Hi there! Happy First Day of Spring! The sun is out, I can hear birds chattering outside my office window, and it’s supposed to warm up today! I am very happy about that.
I still have some outfit pictures from Miami that I haven’t shared yet, and the jeans are part of the Saks Friends & Family Sale, where you can save 25% off new arrivals! I decided this was the perfect time to talk about styling one of the big denim trends for spring – ECRU!
RAILS Ellis button-up (25% off Cobalt) (S) (similar for less) // Paige Cindy in Tonal Ecru (25% off) (29) // Tory Burch T Monogram Espadrille Slide (8) // Top Handle Straw Clutch (Tan1) // Madewell earrings & similar necklace (25% off for Insiders) // Ray-Ban Wayfairer (42% off)
I love how ecru is a little softer than white, but it’s harder to style than I anticipated. I’m always drawn to the tone-on-tone neutral looks I’ve seen with ecru and other shades of white, but I haven’t successfully styled one yet. I usually end up wearing my ecru jeans with shades of blue.
This is the RAILS Ellis Gauze Button-Up Shirt I’ve featured a few times this spring. Mine is the Indigo, but Saks has a pretty Cobalt, as well as a lot of other great colors for 25% off in their F&F sale.
It’s definitely a splurge, but the material is luxuriously soft and thick, and it has such a nice drape. If you want a similar for less option, J.Crew Factory has one that’s 25% off with SHOP25.
I ordered the Paige Cindy in Tonal Ecru the second I saw them, and I like the fit and feel quite a lot, but they are on the thinner side.
I always wear the Wacoal Body Base Smoothing Shorts in the Sand under my white and light-colored denim, so I don’t feel like these jeans show all the lumps and bumps, but you can see the front pockets. That doesn’t bother me, but I thought I should mention it.
These jeans have a 10.5″ rise and a 28″ inseam, which is the perfect ankle length on my 5’5″ frame, and the raw hem makes them easy to cut if you want them a little shorter.
If you want a similar pair of ecru straight ankle jeans for less, check out the Madewell Perfect Vintage Straight in Canvas Wash or the Tile White, and they also have a Mid-Rise Version. They are 25% off today!
My Tory Burch espadrille slides keep this look casual and care-free. I love how the brown tones warm up the ecru and navy, and this top handle straw clutch coordinates perfectly. Best of all, it’s under $50 at Amazon! I have the Tan1.
I accessorized with chunky gold hoop earrings and a layer necklace (similar here). The delicate jewelry that has been trending for the past few seasons is giving way to chunkier styles, but I don’t usually wear bold statement jewelry, so I feel like this set is a nice way to talk that line.
I also styled these jeans with my navy stripe sweater from LOFT. I love a chunky cotton sweater for spring, and this one is perfect for this time of year, when it’s still too cold for short sleeves, but I’m ready to ditch my wool and cashmere.
The white in this sweater is more of a creamy white, so it works perfectly with these ecru jeans, and the slight balloon sleeve adds a nice modern touch.
It runs true to size, and it’s on sale for $29.99, plus you can get an additional 50% off when you order 3+ LOFT items.
Here’s a different angle of this outfit. You can see how well the jeans fit, and how easily the sweater pairs with them. Just throw it on, and go!
This time I wore my Tory Burch Miller Sandals in Makeup, but I’m not sure why I didn’t do loafers (the Soft Beige Leather would be perfect) or my Nordstrom brand ballet flats in Tan. They would be more appropriate for early spring weather and also balance out the chunky sweater.
RAILS Ellis button-up (25% off Cobalt) (S) // MOTHER The Weekender in Fog (29) // Kork-Ease Darby Clogs (also at Zappos) (8) // old Tory Burch shoulder bag // YSL sunnies (similar for less) // Madewell necklace (25% off) // Victoria Emerson earrings, bracelet & ring c/o (60% off with 60Jo-Lynne)
They have a 10″ rise and a 31″ inseam, and like the PAIGE Cindy, the raw hem makes them easy to cut if you need to.
The fit and feel is fantastic, as with all MOTHER denim – definitely splurgy for a more trendy color, but I think the cost per wear will work itself out over time. I’m struggling to find similar for less options for these, so if you know of any, let me know!
I also happened to style these ecru jeans with the RAILS Ellis button-up… I told you I like ecru denim with blue tops! I think I forgot I styled this shirt with my other ecru jeans in Miami. I really love how it contrasts against the darker beige jeans.
I wore the same Madewell necklace, and this time I went with a pair of mixed metal earrings and gold stretch bracelet set from Victoria Emerson. My channel set gold & crystal ring is from her shop as well, and you can get 60% off all full price Victoria Emerson jewelry with code 60Jo-Lynne!
This time I wore my Kork-Ease clogs. They’re the perfect height with these 31″ jeans, and they’re also weather appropriate for our chilly Pennsylvania spring!
Unfortunately, my bag is old, but I love this pairing, and the way the gold hardware ties into my jewelry.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you a fan of ecru denim for spring?
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photos: Alison Cornell