ve discovered that if I simply share from real experience and a place of genuine joy and gratitude, then people are usually very happy to hear what I have to say.
Let’s commit to share with someone this week what God has done in our lives. We can simply say with joy and enthusiasm, “I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my pleas.” We can share that we needed Him and He was there. We can tell others that we asked and He provided. When we give God the glory instead of ourselves, people tend to listen and be intrigued.
I love the Lord, because He hears
My voice and my pleas.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. ~ Psalm 116:1-2