Jeanne says: Yes, we wear a lot of skinny black pants. But can you blame us? Skinny black pants are classics now and I hope they never go out of style! They are incredibly versatile. Both Kate and I are showing more casual looks; Kate pairs her pants with a simple lace blouse and sweater and looks darling.
Kate says: I wear my black skinny jeans like others would wear black trousers — in my more casual office, this works perfectly. I like to dress them up with a bit with a blouse or blazer. Here my lacy blouse is a perfect contrast to a chunky cardigan. Mom makes her black skinnies so chic with a simple color scheme and by playing with proportion.
Jeanne says: It has been weird this year to stylishly dress up in distressed denim. I have two other VERY distressed versions with patches and holes, but these were my first distressed pair. Once I get over the fact that they are distressed, it is fun to dress them up with dressier shoes, tops and jewelry. These Gap 1969 skinnies are very flattering — if you haven’t, you should try them!
Kate looks more traditionally dressed up in dark skinny jeans. Once again, she combines several different colors on the top and pops on an interesting pump and voila! Kate, of course, in general wears jeans far more often than I do. She finds lots of ways to wear them in her business casual office; I, on the other hand, have to wait for Friday or the weekend!
Kate says: I do indeed wear jeans at least once a week to work, but I usually stick with these darker wash jeans or my black jeans — they feel a little more professional. It also helps to wear a blouse (versus a t-shirt or something more casual) and heels! I love these bright colors together, and I think brights also help make an outfit look more dressy.
Mom goes the other route for dressing up her jeans: popped collar, tucked in shirt, and gold jewelry. This works because she went with one of her less distressed pairs of boyfriend jeans — so they have the looser fit and messy cuff, but aren’t quite so casual. Her combination of pink and red is very chic, of course!
Jeanne says: Ugh – this outfit looks uncomfortably hot for the weather right now. The marvel of this ensemble is actually the striped shirt which J.Crew intended to simply be a shirt, but I have learned to use it as a summer sweater with a pattern-mixing shirt. Then adding this wonderful navy necklace is a no brainer. Mixing these with dark boyfriend jeans is simply another no brainer!
Kate and I were together (sigh) when she purchased this little top – so, so cute. Truthfully, it would go with almost anything — it’s that cute. But she has paired it with her favorite jeans and mixed metallic flats and it is darling. This top would be a little too girly on me, but she wears it with aplomb. Good thing she works in air conditioning though, because any jeans could be too hot in D.C. summer weather.
Kate says: Black jeans are a go-to for my business casual work environment — many people wear jeans to work, but black jeans dress things up a just a bit. I LOVE this sale top — it’s one of those items i had to carry around for a bit in the store, and really think about whether I would wear it. But it has so much personality: an adorable mixed print (it’s lemons!), great silky feel, and interesting flutter sleeves.
Mom does indeed look hot, but keep in mind that finicky Bay Area summer weather — I’m sure for many summer days out there, this would be perfect. She’s showing a great summer strategy though: a shirt (whether long-sleeved or short-sleeved) is a great layering option when sweaters are too heavy. I love her rugby-striped shirt with the gingham underneath!
Shop black jeans (from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!):
Jeans are an eternal fashion favorite and most of us fashionistas keep our eyes peeled for changes in jean style, right? So let’s discuss the growing trend to wear jeans full of rips and holes. And, by the way, not only is the trend growing, but the size of the rips and holes is also growing. Oh and also the price tag one must pay to own these ragged denims. For a while this was a trend we only saw on the Kim Kardashian fashion crowd, but now it is really in the mainstream. What do you think of this trend?
Jeanne says: I’ve been through the decades where people worn their jeans, patched, ripped and faded, as a sign of hippie or “cool” cred. You probably are not surprised that this was never my “thing”. But I must admit that I have moved to the dark side to some extent. I do like the small patches and worn spots on my baggy slightly faded boyfriend jeans. I guess the fashion world has finally worn me down. But I still would only wear these in the off hours, not for work. Also not just two big symmetrical rips at the knee. Below you’ll see some versions of ripped jeans I think are cool.
Kate says: This is one of those trends that exists in extremes — on the one end are my Old Navy boyfriend jeans, with almost imitation distressing; on the other are jeans that have giant holes in the knees and threads hanging off. I love the look of some distressing — it definitely adds a coolness factor to any outfit. But at a certain point I get that slightly stingy thought of “why am I paying for jeans that are falling apart?”
Another factor at play for me is the fact that I wouldn’t wear ripped jeans to work. Most of the jeans I own do double duty between weekend wear and work wear, and I like to be able to get more uses out of them. So spending money on a pair I can only wear on the weekends seems like a waste. In the end, I like a “nod” to the distressed and ripped look, but I won’t go all the way.
What do you think? Are you a “totally destroyed” jeans girl or a “pretend distressed” jeans girl?