I’m sure by now we’ve all gotten the memo that straighter denim styles are trending this spring. I’ve tried a lot, and I mean A LOT of different brands and styles of straight cut jeans in various lengths. I have a few favorites, but they’re pricey, so I went on a hunt to find a great pair of straight ankle jeans under $100.
Never mind that they’re labeled as a skinny jean; they’re definitely a slim straight silhouette with a 13″ leg opening. (Skinnies usually have a 10″ or sometimes 11″ leg opening.)
They also have a 10 1/2″ front rise, so high enough to look current but still easy to wear for most women, and a 28″ ankle length inseam on the regular sizes.
With straighter silhouettes, I think ankle length is the most versatile and easiest to style with a variety of tops and shoes. The inseam for petite sizes isn’t listed on the website, but I’m guessing 25 or 26 inches.
The raw hem makes it so you can easily cut them if you want to adjust the length. In fact, I would probably take these up a half inch. I prefer a 27 — 27.5″ inseam, and that would be perfect with these booties.
Wit & Wisdom jeans tend to run slightly big, and they can stretch out a bit, so I recommend sizing down if in between. If in doubt, take advantage of Nordstrom’s free return policy, and order two sizes to try. I always recommend wearing jeans around the house (with the tags on) for an hour or two so you can see if they will stretch out or not.
These jeans also have a nice versatile mid-indigo wash that looks great just about every color and neutral imaginable. I love how they complement this lightweight dolman sleeve sweater in a soft shade of rust.
This sweater is very lightweight and exceptionally soft; in fact, I wouldn’t really call it a sweater. It’s more of a knit top. Wow, I sound disagreeable today, ha! But I just want to make sure you aren’t disappointed if you order something I recommend.
I love it for late winter/early spring, depending on the weather where you live. In fact, I wore it on Wednesday when we were having a rare mild, sunny day. It also comes in five other colors, including a really pretty Blue Manor.
I styled this outfit with booties for a late winter look, but mules or clogs will take this outfit into spring.
We also took that picture to show the slit on the side of the jeans. That’s a fun detail. Also, I’m wearing the 6 but they do stretch out a bit with wear, so you may want to size down if in between.
Everything I’m wearing here is from Nordstrom, so shipping and returns are free, or you can take advantage of their BOPUS (Buy Online Pick Up in Store) and contactless curbside pickup options if you have a store nearby. Gotta love one stop shopping!
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photos: Alison Cornell