Stripes + Kick Flares for Fall

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you’ve all recovered from Monday. Today I’m styling kick flares for fall.

This is one of those outfits that works in theory, but I’m not sure the execution worked out quite the way I’d hoped. I mean, it’s not awful, but I can’t imagine actually wearing this anywhere. You’ll have to weigh in and let me know what you think.

Kick Flares for Fall with Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe and Sam Edelman Laurna Mules

We all know that kick flares are trending, and I’m always the first to say that not everyone should embrace every trend; but there’s something casual and cool and fun about this silhouette that I like, so I keep trying to figure out how to make them work for this 47-year old mom bod.

You may remember that I styled kick flares for summer back in June, and I actually liked that look, so I decided to try styling kick flares for fall.

Kick Flares for Fall with Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe and Sam Edelman Laurna Mules

These jeans are the same BlankNYC Varick that I had in white. I like the fit and the wash okay, and the 25″ inseam is perfect for me. I styled these kick flares for fall by pairing them with this striped pullover sweater in a gorgeous array of fall hues.

I really like this sweater — it’s soft and cozy with a relaxed fit and split sides. The oversized pocket is placed in a way that doesn’t add visual bulk, and the ribbed fabric is forgiving

Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe

If left untucked with crop pants, it would throw off my proportions and cut me right in half, so I did a trendy front-tuck to create a more pleasing balance.

The trick with front-tucking sweaters is, they’re bulky already, so you have to tuck it in far enough that it’s not ballooning out and adding visual weight.

Kick Flares for Fall with Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe and Sam Edelman Laurna Mules

It works out well with cropped pants because you need to shorten the upper body to create that 1/3 to 2/3 outfit ratio.

I could have probably used a belt, but I don’t mind the exposed button on the jeans either.

Kick Flares for Fall with Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe

For shoes, I went with neutral loafer mules that blend into my skin, thus elongating the line of the leg for a slimmer silhouette. The pinkish-taupe shade also coordinates nicely with the lighter stripes in the sweater.

Like I said, it all works in theory, but I can’t help but feel a little try-hard.

What do you say? Yay or nay to the kick flares for fall with this striped sweater and loafer mules???

Outfit Details:

stripe sweater // kick flares // loafer mules // tote // earrings

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110 Responses

  1. Since you’re asking—I’m not fond of this look on you.  It’s not awful.  The striped sweater seems to make you look broader especially across the shoulders and some of the colors don’t do you justice.   My eye is drawn to that dark stripe near the top,  i’m not sure on the jeans—maybe a kick flare that doesn’t flare out as much?  

  2. I actually love kick flares a lot. On the Facebook page, I saw you with a pair of Mother Insider jeans that I thought fit you better than these. They were so flattering on you. 

  3. I love the sweater with these jeans. The front tuck looks good. I don’t care for the mules with it. I think I would do a pointy toed loafer (like the Steve Madden feather flat) or white sneakers.

    I think it’s fine to try new styles, our eyes just need to adjust to the new pant silhouettes. I think it’s harder on women to feel like they look heavier visually, but I am loving not wearing bodycon skinnies all the time. 

  4. I just bought some “kick flares” and I personally styled it with a more fitted top and a belt and then topped it with a kimono to keep the upper part more fitted while still adding layers/adding a cover for the A/C issue i would be going into and my shoes were open toed wedges. I LOVE a mule look but with a size 10 not sure I would wear with that much leg showing….FOR MY TASTE. Like you said, all styles are not for all people. I will never be a pointed toe shoe person cause my feet are already too big, etc.

    1. Sharon … I agree, that was my thoughts as well, that a fitted shirt with a kimono or the right cardigan would better balance the look. Jo-Lynne, I like both items just not together. It’s always interesting to me though to see how differently an outfit looks by changing either the top, pants or even the style of shoe. And you do this very well and I appreciate all that you’ve taught me over the years of following you…so thanks!

  5. Nay! It might work with a sneaker, but it looks the pants make me feel sad, like they came from a donation box. 😂😂😂

  6. I liked the white kick flare outfit better. I think these might look better with a less chunky, more traditionally flattering sweater, and would also try a different shoe.

    I like the idea of kick flares as an alternative to skinny jeans. I live in a cold climate, and have wondered, and this applies to other cropped wider leg styles, is how to wear them in the winter. If I could figure that out, I’d give them a try.

  7. This kick-flare trend is hard. I’m not sure I will be trying it–I’m 5’1 with short legs and I think that the jeans stopping well before my ankle will make me look squatty. I think you’re tall enough to pull off the trend nicely, and that sweater is gorgeous, but it’s not my favorite look. That said, it could be simply because it’s a new trend that I’m not used to yet. 

  8. Well, since you asked, I also feel like something is off with the outfit.  I studied each detail and believe bottom line is I don’t like flared cropped.  I did not care for it first time I saw the style and still feel that way. Lol the sweater is bulky then you have a heavy look again at the bottom. Aren’t we told not to do that kind of thing ? 

  9. Oh my…not my favorite look if I’m being honest.  There’s pretty much nothing you can’t wear, just not crazy about this look on anyone…that’s a trend I’ll be gladly skipping over.

  10. I also think it might be the oversized sweater that is the problem, and maybe the shoe.  I like the kick flares on you but the sweater looks too big, especially when not paired with skinnies.

    And I’m with Jen – what to do when it’s cold.  I can’t take having my ankle exposed, never mind inches of my calf! ; )

  11. I don’t care for this outfit. It’s not flattering on you. The sweater is too big and slouchy. I agree with some some of the comments, a more fitted top might look better.

    1. I completely agree with this. The sweater is too baggy. Jo Lynne, you have a nice figure, don’t hide it. The fitted sweaters look so much better on you. Perhaps try styling the cropped kick flares with another sweater.

    2. I agree, the sweater is the problem. Also, not sure a chunky sweater and bare ankles go together. Different top and you are good to go!

  12. Nay on this one. I just don’t like kick flares. I also think the sweater adds too much bulk across the top. I know I cannot wear horizontal stripes with my chest – makes me look like I have a shelf up there. You always look so beautiful in your outfits, but this one doesn’t do it for me.

  13. I’m not loving this office either. I think it looks good until I see the flare of the pants. I’m wondering if a more fitted shirt with a layering piece would look better. It’s a difficult trend. Love your blog.

  14. You did ask! I think the pants look frumpy, especially compared to how fabulous you look in your regular skinny jeans. I am glad though, that you show us these looks because it might be right for some gals. For me, you saved me the time of trying it :0)

    1. This is not your best look.  I agree with everyone who said the top looks too bulky.  Can you explain the 1/3 2/3 proportion more?

  15. I definitely think the top is the problem here. Maybe it’s too wide for the pants, or the stripes give it visual width? It looks like a sweater you’d normally wear with skinny jeans and heeled booties.

  16. No on both.  I think a fitted cardigan in those colors would be nice. I really like your hair, did you ever have to grow out a bang?  I am struggling.

  17. I think it’s cute and trendy…. very relaxed and casual/comfortable look.  I honestly think the eye just has not adjusted to seeing you in jeans other than your typical skinny jeans.  However, I like this look.  

  18. Since you’ve invited feedback, I’m not fond of this outfit. The sweater is too overwhelming on you and adds visual weight, which you don’t actually have. I think the kick flares would look better with a more fitted top or sweater. I also think the color isn’t the best option on you. Having said all this, I feel this outfit is off because you normally rock every outfit you post.

  19. Whoa, everyone is up early & commenting on this outfit!  Okay, I’ll throw my 2 cents in too.  Not crazy about this outfit.  Not sure but it doesn’t look like you!  I just love how you look in skinny or slim jeans.  Apparently I’m not a fan of that style flares. And as for the sweater, something is a bit off, maybe the drop sleeves?  Not sure but it doesn’t seem to have that fit you usually wear!  

  20. The key to kick flares looking good is to have the upper leg more fitted and the bottom flare out (think cigarette jeans with a flare). The only way I could find this was to cut off some fitted bootcut jeans – and they look great! Since I’m in the south I’ll wear them through the Fall with sneakers, oxfords or loafers. I agree that they might be more challenging to style comfortably in the winter though.

  21. Not a huge fan of the look in general as I feel it would just add bulk to my frame. It doesn’t look bad though on you. I just think other styles are more flattering. Maybe try a sock bootie with a stacked or block heel? That might slim up at the bottom and give height below the flare. 

  22. For me, I think it’s a combination of the bulky sweater and the mules that I don’t like with the pants. Maybe a sneaker with the pants? (Disclaimer: I don’t like mules, though. I know, I’m weird…). And a more form fitting top.

    1. I’m still trying to figure out the kick flares as well. I’ve a couple pairs ( one is high waisted) and I just think pairing with a more fitted top works best. As for footwear, I like the look of a mule but they just aren’t practical for me in most cases. I tend to walk out of them. I wore mine last year with a bootie in cooler weather and that seemed ok I think??? But this style seems to require a lot of thought and I’m not sure it’s worth the effort for me 😂 

  23. You look cute and I love that you show us the trends. However, the kick flares are not my favorite trend.  My legs are too long (in proportion to my body) to pull them off.  

  24. It’s not a total miss. The colors in the sweater are really nice but maybe a more fitted top or blouse with a higher heel. Say a wedge? I’d like to see the jeans again with maybe some suggestions you receive today.. it’s almost like the mules cut the outfit off? 
    Have a good one😀

  25. I just don’t like this look on you.  I went back and looked at the summer post with the white flare crops and that looked better. So until I read that these were the same pair but in different denim and with the ripped hem, I thought it was the fit of the denim flare crops.  Maybe it’s the bulk of the sweater. I don’t like the sweater tucked and I actually think that the sweater looks too big for you this way. It might look like a deliberately oversized sweater when worn untucked with skinnies.  I know you like the look of the flare crop but I can’t say it’s one of your better looks. 

  26. I have the same kick flares ( and I am almost exactly the same height and weight as you) and find they look their absolute best with ankle boots. For warmer fall weather they look best with slides with some heel. A very thin plain sweater and a belt seem to be the best combo with them. 

  27. I actually like this look a lot on you, Jolynne. But I’m wondering if you could try styling a bootie look for the colder months.

  28. I think the Mules are throwing things off as well as the bulk of the sweater. I can see it with a more fitted sweater, maybe a black turtle neck and some snake skin or leopard ankle booties. Maybe a front truck with belt? I think an ankle boot would help more than anything.

  29. I like the white much better! Maybe these would look better with a fitted top. This isn’t a trend I will be embracing.  Thanks for your  transparency 😊

  30. Well I didn’t think I was a fan of the flare crop jeans, especially because I’m petite but I found some Anthro jeans that look very similar to yours and the fit was perfect every where but just didn’t know how to style them or what shoes to wear. But you’ve come to save the day! I have some similar nude mules that might work and maybe I’ll be brave enough to try to wear them. Thanks 😃

  31. What a lot of comments today. I have to say that this look is not my favorite – the kick flares aren’t my favorite. I do like the sweater. I think you could wear it with skinny jeans or even a legging & the oversized look would be fine. 

    But I think the question should really be, how do you feel in the outfit?  How do you think you look in when you see the post?  It’s your outfit & if in particular you like the kick flares, go for it!

    Have a great day. 

  32. I would hv to say nay
    Saw someone walking in airport yesterday and
    thought they are more a look for the beach.
    But I love the sweater and shoes!

  33. Well, I will now join in to say I was scrolling quickly through this post as it was not one that was working for me – but then I decided to look at other posts to see where I was missing the boat. Seems like there’s a general consensus away from your usual spot-on styling.  To be honest, I had a hard time getting past the sweater being tucked. As much as I have liked the half tuck – I love sweaters more since So. Calif uses them for our heavy coat in the winter… LOL. I just didn’t care for a heavier sweater getting tucked at all. Even though it may not be bulky or heavy it seemed that way to me. 

    1. My thoghts exactly.  I am so ready for something besides skinny jeans, but I won’t be embracing this trend because I am short and have short legs.  I can’t get past the front tuck, either — it just seems off with the weight of the sweater. 

      1. Not horrible but I agree, can’t get past the front tuck. Someone mentioned it made your middle too bulky with the bulkiness of the flares, may that’s it. shopping with my Mom who is an 81 yo fashionista and she loved the kick flared but thought they should be worn with wedge or some kind of heel, maybe that’s it. You will figure it out I am sure, love your style.

  34. Nope…not a fan of this look. I think the kick flares have an awkward cut. This sweater is not for you. You have a really cute figure, Jo-Lynne, but wide, horizontal stripes do no one any favors. It definitely adds visual bulk and weight that none of us in our late 40s with ample chests needs. 

  35. I think you are just beautiful and love your blog but just gonna have to say ‘no’ to the cropped flares…I wouldn’t wear them. They are not flattering on any body type in my opinion – just very awkward looking. I think you took one for the team on this post!

  36. I don’t think the loafers work well with the sweater. A more substantial shoe would balance the sweater better– maybe your white sneakers or a chunky bootie with a bit of a heel and ideally a side cutout? I understand your logic with the mules and how they lengthen your line, but a more delicate, closer-fitting top would work better IMO. All that said, I think the chunky sweater with the frayed, wide-fitting bottom are not the best pairing. But I like all the individual pieces! AND it’s really helpful to have the chance to analyze the look and understand why things do or don’t work together :o)

    1. Probably in the minority here, but I really like kick flares and wide crops! Agree with the other ladies, think the sweater is too bulky and combined with the stripes, adds visual weight. I think the idea of a fitted top, and/or a cardigan would be flattering. I hate to say it but I don’t find mules to be very flattering, either. Something about the side view never looks right to me. Think a loader or ballet flat would work. You always look great, though! 😉

  37. I also don’t love this look on you. I really like the sweater itself (you’re so good at sourcing pieces!) But I think it needs skinny jeans and heeled booties to offset its visual bulk — the heaviness, the volume and the stripes. The kick flares might work with a different top but honestly, I just don’t think they’re super flattering in general. I’m sure they wouldn’t look good on me either.

  38. Before reading your comments, my thought on the pic was “what if I saw this on someone on the street?”  NO! NO! NO!  I’m relieved you don’t like it.  Yes, it’s trendy and, yay, you tried the trend. I can’t embrace these flared crops when my brain is screaming “floods”. Overall, they aren’t flattering – Mom bod, Nana bod, teen bod, model bod – Nope. The sweater is okay but there’s too much action going on for me personally. I like color, I like stripes, but perhaps not so much of it together. It’s nice we don’t need to do all the trends. Thanks for giving the look a go so we could all check it out. I really like the bag 😉

  39. I like the kick flares a lot! I think the sweater is too bulky for the outfit, though. I’d like to see the jeans with a slimmer/thinner top (like your summer version). I also think a long cardigan over a slimmer top or a tank  would look great here. I’m okay with the mules, and I think you have the right idea to go with a nude color.

  40. I bought a pair of Madewell kick flares like these this Spring and also find them a bit harder to style.  Mine are so comfortable that I want to find more ways to wear them.  Maybe with a bit more fitted top.  I do think mules work well with this type jean or even cute sneakers would work.  

  41. I like the sweater and I like the jeans but I don’t think they work together. I think something more form fitting on top with those jeans and skinny jeans with the sweater would work better 🙂

  42. Hi – it’s not that they don’t look fine it’s just that there are so many comfy/smart/trendy denims that you have worn which I would go for every time.  They are a bit too ‘flappy’ if you get my drift!!
    Love the sweater – colours really suit you🙏 With best wishes Jane

  43. I just want to say thank-you, Jo-Lynne for this post. As you said, this outfit should work, but you’re not sure you’re crazy about it. It would have been easy for you to toss this post, but you didn’t. I think this is a good example of using the rules and then deciding, often by trial and error, what works for us personally. I like the look of the kick-flare style! I do think it’s going to be harder to style than skinnies, but I think skinnies are safe (and still my go-to) and this jean style is fun.

  44. I hate criticizing anyone’s outfits, but you asked 🙂

    While I am not a fan of the frayed hem, I think the jeans would look great with a more fitted top and maybe a cardigan over that. I also think the sweater would look better with skinnier jeans but not a fan of the front pocket on the sweater…

  45. I’d love for you to share more with us about why this outfit doesn’t work on you, in your mind.  I love the sweater and would like to find an all cotton similar one for less $$.  Even with the front tuck, there is still a lot of bulkiness in the mid section, which seems to be too much with the flared leg jeans.  I had a very hard time styling the flared leg jeans I had, so I got rid of them.  The mules look great!  Enjoy your day!

  46. Hi JoLynne,
    I love all the pieces but not together. Suggest a more form fitting top with the flare… which I do like on you. But the sweater looks very bulky in the pics along with making your shoulders more broad. I think the sweater would look awesome with your AG skinny jeans! 


  47. Not fond of the sweater or the jeans, they are too short. I am 5’8″ and have not really embraced short jeans. Guess I don’t like them cause it was all I could buy in the 80’s. No one designed jeans for tall women back then.

  48. I am going to go against the masses and say I like it!

    HOWEVER, the fact that you asked and voiced your concern shows that it’s not a good look for you since you don’t feel your best in it. I know society is all about looking your thinnest and wearing the absolute most flattering outfits at all times but I’m not always into that. Wear what you love, even if it’s not the most flattering outfit. Be comfy in your clothes! 

    Thank you for being brave and showing us lots of different styles and trends! You are such an asset to us all because of your willingness to do that! 🙂 

  49. Hi! I’m going to join in with the masses. I think the top is too bulky with the jeans and imo, it makes you look bigger than you are. The mules might add to the problem, maybe go with a bootie or shoe with a heel. Thank you, Jo-Lynne, for all that you do. Even if you think something is off with this look, you still showed it to us. Makes us think about how to style or not to style our outfits.

  50. I’m undecided…………. I love the sweater, but am wondering if boots would have looked better than the mules. But I understand the reasoning behind the mules. Maybe runners? I’m obviously more stuck on the footwear than the jeans and sweater! 🙂

  51. I have to agree with the others. You are too pretty for this outfit. I don’t love stripes on you – I am built similar- short waisted and have a chest and do not do stripes for that reason, it bulks us. I think the kick flares are also not a fave trend. Maybe on some people but not loving what I am seeing on most anyone for most part. I’d nix the kick flares for sure. If you like stripes do with a skinny jean to balance and add some height like a heeled bootie, but again not a fave of mine. But am sure you know all this as you have great style and love reading your blogs!!!

  52. You look really cute in these kick flares. I kinda want to try some, but I think it’s going to be hard to find the right length. I’m not a true petite, but I’m definitely not a regular either. LOL

  53. Thanks so much Jo-Lynne for being brave and showing us different styles! I am not a fan of the bloggers who just show pictures of the clothes and do not actually style them themselves. You always let us know what you think works and doesn’t work and why. That helps me so much in determining what actually looks best on me. And yes I think you look great in this style!  

  54. Wow, it’s 11am EST and you already have over 60 comments on your outfit! Here’s my take! I love the jeans, so edgy and comfortable/casual. But would also wear a closer fitting top, like one of your thinner, V-neck t’s and then a topper of some sort if it’s cooler out. Would love to see the jeans paired with a bootie that covers your whole ankle/lower leg.

  55. I think the outfit is cute.  I’d do different shoes though.   And maybe try a more fitted top with a Jean jacket  also for a different look.   Just not liking the shoes in this outfit.  Such a pretty sweater.   You’ll figure it out.  🙂.  But  I like you in this.  It’s a change right?   

  56. You always hit the target on what works and especially what looks good on you, but your instincts are right about this as I concur with others that this combo doesn’t work. And it’s very helpful to see the misses now and then! I think the sweater would look better with a longer jean and loafer or ankle boot due to both the pronounced stripes, colors, and heaviness.

  57. Good morning.. I just got can’t on board with the kick flares. I don’t think it looks good.. Mules I have never tried I wonder if they would fly off my feet when walking? I like my heel secured I guess. The sweater I would try for fall. I love that it’s soft….

    Thank you for all you do.

  58. I love the kick flares and sweater but not together. I have kick flares which I wore to Church on Sunday. I also wore a small heel with mine. 

  59. Normally, I would keep my opinion on this outfit to myself and just click off but…you asked. I don’t like anything about this outfit. The drop shoulders and wide bands are the wrong silhouette on you. They make your top half look wider. The bottoms are just too distressed. The knees are bagging and the wash makes them look old. All the threads hanging down adds to that destroyed look. Sorry, JoLynne!  

  60. I think the jeans might look better with boots. I’m not so sure about this style and length either, but Kudos to you for trying!! 🙂

  61. Hi Jo-Lynne, Well you said it in your comments – it looks like you are trying too hard. A tend is just that – temporary usually. I know for a fact if I purchased a flare jean, I would wear them once, and then once more to make sure I didn’t like them, and then off they go either in the back of the closet or to donation. My legs are long and thin so I think they would look ok but ok is just not good enough, right? When you modeled the white flares with the cute pink v neck top, it was a winner. Love your blog and love your styling advice and love the fact that you are brave enough to show us even the less amazing looks.

  62. Nay, but this has nothing to do with the model, the sweater, or the colors. I think the sweater looks wonderful on you! I don’t think kick flares look good on ANYONE no matter how long and skinny their legs are. The cigarette leg pants are a good choice to get away from skinnies.

  63. Since you asked… I believe you need one needs a more fitted top. I wore a pair with a front tucked t-shirt with a cardigan. I think your sweater adds too much bulk and the stripes aren’t great with this look.

  64. I personally don’t like kick flares. After looking through all your pictures though I realized I prefer this outfit on you in the second picture but last one not so much because the pants appear too flared and the sweater seems more bulky. Thanks for showing us new trends.

  65. All the pieces are cute individually, and the colors work well together.  I think the stripes on the seater are too large. It drapes nicely, so it must be the size of the stripes. 

  66. Hi there! You always do look so great in everything you show us! One of the things I like best about this type of post is that you teach us how to analyze an entire look by considering each feature: knit, stripes, cut of the sweater, wash, hem, waist of jeans, reasons for choice of style and color of shoes….It helps me remember all those things when shopping for myself! Thank you for all you do for us!! 

  67. Ok now I’m going to plead with you to style the kick flares with some slim higher booties (a few inches above the ankle). When I wear my kick flares with those it changes the whole look. It goes from frumpy worth flats to really pretty and flattering. A slim fitting sweater and I bet it will look amazing. You are scaring ( lol) all your readers about kick flares and I think you should  show them how cute they can be. 

  68. Reading so many outfit tweaks/suggestions, I would love to see you do another post, styling a few followers recommendations. I haven’t tried kick flares but if/when I do I will go with a dark wash. Overall this outfit reminds me of when I go camping but with tennis shoes or hiking boots.

  69. i don’t care for the Kick Flares look and would not be doing this trend. I have very long legs and the 25″ inseam would hit me just below the knee. This trend is not for me.

  70. I like the flares! Very updated and trendy. I live in California and they are popular here so maybe my eye has already adjusted. I actually think that skinny jeans look dated now 😳 so I appreciate you trying some new silhouettes. Sweater seems too bulky to me. But I like everything else.

  71. LOVE crop flared jeans …. personally I am over the skinny jean trend. This outfit though, I think the sweater is killing the look. A more fitted top/sweater would look better……maybe a knotted graphic T….. and for those wondering about these jeans for winter, I live in Ohio and wore them all last winter with loafer (if no snow) OR ankle boots. 

  72. I have to say NAY….sorry, but I just don’t think the kick flare flatters your figure and I don’t think the sweater does either. I think the way the pink stripe falls on the arm, it makes you look wider.  I don’t mean this to be negative….you asked. LOL 🙂  I really like you in skinnies and more fitted sweaters. More slimming and your style.  However….I do like the mules and bag. 🙂

  73. I’ve only read a few of the comments but agree with some in that I like both pieces but maybe not together.  🤷🏼‍♀️ Maybe something a little more fitted.  A fitted tee and a cardigan might be okay as someone else mentioned. But the length of the cardigan would have to hit just the right spot, I think, so that could be tricky too. And just why is it so hard for women??? Men just put on a pair of pants and a shirt and they’re done!  None of this proportion stuff, looking frumpy, shoes, purse, blah, blah. 😂😂😂😂

  74. It’s the shoes! The shoes, the shoes, the shoes!!! I stared at the pix, and I really love the outfit until I see your feet. I think it’s that you’ve got an oversized sweater, pants that take up more visual “room” with the flare, and a very large bag, all in fair proportion….then little, flat, nude shoes. You were trying to elongate your leg line, but I think with this outfit the shoes are overly subtle, and your feet just disappear as if you were standing in a hole. If you were wearing a neutral (not necessarily nude) wedge, platform, or even a platform sneaker of some sort–something with some heft and similar visual impact to the other visually strong pieces–I think you’d be pleased. I really like it from the ankles up, and think you look really good!

  75. Thanks for styling this look.  I enjoyed reading your thoughts and learning from others in the comments below. I won’t be trying this trend but will be eager to see what you come up with in the future because I’m certain you will find a way to make it work for you. 

  76. Nay on the mules. This outfit need needs a shoe with a heel…maybe a mule with a heel. Different question: can we wear rose jeans in the Fall or was that just a Spring trend?

    1. You can if you style them with heavier knits, darker colors, etc. I did pack mine away, though. Mine are really light colored, and I just don’t find myself reaching for them this time of year. They’d probably be cute with a chunky ivory sweater, though, and light grey loafers or booties… or snakeskin? It depends on their weight, I guess. Mine are just very light colored and lightweight.

  77. I really like the jeans. I think it’s the sweater that throwing the outfit off. I love stripes, but not necessarily this sweater. It seems that the boxiness of the sweater, plus the stripes plus, plus the short flare of the jeans just isn’t working together. Just my two cents. 

  78. I think what I don’t like about the outfit is the kick flare. When I cover up the bottom part of the jeans, I like the rest of the outfit. I like the slightly oversized fit of the sweater and it looks perfect with the medium wash of the jeans. It’s a cool, casual looking outfit. But then I see the cropped kick flare and I’m just not a fan. I suspect when my eye finally adjusts, the trend will be over, lol.

  79. I liked the outfit.  It seems something I would wear, without the front tuck I think it pulls the persons eye to that area. This to me looks more on the casual side than dressy.  And then I got to the shoes,I hate mules they make feet look extremely wide and big, especially if you have narrow feet lie I do, mules are not your friend.  I agree with others that your converse or something like that would work better. These shoes look out of place, not sure if it is the color, the fit, or just the style itself.   I have seen you style these shoes before and to me they just are not flattering on you.  

  80. I’m with the nay sayers…..and you always look fabulous JoLynne! The sweater is too bulky and I don’t care for the front tuck with so much bulk, makes you look big and frumpy. Not a fan of the jeans either and I have never liked mules. I just think they cut off the foot too much and look awkward. I think a slimmer sweater with the jeans and a wedge heel or cute flats would be much better. Thank you for always showing us so many looks and trends we might not otherwise see. You are so insightful! And thanks for asking what people think!!

  81. I’m a little late to the conversation but was curious about this post due to your comments from today.  I like the kick flares and think it’s a really fun silhouette to wear. I like the sweater too. I really think the sweater is not working with the jeans. You can definitely wear both but not together. The sweater throws my eye straight to the dark stripe at the top of the jeans instead of drawing the eye up. And then, I see the shoes.  I hope that helps in some way. 

    Keep up the good work 😊

  82. I don’t care for the choice of shoes and sweater. Try kick flares with black sock boots and a black mock ribbed fitted sweater that just meets the waste of the jeans. A body suit might work too. The top must be narrower at the waste than the jeans. Caramel and burnt orange would look great too. Kind of 70’s, cool chick vibe.

  83. The frayed hems are throwing it off, as it looks too young and sloppy for us 40 and up gals, plus the stripped sweater is too big and a nice solid colour like burnt orange, and a cute closed toe wedge, with a brown purse would have taken it to another level for fall.  

  84. I love kick flares and I think they’re cute on you, but not with that sweater or those shoes. I think a slim-fit T and a cute pair of Birks or sneaks would fit the look better! 🙂

  85. Hi.  First, I wasn’t to tell you that I love your blog. You seem to be very personable and real😊 I think the outfit you are wearing would look very cute with the sweater untucked and with a pair of sneakers. Maybe you could try it and show us if you like it. Also, I’ve noticed that several times, you’ve mentioned that you are short-waisted. I’ve noticed you are because of some of the fits of your tops. Have you ever tried petite sizes for tops and possibly for dresses. It made all the difference when I tried them. My tops don’t look too long, and I don’t have extra fabric in the small of my back.  And, no more boxiness. Just a suggestion. I wear a size 6 and weigh 124 pounds and have a larger bust. A petite small works every time😊

    1. Hi Donna, thank you! I have tried petites and they’re always about an inch too short, especially in the arms. How tall are you? I’m 5’5″ with long arms. I really am right in between petite and regular sizes.

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