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How to Get Out of the Denim Rut.

By: Jen Shoop

For the past few years, I have absolutely lived in jeans between the months of September and April, and every year, I vow to dig myself out of the rut. There is more to my fashion life than denim! I tell myself. This year, I’m actually doing it. It’s required ordering and returning a lot of options but it has made getting dressed in the morning even more fun. Below, my favorite finds, all of them under $125 and several under $58:

+These wide-leg cropped pants (seen above on Monica de la Villardiere — I own in the ivory frost color she’s wearing, too, and you can see me in them here) are so chic and currently $25. I have been wearing them with pointed toe flats or mules and slim-fit/layering knits. I’m intrigued by her styling with pointed toe suede boots, too!

+These cropped flares are technically described as “jeans” but I bought them in the ecru color, so I don’t think it counts…? I plan on pairing with chunky knits like this.

+I joined the waitlist for these corduroy pants in the dark olive colorway, though I’m intrigued by the tan, too. I have no idea if the shape/dimensions will work on me, but I love the way they are styled with ballet flats and a striped button-down in the olive color — preppy with a twist. Just different!

+I may also order this pair of corduroy pants (in the oregano color), which has been one of the most popular items I’ve featured on the blog this fall, and just see which pair are more flattering. I love the green! Would be really fun for an informal holiday gathering (Thanksgiving, Christmas, whatever) with an ivory sweater, or paired with blush pink as seen in the photo. And if both of the above-two fits are too “out there” for you, these classic skinny-fit corduroys are chic, especially in the dusty pink color.

+For at-home, but I saw these wide-leg knit pants (in camel) and thought I might be able to rock them with a coordinating camel textured knit sweater — this would be #goalz, and this is adorable, too.

+These in the sage have caught my attention. Would look so cute with this dramatic collar top. I also like the pants in the black paired with a white tee (tucked in!) and dressy sneakers or fun flats.

+Last but not least — and these I am thinking of for Saturday morning walks with the family through Central Park — so many of you have raved about the Lululemon Align Jogger! I adore the align leggings so I’m intrigued by these! (I should also note that this similar $16 pair has nearly 22,000 five star reviews on Amazon…)

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6 thoughts on “How to Get Out of the Denim Rut.

  1. I love denim SO much — but it’s nice to have other options as well! The Alex Mill pants intrigue me, mainly because I love Alex Mill — not sure if the pleats in the front would be the most flattering on my body, but I like the look of them overall! I tried Everlane’s Easy Chino maybe 1.5-2 years ago … and I did not like them; I found them to be super frumpy! But again, maybe it was just my body type & how I initially styled them?

    LOVE that embroidered-collar Zara top! I wasn’t kidding when I said I rely on you to find the gems there 🙂


    1. Isn’t it so good?! There are so many great scores at Zara this season…

      I hear you on the fit of these pants. It’s kind of a gamble when I’m veering outside of my denim comfort zone! But, worth a try. I’ve been occasionally surprised! xx

  2. Jen!! Are you a mind reader? I was thinking the exact same thing about the “denim rut” during fall/winter.

    I have been so into the wide leg silhouette lately as well. Like you, it also took some ordering and returning as some are too overwhelming for me at 5 ft. I have and love Ann Taylor’s “Marina” wide leg pants (which come in petites!) — not too wide and the perfect inseam length, so no hemming needed. I also ordered that ivory pair from gap thanks to your recommendation in an earlier post. Can’t wait to wear them with a taupe sweater and brown suede ankle boots or leopard flats!

    I am also very intrigued by this label Christy Dawn, primarily because of their sustainability practices, and these “Lula” jeans caught my eye:

    I can’t resist a blue and white stripe (and the “berry stripe” one is on sale!) but it comes in more fall-appropriate colors too.

    1. Those are so cute! I like that they are a bit more form-fitted than a lot of the trendy pairs out there right now. Good to have a diversity of options/shapes/silhouettes in the closet.

      Cheers to digging ourselves out of the denim rut!


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