Hello, and welcome to Dressed for My Day. I’m so glad you’ve stopped in for a little style inspiration. Today I’m gushing over one of my favorite girlfriends. My girlfriend jeans, that is! Whether I’m having a fat day, feeling a little frumpy, staring at my closet and seeing nothing to wear or feeling my absolute best, my girlfriend jean never lets me down!
The best girlfriends are those with whom you can be yourself. They laugh when you’re witty, celebrate your wins and enjoy your good company. But they also giggle when you’re goofy, lift you up when you lose and stick with you when you’re at your worst.
I have girlfriends that fit that description who I’ve counted as sweet friends for over 40 years. I spent time with two of the best in just the past couple of weeks in Georgia. But I also have girlfriends like that scattered across the country, and recently I’ve been building new friendships with women that I hope will be as enduring and enriching. Girlfriends are such a blessing. Wouldn’t you agree?
Not to diminish the women in my life to the value of a pair of jeans, but I have to say, my girlfriend jeans do play a similar role. These are the jeans I gravitate to when I need the day to feel easy, less complicated, effortless. When I slip into my girlfriend jeans I feel both comfortable and cute. Now that’s a winning combination!
Girlfriend jeans are traditionally loose-fitting, body-skimming (rather than body-hugging) and often ankle length. But they’re usually worn loosely cuffed at the hem for a cropped length. What’s the difference between boyfriend jeans and girlfriend jeans? Girlfriend jeans are simply less baggy, a better fit. Your boyfriend jeans should look like you borrowed them from the man in your life (theoretically), while your girlfriend jeans are meant to look like you pulled them from your gal pal’s closet.
I love pairing my girlfriend jeans with a favorite, relaxed fit sweater like the one I’m sharing here. While my particular jeans are no longer available (They’re several years old from Talbots. You don’t let go of good girlfriends, y’all.) my cotton blend sweater is. Because it’s really a summer sweater, it’s marked down and on final sale. But it’s available in most sizes and several pretty colors. I wore the same sweater in natural/navy in this video. I have on a small here, a medium in that video.
Often I wear sneakers with my girlfriend jeans, but you can actually pair most any shoe with this go-to denim. For this “lunch with girlfriends” look I chose to wear my suede mules. This sandy suede is no longer available at Nordstrom, but you’ll find a similar shoe by the same brand at a fraction of the price here. Or check out these ultra-similar shoes here! I sized up 1/2 size in mine, and they stay on my feet beautifully.
I wore a necklace that belongs to my mom. She’s had it for years, but I’ve linked to a similar one here. And if I’d had it with me, I’d probably have worn this pretty but more economical necklace that I own. I wore my gold brushed teardrop earrings and a collection of bracelets, two of which are here (at a good price). I love this similar trio of beaded bracelets.
What about you? What are your favorite go-to jeans? The ones you’re always comfortable in and that make you feel like yourself? Do you love a good pair of girlfriend jeans, too? I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you have questions about anything I’ve shown, be sure to ask in the comments below. Have a lovely day, sweet girlfriend!
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Blessed for My Day
Sometimes we try to fill the voids in our lives with things that ultimately do not satisfy. But, while we will continue to have some unmet longings until we are in God’s presence in heaven, He has actually provided everything we need for a rich and meaningful life. One of the most satisfying things we can enjoy this side of heaven is simply doing His will.
What does “doing God’s will” look like? Well, it could be simple (but not so easy sometimes) obedience to His Word. But doing God’s will is also prioritizing the same things He values, specifically, sharing the gospel with those who do not know Him. When we share with others about the God we know and love, we will experience unspeakable joy and fullness of heart.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. ~ John 4:31-34