Fearless Fashion: My Love Affair (and some hate) With Denim12:15 PM
I have had a love/hate relationship with denim for as long as I could remember. The best times of my life happened when I was wearing my favorite pair of jeans and feeling fearless. And some of the worst times of my life were when I was wearing ill-fitting denim and loathing my body. I would look in the mirror and think I look terrible. Either my legs looked short or some of my lumps were showing or the jeans just didn't flatter my body the way I desired.
|Wearing my favorite jeans at the Grand Canyon and feeling kick ass - sadly, they don't fit me anymore :-(|
In the last few years, I have been trying to live a more healthy lifestyle, giving up things like soda, white bread and fast food. I didn't plan to lose weight but of course, the weight comes off. And you just never know where the weight is going to come off.
For me, my waist went from 60" to 50" and while my hips lost a few inches, they are still larger than my waist (I have an hourglass frame). So looking for pants in general became an issue because the back of the waistband is always big and I have to wear a belt no matter what. Sooo annoying!
Denim is my go-to pant and I was growing so frustrated with finding a pair that fit. Either the waist and hips were perfect but the calves too tight OR the hips are tight, waist and calves perfect. Let's not even talk length. Sometimes I think retailers assume we are all over 5'9". I usually buy average length but the length is still long and I'm 5'7"!
So when I found out that I was going to be the April featured blogger for Catherines, the first thing I knew I wanted to blog about was denim. I never tried Catherines denim before but I saw that they still carried Right Fit jeans, which I loved back in the day when Lane Bryant and Fashion Bug carried them. I could buy a pair off the rack without trying them on. I cried when they got discontinued. And when Fashion Bug went out of business. But that's another story for another blog post.
I went into that Catherines store with hope and yes! I found 2 pairs of jeans that fit well - dark blue and black. The key here was that I chose jeans with a back elastic waistband (button front) and I opted for a petite length so the jeans would have that cropped look that is on-trend for Spring. So I don't have to wear a belt because they don't gap out in the back AND the length is perfect (ankle length).
I paired the blue jeans with this awesome button-down shirt that has a lobster print! I saw it and instantly thought this is perfect for a nautical day look. I added some navy oxford flats from Gap Outlet and the perfect day look was born. Check out the amazing lobster print below...I love how I can wear the sleeves full length or fold them up (there's a convenient button and tab that will keep them up).
This shirt works in so many ways. You can wear it with navy pants, red shoes and bag. Or you can wear it with white pants and white flats or sandals. I just love it. Navy is great color to pair with lighter or brighter colors. I also opted to roll up my jeans a little as well.
Shop my look here:
- Lobster Print Buttonfront Shirt from Catherines - Available in sizes 0X-5X - click here
- Right Fit Jean (Curvy) from Catherines - Available in sizes 16-34 in average and petite - click here
- Shoes from Gap Outlet - not available online (only in-store)
Check back here next week when I take these same jeans and turn them into a fabulous night look for an evening out with my girls.
P.S. - a few readers asked me what lipstick I am wearing. It's from the Isabel Toledo for MAC collection - shade is Opera. Sold out online but check your nearest MAC store.