Embroidered Denim: Do’s and Don’ts



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…


  • 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.


  • 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!

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Photos by The High Pines.



  1. Agreed with all your tips! I’m actually thinking of getting a pair of embroidered denim myself, they’re finally growing on me. But I’ve always thought they were a bit too girly, so I’m definitely going to look for a boyfriend fit.

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    Posted April 19, 2017 | Reply
  2. Rach says:

    These are great tips! I do love the embroidery denim!


    Posted April 19, 2017 | Reply
  3. Natali says:

    Your embroidered jeans are amazing!!
    You’re looking so cute in this casual combo!


    Posted April 19, 2017 | Reply
  4. elly says:

    I LOVE these denim jeans on you! Such a cute look and great tips girl!

    Posted April 30, 2017 | Reply
  5. Airforce says:

    Great tips!

    Posted June 12, 2017 | Reply
  6. Liz says:

    Great advice. I have a question. I am 57 yrs old. I adore fashion and my friends frequently ask me to help update their wardrobe. I work in a high school, so looking frumpy is the kiss of death. I walk the line always of being current or, “relevant” but not trendy or too young. I have my eye on a minimally embroidered girlfriend from Kut. Am I too old to do this??? I don’t feel that way, but would like some input. Thank you!

    Posted October 22, 2017 | Reply
    • Hi Liz! Love hearing a little bit about you. I don’t think you’re too old at all. Especially if the embroidery is minimal. That’s what I aim for, too. It just suits my style better. Are the colors in the embroider fairly neutral? That will help with versatility. I say get em! And own it. I’m sure you’ll look fab! xo

      Posted October 22, 2017 | Reply