High Rise Jeans + Cropped Sweater

Good morning, friends! I hope this week is treating you well so far! Today for Day 6 of 27 Days of Spring Fashion, I’ve got a transitional outfit with high rise jeans and a trendy sweater that I’ve been wearing a ton lately.

I never minded the low-rise trend too much. Once I got used to how they feel, I really like the way low-rise jeans look on. Perhaps it’s because I’m short-waisted and they help correct my body’s natural imbalance, but I immediately embraced the trend and I’ve worn them almost exclusively for the past few years.

However, now that high-rise jeans are making a comeback, I can definitely see the appeal. For one thing, you don’t ever have to worry about exposing certain, ah, unmentionables. The other benefit to a higher rise is that your pants are less likely to fall down as you wear them, and they also help alleviate the dreaded muffin top.

I didn’t run right out to buy a pair, but when I started wanting to wear the cropped sweaters that are trending, I decided it was time.

After poking around for a while online, I decided to try the AG Farrah High Rise Skinny. They have a 9.75″ front rise and a 30″ inseam, so a little longer than what I normally wear. I thought I’d like the slightly longer length with ballet flats, but I actually took them to Nordstrom yesterday to be hemmed to the 29″ length, same as the DL1961 Emma that I love so much. The 30″ was just a little too long for me, and I didn’t like how they cuffed with these booties or now they bunched on top of my foot with ballet flats.

I will always advise you to purchase big ticket items like premium denim and designer handbags on a sale, but as a blogger, sometimes it makes sense for me to bite the bullet and pay the price so I can have the items I want to style for you. These jeans will go on sale eventually, and I will definitely give you a heads-up the next time I see designer jeans on a good markdown. (Unless you’re a size 25, in which case, you’re in luck! These are 33% off.)

Meanwhile, if you want a less expensive option, Old Navy makes a high rise version of their popular Rockstar skinny jeans, or you can browse high rise jeans for under $100 at Nordstrom.

I’m not crazy about how I cuffed these for this shoot. I wish I’d made them shorter so they weren’t falling into the top of my booties. There are so many factors to consider, aren’t there!?!

So let’s discuss this Free People sweater. I’m obsessed. Every time I see it online, I’m drawn to it. It comes in 5 gorgeous colors, and I love them all. I chose the ivory because I’ve been wanting to add a white or ivory sweater to my closet for this transition time of year. It’s more than I wanted to spend so I kept waiting for it to go on sale, but when it didn’t, I decided to grab it while they still had my size. I’m so glad I did because I’ve worn it a ton already.

I have the ivory, which is low inventory, but it also comes in white and grey as well as a fun coral and a pretty mint that would be amazing with white jeans. Seriously, if it weren’t so spendy, I’d buy one in another color. I like it that much.

It’s kind of heavy, but because it is cut generously through the arms and waist, you get quite a draft, lol, so it’s not too hot to wear on milder days. It’s really the perfect spring sweater for the weather we’ve been having lately in PA.

For the Adore Your Wardrobe peeps reading along, this sweater doesn’t exactly follow the rules, as it’s pretty wide, but sometimes I’m willing to bend the rules to enjoy a fun trend. I’ve tried quite a few cropped, wider sweaters, and this one is by far the most flattering. I think it’s a combination of the v-neck and the way the hem is cut, but you can actually see some shape through the waist area, and I like the length of the back.

I love the high-low hem, the exposed seams, the big cuffed sleeves, and the ribbed knit. It’s a nice quality sweater, plus it’s trendy and fun. For size reference, I’m wearing the small. I always size down in Free People because they tend to design with an oversized fit.

At first I put on neutral accessories with this outfit, but then I decided to have fun with the look, and I swapped them for these blue beaded tassel earrings and cuff bracelet. They’re a bit of a departure from my more understated taste in jewelry, but I thought they were fun for spring and summer.

I wore my new perforated peep toe booties and carried my kate spade mylie hobo, although I think I’d actually prefer a cognac or chestnut brown with this outfit. It’s funny how I see things in pictures that I don’t always notice in the mirror.

Either way, it was fun to break out some of my spring duds. These shoes are super comfortable and fun to wear. If you’re looking for a shoe to update your wardrobe this spring, I highly recommend these. I do recommend sizing down a half-size, though.

I realize the price point on each of these individual pieces is pretty high. Eeep! There are a lot of wardrobe basics here that will get worn so much, the cost per wear will average out, but for those looking for similar items for less, I’ve linked up some below.

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Free People sweater (20% off at Zappo’s) // AG high rise skinnies (similar for less here and here) // vince camuto perforated peep toe booties (I also like these and these) // kate spade mylie hobo (similar for less here and here) // Stella & Dot tassel earrings and cuff bracelet

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!

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