Embroidered Denim: Do’s and Don’ts

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WHAT I’M WEARING

anthropologie ruffle-sleeve tee {old; identical style here} | clad & cloth embroidered jeans {wearing size M; similar styles here + here} | daisy love boutique mauve booties c/o {sized down a half size to 8 + restock coming next week – see discount code below!} | jcrew navy striped sweater {low stock; similar here} | tory burch tote {old; similar herehere via Amazon!} | karen walker sunnies | gorjana star necklace | mac lipstick in “saint germain”

I’ll be the first to admit I’m more cautious when it comes to investing in new fashion trends, such as the 70’s-inspired bell sleeves, bell bottoms, statement belts and ruffles upon ruffles upon ruffles we’re seeing this spring. Overall, I love 70’s fashion, it’s just not entirely practical for my daily life and I’m not interested in buying clothes I’ll never wear.

Maybe you feel the same.

One 70’s-inspired trend I did fall quickly in love with this spring is embroidered denim. Jeans are my go-to outfit staple, so finding a fresh take on my often over-worn distressed favorites is energizing. Finding the right pair of embroidered jeans can be challenging, however, so I’ve put together a quick list of things to look for…

DO:

  • Stick to boyfriend-style or skinny jeans. The casual appeal of the boyfriend jean adds balance to the otherwise “girly” embroidered embellishments. The simplicity of skinny jeans allow the embroidered details to make a statement without competing with other elements in your jeans, such as flares or overly distressed details. Plus, flares can take your look from 70’s-inspired to just plain 70’s. But hey, whatever floats your boat.
  • Keep the embellishments to a minimum. Let’s not overdo it. It doesn’t take much to make a statement with embroidered jeans. Like a tattoo, you convey an entirely different style and personality when your entire pant leg is covered in embroidery vs a small patch here and there. There’s a delicate balance.
  • Look for muted colors (pastels, faded hues, etc.). The louder the colors the more of a statement you’ll make with your embroidered jeans. If you’re drawn to more vibrant colors in general, go for it. Just ensure there’s some harmony with the amount of embroidery so the outfit isn’t too noisy.
  • Simplify your look. You could argue that my top and shoes above are “statement” pieces – they certainly have personality on their own – but if my top had a busy print and my shoes were a bright, vibrant color, your eyes would be drawn in too many directions, detracting from the beautiful detail of the embroidery. Keeping it simple means your other clothing items and accessories aren’t competing with your jeans for attention.

DON’T:

  • Do the opposite of the do’s above. ;)

Are you loving embroidered denim? What’s holding you back from trying some of the latest spring fashion trends?

I’d love to hear your perspective in the comments!

PS – To get my mauve booties for 20% off, use code FEARLESS at checkout and purchase through this link. (The discount applies to your entire order so feel free to browse around. I wear this top and this top regularly.)

Photos by The High Pines.

Amanda
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My Favorite Way to Wear Joggers + A BIG SALE!

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 WHAT I’M WEARING

thermal henley {20% off today only!} | sincerely jules joggers {sold out in this color, but available in grey for 20% off today only!} | sam edelman platform espadrilles {20% off today only + also available here} | rebecca minkoff crossbody {similar here + here for 20% off today!} | karen walker sunnies {20% off today only!} | gorjana necklace {20% off today only!} | mac lipstick in “saint germain”

USE CODE “EVENT17” TO GET 20% OFF THIS ENTIRE OUTFIT! (View the sale details here.)

Also, if you spend $500 or more, you can get 25% off your purchase with the same code!

More Shopbop sale favorites below.

Happy Friday!

Photos by The High Pines.

Amanda
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Do You Really Need These Popular Wedges?

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WHAT I’M WEARING

j.crew striped sweater {on sale! + similar here + here} | blank nyc jeans {my most-worn pair} | marc fisher wedges {just purchased this taupe pair} | anthropologie saddle bag {old; super similar bag here} | nasty gal sunnies {similar here + here via Amazon!} | j.crew petal earrings {sold out but super similar pair here!} | mac lipstick in “saint germain”

You may not believe this, but after I bought these wedges last summer, I hated them for a while. I already decided I was going to sell them this spring and then a bunch of people started featuring them again as a hot item all over social. So I felt compelled to give them another chance.

Here’s why I changed my mind (and bought another pair – what?!)…

Am I a Behemoth?

Okay, I admit it. I am a bit more image-conscious than I believe most people are (something that started way back in my childhood). For some reason, these shoes, while I loved the outfits I wore them with last summer, they initially made me feel HUGE. I’m 5’7″ and luckily have a husband who’s tall enough that I can confidently wear tall shoes, but I just felt like a giant clobbering around in my big platform wedges. I’m not sure what changed in the past 6 months, other than I’ve really been working on my health: healthy eating, healthy body, healthy self-talk, healthy self image.

Legs for Days

Once I got over my “issues” (truth be told, I was probably still learning to love my postpartum body), I gave the wedges another try, starting with my favorite jeans. Then I began to notice something–these shoes actually made me feel tall and thin. They reminded me of my favorite flatform wedges in 9th grade that I wore to the last thread. Those were a favorite because they made my legs look so long and lean (just what a 9th grader should be thinking about, right? [insert plam-t0-face emoji]).

Timeless Neutral Colors

The other thing that sold it for me was the color. I am super picky when it comes to finding dupes for designer items. I really liked the $700 Chloe wedges from last season (other than that price tag, sheesh!) and I searched for days to find the exact same color. These cognac wedges are as close as they come, even though the shade is darker. Regardless, they pair well with so many colors, especially pretty spring pastels. And the taupe pair I recently purchased is no exception. I’m excited to wear these through the summer and into fall.

Should You Buy?

So, should you purchase these wedges? Depends how you see yourself. The older I’ve gotten (and the more I’ve been blogging), the more I realize I can’t buy things because other people say I should. If it doesn’t fit with my style, my personality and all the real-world quirks and insecurities that come with that, then I’ll never get my money’s worth because I probably won’t ever wear them.

Whether or not you have my same body-image issues, these are definitely worth a dressing room session. And some other general knowledge… The fit is super comfortable. I typically wear 8.5 or 9 and went with 8.5 in these. I did get a blister wearing my new pair through the airport a few weeks ago, but keep in mind, it was the first time I’d worn them and I was walking pretty aggressively. I haven’t had any issues since. Also, a nice golden tan makes me feel better in everything, so you can try that out as well (I use this self-tanner). One more thing – I surprisingly did not like the blush color in these wedges. It reminded me of Band Aids. Band Aids make me cringe.

Hope this helps as you decide which spring shoe trends are a fit for you. For more ideas on how to wear, check out these blog posts and stay tuned for another post next week.

Good luck!

Photos by The High Pines.

Amanda
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