J Brand lovestory jeans
James Perse sheer slub side panel shirt | $155 at James Perse in lots of colors
3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder satchel
You know how “they” say that hippy/pear shaped women should wear flared or bootcut jeans to balance out their hips? Well, the truth is that I don’t like the way these look on me as much as I like skinny/straight leg jeans, so I think “they” are wrong. But I just recently got these hemmed so I could wear them, and my husband prefers this style on me, so I’m giving them another try. I do like them on me, maybe just not as much as skinny/straight jeans. But I could also be crazy.
And I felt bad for dissing JP’s shoe choice in yesterday’s post, so I wanted to make it up to him by waxing poetic on how AMAZING and WONDERFUL this shirt is. I’ve had this top for at least 5 years and it doesn’t show it’s age at all. It’s quite flattering on all women, copied to death, and worn all over TV/movies – for a reason. I couldn’t possibly recommend ONLY ONE James Perse piece, but if you’re just starting out with the brand, perhaps this is the piece to start with? I do recommend sizing up one size, and be aware that it’s relatively sheer, but it’s the most versatile top I own. I wear it tucked, un-tucked (mostly), and open. If I wore color, I’d have one in every color 😉
Also, I made it a goal recently to find another place to take my outfit pictures, but the truth is that if I didn’t do them outside on my balcony, they’d never get done. I know it’s not fabulous photography, but I’ve been doing my outfit pictures myself, with a tripod and timer since I started, so I kind of consider it my “signature.” My husband can’t follow me around, pose me, and shoot my photo three days a week – and there’s really not anywhere else great (or flat) around my apartment to take photos. And a few of my neighbors freak me out. So for now, I’m going to have to keep taking my outfit photos on my balcony. And the truth is, I actually think it’s okay.
I hope you guys have a great weekend!! And in case you don’t read Grechen’s Codes regularly, head over there and check out the Friends & Family sales going on this weekend at Joie, Equipment & Tory Burch…
I think that you look great, either in flared or fitted jeans. I don’t have that JP shirt yet. Clearly, I need to buy it. It looks very versatile. The balcony is beautiful! We get to see the changing seasons, reflected in the trees’ transformation. I laughed about the freaky neighbors part. Unfortunately, I can relate. We try to avoid most of ours. My husband takes fashion photos of me sometimes, but he’d never “follow me around.” Unless, I had a big brownie in my hands;).
Grechen Reiter says
funny you mention the changing seasons – i think it’s kind of cool how you can really see the difference in the trees! i love looking back…
and yes, you need this shirt. it’s a JP must-have! lastcall.com usually has the non-slub version on sale and sometimes for around $50, but i really prefer the slubbed one.
The issue for me is that bootcut and wider looks dated.
Grechen Reiter says
true. i do feel very 70’s/90’s in these…
I appreciate the link, I’ll check it out. FYI: Although I’m a new reader, you helped me make two eBay purchases last night. I bought the JP cropped military jacket, from a few seasons ago. It still looks like a classic, and I’ll love it for layering. I also bought a Vkoo cashmere infinity scarf in olive green. I think it’ll go great with the jacket. It was NWT, and I got it for under $80 (the seller accepted my offer). I like your style suggestions a lot; and I’m glad that I discovered your site. Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks!
Grechen Reiter says
oh!! yay for the VKOO scarf, you will LOVE It. i can’t wait to wear mine again, although it’ll be january before it’s cold enough here 🙁
and i always loved that jp military jacket. what a great deal.
hope you have a good weekend too!
I adore infinity scarves because of their versatility. It’s already cold enough for cashmere in Maine, too. Can’t wait, to wrap that soft scarf around my neck!
See, I love bootcuts, and I do think they look good on you. Sexy in a tasteful way. But I think they need a less solid shoe, either strappy and platform, or a pointier toe if closed.
I think the boot-cut jeans look great and I agree with Lisa that a pointier toe would be better.
I love that JP top and have several similar ones. They look great on everybody and can be dressed up or down (like all JP things). And they last forever.
Laurel, I can see that this site will be a “bad influence” on my clothing budget;). I need to buy that JP shirt asap! (Maybe I should make a JP shopping shrine.)
I can vouch for the fact that the JP shirt is super-flattering! And RJS, you are going to LOVE this blog!!
P.S. I think Laurel and Lisa are right, a pointy toe shoe or boot would definitely elongate the leg line with the bootcuts. I kind of see them as classics, like a white button down, a trench, black riding boots, etc….Not that there’s anything wrong with skinnies. Those have become classics, too! But Leo is right: You look GOOD!
Cathy Benavides says
First of all, I love that outfit! It always amazes me how you take seemingly normal pieces and turn them into such a chic look. You are my idol 🙂
Second, I LOVE your pictures! I go to fashion blogs for inspiration and fashion ideas – not to see someone play model in an abandoned parking garage. In your pictures, I get to see what I want; your awesome outfit and lovely smile. What else do you need on a fashion blog? I’m not gonna get into my full rant, but I am so tired of the one upmanship of fashion bloggers. It’s fake and it’s stupid and it’s annoying. That’s why I only read like 5 fashion blogs these days……
I’m with Cathy. Your balcony pics are all we need. We want to see your clothes and your enthusiasm, not some dark alley. 🙂
I’m with Cathy and Laurel too — love your enthusiasm, love the balcony pix. I check out only one or two other fashion blogs (on a good week) and Grechen, yours is the only one I’ve ever commented on, mostly for reasons Cathy mentions. I love the bootcut jeans on you and agree that a pointier shoe/boot is better. I can wear bootcut even with a flat if the shoe has some “length” to it. Full disclosure: I’m a bit biased. Skinnies look great on you, Grechen, but I dislike them on me (5’3″ hourglass, short torso). I do wear skinnies and have worked up a couple outfits that I think are OK, but nothing works as well on me as dark-wash bootcut with a heel. I always get compliments on them (Paige Skyline), which might be a reflection of my confidence more than anything else.
Grechen Reiter says
guys!!! you know my shoe wardrobe doesn’t consist of ANY pointed shoes. oh, well, my theyskens’ theory flats pointed shoes, but i can’t wear those with these jeans…
but i was thinking that looking at these pictures: that the jeans would look better with a shoe that is less clunky. perhaps my rag & bone booties? i’ll try and experiment a bit…
I agree, MV. I already love this blog. I appreciate all of the style suggestions and sales information. As well, as Grechen’s efforts and hard work. I can see why she has so many loyal readers! Thanks for acknowledging my input, too. I was the first to say something about liking the balcony shots, but no one mentioned me in later comments. I might be the “new kid of the block,” but I’ve been obsessed with personal style for decades.
Sorry, RJS, I didn’t mean to ignore your balcony comments. Grechen packs so much in her posts, there’s lots of threads that emerge and I just lost track of that one.
Thanks, Laurel! I appreciate your acknowledgement. I also understand about losing track of a thread. When I enjoy a blog, I like to be a frequent commenter. Interacting with other regular readers is important to me:).
Actually, I should’ve written “new kid on the blog,” not “new kid of the block.” Guess my mind was on scoring that JP shirt, that everyone (but me) has;).
RJS: We always welcome the “new kid on the blog”!! (clever, very clever! 😉 )
I have the VKOO scarf, too, in a rosy shade and it is gorgeous and SOFT!!!
Grechen Reiter says
wait. we’re the same! although i wonder if i’m really an hourglass anymore. maybe more like a pear…
i do generally like bootcut/flare jeans, and i used to wear them quite a bit (earlier in the decade), but either with flats or “pointier” platforms. i just don’t like to wear heels much anymore, so i gravitate towards skinny jeans because they lend themselves well to flats. IMO anyway 😉
Sarge in Charge says
What, your husband doesn’t have hours a day to follow you around and take photos of you wearing great outfits in industrial settings or standing in the middle of the street? 🙂
And I love that shirt too! I have the black and recommend it to everyone.