Falling into Fall: Part 3 Denim for fall

Denim is everywhere for fall 2015.  When we talked about classics, I mentioned that denim is a wardrobe classic.  But just because something is a wardrobe classic doesn’t mean you can’t buy a few trendy jeans as well.  Just about every woman I know depends on denim to make things work in her wardrobe that embodies Effortless Chic. I truly believe that denim is one of the most important elements in any good wardrobe and just like shoes and boots it changes with every season.

Keeping in mind the style trending themes for Fall 2015: 1970’s Boho and Mod, Minimalist, Glam-Goth, Victorian and Geek Chic; we can delve into fall denim looks and show you how to wear it back to one of the main trends. I will give you a little stylist tip: don’t tie yourself into one look all season.  Maybe take a few elements of each fall trend and see how they work for you.  If I never pushed myself to try new things I would strictly be staying with the minimalist trend.  I love clean lines on clothes, shoes, denim and not a lot of embellishment.  But then I fall in love with a top or sweater with some lace and find my moto boots so comfortable or see a wonderful print coat that would look great with flare jeans etc.  If you see something you love ( and can afford it) try it with your wardrobe.  If you can’t think of one to wear it with when you have it in your hand at the checkout you have two choices, talk to a stylist ( like me) or put it back.  How much money has been wasted on things you thought you loved and you get it home and every time you put it on to wear you take it off and put on something else.  That happens to me too.  I have just gotten better at putting things back. My goal with this blog is to get every reader to love walking into their closet and always be able to find something to wear that makes them feel great!

Now back to Fall denim. There are denim silhouettes that are always in style: The Straight leg or skinny jean, The Bootcut style and the Boyfriend jean, Those 3 silhouettes have been in style for all seasons for the pretty much the last 10 years.  But there are new styles to beef them up for Fall 2015.  New ways to wear your skinny jean, new updates for boyfriends and bootcuts.  The newest silhouettes for Fall 2015 are Flares or Wide-leg jeans, Cropped wide-legs, trouser jeans and high-rise jeans. We are also seeing the emergence of denim crossing over to the office world and the re-emergence of the overall. I am going to endeavor to show you examples of all the different denim elements for fall and how to wear them.  Please remember to only wear things if they look good on your body.  You may love Cropped Wide-leg jeans but if you are short and curvy they really will not be your best friend.  If you look in the mirror and say you’re not sure about a look on you, that is your little inner fashionista saying no.  Please listen to her!

Straight leg Jeans and Jeggings

The biggest changes in our wardrobe classics are the length of the rise, the different washes and the embellishments. The high-rise skinny is one of the big looks for fall 2015slim high rise skinny jean by Genetic denimThis is a pair of high-rise skinny jeans from Genetic denim for fall. I am a huge fan of skinny jeans, I believe they look good on almost everyone and with a higher rise we can guarantee there will be no muffin tops around. put together skinny jean lookHere is a put together look with the same skinny high-rise jeans and a t-shirt and jacket.  Effortless.  Want to tie this jean back to our fall trends above? Think how great skinny jeans look tucked into boots for Glam Goth or with a lace tunic and lace up shoes for a Victorian touch.  And in my mind they always work with a minimalist look because they have the cleanest lines of any jean on the market.

Jeggings, which are tighter, stretchier skinny jeans can work with Boho 70’s look.  Think about lighter wash jeggings and tucked into a fringe boot. Or think a trench style or wrap style dress with a jegging underneath with a low stacked heel bootie. Voila! You have a mod 1970’s look down pat. Here is one I showed for summer from White House Black Market.  They have fall versions as well and the trench dress is everywhere. 20150806_131958You can see from the look of the dress with the white skinnies and the trench dress beside it with pants.  It is 1970’s work wear all over again.

What to mix your fall trends, go ahead.  I love a skinny or straight jean with a loose cape or flowy lace top. cape with skinny jeansThis wonderful cape from Ann Taylor for fall works great with the skinny jeans and jeggings for a minimalist fall look.  But you could also put it with a flowy blouse for with some lace.  Or take the same skinny jeans and wear it with a Moto style boot and leather jacket. Moto Vince Camuto boot These Vince Camuto boots just inspire me to tuck in jeans and maybe wear it with a black edgy jacket.

I could go on about skinny jeans all day and show hundreds of great looks but we must move on.  Remember that it’s the high-rise skinny this fall, way better for women in their 40’s and 50’s anyway, it makes you look thinner.  When I talk about skinny jeans, we can also substitute straight leg or pencil leg jeans in every scenario.  Straight and Skinny high-rise are interchangeable as long as you don’t need a jegging.

Boot Cut and Flares

I put these two categories together because if you are more conservative you will not want a super wide leg flare. You can nod to the new trend by wearing a pair of bootcut jeans with a bit wider of a hem. talbots bootcutTalbots is wonderful for showing a trend but pairing it down so someone who is more conservative can wear a trend.  These are Talbots classic bootcut jeans, a tiny wider at the hem.  talbots widelegHere are Talbot’s wide leg jeans for fall.  Not as much of a flare as some other brands but trendy enough if you want to stay conservative.

The wide leg trend is a 1970’s trend.  This season I have seen Flares worn like dress pants and paired with belted blazers and soft tops. Wear them with stacked heel shoes or boots and carry a saddlebag style purse and you have nailed it. The look here is from the current People Style watch magazine.20150831_084655It shows exactly what I am talking about and a great way to wear the wide leg jean with a belted blazer that will look good on any body. The denim is Paige, jacket is from Talbots and it is paired with a Ann Taylor belt.  A stacked heel boot or shoe and you are dressed. The same wide leg can be shown with a lacy or Victorian style top Anthropologie Montmartre topThis top by Montmartre at Anthropologie will look fantastic with wide leg and straight leg jeans alike. Make it work for you with lace up boots or booties and you are done.  You can also wear your flares with a simple Turtleneck or funnel neck sweater. Liatiko pulloverHere is one from Liatiko at Anthropologie that you can wear with wide leg dark washes and completely be minimalistic.  Note the rich color that is one of the new ones for Fall 2015.

Wide leg cropped jeans are really not going to be as big as flares but there are a lot of wide leg cropped pants out there as well as denim ( we used to call them gaucho pants in the 1970’s) and I would pair them with a Boho look. wide leg cropsHere are a pair that aren’t denim ( I had trouble finding a sophisticated pair in denim in a look that would work for all of us). But this is probably the best way to wear a wide leg crop.  The pant is from Erica Cavallini Semicouture and available at Anthropologie.  The tucked in turtleneck and the edgy boots work with both a Boho look and a Mod look.  You could even nod to Victorian if you switched the boots to lace ups.

My best recommendation if you haven’t tried flares before is to buy a pair that is a moderate width and will look great belted with delicate blouses or blazers and belts. Those are both great looks for women who don’t want to look like girls. A higher heel on a boot or shoe looks best.  Save the ballet flat and loafers for a classic cul or skinny jean. If you really are uncomfortable with a wide leg but you want something other than a skinny jean go back to a boot cut.  There are a ton out on the market and maybe just do it in either a light wash or a black wash for something new.

Denim for the Work Place

One of the new big denim looks for fall is tailored denim pieces.  Great for Minimalist like me who love denim and would like to be able to wear it everywhere. Also great for a Geek Chic look with mismatched blouse and blazer with a trouser jean and loafers.  Ann Taylor is showing denim in some great silhouettes for fall.ann taylor flare trousersHow about these great flare trousers.  They look great with a classic pump, a stacked heel boot or a loafer.  They are tapered enough to be trousers with a blazer for a work look or flared enough to wear on the weekend for a Boho look.  Notice the dark wash and how much more sophisticated the jean looks with a darker wash and polished finish.

denim sheath dressHow about a beautiful denim sheath dress courtesy of Ann Taylor.  Great with classic stacked heels and a blazer for the office ( if you can wear denim to the office) or with suede boots out for dinner. Minimalist classic lines are great for adding another trendy piece too. Like maybe a fringe jacket or chunky low stacked heel for a Mod vibe with 70’s accessories. denim trenchThis denim trench also from Ann Taylor is great for taking denim up a notch for fall and making a statement. This is definitely something you could wear to the office over a black suit just to make your classic suit look more on trend.  Most of the denim separates are full on Minimalist but you can take them and pair them with almost any trend for fall.

Here are two fall denim pencil skirts denim pencil skirtzip front denim pencil skirtThe top one is a classic pencil from Ann Taylor and  is shown in a very classic way.  But wouldn’t it look great with a bit of lace or with a leather jacket? The one on the bottom is from Madewell and it is in a black denim with a great zipper running the length of the front ( I like it so much I already bought it!). This is a touch more Glam Goth than the one above but it could also be Minimalist or Mod.  I think it will be fabulous with tights and booties, or great with a lacy top and pumps.  Denim separates are all in for fall and there are lots out there at good prices. Try the denim trouser or pencil skirt for a work place look if you can.  Think of a denim trouser ( wider leg) with a black belted blazer and pumps. Or like the skirt above with a tailored shirt and pumps.  Those would be the best way to wear denim to the work place.

Boyfriend and Casual jeans

Boyfriend style jeans, especially the slouchy nature of the jeans are in for fall.  Think of a wider boyfriend rolled up with boots. 7 for all mankind boyfirend jeansHere are a pair or 7 for all Mankind boyfriend jeans.  A little wider for fall and you can roll them up or down. AG cropped boyfriendsAG denim is doing the same thing.  A bit of distress on  dark boyfriend style worn with high heels or great with boots.  This type of silhouette falls right into the lap of a Glam Goth look or a Boho look.  It all depends how you put it together.  One of my favorite jeans are my Eileen Fisher boyfriend jeans.  I bought them because the sales person was wearing them with the Eileen Fisher booties I already owned and a tucked in oversize shirt with cinched waist belt.  I was in love with her look and the key piece was the jean.  I wear mine year round and with all sorts of shoes, boots and tops. Boyfriends would look great with a casual bootie and a fringed cape or jacket. Look on the web for some styling ideas if you are stuck or buy a fashion magazine.

So this has been a long blog ( or maybe it just seems like it to me) the newest silhouettes in denim this fall are skinny jeans with a high waist, flares ( also with a higher rise), wide leg crops if you want to go there ( I really don’t think I am) and denim as tailored pieces.  Most of my denim I can wear year round.  Look for darker washes or even colored twill pants in the shape of a skinny jeancurvy colored jeans that has a cut that is on trend and you can wear them like denim.  This pair of curvy skinny twill pants from Ann Taylor are a great substitute for jeans for almost every occasion and the color is bang on for fall.

Ready to start shopping for fall jeans? Great.  Remember to try everything on and be your own best critic.  If it’s not comfortable and doesn’t look good don’t buy it.  I would love to see the pictures of the things you are buying or how you are putting things together.  Send them to suethefashionista.com and if you want feedback I will gladly help you out.

There will be no blog on Monday September 7 because of Labor Day.  So stay tuned for the next fall blog about pants and skirts for fall on September 10.  Enjoy the long weekend!

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