If you followed my Trunk Club unboxing, you’ve seen this sweater and these booties, but not together. A reader actually suggested this outfit combination in the comments on that post, and I loved it so much that I decided to style it for a photo shoot!
When I initially tried this sweater, I envisioned it with different shades of blue jeans for casual everyday, and maybe with grey or black jeans for a different look, but the white jeans didn’t occur to me. As it turns out, it’s a great combination.
White jeans are becoming more accepted as a valid winter wardrobe piece, but they still look fresh and unexpected, which makes them fun to wear this time of year. A lot of you said you got sick of white jeans last summer, so you packed them away. If you haven’t tried the white-after-labor-day thing, this is a great time to bring them out, dust them off, and give the look a try! Pair them with any bright colored sweater and neutral booties, and there we go, another casual outfit formula for women on the go! 🙂
The bright pink on top is so bright and cheerful, and then the grey suede booties make the whole outfit look intentional. (If I’d worn ballet flats, people might think I was getting confused on the seasons.) I can also see this outfit with my Sorel snow boots with the hot pink laces.
If you’re still on the hunt for a great pair of white skinny jeans, I highly recommend these Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinnies. They’re nice and thick so they’re not see-through, and the fit is fantastic. FYI, I did size up in these.
I’m really pleased with these booties. They’re my 2nd or 3rd pair of Vince Camuto booties, and they all have a really nice quality to them. The stacked heel is on trend right now, and the geometric cutouts on the topline and heel are a fun detail. The way they dip in the front makes them really easy to wear with skinny jeans. Sometimes I struggle with how to wear my jeans with the ankle boots that have a higher shaft.
For my bag, I carried this grey faux leather tote. This is such a great bag for a budget-friendly price point, and I thought the light grey made a nice accompaniment to the outfit without being too matchy-matchy.
Because the sweater is so long, I set the waistband at my hips, where I like my shirts to end, and then I let it drape. I love how it has a slouchy look without being too bulky the way a chunkier knit might be. Normally I pull it down a little lower than it is in these pictures. I didn’t have a mirror, so when I got out of the car, I just had to place it where I thought it felt right.
I often make comments about the tweaks I make to an outfit to make it work better, and I’ve had some requests to show both versions. I always think it is a great idea, but then I forget to take pictures in the heat of the moment. Well, when we got back from this photo shoot, I remembered I wanted to do this after I switched into blue jeans and ballet flats for a day of working at home, so I took a few shots with the other outfit to demonstrate how placing the hem of the sweater at a different spot makes a big difference in how balanced the look is.
Before (with the sweater pulled down to its full length):
After (with the sweater placed at my hips):
I shouldn’t have changed my pose, but I think you get the idea. The length of your top can make a big difference in your overall balance and proportion. The shoes and pants you wear also factor into the equation, of course, and maybe with the white jeans and grey booties with 3-inch heels, I could have worn the sweater a little bit longer and pull it off, but ideally, it should create that 1/3 to 2/3 ratio that is so pleasing to the eye.
I wanted something in the neckline that makes a nice statement since the outfit is pretty plain on its own, so I wore this monogram necklace. A layered look would be nice to with this too. I stacked on some beaded bangles from Alex and Ani, and then I added simple pearl earrings to complete the look.
I realize this sweater is spendy, even at 40% off, so I tried to find something similar for less. I couldn’t find the hot pink, but I love this Halogen version in the super pale Pink Smoke, and how gorgeous is that Green Lake for spring. It would be stunning with white jeans and neutral booties. Another great option is this orange v-neck sweater at Ann Taylor, also 40% off right now. It’s a great wear now-and-later piece.
Finally, I also went to a little extra trouble and combined three lipstick colors to come up with a pink that matches the sweater. I am learning that changing up my lipstick for different outfits is an accessory of sorts. It really gives the look a finished, cohesive appeal.
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