Fall’s Biggest Trends Anchored by One Pair of $30 Jeans

This post is sponsored by DENIZEN® from Levi’s® jeans.

I’ve been so excited since getting a sneak peek of the Fall collection of DENIZEN® from Levi’s® jeans. I love a dark and dressy black jean in the fall, and I’d been hoping that my favorite denim brand would offer a pair. And, it’s here! DENIZEN® has released the Curvy Skinny Jeans in black, and I love them! I know you will too.

The curvy skinnies offer an ideal fit for us women with hips. They’re made of the same super-stretchy premium denim we expect from DENIZEN® jeans. The curvy fit jeans also feature a contoured mid-rise that perfectly hugs the curves. By the way, they’re available at Target in sizes 2-28 and in short and long lengths.

In general, I prefer dark rinse denim (see previous DENIZEN® brand collaborations here and here). I find darker washes to be more versatile, especially when dressing them up. And, black jeans are the ultimate dressy jeans for me. So, in today’s post, I’m going to show you how my DENIZEN® Curvy Skinny Jeans in black, which retail for only $27.99, can easily hold down some of fall’s biggest trends.

Playful Polka Dots

Polka dots are having a major moment this fall, and I’m here for it. I’m particularly drawn to huge dots in a monochrome palette like my black and white top. And, I can’t think of a better style companion for playful dots than my black skinny jeans. See what I mean below.

Black jeans   

Feathers and Fringe

I adore fanciful trimmings! So, the news that fringe and feathers will be dominating fall trends is music to my ears. To experiment with the trend, I repurposed one of my favorite fringe items, a mini skirt, as a top. Doesn’t it look fantastic with my DENIZEN® jeans?

Power Suit

When I rock a sharp blazer, I feel powerful. So, I’m thrilled to see how huge the power suit is projected to be this fall. Here’s how I’m recreating this fall favorite trend with jeans. Yes, jeans. I’m telling you…black jeans can look super dressy and sophisticated, especially when they fit as flatteringly as this pair.

What fall trends are you loving? I bet you that these jeans can help anchor your favorite looks too.

Spring Chic in a Classic White Blazer

The white blazer is a spring and summer essential for me. It’s crisp, cool, and so easy to wear. Today’s post shares an all-occasion combination complete with a white blazer.  I wore this look to a recent fashion show in St. Louis. It was a chilly, rainy day that required layers to be comfortable. And, my white blazer came through for me.

White blazer (similar, similar) | Tank | Black jeans (on sale) | Pumps (sandal option)

Leopard bag (option) | Hoop earrings c/o | Sunglasses | Mac “Rebel” Lipstick

Monochrome Style in a White Blazer

When in doubt, rock white on white. My blazer is an older Ann Taylor style that I adore because of its flattering (not boxy) silhouette and longer length. It’s an easy choice for pairing with everything from dresses to shorts. For this event, I layered the blazer over my go-to white Old Navy tank (on sale) and wore them with a comfy pair of  black skinny jeans (on sale).

How to wear a white blazer

To complete the look, I relied on accessories to introduce color and print. I’ve been eying the J.Crew Betty sunglasses in Ivory Tortoise for a minute and finally got them during a recent storewide sale. They’re now on sale, and sale is on sale!!! These sunnies added the always-cool tortoise pattern but with a twist in ivory.

My gold hoop earrings are a simple yet bold spin on the classic hoop. See more must-have modern hoop earrings in this post.

The combination of black, white, green, and leopard excites my style sensibilities. So, my old Madewell Mira pumps were an easy addition to the look. If you’re shopping for a pair of shoes in this fabulous green hue, you must see Madewell’s Violet Crisscross sandal in Midnight Spruce. What a beautiful sandal!

5 Simple Ways to Make Cheap Clothes Look Expensive

I’ve been wanting a basic ruffle tee this spring. And, I found a few fabulous options at J.Crew, Nordstrom, Asos, and Target. Ultimately, I opted for the under-$20 option because no one would be able to tell that it cost less than $20. Here’s how I work with cheap items to make ’em look like a million bucks.

5 Simple Ways to Make Cheap Clothes Look Expensive

1. Buy simple pieces. I was shopping for a t-shirt with a very simple ruffle detail. If I wanted more intricate finishings, I would’ve been prepared to spend more. This $20 tee looks just as good as the $200 versions.

Ruffle sleeve tee | Wide-leg pants | Sandals (option on sale)

Yoro Creations necklace | Mac “Heroine” lipstick

2. Choose natural fabrics. Fabric often accounts for a portion of the price differential among like items. But, some fabrics like cotton offer great quality without being expensive. This particular t-shirt has a fabric blend with 60% cotton.

3. Pay attention to the details. Cheap items can easily give themselves away if they are finished poorly. So, I look closely at the seams and search for any loose threads. On this ruffle tee, I checked to make sure the ruffles were symmetrical.

Cheap Clothes Look Expensive

4. Shop in-store. I declared my shopping preference in Why I Prefer to Shop In-Store and You Do Too. Online photos can sometimes be misleading when capturing quality. So, I prefer to touch and feel items. At first glance in-store, I knew this Who What Wear tee was all-that. Trying it on only confirmed that.

5. Mix with more expensive items. Of course, we’re fans of high-low dressing here. And, adding high-quality accessories to inexpensive items is a smart and easy move. I got lucky and won this Yoro Creations necklace last weekend while participating in a local boutique tour organized by BoutiqueNav. The necklace was the perfect glam touch to my $20 tee.


Transform Your Basic Jeans with a Bright Blazer

Y’all already know that I love wearing jeans. So, I have several go-to outfits anchored by jeans for every occasion. Usually, when the occasion calls for a polished look, I wear a blazer with my favorite jeans. And, of course, a bright blazer is always a fun and preferred choice.

Bright Blazer

Thrifted blazer (similar, similar) | Jeans (under $30) | Flats (similar) | Bag (option)

Sunglasses (option) | Mac “Rebel” lipstick

Red Blazer

A Bright Blazer Adds Polish to Basic Denim

I wear my red blazer more often than any other. I have so many outfits that can benefit from a pop of red. Yesterday, I served as a judge for a model call downtown. I had been wearing my medium wash jeans all day. To make the denim ensemble look more polished, I simply added my favorite red blazer.

To complete the look, I added my old stripe Kate Spade bag and a pair of snake print loafers (cool option).

Location: St. Louis Public Library (Carpenter Branch)

Fun, Fear, Freedom, and Fashion

You may have noticed a theme over the past few weeks and months as I’ve openly shared a few of my 2017 goals. I’ve talked about fitness goalsskincare goals, and new beauty habits. I wrote down one overarching goal related to my style: be fearless and bold this year. So, I’m doing just that. Meet the new me!

Fearless fashion

Blazer | Camisole | Pants | Pumps

If you’ve seen my short tapered cuts (see old natural hair posts here and here), you know I’m not shy when it comes to scissors. But, I’ve always wanted to shave my head and resisted due to fear. I was afraid the style wouldn’t suit me. I was afraid I just wouldn’t like it. I was afraid the look would disrupt my blog work.  Fear!

But, it’s 2017. And, I simply can’t let fear guide my decisions. And, well, I knew that I could always throw on a wig if it didn’t work out. Ha!

It also helps that I have a super cool stylist whose vision I trust. She has rocked with me since I went from locs to my fro to my tapered fro to wanting locs again to this new do. I called her up, and with no questions asked, she said come on in. She even recorded the experience (see her Instagram video).

On this blog, I always give thought to how fashion changes how we view the world and how the world views us. This is where my head (pun intended) is now, and I’m excited about the change.

By the way, how fun is this gingham print from Banana Republic? If you like the print, you should know that it’s available on just about every article of clothing at the store (see widget below). Of course, the gingham blazer had me at hello.

Location: Masonic Temple, St. Louis