Think jeans aren’t for you? Think again. We love denim – and we are all over 40!
To celebrate just how well we do wear jeans, I’ve partnered up with the ladies of Stylish Monday to share our favorite jean silhouettes, along with tips on how we shop and style our jeans, for our individual body types and lifestyles. Jeans not your jam? Today’s post includes easy to wear looks featuring denim skirts, dresses and even a jumpsuit!
If a style or look speaks to you, I would encourage you to hop on over and check out their individual websites. You’ll find a link to each blog, next to their names below. I personally follow each of these radiant ladies, each one, so unique in their own way. Now let’s talk denim!
Like many women, I hate shopping for jeans. It’s a pain in the butt. So perhaps you’ve given up – convinced yourself that jeans are not for you. Like swimsuits and bras, jeans are not a one style fits all. For example, a staple for many women – a skinny jean makes me grouchy. I’ll take a slim boyfriend, not to be confused with a regular boyfriend jean, over a skinny, any day of the week.
For years now, social media has been telling us, skinnies are out. If that were the case, you wouldn’t see chic women of all ages wearing skinny jeans. The skinny jean, like a flare jean, is a silhouette, not a trend. Jeans are classic staples for most wardrobes – find the fit for you, and you’ll have a wardrobe workhorse for life.
When shopping for your perfect pair, it is helpful to understand what silhouette best flatters your body type. Here’s a quick guide.
- Hourglass, Pear, Athletic: Flare Leg Jean
- Apple, Athletic: Boyfriend Style Jean
- Apple, Athletic, Hourglass: Straight Leg Jean
- All Shapes: Skinny Jean and Bootcut
- Petites: Know your inseam and body type. High waist styles will make your legs appear longer.
- Low-Rise: Great for curvy hips or athletic body types (a low rise will add curves). Note that a belt may be needed to achieve the most flattering fit.
- Mid-Rise: Arguably the most flattering rise for most women as it can hide a tummy by adding structure in the midsection. Bonus points, this rise can be worn with most tops.
- High-Rise: Popular right now, yet not for everyone. If you’ve been blessed with a smaller waist, this style can be quite flattering on you. Best tops for this style are cropped or tucked-in silhouettes.
I feel my best, most confident self, wearing a flare jean. I find a mid-rise flare jean to be the most flattering silhouette on my straight (or banana) body type. Since I lack a defined waistline and am high waisted, a flare silhouette adds some movement and curve, to my straight shape. I wear this style with anything from flowy tunic tops, to belted with a statement belt (to create the illusion of a waist line) and a fitted tee. And it just so happens that my Bohemian Style Personality works right in sync, with the 70’s vibe, of the flare jean.
Read more on how to explore and understand and YOUR unique Style Personality in the post, 5 Steps to Rediscovering Your Personal Style (HERE).
Julie – Fashion Trends and Friends and Instagram FashionTandF – Dark wash, light wash, distressed, high, mid and low waisted, flares, bootcut, wide leg, skinny, curvy fit, boyfriend…so many choices with colors, fit and style! How do you even begin?! I’m taking the mystery out of how to style your body type and sharing my current favorite jeans!
Shelbee – Shelbee on the Edge – I am embracing the resurgence of the 90s denim trends with my oversized black distressed dad jeans. I remember wearing my dad’s jeans exactly this way 30 years ago!
Ada – Elegance and Mommyhood – A pair of dark wash skinny jeans will never ever go out of style – I don’t care what “the style experts” say. Dark skinny jeans are something every woman needs in her closet. I paired mine with the color of the year in a gorgeous shade of lilac.
Stepping Out of Skinny Jeans
Nina – Sharing a Journey – Are you tired of jeans? Skinny jeans were with us for such a long time I actually was bored. Things have changed my friends, it’s time to try the new silhouettes .
Nancy – Nancy’s Fashion Style – I am, and never have been, a huge denim lover. Although I have to say that I already own 3 pairs of jeans! But I did love this jumpsuit years ago, it was a bit snug so gave it away. Might have to shop for another one! I think I will love denim one day!
Emma – The Style Splash – Until recently, I had never owned a denim dress or skirt…and then I bought two denim vintage dresses on eBay! I love the style of this dress, with the shoulder pads and embellishment. Oh, and it has pockets too!
Amy – Amy’s Creative Pursuits – Denim dresses never go out of style, but they are really trending right now. I have had this denim dress in my closet for years. I normally wear it in the warmer months, but here I styled it for cooler temperatures.
Nicole – High Latitude Style – This look triples on denim with the shirt skirt and booties.Unfortunately, denim or the good old blue jeans are not a good idea in winter in Alaska. It dries too slowly and hence your sweat may freeze. Therefore, denim is either a cover-up in summer in the form of a jacket or mosquito protection when gardening in the form of jeans. Ever since my college time, I had a denim skirt despite they don’t drape nicely.
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Shelbee on the Edge says
I am a big fan of flares right now as well. But they work better for me when the snow is gone! Your Free People duster is gorgeous, my friend. I need to go check out the similar item you linked! It is the perfect topper with flared denim and speaks to my bohemian heart!
OK, how I wish we lived near each other and we could swap dusters!!! I love the grannie square one you shared last week! Oh what fun we would have! I loved your post on Dad jeans – such a fun look on you!
Thanks for stopping by.
I don’t wear jeans that often, but when I do I like the cropped ones a lot! But flared ones always look so great on others!!
The cropped ones would be great for your wardrobe as you have such fun shoes!! Though I do love that jumpsuit on you – it’s gorgeous
Julie Augustyn says
I love all the ways you’ve styled your boot/flare cut jeans! It’s obvious you know your body type and how to style yourself so flattering in everything you wear! Your tips and tricks are always spot on! Another fun monthly theme and collaboration!
Kathrine Eldridge says
You look fabulous in your jeans! I go between skinny and bootcut most of the time.