Pastels Aren’t Just for Summer
There was a time when we would only wear pastels in the spring and summer, and we put our white jeans and shoes away as soon as the Labor Day cookout was over, but those outdated fashion rules have been thrown by the wayside in recent years. It is perfectly acceptable to wear white and pastels in the fall and winter, and *gasp* sometimes I even wear them together!
I’ve worn this sweater with blue jeans, and it works great, but for this look, I wanted to show you how cute it is paired with white jeans. I know a lot of people still put away their white jeans in the fall, but I don’t think you need to! The idea is to style your white jeans in a way that looks intentional, not like you just forgot to put your white jeans away.
This sweater is thick and cozy and a decidedly fall/winter piece, so pairing it with white jeans doesn’t look like a mistake. Instead, it creates a fresh look that’s a little unexpected at this time of year when we usually gravitate to more earthy colors and jewel tones.
But back to THIS sweater, because this one is NOT excluded from the J.Crew 40% off sale going on right now. (If that rollneck sweater ever goes on sale, I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops, but I’m not holding my breath.)
This sweater is more of a trendy style, with the split sides and the longer shirttail hem in the back, but I couldn’t resist the softness of the wool/alpaca blend and the pretty ribbed details.
It comes in like 125 colors (okay, well 13 anyway) and it’s a great price right now. Plus if you sign up to be a J.Crew Insider, which is free, you get free standard shipping on any size order. In fact, I just ordered another in the Natural. (I know, I like each piece in my closet to be different, but I couldn’t resist a good off-white v-neck sweater… they’re so hard to come by.)
Now that our kids are older, Paul and I go out to eat often on the weekends. Sometimes it’s just the two of us, and sometimes we go out with another couple or even a small group of friends, but I always like to level up my look a bit from my everyday even if we’re just going to a casual bar & grille type of joint.
My favorite way to do that is to add heels to a casual sweater and jeans. In fact, I really wish I’d thought to show this outfit two ways — with loafers for day and heels for night. But I’m sure you can imagine it with loafers, yes?
These open toe mules are really fun for a date night look, and the price point is under $100. The block heel makes them very walkable, and they come in grey, blush, red, and black.
The flirty sweetheart topline is a fun detail and gives them more of a feminine flair than your typical mules. Also, the nail polish on my toes is CND Indigo Frock — one of my favorite colors this time of year… or any time of year, really. I wear it occasionally in the summer too.
For a date night look, I could really use a little more in the way of accessories. Because of the extra long sleeves (LOVE!) I didn’t bother with a bracelet.
I wore studs for earrings and a pendant necklace to fill the v-neckline, but I really wish I’d thought to layer a few more pieces with that. Layering delicates is the current trend in jewelry, and that would have really leveled up this look another notch — that or a pair of statement earrings.
Still, sometimes I like to keep it simple, and I think this works. The shoes and the white jeans create enough drama, and piling on the accessories might be a bit much for my regular venues.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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