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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114 thoughts on “High Rise Ankle Jeans with Leopard Mules

  1. I have not read through every comment so I apologize if this had already been said but my first thoughts are the sweater and mules (though darling!)  are not working with the jeans. Boyfriend/ girlfriend jeans seem by nature to be a more casual look jean. Add in the light wash and they scream to be styled with a casual top and shoes. Maybe converse and and tshirt or sweatshirt?  Maybe something like the blue top you posted yesterday?  Would love to see these styled in a different way!

  2. I love this look! These jeans are super cute and I would wear them with a ton of tops!!! 
    I am built like you and I feel like a wider leg balances out my athletic shoulders. (Although I won’t be giving up skinny jeans anytime soon, yaknowwhatimean?) 🙂 

  3. Sorry, just dont like the mom jeans or the mules, they look a bit frumpy to me, but thanks for trying!
    Love your blog!

  4. It’s growing on me…..????
    Well except the mules, I want to like them but I just can’t appreciate the trend

  5. Okay… is what I think.  I think the size is good. If you go bigger I think the leg and all over will look to sloppy.  But, you know how they feel on.  Second, I’m one who likes my skinny jeans and do not want them to go out of style, so my eye is having a hard time going with this look jean.  But, saying that, you really have pulled it off pretty well.  I think it helps to have some height.  I’m 5’3″ and don’t think I’d do well with this look.  I agree, the top front tuck is the way to go with this sweater. No way does the sweater out look flattering.  I think this style jean is going to be hard to wear the right shoe.  With skinnies, you can get away with so many different shoes and sandals.  You’ve done a great job trying this for us and you do look good in your photos.  Love the leopard mules. I haven’t got on board with mules yet.  

  6. I’m not a huge fan of that style of jeans. They don’t look terrible on you, but the cropped, cuffed style does cut off the line of the leg. If my pear-shaped self looked as good in skinny jeans as you, I’d never branch out, though! 🙂 And those shoes are super-adorable. I haven’t tried mules yet, but I’m tempted.

  7. Jo-Lynne, you look great and I definitely think a crop sweater or top would work better, but your front tuck did the trick. I can’t wrap my head around these jeans, because I grew up, raising my kids in the “mom” jeans era and looking back I think, “That is not flattering at all.” However, I used to think I would never wear so many things that I now have embraced so never say never, right? – Amy

  8. I love reading all the comments too!! Yea- definitely “Mom Jeans”… and a throw back to the ’80’s, which there’s not much, if anything, that I want to repeat from the ’80’s!! LOL! Maybe my figure!! (that I hated at the time, but now wish I had it back!! lol!) It works for some of the young girls, tall, flat tummy & shorter tops…. BUT…… like some of the ladies already said, it still makes us look like moms! So, yea, even though it looks alright and you DID pull it off, I’m not a fan either. I’m even not sure that I’m much of a ‘fan’ of the mules- but if they’re comfortable and you love them, then Rock On Hot Mamma!! 😀 Would love to do your course Adore Your Wardrobe, but it caught me at a bad time … working on paying off Christmas! 😉
    Happy Monday Y’all – it’s a good to have a good day!

  9. Personally I not a fan of  the front tuck, but as an alternative when my sweater has a band at the bottom like the one you are wearing I fold it under to shorten my sweater.

  10. I think you are too short waisted to wear high rise jeans.  I have the same problem.  When I look back at pictures of my tall, skinny, twenty-something self in high rise jeans and short tops, I realize the proportions are all wrong.  No way will I be repeating that mistake with my almost 50 figure!

  11. Ooooo, not a fan! Not awful, and you pull it off well, but I am so reminded of mom jeans frump and even the mules,, which I usually like, kinda seem like sloppy bedroom slippers! Believe me, it’s not about YOU, but…. no. ????

  12. First off I can’t believe there’s three other commenters here named “Heather!” I’ve always been the only one where ever I’m at! ???? Lol! 

    I like this outfit on you! I think that it’s different from anything else we normally see you in. I too luv everything and anything leopard, but for some reason I’m not loving those leopard mules with the light wash jeans and light sweater. I’m thinking a taupe colored mule or even a sneaker. (I bought that same sweater last week from loft after following your link.) I’m a big front tuck girl myself; I like the way it changes an outfit and somehow looks more put together-not sure why! 

    Just FYI- a friend of mine works for Madewell and took me to the store over the weekend to show me and break down all the denim types, inseams/rises, washes etc… was so great to see all the options and how to wear them. In addition, I found out they carry Tall sizes so for all your 5’9” & over followers it’s good to know (I’m 5’9” and need a longer inseam). And….teachers get a discount (just need to show ID). My friend said the best selling denim right now is a 9 or 10 inch rise and all washes light and dark are popular. After trying on a ton of jeans I ended up buying two pairs – (one has a button front fly and raw hem, ankle length (so cute and flattering on!) I also bought a cute tie-front sweater and a silk blouse. I’ve found a new favorite place to shop now!! ???? 

  13. I’m still trying to warm up to the high rises. I have one very inexpensive pair, but I’m too self conscious to wear them with a shorter top. They just don’t do my backside any favors, lol. I’m certainly not ruling them out, just still looking for a more flattering pair. For this look being so out of your comfort zone, I think you did a fantastic job with it. And I love the lighter wash!

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  15. At first look, I didn’t like this look on you but after looking the next day, it is growing on me. I think the jeans don’t look too tight in your hips, at least from the front it keeps them from looking too baggy. Like you have said it doesn’t hurt sometimes to change up your look. Maybe a tighter fitting sweater or shirt would work better.

    1. I do think something more fitted on top would help, and agree, going up a size may make them too baggy… but they are waaaay too tight in the midsection to keep this size. 🙂 I’ll report back on how the bigger size fits.

  16. Hey, I have to say the outfit is adorable and I think very flattering! I have skinny jeans, boot’s etc, but THIS is a comfortable and EASY TO WEAR outfit!! These jeans remind me of my MOST comfortable jeans which are the Girlfriend from WHBM. I didn’t say they are my most flattering but there are times, many times. that comfort WINS!!
    I enjoy you, your ideas, your blog, Instagram, so much! I seriously look forward to it!

  17. I like your outfit, I think the jeans are flattering on you, as well as the front tuck. I had a leather pair of mules I got rid of several years ago that I loved. I’m wishing I had kept them now!

  18. I think the look is frumpy.  The jeans are baggy in the leg and the cuff looks to bunched up and wide.  I personally don’t think it looks good to half tuck a bulky material like a sweater.  The mules are cute but mismatched with the outfit.  In my opinion ditch the jeans for a skinny version, untuck the sweater and the look would appear classy.
    Love your other blogs!

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