Mixing Texture and Denim

Playing with mixed texture 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.

50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Combined Texture

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”.  50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Combined Texture

Balancing Texture

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.

//Sweater//
50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Denim Combined Texture

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.

50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Denim Combined Texture

Adding Texture with Jewelry and Shoes

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.

//Necklace #1//    //Necklace #2//

//Necklace #3//

50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Denim Combined Texture Woven Flat Shoes

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 an additional texture 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.

//Shoes//

50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Denim Combined Texture

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.

50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Combined Texture

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.

Texture with Mixed Denims

50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Denim Combined Texture

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, washes and textures 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.

//Denim Jacket//

50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Denim Combined Texture50 With Flair, Fray Hem Jeans, Black and Turquoise, Denim Combined Texture

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15 Comments

  1. Kathy 🇨🇦 Reply

    Hi Lori Jo! Definitely can’t go wrong with the denim jacket. I find I’ve worn mine more the last two years than ever before, and like you have had it for quite awhile. I’m liking those shoes you are wearing, I’ve tried on a few pairs, but I just find I can’t walk in those darn things…lol…guess I will be passing on that new trend. Wanted to tell you that I think your makeup looks very nice, maybe you could tell us readers what products you use. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • Lori Jo Reply

      Hey, Kathy!
      Thank you for mentioning my make-up, I would love to share about beauty. I was just thinking about making Friday the day for posts about beauty, hair and personal care. How does that sound? The first one will be about budget-friendly skin care, and one about my eyebrows now thinning, ugh! Then I will add on make-up tutorials, etc. I’m excited about it!

    • Lori Jo Reply

      Thanks, Jann! They are more for sitting and admiring, but still fun to wear! I could probably use some thin inserts in them. Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Lori Jo

    • Lori Jo Reply

      Thanks, Maria! I can only wear them with minimal walking, they are more for sitting and admiring, ha! p.s. I just turned 58, yikes! Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Lori Jo

    • Lori Jo Reply

      Thanks, Michelle! Glad you were inspired by the post. A few inexpensive updates are easy and affordable! Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Lori Jo

    • Lori Jo Reply

      Thanks, Stacey! I can only wear them with minimal walking, they are more for sitting and admiring, ha! Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Lori Jo

    • Lori Jo Reply

      Thank you! Trying to keep it up-to-date and comfortable plus “age appropriate”, just turned 58, yikes! Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Lori Jo

  2. Love the layers. I have to layer and cannot wear just a sweater as my body temps fluctuate so much. Layering enables me to adjust accordingly. I love crochet sweaters like this, they add an element of warmth without being bulky or heavy. I agree the basic black top creates the best foundation, so many ways you can go with it.

    • Lori Jo Reply

      Hey, Pamela! So glad you were inspired and connected with this versatile set of transitional pieces, it’s fun! Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Lori Jo

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