Dressing up Denim with Other Colors of Jeans

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 How can we be Dressing up denim for women over 50

Dressing up Denim with Other Colors of Jeans

Quote of the day: “You have to be absolutely frank with yourself. Face your handicaps; don’t try to hide them. Instead, develop something else.” Audrey Hepburn

I thought this quote was so inspirational. I know growing up, I always felt the need to be perfect. Yet it never happens. So why not concentrate on our strengths instead of worrying about our weaknesses?

The whole idea of dressing up denim started with a reader asking about this concept. So we covered that exact theme in the last post with our blue jeans. I understand that our society is more casual nowadays, so this idea could be perfect for many events and occasions.

So how about the same idea with your other color jeans? I know most of us would consider black as dressy, but would other colors work as well?

 Style with Dressing up denim for older women

I’d like to welcome Mary again to this post. Nancy was still on her Ireland vacation when we were taking photos, so my friend stepped in to help us out. Mary joined us in the Forever Fierce campaign, and has recently started working with Premier Designs Jewelry which I had to indulge in buying a couple pieces recently.

If you’re interested, we had planned to eat at this restaurant, Vines, in Parker after our photo shoot. Since it ended up raining this day, they allowed us to parade around their patio and create a disturbance inside too! And the meatballs? Yummy!

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit

Dressing up denim by wearing a silk shirt

Jeans: DIY’ed by Jude (similar here)~~Vest: Forever 21-thrifted (similar here)~~Top: BeBe -thrifted (similar here)~~Shoes: Jessica Simpson (here)~~Necklace: Baublebar (similar here)~~Earrings: from Trendz c/o (similar here)~~Bracelet: thirfted (similar here)~~Purse: from Cost Plus (similar here)

Ways we can be Dressing up denim with accessories

Ways we can be Dressing up denim with our shoes

Ways we can be Dressing up denim

Why I Wore This Outfit

I started out by pulling out these embellished jeans because I always think of embellishment as dressier. These jeans were DIY’ed by Jude almost 2 years ago. When she sent them to me, I did have to alter them to fit. I took in the waistband about 2 inches, and then cut off the length. I left the raw hem, and since then, they have raveled from washing. You can see the original length in the DIY post and it wasn’t that they were super long, but I wanted to be able to wear them with flats too.

After that I chose my silky shirt but felt like it needed a topper piece so I included a vest too. I’m not sure a hat makes it more dressy, but trust me, I needed it. Did you catch that part about rain? LOL.

How You Could Change This Outfit

There are two things I think would be fun to change up for dressing up denim this way. If you love the idea of the column of color under a vest or jacket, then wearing a tan blouse would be very pretty.

The other detail that many women talk about are the shoes. Even if you don’t wear heels, there are many flats that would look great with this outfit. You could match the shoes to the jeans for one option. Or I think a black patent flat would also look fabulous. That rule of not combining black and navy has been thrown out, so feel free to mix those colors together.

What Makes this Work

To me, the addition of the sparkly necklace against the silky shirt and longer pearl earrings, gives the outfit an air of fancy. Of course this could also be the perfect time to pull out your pearls. We tend to save them for dressy occasions, so that would work with this theme. It’s been a fun challenge to try to wear my pearl necklace with even a casual outfit.

Who Could Wear This Kind of Style

You might think that the long vest cuts off my body and creates the wrong proportion. And I could see that. Yet I know many women prefer to keep their shirts untucked and like the longer length to hide the tummy. So in my opinion, if you’re trying to camouflage the tummy this way, then make sure you draw the focal point elsewhere. That’s why I love my bling with all of my accessories.

Interesting Tidbit

This purse? I bought it at Cost Plus Market. It may not be your first choice for shopping for clothes and accessories, yet I’ve found some super fun items there. Let me introduce you to a couple more for under $20 that are also colorful and interesting. There is one with ostrich feathers for flair to the nth degree. Or if you wanted a lighter color version of my purse.

Mary’s (60+) Outfit

Ways we can be Dressing up denim with color

Jeans: INC (here)~~Top: Wish (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Necklace: Premier Designs (here)~~EarringsPremier Designs (here)~~Bracelet: Premier Designs (here)~~Purse: Michael Kors (similar here)

Ways we can be Dressing up denim with bling

Ways we can be Dressing up denim with fun pieces

Ways we can be Dressing up denim with embellishments

Why Mary Wore This Outfit

Mary had just gotten this blouse in the mail right before we took our photos, so she included it in her outfit. It really goes to show how birds of a feather flock together when thinking about dressing up denim. We both styled embellished jeans and a silky shirt.

These black jeans are Mary’s favorite jeans and her go to pair for any occasion. The embellishment on the waistband makes the question of needing a belt certainly obsolete. And like I said, bling is a fabulous way to make anything dressier.

How You Could Change This Outfit

With the embellishment at the waistband like this, it seems a shame to let your shirt hang out, which is why Mary tucked in her blouse. Yet if that’s not to your comfort level, then you could easily add a vest or jacket to keep the line longer.

What Makes this Work

I think that the proportions on this outfit are exactly what most stylists try to obtain. Mary’s legs look longer because the blouse looks short and she chose matching shoes to the jeans. Mary doesn’t wear heels but this kind of espadrille is perfect for others like Mary. They can give you a little height, but not incline your foot uncomfortably.

Who Could Wear This Kind of Style

Since black pants are most people’s go to when they want to be dressier, then I think every woman can be inspired by this look. Sure, you may change up the kind of top, or how you style it, but it’s a great option for those days you want to wear jeans. And rainy days and the cold weather are certainly times that dressing up denim may seem perfect.

Interesting Tidbit

Mary’s jewelry is all from Premier Designs. She’s been having such a great time working with the company and enjoying their great jewelry. I know they’ve been around for a long time, but that only means they are doing something right.

Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit

Ways we can be Dressing up denim with a punch of color

Jeans: Brain Tree from Drizzle & Shine (similar here)~~Jacket: Brooks Luby (similar here)~~Top: My mom made it (similar here)~~Shoes: Jambu c/o (here)~~Belt: Chicos (similar here)~~Earrings: thrifted (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

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Ways we can be Dressing up denim with bright color

Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit

My mom doesn’t have a plethora of modern jeans because she really likes wearing dresses and skirts. So she decided to grab these bright colored jeans from our trip to Seattle last fall.

Then she pulled out this tapestry jacket that was made by a local designed, Brooks Luby. She wore this jacket for our Easter post, and thought she’d try it with brighter colors this time. It’s made out of tapestry material which makes it different than normal jackets. And my mom explained that the portrait collar makes it dressier.

How You Could Change This Outfit

I realize that not every woman is comfortable wearing such a bright colored pair of jeans. So I think you could easily substitute a grey or black pair of jeans instead.

If you prefer a longer topper, then there are unstructured ones, or you could even wear a blazer from one of your suits. We talked about breaking up our suits last week, and this could be the perfect time to wear the jacket.

What Makes this Work

Wearing a fun jacket certainly can make most outfits have an air of fancy. In fact, if any of you are big Chico’s fans, that’s exactly what they used to do. They still have some in bright prints or more muted prints that would work for a great event.

Who Could Wear This Kind of Style

Since every woman has a pair of jeans, this would be wonderful for every shape and size. One aspect is the fit of your jeans. I know that most of my friends don’t love jeans as tight as you see them on the models. So it’s fine to pick a looser pair. Just make sure they aren’t too loose. It’s nice to see that you have a shape when wearing your jeans, even if they aren’t skin tight.

Interesting Tidbit

My mom just bought this corded belt at Chicos when we were shopping. The last time she wore this jacket she didn’t wear a belt with it, and the time I wore the same jacket, I did wear a belt. Even if you don’t love the focus of a belt on your jacket, if it’s the same color as the jacket, it could be a great shaping tip.

How can we be Dressing up denim for women in their 60's

Tips & Tricks

Dressing up jeans is not rocket science. Even though it may seem oxymoronic, I think that society norms have changed.  It’s accepted almost anywhere to wear your jeans to the dressier events.

So what I try to do, is think of the items I consider fancy. For my mom it was the portrait collar on her jacket. Mary and I gravitated towards a silky top and embellished jeans. Yet I think there are many possibilities that would also work. Heck, pull out that sequin top or metallic one that you usually save for New Years Eve. It’s that shine and glitter that makes life better.

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How can we be Dressing up denim for women after age 70

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If you want to start dressing up denim with other colors of jeans, I found some ones under $75 that would work.