Wearing our Denim Jacket over a Maxi
Quote of the day: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou
This quote really spoke to me today. Why? Because there are many days that I question what I could be doing better and why aren’t my numbers as good as others. Yet in reality, my days are fabulous. I am able to spend at least one day a week with my hubby, mom and Nancy, exploring different areas of Denver, along with having fun with our clothes.
And while I usually ignore mean comments, I remember one person saying that denim jackets were only for teenagers and outside workers. It’s true that might have been the case in years past, however, I think the denim jackets have grown to be a staple in most women’s closets.
Besides, I love how denim can make almost anything more casual. Just like when we styled our LBD’s for everyday recently, the jean jacket works with our maxis too.
And the maxi trend? If you’re not a fan, then just imagine the looks with a shorter skirt!
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I had two thoughts of how to wear my denim jacket.
First, I think of the jean jacket as a more masculine piece, so I wanted to style it with a completely different kind of skirt. So I chose this breezy, almost boho skirt that was made by our local designer, Brooks Luby. We even showcased her tunics last year on the blog. It’s not exactly a full length maxi skirt, but I think it can be the perfect length for those of you that feel like the longer ones get in the way when moving around.
Then, I also wanted to wear my jacket zipped up as a top. Needless to say I was wearing a sweater under this because the weather was chilly, but heck, you wouldn’t have to.
Since I was wearing my jacket as my top, I had to add in some fun with this scarf and brooches. Truthfully, I had the scarf placed so the ends hung down the front to create a longer line (or so I thought). Yet over the time in the car and walking around, I see that it migrated so the knot and ends were at the side instead.
Hopefully, the colorful pins create a way to forget the large expanse of blue material. The large brooch on the right was picked up at the thrift store recently. It must have been hand made by someone, because it’s actually pieces of a jigsaw puzzle with other items glued to it. How cool is that?
I love that the three of us opted for all different types of footwear choices with our skirts. I remember reading that you should only wear sandals with your maxis a couple of years ago. And I’m here to show how that is hogwash.
These ankle boots are my much loved print booties that I bought last year. The advantage of a “shorter” maxi is you can appreciate the footwear that you’re wearing with it. I chose the dark blue to counteract the dark blue of the denim jacket.
Even if booties are the last thing on your mind to purchase in the spring, it could be smart. With prices like this or this, you can’t go wrong and it’s like they’ll be new for the colder months. Just don’t be like my mom and forget them for a couple of years after purchasing them…ha ha!!
I think one of the reasons I was drawn to this skirt, is the fact that it has so much movement. That and the colors remind me of the ocean. Not that I am a water girl, but I do love the colors associated with it.
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: The other aspect that is fun about this post, is that all of our denim jackets are not exactly alike.
Nancy’s jacket is much lighter than mom’s and my jacket. Most of us consider the lighter washes of denim to be more casual, so if your life is more casual, then that type may be great for you. Of course, I can find you a plethora of light wash denim jackets like this one, yet you may also stumble across them at the thrift store.
Nancy added in her lightweight silicone jewelry that we were gifted from Coruu. For those of you who don’t love heavy jewelry, then silicone jewelry is a perfect option. Especially for large earrings, then they aren’t killing your earlobes at the end of the day.
Nancy chose her sandals to wear with her maxi dress.
She said she picked these shoes because they matched the print of the dress so well. Not that you might have sandals that match the print of your dress, but I think even black sandals or nude sandals would work with something like this.
You can see the maxi that Nancy wore is actually a maxi dress. And you’d never guess where she bought it? At Walgreens drug store of all places. Not that you’re probably there looking for your clothing selections, however, if an item presents itself that is a great deal, why not? Nancy figured she probably wouldn’t wear this dress a whole lot except for the blog, so spending $15 on it was ideal.
And these wrap kind of dresses, it’s normal for most of us to need a cami or shirt under it. We showed wearing a camisole under dresses last year because this makes most of us feel more modest. Of course another way would be to sew the “v” part together higher up, so you don’t have to worry about another layer underneath. That’s what I did with one of my maxis in the past.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: My mom started out grabbing her newly made maxi skirt that she “whipped together” last year yet never got around to wearing.
She told me she “found this material in the basement”, and decided to put it to use as a maxi skirt. The funniest thing is she used to keep most of her extra material in her guest bathtub, so it sounded even funnier to hear her say “the material in my bathtub.” If any of you sew, then maybe you understand this material collection? Of course, I can’t talk….you should see my yarn stash!
And check out how my mom added some lace to the collar of her denim jacket. Since it was a man’s jacket, she figured it might make it more feminine.
Let’s talk about my mom’s footwear of choice for her maxi.
She pulled out her riding boots to keep warm. I think it works perfectly with this skirt because the slit allows you to see the boot so well. These are the boots that my mom had dyed at the cobbler. They were a light grey, and he dyed them this navy blue. It’s a perfect way to possibly get the color boots you want if you can’t find the right color in the store!!
If you are looking at maxi skirts, I do think it’s helpful to find ones with at least a small slit in them. It certainly makes it easier to walk and move around. I even showed how you could tie it up on the side a couple of summer’s ago as a variation.
For example this skirt has two front slits, whereas this one only has one on the side. And if the slit seems a little high for your comfort, there’s always a needle and thread to close it up slightly, right?
Here’s a behind the scenes look where I’m keeping Nancy’s leopard coat warm while she gets ready for her individual shots!
This mural? It’s the boy’s face painted on one side of these slats, and then if you walk to the other end of the sidewalk and look back, it’s the girls face on the other side! Cool, huh?
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Whether you prefer a maxi skirt or maxi dress with your denim jacket, I found a ton that would be great: