Breaking up a Monochrome Outfit with a Denim Jean Jacket
Quote of the day: “People will always follow a good example: be the one to set a good example.” Anne Frank
I bet more than one of you out there loves a monochromatic outfit. At least if you’re anything like my mother! But what about using your denim jean jacket to break up the all-one-color look?
The classic jean jacket seems to come around in popularity every spring season! I know the three of us have had ours for many years, but I don’t always think of them as part of an outfit. Usually they are hanging in the coat closet waiting to be thrown on as we rush out the door!
So I thought I’d take a shot as using them for part of our outfits as inspiration! And to add in variety, I had all of us use different color schemes! Would you wear your denim jacket like this?
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: For my monochrome outfit, I chose blush pink for my jeans & shirt.
You probably know that blush is that “it” color of the season, if you’ve been shopping lately. Many of my older friends think that this shade washes them out, which would be the perfect reason to add your denim jacket on top! But if you still steer away from this color next to you face, then how about trying this skirt instead? Of course some pink jeans would work fabulously or even sneakers!!
But I just have to show you that I’m not the only one who loves this blush color with their denim jacket. I was reading Laura’s blog, I do deClaire, last week and saw her outfit was almost like mine!! That means it’s an ageless combination, right?
I had an inkling to wear my snakeskin sandals, so that led to the other brownish accessories!
These sandals have been at the top of my list for ease of wearing! I’m sure it has something to do with the ankle strap and very little material on the shoe that would rub against my feet! Nancy has a pair also, and loves them just as much! If you’re in the market, then here’s a fringe pair or a kitten heel pair! Heck you could also get a flat version in an espadrille!!
My pink jeans were thrifted over a year ago. I needed to shorten them, so I decided to try out the raw hem since I’ve seen it on purchased jeans?
I’m sure most of you frown upon the distressing on purchased jeans! I know I couldn’t imagine wearing it either! But it sure makes shortening your jeans much easier than sewing them! The way I think about it, is if and when I get tired of that look, I can always hem the jeans later!
Besides, it’s one of those details that is so modern! Yet it’s not in your face distressed and silly looking. Like these grey ones. You hardly even notice the raw hem! But if you like a little spunk on the hems, there is also the step version!!
And look at me wearing a scarf again!!
I don’t know about you, but I used to be one of those women that had scarves, but would never think to wear them. But I have to admit that between the fact that I got my scarves organized and I consider them now as part of my accessory arsenal, I wear them a ton!
Summer months may not be the time you even consider scarves, but I’ve decided to keep one in my car for the air conditioned stores!! Having a lightweight scarf to throw on easily, makes so much sense for someone who’s always cold like me! For example, this one would be nice for a little color! Or a neutral scarf that would go with everything!
Jeans: Simply Vera-thrifted (similar here)~~Jacket: DKNY (similar here)~~Top: Naked Zebra (from my Thrift Box) (similar here)~~Shoes: Abound (similar here in beige)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Sunglasses: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: I was so glad that Nancy chose a skirt and black colors for her monochrome look!
I see a lot of women wear all black, both young and older. And it’s almost getting too warm to really wear our leather skirts (or is it?) that all three of us have! We’ve styled them many times on the blog. The last time being here, here & here. Maybe leather skirts would be fine if you’re in an office setting like this one? Or if it was perforated and swingy, would that make it less hot for the summer?
Nancy also added her multi colored necklace to break up the all blackness!
I have to admit, that I think a great statement necklace can do so much to a solid colored shirt! Here’s a dressier one with pearls, that would even work for some upcoming weddings! Or how about a turquoise one? Who doesn’t love turquoise with almost every other color? But some of my favorite necklaces right now are those with tassels!! For some reason, I feel like tassels just make you smile!
And for Nancy’s shoes, she picked out her denim sandals!!
Since we all love our denim so much, then don’t you think there should be a pair of denim sandals in your closet? They will match when you do wear jeans, and they will go with everything else, right?
Besides the two pair I linked to below, I also found so many others that would work so great in any one’s closet. Like these or these if you don’t want a high heel. But if don’t mind some height in your shoes, then you might enjoy these or these.
Especially since Nancy’s denim jacket is a little lighter in it’s wash, I think it breaks up the darkness of the all black so perfectly!!
Heck, just think how good it would look over a LBD! Oh wait–we kinda did that a couple of years ago, here!
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: When I told mom she was to create a monochromatic outfit, I think she jumped up and down in glee for 10 minutes!!
Okay, so I could be exaggerating!! But she really does love her all one color looks!! I’m sure she was sorry to hear that she had to put a denim jacket over top…ha ha!
Anyways she chose yellow as her color of choice! Many of you already know that yellow is my favorite color recently, so we can safely assume that the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree!
You may be one of those women that thinks that you can’t wear yellow.
I get that, but I would argue 2 facts! One that there are many shades of yellow, and I’m sure one of them would look good on you. Second, you could always wear the color on the lower half of your body. Like these fabulous pants would be perfect for the summer months! Or if you enjoy wearing skirts, then this one is very pretty!
And you know how I feel about yellow shoes, right? One of my favorite posts was about yellow shoes here, here & here! In case you happen to appreciate my love for yellow shoes, then check out these and these for a little smile! Plus I couldn’t forget you women who still love heels, so these and these are for you!
For mom’s denim jacket, we even added some of her brooches on one of the pockets.
The last time we talked about brooches on our pockets on the blog, was in the winter months! They do seem like a heavier accessory, but how can you pass up the fun designs out there like this one or this one? Besides there are some that really are made for the summer like this one or this one!
I’m sure you might have noticed that even though we all wore the same colored top & bottom, I did change up the shoes and accessories.
I’m not exactly sure why I gravitate towards adding in some color for some part of our outfits, except to say that color makes me happy! I also would venture to say that the added in color adds a focal point. Like for my mom’s jewelry. Even though it’s small, the garnets stands out nicely against the yellow & blue!
Pants: SK Wear (similar here)~~Jacket: Guess (similar here)~~Top: Mom made it (similar here)~~Shoes: Nine West (similar here)~~Brooches: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Your denim jean jacket can be the perfect item to throw over your monochrome outfit! And it’s easy to take off when it gets too warm also, leaving you with a sophisticated look!
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