I love the very trendy patterned jeans and wonder if they’re too young for the 50+ gals. I found a really cute pair that are wine colored with a tone-on-tone harlequin pattern. They’re pretty tame compared to some I’ve seen. But I’m really stuck on how to wear them without looking like an over fifty fashion victim. Help! Susan
First, there were colored jeans, and now patterned jeans are all the rage leaving many of us are wondering the same thing as you. Are these age appropriate?
Certain patterns may look too teeny bopper, others will look fab at any age. Every pattern has a different personality. The tone-on-tone harlequin could work. You have to eyeball it. Of course, it also counts what you pair your patterned jeans with.
For example, Let’s take a look at this cute pair of patterned jeans sent in by a reader.
Adrienne Shubin, the blogger behind The Rich Life on a Budget, sent in a great idea for how to wear print jeans. Adrienne paired her Gap floral jeans with a white shirt and double breasted navy jacket.
Pretty cute with those sleeves rolled up to look more sporty. I’m sold!
I think the key here is she kept things really classic. Sure the pants are fun, but the style of the jacket and the navy color are conservative. The ballet flats are simple and don’t compete with the pants.
Also, back to that jacket…a jacket worn with any skinny jean like this adds structure to your shoulders. It makes your shoulders look wider and therefore your bottom half slimmer. That’s a good thing because patterns attract attention and it can be scary knowing we are attracting a lot of attention to an area which may not be as firm or slender as it used to be.
Lesson here- The pants are the focal point, so keep everything else simple, neutral and classic and you can’t go wrong.
That’s one great recipe for how to wear patterned jeans over 40. Have you bought patterned jeans this season. How do you wear them? Send a photo to [email protected] and I’ll post it.