Hello! Welcome to Dressed for My Day on this first Monday in January. One of my objectives here is to help women navigate the current fashion trends while staying true to their unique personal styles. I’m finding that many gals, like me, are struggling when it comes to styling straight leg ankle jeans with appropriate winter footwear. So let’s give it a shot, shall we?
First off, let’s establish that I’m no expert in this area. But I’ve done some research and I think I have a few tips for us all. Second, let me go ahead and state up front that not all of these looks will work for every person. I know, from having lived in four different states, that winters vary greatly depending on where you live. So please keep that in mind as you peruse these style choices and tips. Some will work for gals in warmer climates even if they don’t hold up in, say, Minnesota.
Finally, this post is compiled completely of looks that I pulled together from what I have in my closet. The photos aren’t great; they’re taken in front of a mirror in my office. But hopefully they provide a little closet inspiration for you.
First up, a semi casual look with winter sneakers.
Style Tip: The trick to wearing straight leg cropped jeans during any season is to remember the styling tricks that help you create a “long leg.” By wearing dark colored sneakers instead of lighter colored ones, my legs look a little longer.
Again, I realize you may not be able to wear bare ankles where you are, but some gals can. I could have last week when we were in the 50s in Cincinnati. The elements that make this look work are the dark corduroy sneakers and the long length corduroy blazer. Both help create a decidedly winter look and longer lines.
Style Tip: You can wear straight leg ankle jeans with most of your shoes during the winter. But flats such as loafers and ballet flats are definitely appropriate.
Style Tip: The trick to wearing your straight leg ankle jeans with your booties is that your jeans should end just above your booties, with as much as but no more than 1″ of space between the two.
Style Tip: Straight leg ankle jeans work beautifully with boots that have a more narrow shaft, so sock booties and lace-up boots, both which fit close to the leg, are ideal.
Style Tip: When wearing your narrow shaft booties, you can let your straight leg cropped jeans fall over the top of the bootie (as they barely do in the first photo with my combat boots) or you can roll up the hem so they end just before your boots begin.
I personally prefer the top photo of my combat booties, the one where my jeans come slightly over my boots. But cuffing them and showing a little skin is perfectly acceptable. Cold maybe, but acceptable. Hahahah!
Style Tip: Chelsea booties that fit close to the leg are another great option to wear when styling straight leg ankle jeans in winter. Your jeans should end just before the booties begin with up to 1″ between.
Style Tip: When wearing straight leg ankle jeans do what you need to in order to create a long leg silhouette. Wear a dark belt, tuck (even partially) and/or top the look with a dark completer piece.
In the photo above, do you see how much it helps to add the black puffer vest to the look? It definitely elongates the look and pulls it all together.
Style Tip: Because the straight leg ankle jeans are cropped you have to work twice as hard to create a long silhouette. Wearing a dark colored turtleneck and belt can definitely do the trick.
Style Tip: Don’t be afraid to pair your straight leg ankle jeans with heels. To elongate, add dark colored pumps with chunky block heels.
Styling Tip: If you don’t want to tuck in your shirt, then definitely wear a dark colored top so that you create a longer look. If you wear a light colored top and let it hang out, your jeans (and thus your legs) will look really, really short and squatty.
Here’s the thing. Most of these looks probably appear a little awkward to most of us. And I had to work really hard to put these together. But if you’ll remember, it probably took some time to get used to skinny jeans, too. And before that, in the mid 90s, most of us struggled to style our new low-waist bootcut jeans. While none of us have to wear straight leg ankle jeans, we might want to at least start getting used to the look. I think they’ll be sticking around for a while.
Plus, these jeans are a lot of fun to wear in the warmer months. So if we want to stretch their wear into the cooler seasons, we’ll have to learn to style them. I’ve ordered a couple of pairs of dressier, narrow shaft, lace-up boots that I think may work beautifully with the straight leg ankle jeans. And I really want these lace-up Captain boots in Old English, but they’re not available in my size right now. (I hear great things about these boots.) So I’ll play around with those and share later if they work out.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. And thanks so much for stopping in today!
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Blessed for My Day
When I see young moms wrangling their children through Target or the grocery store, I’m reminded of my own struggles when my kids were young. For the most part my kids stuck with me in stores and didn’t rebel too much. But they certainly had their moments of begging for what they could not have, touching things they should not have bothered, wandering off from me and just playing recklessly.
But when we left the store and wheeled the buggy (I’m from the South!) to our car, I insisted on 100% good behavior. I made my kids put one hand on the buggy and walk with me, not goofing off or running ahead. I required them to walk with me.
That, dear gal, is exactly what God requires of us today. Nothing more really. But nothing less either. We don’t have to steer “the buggy,” perform cartwheels or sit on the curb. He simply wants us to walk with Him, humbly submitted to His leadership, protection and direction.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8