When straighter jean silhouettes started trending a year or two ago, I was hesitant to jump on board. Especially since the early prototypes all seemed to be very oversized and boxy. Yes, I tried them and even shared them here on the blog. But like many of you, I didn’t feel comfortable in the straight leg jeans at first. But now…I’m sold! And I really haven’t worn anything but straight leg jeans this fall. But I am keeping my skinny jeans. And here’s why.
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While riding boots and other tall boots aren’t necessarily trending, they’re certainly not out of style. I don’t think they ever will be. Riding boots and tall boots are classics because they’re also functional. Riding boots are…well, they’re truly worn for riding. And if you live in a colder climate you know the necessity of a good pair of taller boots, especially for pairing with dresses and skirts.
But besides wearing our taller boots with leggings and skirts, many of us still want to be able to wear them with jeans, too. And, friend, there’s just no better blue jean to wear with tall boots than the skinny jean. Thus, I’m keeping my skinny jeans.
Last year I discovered the Vineyard Vines Jamie high-rise jeans, and I have them in both the medium wash and dark wash. I’m wearing the medium wash here because I thought they looked better with the turquoise sweater I’m wearing. I love these jeans. They’re quite pricey, but they’re definitely on the same level as other premium denim brands I’ve tried. In fact, I prefer them over my AG jeans, which cost even more.
I’m wearing a size 30 in the Jamie high-rise jeans and they’re quite roomy in the waistband. I might could have worn the 29, but I’m just all for comfort these days. And I haven’t found them to get baggy with wear, so I’m sticking with my larger size. But if you like your jeans a bit more snug, go with your smaller size.
Looking back I wish I’d worn a shorter sweater with my skinny jeans and riding boots. I guess I’m a little out of practice when it comes to wearing them. Ha! But now I remember that I much prefer a more cropped sweater that exposes more of the leg, creating more balanced proportions. All the same, I think this is a really sweet outfit.
I ordered this blue ice textured stitch sweater because I wanted to try some non-cashmere options for you. This one is 59% polyester, 34% acrylic and 7% wool, so it does have just a touch of that natural fiber in it. It feels very soft, not “plastic” like some polyester blends can feel to me.
It’s a fairly lightweight sweater so I am wearing a body skimming tank underneath, as I do frequently with sweaters. I LOVE these tanks, by the way. They come in eleven different skin toned hues, and I’m pretty sure I’m wearing hue 160, for reference. But they also have a two-layer v-neck option. I wear a size medium comfortably.
I topped the sweater with a cheerful icicle plaid wool blend scarf. I generally prefer not to wear a necklace with a mockneck sweater. (Just a personal preference.) So I opted instead for bold earrings. I also wore my Nordgreen Native watch with the brown leather band. Did you hear about Nordgreen’s early black Friday special? Use code KAYHRMS to receive up to 35% off your order. Wow!
My boots are by Frye and they no longer make this exact style. But they are very similar to these. I have the wide calf variety. But for a more economical option, I love the wide selection of riding boots and other tall boots at Macy’s. I recently purchased these Born Saddler Comfort boots there in black (again I got the wide calf option). They’re also available at Nordstrom for slightly less. These boots are extremely comfortable and easy to wear. And I’ve had these INC Fawne riding boots (very similar to what I’m wearing today) in the past.
To keep warm, I added my Cole Hahn hooded down and feather jacket. Mine is in cashew and I opted for the large to accommodate all the layers I like to wear underneath. I’ve actually worn this coat for two years already and I really love it. I think the cashew color is so pretty, but it does come in several other nice shades, including black, navy and a forest green.
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Blessed for My Day
Have you changed recently? No, not your hair color or even your physical health. Has your inner woman changed? If so, was it for the better or for the worse? Truthfully, we are constantly evolving if we’re alive and kicking. But I’ve noticed that we either become easier to live with or more difficult. We become kinder or more critical. And we become more anxious or more at peace and joyful.
God means for us to become more and more like His Son, Jesus Christ. If you have accepted Him as your Lord, He is in the process of creating in you a likeness to Him. The Holy Spirit is issuing forth His fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control – in an ever-increasing harvest. And God also uses a regular dose of His Word to cleanse us from the thinking of this world and align us more with truth. When we cooperate with God in this process through prayer and Bible reading we will indeed change a little every day…for the good.
Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. ~ John 17:17