“Live Within Your Means. Dress Beyond Them”

New shopportunities. I had never entered a Dress Barn store until I recently had the opportunity to check out the store’s new denim collection. With a mission statement like “live within your means, dress beyond them,” it makes no sense that Dress Barn and I weren’t acquainted before now either.

Back to the denim. I was impressed to find the wide range of denim possibilities—low waist to high waist fits, light washes to dark washes, skinny leg to trouser jeans, petite to regular fits, non-stretch to stretch fits, and a size range of 4 to 24. There were even jeans with features I couldn’t quite comprehend like bedazzled and print side panels. But hey, to each her own.

I tried on a few pairs and narrowed my favorites to a regular bootcut jean and a petite straight leg number. After a quick mental assessment of my wardrobe needs and the assistance of my personal shopper, I decided on a pair of dark rinse bootcut stretch jeans. And, get this, they retail for $29.99 at full price!

Check out a few looks with the new jeans.


Ruffled top—Ann Taylor

Belt—MICHAEL Michael Kors via Marshalls

Shoes—Tahari via UpperBid

Jeans—Dress Barn


Green Tee—Old Navy

Cream cami—Old Navy

Blazer—Banana Republic

Shoes—Nine West via Marshalls

Jeans—Dress Barn


Tank—Old Navy

Blazer—Banana Republic

Shoes—Nine West via Marshalls

Jeans—Dress Barn

Bag—Coach via Rag-O-Rama


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  1. September 25, 2009 / 6:18 pm

    love! I have to check out dressbarn again soon! 😀 That purple ruffled top is divine

  2. September 25, 2009 / 6:24 pm

    You look fantastic in all these looks! And I agree, their mission statement is brilliant.

  3. September 25, 2009 / 7:29 pm

    LOVE! i must check the barn now. i really love your blazer. i am on the hunt for a nice fitting black blazer like that. you look awesome:)

  4. September 26, 2009 / 1:42 am

    Very nice looks you put together. I'm a sucker for nice jeans at a reasonable price, so I will be at Dress Barn tomorrow!

  5. September 28, 2009 / 4:44 pm

    Will have to check them out. Thanks for the tip!

  6. September 29, 2009 / 10:00 pm

    i need to get to dress barn, quick! those jeans look great on you. and i wish i had thought of their slogan first, it would be perfect for a budget fashion blog.

  7. October 5, 2009 / 2:47 pm

    I love all of those looks!
    If you ever end up in Jackson, Ms—-let me know. I'll hire you as my personal shopper for the day. (: