Fashion Over 40: DL1961 Premium Denim


This week’s Daily Mom Style is brought to you by DL1961. A few months ago, the social media coordinator for DL1961, one of my favorite premium denim brands, reached out to me about collaborating. In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that I get pitched by hundreds of brands A DAY. Yes, I go through my inbox multiple times daily and delete, debate, delete, respond, debate, reply, negotiate, debate . . . wash, rinse, repeat.

Sometimes it’s an obvious no. I do a LOT of deleting. Other times I have to do some soul searching to determine if I can authentically promote a certain brand or its message. And then there are the ones that makes me squeal with delight. That was one of those emails.

I’m not being paid for this post, but the folks at DL1961 have been generous with sending me 4 different styles of jeans to sample and style — which is awesome, and not just because I get to add a few new duds to my wardrobe. What I really love about a partnership like this is that it gives me tons of great material for my fashion posts. I know you guys like seeing different looks and ways to wear different trends, so today I get to show you how to style four, YES, FOUR styles of jeans for this fall and winter season . . . skinnies, straight, bootcut and boyfriend.

So let’s get started!

First, I’m styling the Florence Skinny Jeans.

How to Style Skinny Jeans

You’ve seen these already. I like the darker distressed wash for casual wear. It has a bit of an edgy vibe to it that you can take so many different ways. I wear them often with this short-sleeved sweatshirt from the Kohl’s. Yesterday I wore them with ballet flats. Not all skinny jeans work well with both ballet flats and boots, but these are perfect because they’re tight enough to fit neatly into boots but not so snug that you get the ice cream cone effect when you wear ballet flats.


I’ve also worn them with a red cashmere hoodie and my grey UGGs.


And I wore them to church on Sunday night with a white tee, mustard cardigan, leopard scarf and my Frye Phillip Harness boots.

Fall Fashion | Mustard Cardigan with Skinny Jeans and Frye Boots

As you can see, this style is quite versatile! It runs fairly true to size (for a point of reference, I’m wearing a 29) and I love the mid-rise. No muffin top. YAY!

Moving on to the boyfriend jeans . . .

How to Style Boyfriend Jeans for Fall 2014

These are the Riley Boyfriend jeans. I intentionally chose a lighter wash for a change, but they come in 5 or 6 different hues.

I wanted to step outside my comfort zone a bit with these. I always feel a bit dowdy in boyfriend jeans. My legs are the skinniest part of me, so it seems counterintuitive to wear pants that intentionally make me look bigger than I am. The trick for me is to pair them with high-heeled pointy-toe pumps. I perused Pinterest for ideas, and I decided to try them with a structured jacket. The one I’m wearing is from White House Black Market, although it’s no longer available. They are my go-to source for cute structured jackets that aren’t too businessy. I accessorized with my Stella & Dot Elodie Necklace.

Fashion Over 40 | How To Wear Boyfriend Jeans

I wanted to try a more casual look as well, so I decided to try it with this navy blue cable-knit sweater from CAbi. I’m not loving this look quite as much as the jacket, but it works. I suppose I could have tried this with Converse sneakers or Toms Classic slip-ons . . . but as I said, I feel that having some height helps even out the proportions with boyfriend jeans.


Like most boyfriend jeans, these run on the large side so I ended up with a size 28. They’re very comfortable.

Thought bootcut jeans were out of style? Think again!

Introducing the Slim Bootcut for Fall 2014

There’s a new modern bootcut in town! I don’t think anyone can deny that the bootcut jean is generally very flattering, so I was thrilled to try this slimmer style. This is the Cindy Slim Bootcut in Wooster Wash. They need to be hemmed, but I wanted to get this post up this month so I went ahead and modeled them as is. I styled them with this pink blouse and my leopard pumps . . . a perfect look for a casual date night or lunch out with the girls. It was warm yesterday, but I would totally throw a blazer on over this to carry it into winter.

Fashion Over 40 | How To Wear Slim Boocut Jeans

DL 1961 Cindy Slim Bootcut in Wooster Wash


As far as fit is concerned, these fit a bit smaller than most. I had a 30 and sent it back for a 29, but the 29 is pretty snug. Still, I like the way they hug my rear, so I’m keeping them and just wearing shapewear. And perhaps more forgiving tops such as this blouse. And if I do that sugar detox again, they’ll be perfect. Ha!

Finally, a straight-leg look . . .

How to Wear Straight Leg Jeans

Straight leg jeans are probably the MOST universally flattering style of jean. It is more forgiving than a skinny jean, and it creates a long, lean line without any flare. They look best with ballet flats or pumps. You could definitely do an ankle boot, but you probably wouldn’t roll them, you’d just let them come down over the boot. These also could use to be hemmed up a bit, especially if I want to wear them with ballet flats. Because they’re such a dark wash… pretty much black… they’re dressy and work well with heels so I might leave the hem alone. This is the Nicky.

These are super duper comfortable, and they have a mid-rise which is nice for those of us who carry a little extra something-something around the middle. I styled them with a dressy top (old) and black patent pumps. Assuming this look is for a holiday party or a fancy night out on the town, I decided to bling it up with this Pave Chevron Necklace and Luna Wrap Bracelet, both from Stella & Dot.



These fit true to size, and they are VERY comfortable. The 29 is perfect for me.

There’s no doubt, DL1961 is premium denim, and the prices reflect that. I know premium denim is not in everyone’s budget but I hope these looks inspire you this fall no matter where you shop!

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33 thoughts on “Fashion Over 40: DL1961 Premium Denim

  1. I LOVE the first boyfriend Jean outfit with the WHBM jacket. My CAbi boyfriend jeans arrived yesterday so I might have to shop my closet today to recreate your look. Too bad the temps are going to be in the mid-80s here today!

  2. I LOVE that Mustard and boots outfit you wore with the Skinny Jeans! And the Straight Leg jeans are calling my name. Great outfits, Jo-Lynne!

  3. Great outfits! I love short-sleeved sweatshirts lately. I almost bought one the other day. Now seeing your post, I think I will buy one. 🙂

  4. I feel the same way about boyfriend jeans! I am short and feel like they do not do me any favors although I like the look on others!
    The pink sleeveless top is lovely on you and my fave outfit is the mustard cardigan… I wish I could wear that color but I can pull off a similar style with a different color cardi 🙂

  5. Just for reference are you willing to share your height/weight with us? You look terrific in all your outfits. I bought that same White House/Black Market jacket after I saw you with it on in a post last spring. Love it!

  6. Those black straight leg jeans look great! I love DL1961. I only have two pairs, but I love them. They are so comfortable. I could get into trouble visiting their website too often. All your outfits look fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I have never heard of this denim company but enjoyed browsing their site! I am just starting to learn the importance of well fitting denim! I cant believe the difference it makes in your outfit! I love the skinnies, but the boyfriend look is really nice too. Thanks for the introduction! Susan

    1. It really makes all the difference. And I often get mine on sale 25-40% off at Nordstrom or Bloomingdales… or you can also find them sometimes at TJMaxx/Marshalls. I have friends who have found good deals at thrift stores too, if that’s your thing.

  8. Love the Mustard Cardigan outfit. Where did you get the cardigan? Also where did you get the necklace in the photo with Navy pullover sweater. Love your blog!

  9. Bought the burgundy, short sleeve sweatshirt from Kohl’s you used to style skinny jeans and ankle boots above. Love the shirt. I bought a size that is probably 100 times bigger than you bought, but love it because it covers my bum. Could even wear it with very dark leggings or black skinny jeans. Great idea. Thanks.

  10. Love the gray sheepskin boots! Who is the manufacturer? Can you tell me where you purchased them? I looked all over, can’t find them! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Tina. The were UGGs and they are super duper old. There’s nothing out there like them right now that I am aware of. People ALWAYS ask about them, and I hate to tell you but I think they’re gone. 🙁 I wish UGG would bring them back. They’d sell out in no time, judging by the interest on my blog! 🙂

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