Ruffle Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans

Hello, friends! Happy Monday! I have a new outfit post for you today! I’m also co-hosting the weekly linkup over at Pink Sole, so if you have a fashion blog, I hope you’ll share your style with us at the end of this post.

Fashion Over 40: Ruffle Cardigan + Black Frame Skinnies

I’m not big on ruffles generally. I mean, I get the appeal — they’re feminine and flirty — but I usually feel fussy wearing ruffles. Yet for some reason, this ruffle-front cardigan at White House Black Market caught my eye. I love the way it drapes slightly longer in the front, and it’s the perfect muted berry color that is appropriate for now but will also carry me well into spring.

Fashion Over 40: Ruffle Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans

I originally styled this outfit as a work wear look with my LOFT scuba pants, but the loose cardigan and the loose cami on top of the pants that are slim but not snug just made the overall look a bit sloppy, so I changed into black skinny jeans. I’m much happier with this look.

Style Tip: Generally, when there is volume in one half of your outfit, you want the other half to be more snug so you don’t lose all of your shape.

Fashion Over 40: Ruffle Cardigan + Black Frame Skinnies

I’ve been asked a few times by people taking the Adore Your Wardrobe course what body type I am. I am “short-waisted curvy.” In AYW language, curvy refers to body type, not weight.

I’ve known my whole life that I’m short-waisted, however, I had no idea that I had the hourglass body type. I always thought I was an apple or a carrot (inverted triangle.) It’s been incredibly eye-opening to have a more accurate view of my body and then to learn how to dress to accentuate those assets. It’s exciting to hear from those of you taking the course. So far everyone seems to love it. YAY!

So back to today’s outfit! This is my Topshop Double V-Back Camisole, and I love it under cardigans as an alternative to a tank or tee for a dressier look. It appears to be selling out, but this is similar. I was in between sizes, so I got the 8 and had it altered a bit.

Fashion Over 40: Ruffle Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans

I’m wearing black Frame skinnies. These have a fantastic fit and feel, and I like the 29″ inseam and 10″ leg opening — same as the DL1961 Emma. That’s my sweet spot with skinny jeans.

Once you learn your ideal inseam and leg opening, it makes finding jeans that fit great so much easier. I always compare those numbers before ordering. If you have a pair of jeans you love, measure them so you know what to look for when you shop.

Fashion Over 40: Ruffle Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans

Fashion Over 40: Ruffle Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans

I carried my Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel. I included this in my best buys of 2016 even though I purchased it at the very end of the year, and it hasn’t proven itself just yet. It’s definitely becoming one of my go-to handbags for its perfect size and structure.

For accessories, I just wore simple faux pearl earrings and a long pendant. I can’t find a pendant to link to that’s similar to this. It’s from White House Black Market, but it was discontinued a few months ago. I like that it’s extra long and lightweight. It helps elongates the upper body and keeps the overall look in proportion. I probably should have added another delicate necklace in the neckline to help fill in and add some visual interest. I love layered necklaces, but I tend to wear the ones that come already put together. It takes the guesswork out of layering.

Fashion Over 40: Ruffle Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans

This is the perfect outfit to wear out to eat with friends, and I expect it would work for some office settings. You can always swap out the jeans for ponte knit pants or another slim-fitting pant. I can also see myself wearing this to church. For a more casual look, I’m going to try pairing the cardigan with a white tee, blue jeans, and ballet flats.

Fashion Over 40: Ruffle Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans

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Ruffle Front Midi Coverup // Topshop Double V-Back Camisole // FRAME ‘Le Color’ Skinny Jeans (similar for less) // Lucky Brand Tukko Heels // Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel // faux pearl earrings

How I Fall Linkup

Today I’m co-hosting Rachelle’s weekly linkup over at Pink Sole. If you haven’t discovered her blog yet, definitely check it out. She has great style, and I’m always envious of her glorious Florida weather, especially this time of year! If you have a fashion blog, I hope you’ll link up below!

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Fashion Over 40: Ruffle Cardigan + Black Skinny Jeans