High Rise Ankle Jeans with Leopard Mules

Hey guys! Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. Over the weekend I tried my hand at styling these high rise ankle jeans from Madewell. This is a new silhouette for me so I’m experimenting with how to make it work for me and for those of us who may be a bit wary of this trend.

First let me just say that these are a size to small. They should not be that tight across the hip area. I have the next size on order, but I went ahead and styled these for this post because I was eager to give them a try.

I scrolled through my Instagram feed to see how others are wearing this style of jeans, and I determined that front-tucking a slouchy sweater is the most popular approach, but I didn’t think it would work for me. Front-tucking sweaters is generally best left to those who are smaller on top, and I most certainly do not fall into that demographic. *grin*

That said, when I tried the jeans with this sweater left out, the way I normally wear it with skinny jeans, I thought it looked frumpy and a bit out of balance compared to the front-tucked version. Here, I’ll show you.

A shorter sweater would be fine untucked. It’s a matter of proportions. With the top out, it is longer, and the pants are cropped, so it cuts my body in half rather than providing that pleasing 1/3 to 2/3 ratio.

So for the photo shoot, I did the front tuck and held my breath, hoping I wouldn’t look ridonculous when the pictures came back.

I actually think I rather like it. Or, I could get used to it, although admittedly, it’s probably not the most flattering silhouette for my hourglass body type. It doesn’t really show my curves like skinny jeans and a more fitted top would do, but at least I’m balanced, and I feel like my shape isn’t totally lost in the outfit.

Because this drop shoulders on this sweater make me look a little wider on top, these jeans provide better balance than my usual skinny style. For size reference, I have a small in the sweater and a 28 in the jeans (but I need a 29.)

I ordered these jeans from Nordstrom for $98, but they’ve almost sold out. Madewell is full stocked, but they’re $115. For those not familiar, Madewell is owned by J.Crew, and they’re known primarily for their jeans, although they carry all types of apparel as well as shoes, handbags, and accessories.

They do a good job with modern denim styles and good washes at a more moderate price point than some of the higher end premium brands. They tend keep their prices right around $100, and they do run occasional sales, although the denim is often excluded from those (but not always.) They also carry both tall and taller sizes, so if you need a longer inseam, they’re a good place to look.

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So let’s discuss these shoes.

I’m in love. I’ve never met a leopard print I didn’t like, and mules are my current favorite shoe trend, so leopard print mules have been on my wish list for a while.

The hardest part is finding a pair I can walk comfortably in, and these are pretty good. I like my Rebecca Minkoff pair better, but these are half the price and they print is really pretty. I also like the gold detail on the heel.

I recommend sizing up a half size in these, although as I look at them in these pictures, they look a little big for me. I have the 8.5 an I usually wear 7.5 or 8 in backless shoes. An 8 may be a better fit. Most people who have ordered these said they sized up a half size and that worked for them.

I accessorized with two new pieces from Stella & Dot — the Rhett Cuff and Diedre Double Horn Pendant. Both are delicate mixed metal pieces with a touch of glam, and I’ve been wearing them quite a bit recently. I meant to get a close-up shot of each, and we forgot. #ooops

Color-wise, I really like the lighter wash jeans with this camel melange sweater, and then the leopard mules add pattern and texture to an otherwise simple outfit. I often carry a black bag with my leopard flats, but since the colors in the outfit are so light, I opted for the cognac bag instead.

My bag is old, but I came across this Topshop suede hobo while searching for something similar, and I LOVE IT. For $100, it is definitely a great buy. I love that it is also suede inside, not cloth-lined.

Here’s one more look at the full ensemble. I don’t know that I’m super excited about it, but it’s not too bad for my first attempt, I guess… although my husband is not a fan.

Feel free to give me your input. I’ve got my armor on; I can handle it. 🙂

LOFT slouchy v-neck sweater // Madewell Perfect Summer Jeans (cheaper but limited sizes at Nordstrom) // Michael Kors Natasha leopard slides (also at Nordstrom Rack) // Stella & Dot Rhett Cuff and Diedre Double Horn Pendant // Kendra Scott Sophia drop earrings // Coco Palms sunnies c/o Maui Jim

In other news…

Thanks for all the feedback on yesterday’s post! I appreciate it. Much of it is similar, so forgive me if I don’t reply to every comment, but know that I read them all.

I’m going to have my design team put the comment box up top so it’s easier to find without scrolling but leave comments in chronological order. With the replies tiered under each comment, I think it makes most sense that way. And the order of comments doesn’t REALLY matter anyway.

I know a few like to see the comment box at the bottom so they can read thru what others are saying and then respond, but it seems like the vast majority would prefer to not have to scroll through to comment.

Also, I forgot to tell y’all yesterday, but Adore Your Wardrobe is now OPEN for registration!!!

Registration for Adore Your Wardrobe is OPEN now through January 30th.
Classes begin on January 31st.

I’ve written ad nauseum about this class, so I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but if you are new to this and want to know more, read more about my experience HERE. If you’re already sure you want to take the course, you can sign up directly through my referral link.

Oh, and one more thing.

On the road to victory . . .

Haha. I couldn’t resist. I am so not a football fan, but it is impossible not to get caught up in the excitement around here. We are Superbowl bound for the first time since 2004.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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