About this time of year I’m ready to wear a little less red and green and switch to some other vibrant colors. That’s why I love the ruched wrap top I’ve paired with bootcut jeans for today’s post. I think you’ll like this combo, too. Plus this top is marked down significantly.
If you read my post 7 Styling Details Essential to Every Outfit, you may remember that the first styling detail I mentioned was volume proportion. Basically, we want to keep the volume in one place or the other, either up top or down below. So since I’m wearing bootcut jeans with volume down below, I chose to keep my top close fitting.
Now, these jeans are form fitting enough in the thigh that you could probably get by with a top with a little more fullness. But to create a slender, long silhouette, it’s best to go with a top that is somewhat close to the body. If you didn’t want to wear a form fitting top, you would still look well proportioned and slender in a fitted button up shirt like this one or this longer one.
I appreciate that this jersey knit faux wrap top features ruching on the sides, creating a little more visual concealment of the dreaded muffin top. (Although you can easily see mine in the photo above. Ha! Oh well, so much for the illusion of perfection. Hee, hee!) I’ve included a couple of other form fitting options in the shopping widget below, too. But I love this faux wrap from Boden, and it comes in several other beautiful, colorful prints at Boden. It’s only available in black oak leaf at Nordstrom.
I wore silver jewelry from James Avery with this outfit, fitting my butterfly pendant just inside the v-neck of the shirt. By the way, in all the online catalog photos of this top the neckline plunges, revealing more than I’d be comfortable with. But I did not have that problem with this shirt at all.
These bootcut jeans feel great on, but I returned them because I’d like for them to be a little longer. I would need the long, and they are out in my size. This particular bootcut jean is styled so that women 5’7″ – 5’9″ should wear a long, women 5’5″ – 5’6″ can wear a short and women 5’4″ and below should wear a petite. So I’m not really sure who should be wearing a regular?! There are plenty of petites and shorts in stock, so if you’re interested check them out. They really are nice jeans.
However, you also might want to check out these bootcut jeans. I found them to be even more comfortable, and last I checked they were significantly marked down.
I’d prefer for my bootcut jeans to come within just 1/2 inch of the ground. And I do like wearing heels with my bootcut jeans for a longer silhouette. So I’m still on the search for the perfect bootcut jeans.
It’s so easy and sharp to add a classic black or navy blazer over a fitted top like this. And the fitted silhouette of the jacket keeps the volume in proportion in this outfit.
I carried my maroon messenger bag because it added another pop of color to this outfit. But if you look closely you can also see that the same shade of red is also in the top.
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Remember, there are more color options and sizes available for the shirt at Boden rather than Nordstrom, but I’ve provided links to both. My boots are no longer available, but I’ve provided links to several options of the same brand. When you shop through the affiliate links below, I potentially earn a commission, but at no added cost to you. I always provide links to the lowest prices I can find.
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To many in our world, God is a mystery. Indeed, we can never fully know or understand Him. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. So much higher! But the amazing truth is that God wants to be known by us. He has gone to great lengths to make Himself known, in fact. God reveals so much of His character and His ways through nature. He also reveals much of Himself through us, male and female. God created us, gender and all, in His image (Genesis 1:27). But ultimately God sent His Son, Jesus, to reveal Himself to us. In Him we see a beautiful, amazing and baffling blend of grace and truth. Want to know more of God? Spend time reading the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and behold Jesus, God with us, Emmanuel.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14