Jeans may be a gal’s best friend in the evenings, on weekends and sometimes at the office but that doesn’t mean you should take them for granted! (You shouldn’t take your real best friend for granted either BTW!) Just because something is a staple doesn’t mean it doesn’t evolve and wearing jeans in styles that are out-of-date is one of the biggest and frumpiest mistakes I see women over 40 make.
This fall I’ve seen a real evolution when it comes to denim jeans. The good news is that these changes are gorgeous and very wearable for an over-40 gal. Here are some of my favorite ideas on how to update your jeans for fall.
1. Embroidered Jeans
Embroidery has been a big trend all this year, and we’re seeing it continue into fall on everything from tops to boots to jeans. Personally, I love the look. It is youthful, without being too young, and fresh. These skinny jeans with floral embroidery are a great example. Wear them with a longer cardigan like the cozy red one I’ve chosen here.
See how it picks up the color in the embroidery? I really like these taupe booties and coordinating pink bag. The soft pink picks up the color in the embroidery on the jeans and gives an unexpected lift that is a little more interesting than basic black.
2. Step Hem Jeans
Step-hem jeans are typically hemmed at a shorter length in the front as compared to the back and are a modern way to show off your footwear. Often, like the ones here, they’ll have a raw hem. I’ve balanced these on-trend jeans with a classic sweater, bag and cute loafer mules, all of which are both classy and stylish.
I really love this outfit because it hits the sweet-spot between dressing too young and too old. This is 100% just right.
3. Two-Tone Jeans
Of all the new jean looks out there, this one is the most fashion-forward, but over-40 gals can definitely wear it well. I’ve chosen these gray girlfriend jeans by NYDJ. Not only do they have a bit of stretch to keep them super comfortable, the black on the back half helps to create a minimizing rear view. I’ve paired them with a black sweater and booties.
While both simple, the tie-sleeves on the sweater and pointy-toe on the booties add a touch of drama that mimics the drama of the two-toned jeans. The bag adds a nice but not over-the-top pop of color.
What are your thoughts on where jeans are going? Are you on team ‘tried-and-true’ or are you excited about some of these trendier options?