Denim trousers are this gal’s perfect solution for when you really just want to wear jeans but are concerned that they aren’t quite “work appropriate”. I remember making this discovery about 20 years ago when I first came across this wonderful creation at Ann Taylor. And I’m here to prove that not only are they a great option for the office, they’re very versatile and can go most anywhere you want to take them.
The pair that I’m sporting in this post was a thrift store find from last Spring. The brand is Dana Buchman (a brand sold at Kohl’s) but the pants were in like-new condition. Until I stumbled across these, I had forgotten about my fondness for denim trousers (the Ann Taylor pair were long gone) so home they came with me. This pair has a bit of stretch in the fabric which makes for a more flattering fit, a longer length that is slimming, and a great set of pockets.
Dressed Up For Work
In Up Down All-Around, I usually share my work look first so that is what you see below. You can’t beat the power of a blazer and pumps to legitimize denim trousers as office appropriate. Add a striped button-down blouse and a structured faux-croc purse, the combination becomes unstoppable.
Blazer – Merona, old (option at Talbots, option at ModCloth)
Blouse – Old Navy, old (option at Target, option at Talbots)
Denim trousers – Dana Buchman, thrifted (option at Macy’s, option at Banana Republic)
These blue and black suede pumps were another “nearly new” thrift store find (first seen in Boutique Shopping, Goodwill Prices) and I bought the purse at New York & Company many, many years ago.
Dressed For Play
To me, one of the hallmarks of personal style is the ability to re-imagine an item. Many creative sorts will alter, dye, cut, or embellish to bring new life to an old favorite. Sometimes, these alterations can be temporary, like gathering the hem of a long tee into a side knot or simply rolling the cuff of one’s skinny pants.
When I think of dressing for “play”, I tend to opt for comfy shoes, and given the longer length of these denim trousers, comfy shoes would be a challenge unless I shorten the pants. Hmm, why not give the cuff roll option a try?
Cardigan – J Crew Factory Store, bought last summer (similar at J Crew, option at Brooks Brothers)
Blouse – Merona, thrifted (option at Dillards, another option by NYDJ)
Sneakers – Grasshopper by Keds (nearly exact)
The Husband’s initial reaction to this outfit was to ask if I was headed to a picnic which was the look I was going for. After all, isn’t a picnic the epitome of “play”? It’s hard to tell in these photos but I’ve doubled up on the gingham in this outfit. The blouse is a pale peach mini print and I’ve got it tied at the waist in front. I’ll admit that there are better pants/capri/shorts options for this look but in a pinch, doing a cuff roll on denim trousers (held in place by safety pins) could work. Fine, whatever!
Dressed For Fun
My denim trousers are ready for a good time when I pair them with cork wedge sandals, a marl knit tee, and a graphic scarf. The weather here in So Cal is starting to warm up already so real soon, I’ll be packing away my tall boots and bulky sweaters and my sandals will once again see the light of day. At night, I would add a lightweight cardigan to ward off the chill (my apologies to those who got hit with snow this week #sorrynotsorry)
How fabulous is this scarf? Where else have you seen 52 bloggers (x 2 due to pattern repeat) assembled into a Fashion Rainbow? Well, that’s a trick question because you saw it in this post about SpyGirl Anne Bray’s Fashion Rainbow gallery exhibit. And now it’s available as a scarf. It’s this season’s must-have accessory and I dubbed it my “good luck charm” for this month’s How I Wear My feature on The Rich Life In Wine Country (check out the partner blog post as well at Everything Just So).
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from the last link up post is Ada (and little Vivian) from Elegance and Mommyhood. The theme of that last link up was In Real Life and nothing can be more real to a blogger than celebrating a blogaversary as Ada was for her weekly link up.
Some of you may be wondering why there was no link up post last week, or not. I wish I could tell you that I’d had technical difficulties (pftt, pftt [warding off evil spirits]) or that I was deathly ill (now knocking on wood to scare off the rest of the evil spirits) but neither is true. The truth is that another week of too many stress filled hours at work had taken its toll yet again and then Saturday was spent watching our son in a rowing competition that was about 90-minute drive from home.
Afterward, The Husband and I revisited the Goodwill Boutique mentioned above and I managed to get him to take me to The Outlets At Orange. Oh my, what a fun place that was! Sunday was spent getting caught up on things around the house as well as taking several sets of photos for upcoming posts. I actually had two posts planned for last week but not the time to get them put together so I just let it go.
During this past week, I finally got around to responding to all of the comments from my blogger meet up post and I’ve been so inspired by them. With renewed vigor, I’m back on track and this post has published at its usual time (I hope). There’s a bit of a backlog of posts waiting to be published so you’ll be seeing a little more from me this week than usual.
Back to the matter at hand, do you share in my fondness for denim trousers? Since they’re not a trending style currently, does wearing them make me look dated or am I being fashion-forward? Not that it matters much to me, I’m still going to wear them because I like them.
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