Denim Jacket for Women as a Transitional Piece
Quote of the day: “Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.” Marcus Aurelius
I loved this quote for more than just clothing. It could be appropriate for relationship, security or many other aspects of our lives.
Yet, I bet we all have a jacket, maybe not a denim one, but one that is used for the cooler mornings and evenings. So that was the idea for this post. Wearing our denim jacket over sleeveless items. Even if it gets warm enough during the hottest part of the day that I would wear a sleeveless item; I rarely leave the house without a jacket! And below is to prove that we were all sleeveless. Thus the photos were taken inside for this post!!
If you don’t have a denim jacket in your closet, I’d love to know why? It’s a great way to make anything more casual, and comes in so many styles. Then again, it’s good that we aren’t all the same, so I love hearing other women’s opinions.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I wanted to wear my denim jacket over a sleeveless dress for some variety.
Let me tell you about this dress. It was in the $1 bin at our local thrift store, The Paper Chandelier, at the end of last summer. It came without the straps, but I knew I’d be more comfortable if I added some to it to hold it up. Therefore, I sewed in a green ribbon on each side to act as straps. I’m talking ribbon that had been used as gift wrapping. I was very proud of myself that I didn’t have to buy anything new. And I chose green because I couldn’t find a red that looked right.
Since my jacket has the zipper and seaming on the front, I was going to leave off a necklace. But then I came to my senses, ha ha! I recently bought these rose gold earrings from my friend’s Premier Designs site.
So I added in my rose gold necklace also. When I wore this necklace in our post awhile ago, you’ll notice it’s much longer. I have a couple of ways to shorten a necklace. Sometimes I use a orthodontic elastic to make it shorter. Yet this day, I ended up just knotting the chain in the back. Anyone else have any secrets?
Even though I don’t normally go with matchy matchy, I did wear my red ballet flats.
Not only that, but I wore my fishnet hose too, for a little warmth. Not that fishnets are as warm as tights, but I do think they add in another layer that helps. This pair I just purchased at Target. I’ll be interested to see if they hold up as well as my previous pair that I had for over 6 years.
The last piece of my outfit is my blue purse. You could say that it doesn’t match the outfit at all. However, I think this is sometimes my favorite way to incorporate my purse. Why not have it be a totally different color and stand out?
For example, what would you think of a yellow purse with this look? Or you could choose a more neutral selection like a blush purse. But let me see a raise of hands for those who would carry a red purse instead.
Dress: thrifted for $1 (similar here)~~Jacket: (similar here)~~Shoes: ShoeDazzle (similar here)~~Necklace: c/o Centime (here)~~Earrings: Premier Designs (here)~~Purse: (similar here)~~Fishnet Hose: Target (here)
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy wore her denim jacket with a somewhat dressy pair of pants.
Now let me tattle on Nancy when I say that I twisted her arm to buy this pair of pants. And maybe you wouldn’t consider them very dressy, but they are more of a shape like you would wear at the office.
In fact, this could be a perfect day to evening transitional outfit. This could be the casual day version. Then change out the denim jacket for a black one along with some black sandals , and you’d be ready for an evening out. Heck, I would have worn this with a black blazer and heels for a day of work too.
Nancy accessorized this look with a necklace to bring in the colors of the denim jacket and earrings to go with the top. The thing that ties them together is the fringe!
As for Nancy’s footwear, she opted for her blush sneakers.
I know Nancy has been super surprised at how the blush shoes seem to go with everything. Truly, they are very much like a nude shoe with just a little more color.
One of the things I really like about Nancy’s outfit, is how the bright pink shirt really adds so much color to the look. You can see how it’s a perfect color for her cool complexion.
Yet you could do this exact same thing with any other color if the bright pink doesn’t look wonderful on you. Since the pants are a neutral in black & white, and denim is considered a neutral, then you could span the rainbow for a different choice. Just think how great this green top (for under $15) would look. Or if you wanted to get adventurous, you could even add in a polka dot top in the same colorway.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: Maybe you didn’t notice, but this is a different denim jacket than my mom wore for the other post.
This one is a lighter wash and she chose it because it goes with the lighter colors in her outfit. Although, in reality, the young kids don’t always worry about that detail. Denim goes with everything no matter which color it is.
My mom’s jeans do look different in real life. They are more tan with pink, blue and green in them. This is her “skinny” pair of jeans that we picked up when we were shopping together at the LOFT last year.
Because of the pink in the jeans, my mom chose her pink, choker neck sleeveless top for this outfit. I want you to know that my mom bought this choker neck top before I even had one. Talk about adventurous, right?
Don’t worry, we are all going to wear this type of shirt in the future, because it’s one of those styles that I think is perfect for any aged woman. Now I have seen some of these tops where the v-neck is a little too low for my comfort. But there are other options too. Like a scoop neck, or a really shallow v-neck.
I also love how my mom switched it up with tucking in her shirt.
Since most women I know don’t absolutely love to tuck in their shirts, then this is a variation on the half-tuck. Why even try this? Because when your shirt is too long, it can cut off your legs and make you look squatty. But the half tuck or tucking the shirt into your pocket is an easy way to create a different line of your leg.
It’s the whole idea that an item that is asymmetrical looks great because our bodies aren’t perfectly symmetrical and thus anything that is can call attention to that. Of course, you can buy a shirt that has this kind of hem already here or here.
The rest of mom’s outfit came together easily. My mom picked out her pink flats since they matched the shirt. If you don’t have pink shoes, then nude or tan ones would be great also!
And then her purse is a tan print kinda like the jeans. You can see how the tan prints aren’t exactly the same, but it works.
So where were we? We went to the Denver Central Market for photos and dinner. It’s in an up and coming area of town (with many cool murals around the neighboring buildings). Yet, as you can see, it’s hard to get the best lighting even though there were many windows.
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I found so many pretty sleeveless blouses that would pair fabulously with your denim jacket.