Winter Whites for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Just Jeans
Quote of the day: “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.” Mark Rowse
My personality is such that I’m constantly trying to figure out the whys about issues! In fact, my husband will say to me “your poor mother” because I’ve been know to ask why more than once in a conversation so he concludes it must have annoyed my mother when I was growing up! But come on, isn’t that how you learn?
I say this to because I was wondering why I love white jeans so much–even in the winter! And I think it comes down to the fact that they make the other colors pop so much better than either blue jeans or darker ones. Just think about the outfits above. If each of us had blue jeans on with these tops, the outfits would feel much more muted. And maybe that’s your preference. But at least I think I figured out my obsession with white jeans!
And of course, these same white jeans got styled in our other posts about winter whites. You can see them with all white, here, or mostly white, here. And I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
I thought about the variety for the 3 of us in this white jeans post. You can see in the collage above that my mom is wearing a dark top, Nancy is wearing a muted color tunic, and I wore the bright colored shirt! And don’t forget to peek and see what our blogette is wearing at the bottom of the post!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: My white jeans got paired with my bright sweather. The pink/purple color is very flashy, but, of course, that’s what I love about it. I just recently purchased it when the Limited had their going out of business sale. I wasn’t too sure about the style, but my husband like it!
I’ve decided that I’m a crew neck snob, meaning I rarely wear a crew neck by itself. Like in this outfit, I had to layer a collared shirt under it! So I reached for my dark chambray shirt (we had a series on them here, here & here) since it basically matched the blue in the sweater.
This sparkly necklace is one of my favorites! It’s basically beige so it really works with any color and since it’s also quite blingy, it adds some sparkle! I’ve had these earrings for a couple years, and since they were the same color as the sweater, I added them to the outfit!
I’m not sure you can tell by the pictures, but the blue hanging out of the bottom of the sweater is attached. It creates a flowy shape to the sweater, which is not my first impulse when I get dressed. But I thought it might work with the skinny jeans? Especially since there is a white stripe in the sweater, I really like the contrast the white jeans provide.
Jeans: LOFT (here remember, the LOFT has sales almost continuously—I usually pay around $30 for these)~~Denim top: Boden (similar here in a medium wash)~~Sweater: The Limited (similar here with other colors too)~~Boots: Coolway (similar here with shearling inside!)~~Necklace: BaubleBar (similar here)~~Earrings: BaubleBar (similar here very reasonable, but check these out–oh la la!!)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy & I wanted to style her tunic that she just bought when we were in Vegas for Christmas. I thought it’d stand out wonderfully with our winter white theme as the focal point.
Nancy’s tunic has a lot of fun bling along the top portion and looks great with her coloring! The earrings are a silver hoop but they also have rhinestones in them. I know my mom grew up with the rule of “no rhinestones before 6 pm”, but luckily that’s out the window!!
It’s not a super thick warm piece though, so we added in a scarf. I know I’ve styled a scarf this way for mom in the past, but never for Nancy. But it’s a great way to add in a little warmth around her neck, but not take away the focal point in the front. I could have used a small neck scarf, but Nancy didn’t have one where the colors looked as good as this one!
Even though most of us think of tunics as an item to wear with leggings, I’m experimenting by having Nancy wearing it with jeans. Her jeans aren’t necessarily skinny, but I did keep the color of her shoes very neutral so they almost match the white jeans.
Jeans: Chicos (similar here in an ankle length version)~~Tunic: Vocal (similar here solid colored or here in a country version)~~Shoes: Ecco (here)~~~Scarf: (similar here as a long one)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: This is one of those outfits for mom that is not her first choice! She’s been patient with me for styling her white jeans in the winter, but it’s certainly not her first choice. And then this sweater has 3/4 length sleeve, so we just added in her arm warmers!
I was proud of mom for picking out the earrings for this outfit. Because you can probably see that they really don’t exactly match the burgundy of her arm warmers or shoes. But I think they are far enough away to pick up the burgundy vibe and besides they are amusing, right?
My mom has a footwear problem just like I do!! She love shoes, and especially ones that are so interesting! But I will tell you, she used to always wear these booties with burgundy tights and a burgundy dress! And you really never noticed how cool these shoes were because they blended in with everything else! Leave it to me, to make them stand out and be noticed!
As for the arm warmers, I put together a blog post about how to make your own here. It’s a relatively easy project and can be truly economical. They may not be an item you wear all the time, but I’ve found that when I need them, it’s heaven on earth!
Jeans: XOXO (similar here)~~Sweater: Romeo & Juliet (similar here way more fitted or here with two colors)~~Boots: Donald Pliner (similar here in a solid burgundy)~~Arm Warmers: Mom made them (similar here in a brighter color or here more muted)~~Earrings: (similar here in a tassel variety)
Mireille (Blogette): Mireille went with a muted top too (like Nancy’s) to pair with her white jeans. Considering Mireille’s top is a lighter color, the jeans really make you sit up and pay attention to the sweater!
In Mireille’s words: “I don’t know how you all get such nice pictures for your blog. I wasn’t satisfied with any of mine for the last look so I ended up with a top down selfie. I paired the pants and black booties with a long tunic sweater I found at a consignment store this fall. The sweater is not very thick and I really like how it fits.”
Mireille’s comment about the photos actually made me feel good. Hopefully my blog pictures are getting better and better, but I will admit, it’s not always easy!!
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Of course I put together some options for winter white jeans in almost every variety. Even distressed! The Land’s End jeans say they are stain repellent–now isn’t that a great idea?