How I Wear My: Jeans

Welcome to the 25th edition of “How I Wear My”!
Two years ago this month, Jill of Everything Just So and I published our first “How I Wear My” posts. Since then, we have grown from just the two of us to well over 40 participants each month.
“How I Wear My” would not have survived this long if it were not for our fabulously stylish participants. So thank you for keeping this fun monthly series alive and growing!
To commemorate our two year anniversary, Jill and I decided to dust off our Missoni cardigans we wore for our first posts and pair them with jeans for November’s “How I Wear My: Jeans”.
Here is Jill in New York City’s Times Square at a photo shoot with Denton Taylor. She is looking gorgeous in her Missoni cardigan with bootcut jeans, a black scarf and red high-heeled loafers.

Ana of Mrs. American Made looks ready for fall in this autumnal toned jeans outfit. We love that belt. It’s was a holiday gift from her husband that he made for her himself!

Susan of Une Femme d’un Certain Age adds edge to her jeans with a hip moto jacket and booties. Doesn’t she look like she’s ready to dart around Florence or Paris on that Vespa?

Kim of Northern California Style shows how to do casual chic right in these dotted jeans by Banana Republic, khaki jacket and suede wedges by Steve Madden. Such a modern, wearable look!

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life loves to dress her jeans up with lots of glam. Here, she’s wearing her Old Navy jeans with an H & M leopard coat (that she found for $15!) and J. Crew necklace and top. Well done, Alice!

Annette of Lady of Style loves a feminine, elegant style but there are times when she feels most comfortable in jeans. However, she is not a fan of too casual looks and likes to dress up her denim by adding a blazer and heels. As a style highlight she added her new leo scarf. It was the perfect addition to create an easy going yet appropriate attire for going out for dinner.

Judith of Style Crone likes to style her jeans with vintage finds like this beautiful beaded bed jacket, taupe hat and grey gloves dotted with sequin stars.

Paula of Fashion Over Fifty says she is almost exclusively wearing jeggings, capris and skinnies these days. Paula looks so vibrant in an acid yellow sweater, white button-down and black jeans.

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep wears distressed Bebe jeans with black side zippers, Milly coat and a cheetah print beanie. You may have already seen this image as Sheree was featured wearing it in this month’s People StyleWatch section. Congratulations, Sheree!

Alicia of Spashionista wears trouser jeans from One 5 One that she scored at Ross for $11.99. She wore this outfit while visiting Centennial Park in downtown Nashville. Those wedges look great with her jeans!

Silk Path Diary is wearing one of my favorites, Gap boyfriend jeans in a faded wash. She likes wearing them in the summer with a much loved vintage embroidered blouse and vintage glass beads. Silk Path Diary proves that you can be petite and look fantastic in boyfriend jeans!

Gracie of Fashion for Giants wears Banana Republic jeans with a thrifted plaid cardigan and DIY plaid infinity scarf.  On her feet are Nine West booties. Plaid on plaid. Love it!

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb was having a bit of a mauve moment the day she wore this outfit. She discovered a great new color combination of black, purple and tan. Catherine is always up for a bit of pattern mixing, and the galaxy snood and black and white polka dot shirt look perfect with her purple skinny jeans!

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 has been wearing her jeans the same way for years.  She loves denim with a white shirt and a black jacket.  The only difference this year is that she added the
leopard shoes.  To her, this is a classic and timeless denim style and we agree!

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley says that these white jeans are the work horse of her go-to wardrobe for errands. She is always partial to white jeans when in So Cal, winter or summer.  She always pairs her jeans with a tunic length on top as it provides a more flattering line for her shape.

We are thrilled to have a few newcomers this month including Elizabeth from Beauty Without Within. She’s wearing her very favorite jeans, made by Jag, with a lightweight top in a flattering rust color, ideal for autumn.

Liz of What Liz Loves, another newcomer, dresses up her jeans for a casual yet sophisticated look. Liz says she wear this outfit to make school runs. We think she could wear this outfit just about anywhere..lunch with a friend, shopping, to the movies. It’s a great classic denim look!

It’s lovely to have Catherine of Aesthetic Alterations join us again for How I Wear My. Here is what Catherine has to say about her chic look:

Skinnies are my favorite thing to wear come cooler weather—they are foundation of my autumn/winter uniform.  Nothing is easier to style. Throw on boots and an eye-catching jacket or shawl, and the look is complete.  Dress boots, riding boots, ankle boots—they all work; ditto with the moto jacket, the leopard blazer, the poncho or cape.  Since I feel like I’m working 20 hours a day anymore, it’s nice that styling can be this simple.

Catherine in wearing Uniqlo skinnies, Anne Fontaine button-down, Hermès poncho, Hermès Bolide, and Hermès boots (and a fun porcelain necklace from the Hermès “petit h” collection that’s unfortunately not visible)

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files wears jeans frequently. Here she dresses up a pair of edgy distressed boyfriend jeans. We love the mix of edgy with the jeans and feminine with the necklace, peplum and belt.

Tori, my beautiful stepdaughter, just bought these flared jeans and I think they are so flattering on her. She wears them simply with black suede wedges and a simple black tee. She wears it all with her best accessory – a big beaming smile!

Leigh, my colleague at Skimbaco Lifestyle and founder of the HinesSight Blog told me that as a Mom to two children under 8, she lives in jeans on most days. She laughed and said if she couldn’t submit a post for “How I wear my Jeans” then she will never be able to submit a post for our series. Leigh attended a casual dinner event in Raleigh last week, and saw that friend and blogger, Chana Lynn of Raleigh What’s Up, was wearing jeans, too. She convinced her to pose for a photo because these North Carolina women are wearing similar looks. They laughed when they found out they were both wearing Banana Republic Skinny jeans.  (Chana is on the left, Leigh on the right).

I am thrilled to announce that we have our first How I Wear My featuring men! Wes of Life Through Preppy Glasses is a fellow blogger and also a colleague of mine at Skimbaco Lifestyle.

Wes has fantastic style so I asked him if he would submit a photo of one of his jeans looks.  He sent this dark olive denim look for the fall season. Wes says that he loves wearing denim in fall hues because it has the ease of wear of denim but looks slightly more sophisticated than plain blue jeans. He paired them with other seasonal favorites – chunky sweater and boots. The entire outfit is by Ralph Lauren.

Like Jill, I am also wearing my Missoni cardigan from our first How I Wear My posts. I wore it with Banana Republic jeans rolled up at the bottom, Sam Edelman booties, navy tee, and my Australian Outback style hat from Montecristi Panama Hats in Napa Valley.

Photo by Sylvia Steininger

What a great roundup of jeans looks! Thank you to all the participants. Be sure to visit Jill’s blog for even more denim looks, including another gentleman in jeans (so exciting!).

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, with Hanukkah and Christmas not far behind, so to get yourself in the holiday spirit, break out the crimson and join us for “How I Wear My: Red”.

Whether you like a dash of it to spice up an outfit or are daring enough to go full-throttle drop-dead red, send a picture to Jill or me or our email by December 3rd so we can see how you style your favorite shade of red!

xo, Adrienne



  1. November 6, 2013 / 5:18 am

    Thank you for including me Adrienne! I love seeing how everyone wears such a staple and universal item. Your photo by Sylvia is absolutely stunning – looks like from a Vogue/Ralph Lauren spread 🙂

  2. November 6, 2013 / 5:24 am

    Great post, as you know I’m a jeans fan – that’s about all I ever wear. Everyone looks so great and individual. Jeans are a great “canvas” on which to sort of show your style. I’m having Missoni cardigan envy right now too! You look absolutely fabulous!

  3. November 6, 2013 / 6:12 am

    Adrienne your series gets better every month!! Thank you so much for featuring my purple skinnies :))

    There are so many wonderful looks here, far too many to mention. But I’ve already Pinned your fabulous Missoni cardigan/hat combo – you look sooooo amazing! I would LOVE to look like this all the time!

    Catherine x

  4. November 6, 2013 / 6:17 am

    Sylvia got such great pictures of you! Wow! It is so great to have Wes (and Terry!) join us and I think everyone looks fantastic. This is reminding me that I need to break out of my usual cardigan wearing and get back to wearing jeans with an edgy jacket. XO, Jill

  5. November 6, 2013 / 8:00 am

    Adrienne, I am a new visitor and live in the bay area – Walnut Creek. I love this post!! Could anyone give me some suggestions on finding a pair of comfortable skinny jeans that come in petite/short that don’t get baggy in the rear. The pair I’ve recently purchased have sadly failed me.

    Looking forward to the “How I Wear Red” post 🙂

    • November 6, 2013 / 8:52 am

      Lori, you can try Levis, they are cut narrower in the hips. You can also by regular length, lower rise jeans and have them hemmed. You can get away with this maneuver with a skinny jean because the legs don’t lose their shape once shortened 😉

    • November 7, 2013 / 7:42 am

      Thank you so much Alicia! I will give them a try 🙂

    • November 8, 2013 / 3:13 pm

      Hi Lori, I can’t speak to Levis (they don’t make them long enough for me) but I have never once had a problem with Gap jeans bagging in the rear. I am almost certain that Gap carries petites in most of their jeans, too. Maybe give them a try – wear them around the house for a few hours before trimming the tags so if they do bag, you can return them.

  6. November 6, 2013 / 8:05 am

    Thank you so much for featuring me in my School Run look! It is great to see so many ways of styling jeans. I always love Catherine’s outfits (Not Dressed As Lamb) and I adore your look and that beautiful cardigan. You look very tall, Liz xxx (from What Liz Loves)

    • November 8, 2013 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you for joining us this month! I hope you’ll return next month for RED! It should be a very festive post!

  7. November 6, 2013 / 8:12 am

    I love how different everyone’s look is!!

  8. November 6, 2013 / 8:27 am

    Fabulous inspiring looks from everyone. So fun to see a guy here and some new comers too!


  9. November 6, 2013 / 8:45 am

    It’s so interesting to see the variety of styles this month. I love how a simple pair of jeans is showcased from a very casual look to chic and sophisticated and everything in between. The humble blue jean has come a long way in our wardrobe. Thank God for that!
    Adrienne, thanks as always to you and Jill for hosting 😉


  10. November 6, 2013 / 8:46 am

    Thanks Adrienne, for featuring me in my jeans today. It was an honor to be included along with so many beautiful women who indeed know how to wear their jeans. I look forward to following some of these sharp dressers.

  11. November 6, 2013 / 9:01 am

    Yay!!! Can you hear me clapping!! I probably say it every month, but this is my very favorite round up of looks yet! Everybody looks so stylish! Sheree and Catherine have me wanting to go play in my closet for some new looks!

    Adrienne, that last photo of you is perfection! It truly captures your relaxed Sonoma style so elegantly! How perfect that you were able to tie in the cardigan that began this wonderful series!!

    Thank you and Jill for another month’s inspiration! By participating I was able to get more clarity on my own personal style … I think I will be adding new jeans to the top of my wardrobe list, now that I know how important they are in my wardrobe … You and Jill inspired my post today!! I truly appreciate all the work you two do, to make this series a reality!


  12. November 6, 2013 / 9:13 am

    Wow…so many great looks and ideas…Good job everyone! And Adrienne…you look fabulous!

  13. November 6, 2013 / 9:29 am

    Hi there! What an amazingly stylish post, I loved seeing how all of these super stylish people wore their jeans, there is so so much inspiration here and as always you look fabulous! Hope you’re well and have a great week xx

  14. November 6, 2013 / 10:01 am

    Such great looks!! I love that everyone’s jeans are so different and styled so differently. So bummed I missed out on this series. I had the email in draft and never sent it out 🙁


  15. November 6, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    Love all the looks and I also noticed there were two styles for a blogger so no repeats which is very clever! But I must say that everyone has a great figure which helps in Jensen! I am afraid no amount of styling would help me;p

  16. November 6, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    I love this post! My lifestyle calls for jeans almost every day. I try to do something other than jeans sometimes but really….what’s better? 🙂 Love all the looks.

  17. November 6, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Thank you so much for including me amongst these lovely ladies, Adrienne!
    Your own look is stunning and simply perfect with the scenery!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  18. November 6, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    Fun to see so many great looks with jeans. Lots of new ideas!!

    The Arts by Karena

  19. November 6, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    Ah jeans are always and forever stylish. What a great collection of looks, well done!

  20. November 6, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    love all the different looks…thanks for having me! 🙂

  21. November 6, 2013 / 5:51 pm

    Hi Adrienne-All these looks are so fabulous. How fun to have some newcomers (and some men!) join the stylish fun. Loved your look and congrats on the 2nd anniversary. This is always such a fun blogger connection to make each month. I’m feeling very ‘red’ this season so count me in for next month.
    All reservations made by the way 😉
    xx, Heather

  22. November 6, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Love the series and will need to pull up my boot straps and get with the program…
    just need to get some new clothes!

  23. November 7, 2013 / 2:35 am

    I adore this series, too. All very stylish individuals. On the other hand – I simply love the personal style of Sylvia Steininger.

  24. November 7, 2013 / 4:18 am

    A great post which really does show the versatility of jeans and the vast array of designs, colours and styles too. A surprise to see some of the bloggers I follow here!

  25. November 7, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    Adrienne, SO fun! I love seeing everyone’s looks! Terrific to have a guy too. we need more men in the blogging world! Going to check out Jill’s post and everyone’s blogs.

    I love your Missoni cards. The last picture of you is lovely and probably my favorite ever. Beautiful!

  26. November 7, 2013 / 4:59 pm

    Adrienne, Thank you both so much for always curating these amazing collections of style. This is one was pretty easy for me – lots to choose from. But I wanted to let you know that you have inspired me to buy some distressed “boyfriend” jeans. Will be wearing those soon. Lovely to be included, as always, with so many wonderful looks, including the stunning photo of you!

  27. November 8, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    So great to see all these lovely ladies in their jeans. Talk about inspiration and fun ideas. Great job Adrienne and Jill for another perfect round up of HIWM series.

  28. November 8, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    All great looks! I can’t believe I missed this – jeans are so easy, and I have them on so often. I love that any width is okay these days. I remember when I was younger we first wore straight legs, then flares, then back to straight, then back to flares. Now, who cares!

  29. November 11, 2013 / 3:27 am

    Great post! Thanks for all the style inspiration! (PS Kimi, you look ADORABLE!)

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