Hello, friends. Happy Monday! This weekend flew by, and I just realized I never even wrote my Sunday Coffee Talk yesterday.
I wish I could tell you I accomplished all the things I set out to accomplish, but my office and bedroom are still a mess, winter clothes still need to be put away in the attic, and I’m already behind on my posts for this week.
On the plus side, we did manage to shoot an outfit, I got a chance to take my daughter to the mall for some things she needs, and I fit in a nap yesterday afternoon, so the weekend wasn’t a total wash.
This is a variation on the outfit I wore to dinner on Saturday night, although we shot this look that morning.
I ended up swapping out the necklace for a simple pendant and the wedges for flat sandals, but I wanted to share a look that’s a little bit dressier to show how this simple cold shoulder tee can be dressed up for a fun night out look.
It’s made of a super soft modal blend, so it’s a bit dressier than an ordinary knit tee and it has a nice drape to it. It’s rather long so I always front-tuck it, as seen here. For size reference, I’m wearing the small. I would say it runs a little big because sometimes I need a medium in tops.
I’ve worn this top quite a few times with my blue jeans, but for this look, I paired it with white.
While I love my premium denim, I know not everyone reading along shares my priorities, so I wanted to feature white jeans under $100. The ones I’m wearing in this post are by Articles of Society, and they retail for $59. I feel like they’re a good value for that price, but I definitely don’t like them as much as my Paige and J.Brand white jeans.
On the plus side, these jeans are not see-through, and they have a flattering fit. I also like the way they did the distressing in the knees. Unfortunately, they do stretch out with wear.
I ordered a 28 because the sizing advice on the Nordstrom website was to size down, but I think I could wear a 27. I usually wear a 28 or 29 in jeans, for reference. (They look fine in these pictures, but after I had them on for a few hours, I noticed they were getting pretty baggy.) So just keep that in mind if you order a pair — definitely size down.
I’m also not a fan of this frayed hem. I’ve learned that I prefer a raw hem to the frayed. The frayed hems always look contrived to me, even on pricier denim brands. I realize that I’m super picky about details like this, but I wanted to point out the differences because details are important.
I’ll be sticking with my J.Brand destructed white skinnies, but I think these are great jeans for someone wanting the look for less.
The other thing I want to mention is they’re a little bit too long to be ankle-length on me, so I’d recommend these for women taller than my 5’5″. I do get occasional requests for recommendations for raw/frayed hem jeans for taller women, so here you go!
I accessorized with this layer necklace and a couple of gold bangles from kate spade new york. I removed the lariat part of the necklace for a cleaner look, but I sort of think I would have liked it better had I kept that part on. It would coordinate nicely with my shoes and bag.
I wore neutral shoes and handbag — I like the cognac with the olive and white, but you could definitely do grey or even a pretty blush. And of course, it isn’t necessary to match your shoes and handbag. A pop of pink or coral would be pretty with this outfit.
I like how there are so many options with this top. As I said, I wore it with my cropped white jeans and tan sandals for a casual dinner, and I wore it with blue jeans and ballet flats with a cardigan on top for travel to and from Dallas a few weeks ago. It also came in handy for dining out a couple of times while I was down there. I paired it with blue jeans and espadrille wedges one night, and another day with white jeans and lace-up block heel sandals. If you’re not a fan of olive green, it also comes in blue, orange, and black.
Halogen Cold Shoulder Tee // frayed hem white jeans // layer necklace // mom engraved idiom bangle & mom knows best mama bear bracelet c/o kate spade new york // similar wedge sandals here and here // similar hobo here and here
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