Fall/Winter Fashion

Straight Leg Jeans + Rust Cardigan for Fall

Greetings, and welcome back to 25 Days of Fall Fashion! Straighter denim silhouettes are trending this fall, so I’ve been trying them out. I’m still not sold on the look just yet, but sometimes it takes a while for the eye to adjust to new styles.

I tried these jeans on about 40 different ways last week in a try-on haul, and I’m still not sure I’ve nailed the look, but you all can tell me what you think.

I really like the wash on these jeans, and the vented hem is a fun detail. For size reference, I’m wearing the 29 regular. I thought I liked them better in the short version, for more of a crop straight leg look as shown on the website, but I thought the regular length would work better with this long cardigan so that’s the pair I chose for today’s outfit.

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This sweater is the Leith ribbed cocoon cardigan from the #NSale, and happily it’s still fully stocked! I love this sweater so much that I bought it in two colors, and I NEVER do that! (I also have the tan heather.) It’s really soft and cozy, and the fit is nice, but you will want to size down. I’m wearing the XS.

These leopard loafers are a new addition to my fall wardrobe. You probably know by now that animal prints are hotter than ever this fall season, and I’m not mad about it. Adding a leopard print has a way of elevating even the plainest t-shirt and jeans to a chic and stylish outfit.

The loafer silhouette is another trend right now — it seems to be edging out the ballet flat in popularity, and I like the more tailored look.

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These are by Steve Madden, and they’re a good value for the price point. They don’t have any padding or support, but they’re quite comfortable in spite of that, and they don’t pinch my toes as some pointy toe flats do.

Also, these shoes are part of the BOGO 50% off offer going on right now at Lord & Taylor. You can mix and match with other women’s shoes that are also marked BOGO 50% off, so I rounded up some good ones that I think are worth considering.

This white scoop neck tee is from Boden. I ordered it after I saw it on another style blog. I’m always looking for a good basic white tee, and this one checks off a lot of boxes. For one thing, no boob pocket. YAY!

It’s also a nice hip length, and it has a fairly straight hem. (I’m not a fan of curved hemlines; I don’t think they’re very flattering, and they always look awkward front-tucked.)

The material is a little bit stiff and thicker than I prefer, but on the plus side, it isn’t see-through at all.

This tee comes in a lot of colors, but the white is selling out. For size reference, I’m wearing a medium and it just fits so I recommend sizing up if in between.

Also, please imagine this look with a long necklace… I forgot to bring one to the photo shoot, but I definitely feel like I need a scarf or necklace to add a focal point and to break up the expanse of white tee.

I’m curious to hear what you all think about this look. Frankly, I would prefer it with skinny jeans, but I’m trying to take one for the team and experiment with different styles of denim.

Perhaps ankle boots would work better with these particular pants, but I really wanted the pop of leopard, and I’m not quite there yet with the leopard booties… do any of you have them? What do you think they would look like with this outfit?

rust cardigan // white tee // straight leg jeans // leopard loafers // earrings (option)

photo credit: Alison Cornell

Be sure to visit Cyndi to see the fall outfit she’s styling today!

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122 thoughts on “Straight Leg Jeans + Rust Cardigan for Fall

  1. I like the outfit; all the pieces fit you nicely and the cardigan color is really pretty. (I bought that sane one in July at the Nsale). The only thing I wonder about is when wearing straight or boot cut jeans I thought a heeled shoe looked better and then with skinny jeans or cropped jeans a flat shoe worked best. Hmmm? 

    Another question about jewelry: have you noticed that necklaces and watches are being downplayed? I’ve noticed in magazines and on other fashion bloggers that more women aren’t wearing watches or long necklaces as much. I’m seeing a lot of big statement earrings or small stud earrings. Is this a trend? 

  2. This outfit is a keeper in my book.  I think thecstraight leg is a good look on you. I’d say it works with loafers but booties would be cute too. I have leopard wedge sandals and loafers but do not like the look of leopard booties. 

  3. Love that sweater and the leopard shoes.  I have a pair that I wear a lot!  I feel your pain with your son.  My boy went away to college upstate. (  we live on Long Island NY).  Came home for a year and then moved to California.  He loves it and says he’s not moving back.  I know we raise them to be independent but my heart is breaking😂

  4. I love this look on you and it is very much the look that I like to wear. I do have trouble with flat loafers though. They slip on my heel often and with no support, my feet hurt in them. But everything else I love to wear. I totally understand your feelings about your son. My son recently graduated from college and as excited and so happy for him to come home, I was equally sad when he drove off. He isn’t one to call very often either and is pretty quiet in nature. But he did tell me when he was in college that wouldn’t I rather him not call cause he was happy and adjusted than be calling me daily upset and not fitting in and wanting to move back home. So after that, I tried to take his words to heart and be glad he loved school and just enjoy him when I could get him to come home or call. Their independence is what we raised them for after all as hard as it is on us mamas!

    1. Yes, so true, but also a very good point. I never expected him to call home much or text me unless I ask a direct question. It’s just how he is — but yeah, as long as that means he is happy, I am ok with it! It definitely gives us more to talk about when he comes home. 🙂

  5. Two questions…
    Does anyone else have problems now scrolling through the ‘similar’ items, like the shoes on today’s post? In the last week or so I cannot scroll through as it opens the website no matter what I do.
    Also, do you think straight Jean’s require shorter tops? I’ve always thought that but I’m also no fashion expert!

    1. Hey Jacalyn, that’s a pain about the scrolling. Are you on mobile or a computer? I have no problem on my iPhone, I just swipe to scroll.

      As far as the straight jeans/shorter tops — I think straight CROPPED jeans need a shorter top, to balance out the proportion of a shorter bottom, but I don’t know that the full length ones do, but a shorter top will probably help emphasize the waist, which gives more shape, and the straight jeans don’t have as much shape, so maybe that helps the overall look? It’s definitely something to experiment with.

  6. You look good in everything Jo-Lynne. I think I do prefer the skinny jeans and the boot cut however. It may be as you said an adjustment for the eye to get used to the straight leg again. I wore them years ago but now just not loving them as much. I am going to give the cardigan a shot. Thanks for the tip on the downsizing and what size worked for you as I think we are around the same size normally.

  7. I love this outfit! And I think the straight leg jeans are fine.  It’s just a matter of letting your eye adjust.  This curvy girl never did jump on the skinny jean bandwagon, so those jeans are what I’m accustomed to. 

  8. Adding my two cents, because I enjoy reading everyone else’s take (and yours) on this outfit.  It looks fine, but you look better in skinnies.  To my eye, these look like they are too big on you.  I’m sure you’ll tell me they’re the right size, but that’s how it looks to me.  If you want to wear straight jeans, I think you’d look better in a cropped version, with either flats or sandals (having some contrast with your smaller ankles), and a maybe a more fitted top. I like them better without the cardigan (though I love that cardigan), because it makes the overall outfit less baggy looking (I’d like the contrast of the baggy cardigan and more fitted pants).  That all being said, I admit that I like skinnies on me, and I’m sure that influences how I see them on you (although it’s silly, because our body types are different).  I love the cropped straight jeans, and even some of the cropped wider legged jeans, but I feel like they look best with a very fitted top, and as I get older, I’m not sure that’s always the best look.  I haven’t given up on them though…. 🙂

    1. I know what you mean about looking too big. They fit in the waist, though. That is my issue with this style pants. I have wide hips and narrower thighs, so they look too big even when they fit in the waist/hips. Thus why I like skinnies. 🙂 And yes, the cropped straight shows the ankles, good point, and I agree that straight pants need a fitted top — there was a day when I could pull that off, but not right now. I’m thinking of doing Faster Way To Fat Loss… maybe then I can wear more fitted tops again. Ha!

  9. I love this outfit! I don’t think you need to change anything. It’s a cute, easy going, casual outfit. LOVE the flat, leopard loafers with it, too. A long necklace would complete it and be perfect. ;0)

  10. I’m loving this post and everyone’s comments.  I have switched from skinny to straight jeans so this post was helpful.  One issue I have found is how to determine whether to wear ankle length vs full length straight leg jeans with sneakers.  I kind of feel the full length look frumpy?

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