Cropped Straight Released Hem Jeans

Good morning, friends. Happy Thursday! We’re almost to the weekend, so cheers to that! Today I have an easy, breezy weekend casual look to share with you!

Cropped flares are one of the biggest trends going this spring, but it’s a bandwagon I swore I was not going to climb on. I like a good bootcut jean, but I wear them mostly with heels so they elongate the line of the leg and make me look taller and thinner. The cropped flare seems to defeat that purpose since it cuts off your leg above the ankle. (So I said…)

We all know that it is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, so I am not ashamed to tell you that I happened upon these cropped straight released hem jeans a few weeks ago during a Shopbop sale, and I ordered them on the spot.

They aren’t a flare, but they almost read as one, and I thought it might be a nice compromise. As it turns out, I really like these jeans. I feel like I’m able to participate in the trend without the extreme flare.

I also really love the released hem detail on these, and the quality of the denim is great. It’s very thick and mostly cotton, so they don’t bag out at all.

The brand is Current Elliott, and yes, they are spendy, but you know me and my premium denim. I’m willing to pay more for the fit and the look. Of course, I always recommend buying them on sale, and these are currently 25% off at Nordstrom. (It’s also Triple Points at Nordstrom till May 7!)

There’s a similar pair at Bloomingdales at a deeper discount, but the sizes are very limited. The sizing for this brand runs similar to AG. I have the size 28. They are snug, but they do give a little and form to your body as you wear them.

If you want the look for less, Kut from the Kloth makes a pair that are quite similar for $79. Someone commented yesterday on my Instagram that she has them and loves them. I do find that Kut tends to stretch out as you wear them, so you may want to size down in those.

This top is pretty simple, but I like the notched detail on the neckline, and I thought it was cute for throwing on with jeans and Converse. It has a nice drape and is easy to wear. For size reference, I have the small.

I wish I’d thought to style this outfit with my white denim jacket on top, but I was focused more on featuring the jeans. Layering a white jacket on top would add interest and also warmth to this outfit! I was a little chilly wearing this yesterday.

I like that this top doesn’t have that curved hemline (hooray!) and the split step hem makes it easy to wear untucked or front tucked, whichever you prefer. I like the length of this one when it’s untucked, so I just left it that way.

The length of your shirt is key to creating proper balance and proportion in an outfit, so it pays to try a few different styles and figure out what works best for you.

In addition to the olive stripe that I have, this top also comes in red, and they make it in solid colors too. I actually ordered the solid grey as well. They’re all on sale for $29.50.

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Since this is such a casual look, I kept my accessories simple with these beaded hoops and my Alex and Ani bangles, and I carried a grey bucket bag.

I wore this outfit for most of the day yesterday. It’s comfortable and easy to wear, but I also felt cute and on trend with my new cropped flares straight jeans.

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cropped straight released hem jeans (similar for less) // stripe split neck tee // beaded hoops // Alex and Ani bangles // Lucky Brand bucket bag // Ray-Ban aviators

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