Playing with mixed textures and jeans in your wardrobe is a versatile option when mixing and matching pieces you already have, or when you want to add in a new focus piece. These options are also good for transitional weather. I wear mostly solids with some muted, washed prints near the face. Tiny, busy prints just do not work for me and sometimes can be aging, or look like an “old” type print. This post shows three options with texture instead of print, plus using the “third piece”. These looks can take you from cool mornings, through hot afternoons, into a current casual evening look.
This outfit is built around the fray hem jeans. I am not a huge fan of really torn up, ripped knee jeans. I leave that for a much younger “hip” crowd. But, “lightly distressed” is good for us in that it is current yet still looks neat and not overdone with its own level of texture. These jeans are “Izzy Skinnies” by Michael Kors. I bought them on clearance at T.J. Maxx. All “skinnies” are cut differently from each designer. These are actually not the “hugging” type like the ones I have from Old Navy. You can see more slack in these, I would call them “straight” versus true “skinny”.
The texture of the neutral crochet cropped sweater along with the woven flat shoes creates a nice head-to-toe balanced look of texture. The solid black sleeveless top creates the anchor piece of the outfit with jewelry and texture playing off of it like a backdrop. I have had this cotton sweater for over 10 years! I bought it from Ross way back then and still enjoy wearing it. I found a similar option for you here on Amazon.
What the heck am I doing with my hand in this picture? LOL! Wearing the top on the outside with the cropped sweater creates a nice layered look which also elongates and slenderizes the waist area. I have had the top for a few years, I bought it from Ross.
The turquoise color statement necklace, earrings and cuff bracelet provide a fashion color to the outfit that brings the whole thing to life. Changing these jewelry pieces to any other color would still work. Imagine switching the accessories to red, emerald green, hot pink or bright purple, the combinations are endless! I found statement necklace options for you on Amazon. Here and here and here.
I normally do not wear completely flat or pointed toe shoes. These are wearable, but not if I had to do a lot of walking. They are good as a textured outfit accessory, but would probably make my feet tired and sore if I had to do a lot of shopping or sightseeing. I bought these at Target recently on sale, they are the “Universal Thread Goods Co.” brand. I found a similar option here on Amazon.
Wearing the outfit without the sweater makes it more casual and cooler as the day warms up, but the outfit still has a balanced look overall. Visit my previous post about how to wear sleeveless outfits here.
I have had the necklace for a couple of years, I bought it from Avon. I made the earrings recently, similar will be available soon in my Etsy shop, Designs by Lori Jo, along with the cuff bracelet.
The hip length denim jacket is always a great “third piece” to add to almost any outfit for a more structured dressy casual look. Mixing different weaves and washes of denim usually works very well. I do not remember where I bought this jacket, but have had it for at least 10 years and it is still in fashion. As a matter of fact, I may have saved it from the giveaway pile from when one of my daughters decided she didn’t want it from way back when. I found a very similar option for you here on Amazon at a good price point.
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