Made-to-move jeans for springAdmittedly I have been sleeping on the ruffle blouse trend. Truth be told when it first started it was lust at first sight, but I hesitated because I wondered how long the style would last. It's been nearly 3 seasons now, and the ruffles are still here! So, I decided to give it a go, and try my hand at styling my top with a fantastic pair of jeans. Turns out:
Ruffles are fun!
I love how the fabric flutters when I walk, and how feminine the look is. I also quickly discovered how easy it is to become lost in all the excess fabric;balance is key when it comes to styling ruffles. I don't consider myself a fussy dresser, so once an outfit is on I want to be able to live in it as freely as possible: no tugging, re-adjusting, or pulling. To balance the billowy character of the blouse, I made sure to pair it with a great fitting pair of high waist jeans.
For my jeans I went with a Banana Republic classic: the high-rise denim skinny jean, in a light wash that is oh so perfect for spring! I demand a lot of my clothes, and these jeans suit my needs for both a tailored look, and a performance fit. There is honestly nothing worse than not being able to move freely, and these jeans have just the right amount of stretch that takes me from the office to happy hour drinks with friends. Man Repeller recently wrote an article on the 5 stages of wearing high waist jeans, and I'm happy to report that my Banana Republic jeans don't take me past the 1st stage: legs for days, fantastic booty, and a whole lot of freedom to move! With their Zero Gravity & Sculpt signature fabric my jeans keep their shape and stay comfortable all day. I live in them on the weekends, and dress them up for the office, M-F with a pair of heels, or menswear inspired brogues.
I wore this outfit for weekend wine tasting, and dressed things up a bit with my L.K. Bennett heels, that were in a comfortable height; at just about 3 inches, these were comfortable for staying on my feet for the afternoon!