Monday, November 24, 2008

Not So Skinny Jeans

The title of this post is not meant to be disparaging about my body in the least -- in fact I'm quite happy with the way I look, and with my present weight, (especially considering it's 130 lbs less than it once was before). But I am NOT skinny by definition, simple as that.

Rather than being self-deprecating, I chose the title to make a point about style. I firmly believe that for the most part anyone can participate in virtually any trend they wish as long as they do so in an age appropriate manner and most importantly in a way that flatters their particular figure. Of course finding what works with any combination of garments can be a challenge, as I've already blogged about before, lol. But if you really want to wear a certain something it's absolutely worth the effort in experimenting.

I got the idea for this outfit and subsequent post from Trace over at Style Klutz . She beautifully answered the perennial question of whether or not a curvy girl can wear skinny jeans. Of course 'curvy' is a relative term, but she illustrated that the answer is a resounding yes by modeling a lovely pair of skinny jeans that looked great on her.

So now this is my attempt at interpreting a skinny jean look for my own individual figure & age. What do you think? I think I like it :)

The black velvet jeans are INC from Macy's. They are described as being low rise, but really are more a mid-rise, IMO. Very comfy, very forgiving.

The plum button down shirt is Liz & Co from JC Penney. Both the necklaces & the brown Karla boots are from Target. The chocolate brown cardigan is John Paul Richards from Macy's. I wear both the boots & the cardigan often -- they are real staples in my wardrobe. The belt was a thrift store find.


Sheila said...

I think you look fab! Nice job.

I read your linked entry - you're inspiring! What an awesome feat to have lost that weight - I totally understand: I lost 60 pounds 2 years ago and have maintained it for 18 months. It's very true: you can you great in your clothes at any weight.

Kayleigh said...

Thanks Sheila...and wow, your weight loss is pretty darn inspiring too, way to go!

I only wish I'd known or felt that I could look good when I was a larger would have gone such a long way in making me feel better about myself and permeated the rest of my life, you know?

That's why I want to keep mentioning it on my blog here & never know, maybe someone else who needs it will see that anyone of any size can find styles that flatter them -- heck, if I can even remotely do it sometimes, truly ANYONE can!

Trace said...

Ooooooh yeah skinny jeans!  Now I'm even more excited for these INC jeans to arrive - I ordered them last week after you recommended them! You look totally fab Kayleigh, and if I do say so myself, skinny!  Thank you for linking to my blog, I'm very flattered and just so happy to be meeting other curvy women with the same wardrobe challenges as me. I COMPLETELY agree with you that anyone can look good in any trend. You are definitely an inspiration - an amazing example of health and accomplishment and a stylish and savvy mom.

Kayleigh said...

Wow -- thanks SOOO much Trace, aren't you sweet :D I'm thrilled to link to your blog, I love your posts and the whole theme.

And I'm excited for you to get your INC jeans too, lol! I bet you'll look terrific in them. Hope you like them as much as I do :)

Hillary said...

This is a great look!

Kayleigh said...

Thanks Hillary!

Erica said...

This outfit is fabulous! You're rocking the skinny jean. :) Everything about this works--the belt, the boots, the short-sleeved cardi over the long-sleeved shirt. I might be copying it in the future.

Kayleigh said...

Wow, I'm flattered -- thanks! I have to say, I felt great wearing it too, so I felt that meant it worked. You know, sometimes I think we need to dress more with our gut instinct, lol. That seems to be when we hit it the most "right".

Thanks again!