Straight Ankle Jeans Two Ways

In Saturday’s try-on post, I shared three pairs of straight ankle jeans that I recently ordered, and this pair was by far the favorite. Bonus, they’re 30% off right now!

I’m still #teamskinnyjeans all the way, but I know you guys want to see some other styles, so I’m giving these straight ankle jeans a shot today.

There was some debate in the comments as to whether the straight ankle style looks better with loafers and ballet flats or worn over higher shaft ankle boots, so I’ve been taking notice of how they’re being worn on various websites and blogs, I’m going to say they can work with both.

In fact, I took it a step further, and I’m showing them both ways in this post — with my favorite black suede loafer mules for casual wear, and with red leather block heel ankle boots for a dressier look.

I styled these booties a few weeks ago with bootcut jeans, and I do love the subtle peek of red from under the denim, but it’s a shame to over up these gorgeous boots with long pants.

Cropped jeans are the perfect solution, and the straight ankle style is right on trend this fall.

Since these boots have a higher shaft, they work well with straight ankle jeans because the jeans fall nicely over the top of the boots.

AG Prima Ankle Straight Jeans straight ankle jeans with Vince Camuto Thelmin Booties

It does create a rather boxy look, though, which some of you aren’t crazy about. Maybe a sock bootie with a skinnier shaft would work better.

For reference, I usually wear an 8 in Vince Camuto boots, but I sized up to an 8-1/2 in these. I think because of the pointed toe, I needed a bit more room.

The shaft is also kind of stiff, so I have to wear socks. I like these bamboo rib crew socks because they’re moisture wicking and super soft. They’re thin enough to fit in all styles of boots, but not so thin that they don’t provide any warmth, and they stay put all day long.

Jo-Lynne Shane styling dark wash AG Prima Ankle Straight Jeans straight ankle jeans two ways -- with loafer mules and red block heel booties.

This sweater was one of my top sellers last season, so I was excited when Nordstrom brought it back this year. The sizes and color options are dwindling, but it’s still available in a few combinations. I also have it in the black because it’s such a great closet basic. Aren’t the ribbed details so pretty?

While the website says it runs big, I’m wearing my usual small, and I believe the fit is just right. I wouldn’t recommend sizing down from your normal size in the Caslon brand.

Because I’m a plain Jane, I don’t usually wear this sweater with a necklace; but to jazz it up a bit for these pictures, I wore this double ring pendant from Kohl’s. When I do wear a pendant over a sweater with a cowl or turtleneck, I think it looks best when the pendant is extra long, and extends past the chest area so it doesn’t compete with the neckline.

Caslon Cozy Rib Detail Relaxed Turtleneck

For a more casual look and one I’d probably get more wear out of, I tried the same sweater and jeans with my black suede loafer mules. I love these shoes, but you’ll want to size down half if you’re ordering.

A lot of you said you prefer the straight ankle style with loafers and flats because it leaves the ankle area visible, and I’m definitely seeing a lot of girls wearing the straight ankle jeans with this style of shoe, but this look isn’t very practical for colder weather.

I’m also wondering if this look works better with lighter wash jeans because there’s less contrast between the color of the jeans and one’s skin.

Jo-Lynne Shane styling dark wash AG Prima Ankle Straight Jeans straight ankle jeans two ways -- with loafer mules and red block heel booties.

I don’t know. The jury is still out… I want to like these jeans; I just don’t know if I quite nailed the look.

It could also be that the top isn’t right for them. Because the jeans are cropped, I think I need a shorter top to balance out the proportions. I guess this is why we’re seeing a shift to shorter tops!

On the one hand, I’m tempted to say that if I have to work that hard, I’m just going to keep reaching for my skinnies because they’re a lot easier to throw on and go with most of the tops and shoes in my closet. On the other hand, I suppose that’s how our style gets stuck in a particular decade, so I’m going to keep trying.

Every time the pant trends shift, we have to pivot and figure out the tops and shoes that work best with them. In a few years, this will probably all seem so obvious and effortless, but for now, I’m still trying to figure it out.

Jo-Lynne Shane styling dark wash AG Prima Ankle Straight Jeans straight ankle jeans two ways -- with loafer mules and red block heel booties.

sweater // jeans // mules // booties // bag // necklace // hoops // photo credit: Alison Cornell

What say you? Are you embracing this trend or taking a pass?

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