WIW 10.26 [(pretty) denim on (shredded) denim]

I've been sporting variations of denim-on-denim a good long while now, usually opting for a "lite" version where there's color contrast in some way between the denim items. Less "lite" feels fresh so when I recently bought this Tencel-blend denim swing blouse, I knew that I would most enjoy pairing it with more blue denim. Happily it works with ALL of my blue denim, and I quite like the more retro pairings with my ultra faded cropped straights and faded blue flares; have yet to try with kick crops (still need to get those hemmed) but I'm sure that'll be fun too.

For today, though, I went with a contrasting style in a very similar wash and paired with shredded BF jeans and "shifted up" proportions -- BIG roll, peek of skin, low contrast gray booties (still looking for higher-shaft ankle boots). Silver holo clutch to keep with the low contrast and add some sparkle, rusty orange lipstick for a shot of autumnal color, and dainty silver jewelry for a touch of extra refinement. Very fond of the echoing vertical lines from the back view, with the blouse buttons and boot zippers ^^

  Newer: blouse, rings, earrings
  Older: jeans, boots, rings, clutch, sunnies
  Nails: Essie 'Sew Psyched', a grayed olive

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, as usual.  I appreciate the denim on denim trend - and actually like this iteration!  Tencel denim is the best , isn't it?  

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Super cute. I love the pristine, pretty and slightly bling booties with that shade of denim. 

    It was cold today - I wore a wool coat!  Weren't you cold, sweet Aida? 

  • Dee replied 4 years ago

    I like the subtle tonal variation here. And the back details on the shirt provide a nice level of interest/contrast against the ripped jeans. I could see you throwing a moto jacket over this for cooler weather too.

  • JAileen replied 4 years ago

    I like the monochromatic look too. I really like your boots.

  • celia replied 4 years ago

    I like the soft look of the denim and the light boots. Very pretty way to do denim on denim.

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    Nice! I really like the shape of that blouse. It's slightly untraditional in denim. I also love your silver earrings. I've been wearing more earrings lately and like the ear jackets that have been showing up in stores.

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    I just had an insight. I have never been drawn to shredded jeans for myself and seeing how well you wear them I realize it is because I am too RATE. It is exactly your attention to detail, the beautifully groomed nails and carefully chosen accents that make them seem intentional and fashionable and not like you tripped down the stairs (projection of course). Love the back seam echo you mention and the soft colors and delicate jewelry with the shreds. Beautiful!

  • Maneera replied 4 years ago

    Ooh....I love this one! The denim blouse is just perfect...love the cut, the back buttons and the fluid. Quite unexpectedly stunning on distressed jeans!

    You truly have a great eye for the finer details, Aida....its this attention to details that makes your outfits so pretty and cohesive and always 'just perfect'.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous. I like this denim on denim look, especially because of the simple top--the plain front/button back style paired with the distressed denim does look very fresh. The light booties and sparkly jewelry & bag are a fun juxtaposition, too. Gotta say I love that nail color; it is one that I would happily wear myself, and now that I see the name, it's even more appealing!

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Fabulous. You look cute and a little tough but still adorable. I love your hair too - is it getting to where you want it?

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Thanks ladies! I know it's not everyone's cuppatea, so it's fun to hear some love for denim-on-denim. The denim blouse is certainly a little less conventional that a typical denim shirt ^^

    Lisa, I'm loving tencel everything -- warm when it's cold, cool when it's warm, drapes like a dream -- -- I think it's my favorite fabric.

    Angie, yes I was cold :( I keep forgetting the air is chilly now, so 60F is not at all like it is in summer. Time to pull out my coats, I guess!

    Jaime, ooh interesting insight. I definitely skew towards polished, and yes I think I do always wear my shredded denim with a polished support cast.

    Una, almost there with the hair. I finally found a stylist I like after losing the gal I'd been seeing the past four years (as you know), and he seems to get what I'm going for. It's basically this, just needs a little tweaking while he figures out the way I like my volume and layers. I am also changing the way I'm styling it now that it's much longer, which I'm still experimenting with getting right.

  • Karin L H replied 4 years ago

    Great look! Love the shades of blue/denim, especially with your dark hair! 

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Wear those coats, sister! 

  • replied 4 years ago

    The lovely low contrast blues look gorgeous! I'm another big fan of your attention to detail too. The jewellery, bag, boots and lipstick all compliment the look beautifully.

  • Nebraskim replied 4 years ago

    I am loving that nail color. Thanks for the ID. I've been wearing a sage gel and wanting to go back to regular polish and this is the perfect fall hue. I love how you have worked all those colors together.

  • Ginger replied 4 years ago

    You look gorgeous in blue, lady! And I love this take on a monochromatic effect. Fun how the distressed light fibers on the jeans are picked up by the booties. And I really love those earrings... I might need to copycat here...

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Thanks for the comments ladies! ^^

    Angie, yes ma'am! I am still on the hunt for a short peacoat. Preferably in that JCrew fiery orange-red color (I think it was "vibrant flame"), though I am considering getting the cobalt Majesty coat they're offering this season as well. Not sure I want a solid color though. I think I need a pattern.

    Nebraskim, I quite like the muted yet saturated tone of this polish. Sage is an excellent descriptor for it, probably more accurate than olive. Happy to help :)

    Ginger, hey nice pickup on the distressing fibers and gray booties, I hadn't really considered that. The earrings are a little different than the usual for this style; the dangling piece is actually separate from the earring back, so you could A) wear the stud on its own, and B) use the arrow on any other post earring. Really fun!

  • approprio replied 4 years ago

    Nice! I've not had much success with denim on denim, but you've done a good job here. Enough variety of texture to make the look work. Lovely jewellery too.

    That's a nicely distressed pair of jeans, intentional without trying too hard. I very much identify with Jaime's observation about the look not working well with a RATE style. Not something I can pull off at all. I even struggle with lighter washes.

  • kellygirl replied 4 years ago

    You are the queen of polished casual, Aida. I LOVE this on you. Blue is one of your best colors! Accessories are perfect too!

  • texstyle replied 4 years ago

    what Diane G. said ;-)

  • bonnie replied 4 years ago

    You look great and I love that blue on you.

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Thanks Approprio, Kelly, Texstyle, and Bonnie!

    Approprio, I wonder if denim-on-denim isn't funky enough for you. Or maybe you need funkier denim pieces. I'd be curious if our other RATE forum members feel the same way as you and Jaime about the shredded jeans.

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    Oh this is fantastic! I love the shredded jeans with the big roll to showcase the booties. The back view is super fab, too - you look great coming and going!

  • Marley replied 4 years ago

    Oh this is so cool!  I love that blouse - I'm going to have to check and see if the Loft still has it.  Also, those distressed jeans are calling my name.  I love the little detail of the very, very neat cuff!  I would have gone with a "sloppy" kind of roll - but this is so much better!  Also, love the dainty jewelry - I'm into dainty jewelry too - it feels so much more comfortable on me than the large, clunky stuff!  And - your hair is gorgeous!  What are you doing with it these days????

  • Marley replied 4 years ago

    I just got finished reading everyone else's comments  - and in response to those who said that because their style is RATE that they can't/don't wear distressed jeans - I'm not of that mind-set.  My style is RATE - and I love wearing distressed jeans - but like Aida said that she does, I always try to pair them with something more polished/dressy/classic - and then it works for me.  Probably my most comfortable type of outfit!

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Thank you Karie and Marley!

    Marley, thanks for coming back to comment about the shredded denim, you were one of the people I was thinking of. You do have a polished streak to your style in some aspects, so it makes sense that you wear them similarly to me (with a polished or classic support cast) and feel good. The hair is basically an 80s/70s shag hybrid -- 80s metal styled 70s soft :)

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    You look polished even in shredded jeans. Great styling.

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Firstly, I confess that I have an association of Tencel being slightly "Retiree Holiday."  You remind me here that the fabric, while fab for senior on a belated Grand Tour, can also be a great choice for everyone. 

    Yes to the low contrast and the big cuff!  Love the jewels, too!
    Do you ever layer leggings/tights under the shredded pants?

  • CocoLion replied 4 years ago

    Best denim on denim I've seen on YLF.  Hope I didn't offend anyone with that one.  The tonal aspect of this outfit works to keeps the vertical integrity going as well providing some harmony for all of the details. 

  • Stephanie replied 4 years ago

    You look amazing, as usual. Great proportions and the buttons on the back of the top give it something extra. I love how this outfit looks so casual/comfy, but still super put together and refined. One of my favs I've seen of you so far!

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  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Thanks for the comments ladies!

    Beth Ann, that's an interesting association I've never heard. But the fabric is really easy to care for and feels lovely to wear, so I can see why it would be good for a retiree holiday ^^ I do wear very opaque black tights under these jeans in the winter; it's a fun stark contrast against the very faded blue.

    Denise, well thank you very much! High praise <3

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