Rainy Day Spring Outfit: Stripes + Cigarette Ankle Jeans

It’s ironic that I’m sharing this look today because our weather is much like it was the day we shot this look.

Here in Pennsylvania, we get quite a mix of weather, which makes outdoor photo shoots very interesting. It seems like it’s either windy, cold, hot, raining, or snowing… very rarely is it sunny and mild with no wind.

It was 28 degrees and sunny when I met Alison to shoot a look for my Galentine’s Day post. I had a few other outfits I wanted to shoot that day as well, but my fingers and toes were numb by the time I got back to the car, so we decided to cut it short and try again the following week.

When we met up to shoot the rest of my outfits, it was a balmy 45 degrees, but with a steady drizzle. It was the only day that week we were both free, so we decided to make the best of it.

Why not shoot a rainy day spring outfit?

I found this striped sweater and these dark wash jeans at Nordstrom when I was shopping last week.

Both are on the pricier side, so I would typically wait for a sale, but I went ahead and splurged because both pieces filled a hole in my wardrobe.

As you know, I’ve been trying to incorporate some straighter denim styles into my outfits. I thought I only liked the shorter cropped lengths, but when I tried on this dark wash ankle-length pair, I was pleasantly surprised!

These jeans are a cigarette style, which is basically a skinny jean that isn’t tapered at the ankle. They have a 29″ inseam and an 11″ leg opening, whereas most skinny jeans have a 9.5 or 10″ leg opening.

This way, I get the snug fit that I like through the hips and thighs, but a straighter silhouette overall.

It plays into the straighter styles that are trending right now, without going all the way to a “mom jean” that is loose from hip to hem.

For a more budget-friendly alternative, check out these Gap high rise cigarette jeans.

This super dark wash is flattering and easy to dress up or down. Plus, it’s different than anything else I have in my closet at the moment.

I don’t think I would have thought to pair these jeans with the white leather sneakers, but they’re what I wore to the mall that day, so I threw them on.

Even the sales associate working with me remarked on how nicely they complemented these jeans.

I think it’s because there is just enough skin showing at the ankle to keep the look modern, and somehow, the high contrast between the dark wash and light shoe works.

The trick is to find a the right top, so I don’t shorten the line of the leg too much.

This sweater is by Reformation, a brand that is committed to creating eco-conscious and sustainable clothing.

The fabric is 70% recycled cashmere, 25% cashmere, and 5% wool. It’s lightweight, and the color palette gives a nod to spring, but it’s still very warm due to the wool and cashmere blend.

I’ve been hearing a lot about Reformation lately, but this is the first time I tried any of their pieces. I have to say, I’m a fan.

It’s incredibly soft, and while it’s a thinner knit, it’s dense and doesn’t seem like it will pill easily. I also love how they’re generous with length in the sleeves.

This sweater is only 21″ long, so it’s not quite cropped, but definitely shorter than the more common 25″ or 26″ length. I’m also in the large, and the 21″ is based on a medium, so it may actually be 22″.

I’m wearing the large because they didn’t have the medium in stock when I was shopping, and I kind of like the relaxed fit. I have since received the medium in the mail, and it’s definitely the right size for me.

All that to say, I recommend sizing up one from your normal. (Small is my normal; medium would be the right size, but large is fine for a more relaxed fit.)

At any rate, this sweater works really well with these jeans, and I like how the navy stripe ties into their dark wash.

My stripe print is low inventory, but this sweater also comes in solid colors and a few other striped color ways.

This outfit is perfect for springtime in the northeast. Our temperatures usually stay cool well into April, and we get a lot of rain, but I’m starting to get tired of wearing grey sweaters and boots… if you can believe it!

I like how the print and colors in this sweater look like springtime, but it’s still plenty warm.

The leather sneakers are a nice break from boots and still hold up to wet weather, and the dark wash jeans are just fun for a change. The straighter silhouette looks fresh but still classic.

Outfit Details:

Reformation sweater // AG Prima ankle jeans (budget option) // Veja Esplar sneakers // Lucky Brand hoops

Of course, I would typically wear a raincoat!

Rainy Day Style: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Hunter Refined Rain Boots, The North Face Laney II Trench Raincoat, and Topshop Stef Metal Handle Tote Bag.

My favorite is sold out, but I recently did a try-on haul where I tried a few similar options.

The North Face City Midi Trench was my favorite, with the Columbia Splash A Little II Rain Jacket a close second.

What does your rainy day style look like?

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photos: Alison Cornell