White jeans in winter & Boden Tilly

Those of you who live in the Pacific Northwest know that yesterday must have set some kind of record for dark and rain. Today, there is actually some sun behind the cloud. 

Wear ye white jeans while ye may, I always say. 

I took inspiration from the fourth outfit with the plaid jacket. Navy instead of black, a t-neck instead of a v-neck, a navy plaid rather than black and white, and voila. Tried it with pearls and without.

The pearls feel a bit unnatural on me with this outfit -- I think it's the wrong type of strand -- a simpler one might feel better. (I do like wearing these with other outfits. But I have to be careful because they are on the warm side now for my colouring. As a blonde it was easier to wear pearls.)

Love the Tilly. Soft, warm, not itchy (because it's cotton). An absolute essential for me and I'd been missing a ribbed navy t-neck for the last year. 

Also, how many times can I say I love you to these Aquatalias bought last winter at the Rack for -- actually, $0, because I had a Nordstrom note? Oh my goodness, these are amazing. I adore them. Work with dresses and pants, always look sleek and polished. Waterproof and warm. 

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  • Jenni NZ replied 2 years ago

    Awesome as usual! But may I say ( Angie will kill me though the ether) that I prefer the outfit without the pearls?! Boots are fab.

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    I love this!!! Navy is awesome and navy plaid (black watch?) is even better.

  • texstyle replied 2 years ago

    Love version #1 - so pretty and polished but still comfortable looking!

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    (Jenni, I prefer the outfit without the pearls too!)

    Suz, #1 is KILLER to the POWER OF KILLER. This is your signature look, and you wear it with the best of them. 


    And tell me more about those white jeans...which are sold out. They look sublime. 

  • lisa p replied 2 years ago

    Jeans look great - and I really like the ensemble without the pearls.  A chunkier, whiter, simpler stand might work if you want to pursue that look.  Also - a neckerchief would be awesome here ( a la Hermes) .

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Wow, I am blushing! Also, happy, because I thought it looked better without the pearls, too. Nice to have my judgement confirmed by smart observers. 

    Angie, I bought the Gap jeans in the summer. So maybe they will come out with another version this year. The price was more than right. I sized up one size for ease but wish I didn't in a way because they have 3% elastane which means they stretch out more quickly and I really only get a wear from them before I want to launder just to snap them back into shape. Still, they've been a useful addition to the jeans capsule. I hadn't been able to find high-rise white jeans yet and wanted to try the exposed fly. I wore them a lot in June and then in September. 

    It looks like you had them in your round-up in the summer....and I think it might have been Merwoman who tipped me off to them. Not sure. My current white jeans in the collection. So I have 2 mid rise and one higher rise. 

  • lisa p replied 2 years ago

    An aside, Suz. Do you wear this boot  indoors too? Or is a little bulky and warm for inside wear? I need another pair of boots and don't mind investing , and like the waterproof idea but don't want heavy outdoor boots either...

  • Aquamarine replied 2 years ago

    Wow, perfection. I prefer it without the pearls but what a super look on you either way.

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Lisa, I don't wear these indoors this year (well, except in shopping malls or restaurants etc.) But I did wear them for teaching last year. 
    The quilting on the sides and lining does make them warmer than some, but they're not a true winter boot for a climate like yours. 

  • nemosmom replied 2 years ago

    You rock a blazer like a star! I love this look on you!

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Thanks for the jeans info, Suz. YES. Now I remember, and thanks for jogging my memory. I have two pairs of the CoH Elsa in white, and love them. Such a great jean. 

    I'm looking at these. See Finds. 

    And maybe this year you'll adopt the moniker Trendy Classic, because that's you to a tee :)

  • deb replied 2 years ago

    I vote no pearls but the rest of the outfit is wonderful.

  • jussie replied 2 years ago

    Suz is very much “trendy classic”! Great jeans, jacket and boots :) :)

  • merwoman replied 2 years ago

    Those GAP jeans are the best, and you were them like nobody’s business Suz! And on the subject of white jeans, I was totally smitten with the MD find that Angie posted. I’ve got both the jeans and the sweater. Jeans are an amazing soft brushed cotton, feel like a dream. More of an off white which works beautifully with earth tones. May have to shorten them a tad since I’m no where near as long limbed as the lovely models.

  • kkards replied 2 years ago

    this is FAB! love the white crops with the high shaft booties...and of course, i love white and navy together...

  • lisa p replied 2 years ago

    My local GAP had a pile of these exposed fly white jeans last week - not wide legged though, but skinnies.  Sorry, can't get my find collector to cooperate but they are on-line on Gap.ca

  • Jenni NZ replied 2 years ago

    A question about the Pacific Northwest. When Neil's brother married his Canadian in 1989, we had been away on a Round the World air ticket ( flights more expensive and less easy 30 years ago). We had to get from London to Vancouver within the confines of our ticket. Having poor knowledge of North America at the time, we were very confused when the London travel agent said he could get us to Seattle. We kept saying "But we need to go to Vancouver". Both sides repeated their positions until he realised we had no idea and said that it was just over the border and we could catch a Greyhound bus- which is what we ended up doing. We felt rather stupid.
    But when we had got to Seattle and they kept talking about the Pacific Northwest, the place felt more like home than anywhere we had yet been - same ocean as NZ I suppose caused the feeling. And yet they didn't use the term in Vancouver, I never heard it called that. How large is the Pacific Northwest?

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Jenni, the term is much more used in the United States than Canada. I think it refers mainly to Washington State and parts of Oregon, but could be wrong. In the past decade, you hear it more in southern British Columbia as well, where the climate and topography is very similar to Seattle's. In BC we also call the area around Vancouver the Lower Mainland. 

    I have not yet been to New Zealand (that is my big trip in 2020, at least I'm hoping - I have a conference there then that I want to attend and present at.) But I understand the climate is very similar, because, yes, same ocean! :) 

    Angie, thanks for those great Finds. And Merwoman, thanks for chiming in and showing the MD ones -- glad to know your experience with them! 

    Lisa, thank you -- I will check the GAP to see what's what. Maybe a blue pair could be a replacement for my lost CoH's. Different style but that's okay. 

  • lisa p replied 2 years ago

    Oh - Suz that was more for others interested in your white jeans . I Would never suggest these as a sub for your Coh’s !

  • lisa p replied 2 years ago

    And re the Pacific Northwest - when selling books with that title in it - it was a challenge in Canada even though the topography and climate were the same . Most Canadians don’t relate to Vancouver or the Lower Mainland as “North “.

  • Jenni NZ replied 2 years ago

    Thanks Suz! I am sure Sally and I would LOVE to meet you in 2020 ( we have not yet met each other, she lives in Hamilton and I live in Auckland) but a YLF get-together here would be awesome. I know there are several other Kiwis on the forum too, there is Rose and ex-London Kiwi who lives in Wellington I think.
    The climate in northern NZ would be a little warmer than BC- our ski resorts which are more similar to BC's ones like Whistler are in the South Island.
    I did walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge in 1989!
    Sorry for thread-jacking :)

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    This is sensational on you. I love how you have rolled the sleeve of your blazer to show the white lining so it ties in with the white jeans. Those are the best boots and even better was the price!

  • Windchime replied 2 years ago

    Wow, your blazer and high-rise jeans look amazing on you! Stunning outfit, all around!

    Interesting that in this case, it works better without the pearls.

  • Runcarla replied 2 years ago

    Great classic style, Suz. (No pearl version gets thumbs up.)

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Windchime, Carla -- you're right. Pearls are just too much for me. It's all so individual, right? It really is about personal. Kibbe and The Triumph of Individual Style are onto something. I did wear them recently with a dress and it worked, at least I think so. But with the masculine elements of the outfit, it seems better just to let those shine. On another person the pearls would be exactly the right touch! 

    Bijou, thank you! I liked the cuff effect, too. 

    Jenni, I'll be in Wellington (I hope) but also hope to get around a bit while there and maybe even over to Australia. I mean, why not, right? 

    Lisa, good point. Vancouver is "south" for Canadians! Or at least the climate is. In terms of latitude, not so much! 

  • Brooklyn replied 2 years ago

    Gorgeous Suz! I vote for no 1 too.

  • chouette22 replied 2 years ago

    I adore this outfit on you! 

  • unfrumped replied 2 years ago

    Navy + white R U!
    I agree, try a silver pendant or something.

  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    Ooh, you look so good in blue! Love this!

  • karen13 replied 2 years ago

    Pure perfection. I loveeverything about this, also prefer the no pearls. The subtle silver touches are so nice with your hair; I lemminged you on those earrings and need to wear them more. They are understated but with a nice presence.

  • Mirjana replied 2 years ago

    WOW, Suz you look better than ever, adorable. I also love no 1 the best, without pearls . The pearls are beautiful and I generally love pearls.

  • Style Fan replied 2 years ago

    Wow! Suz, such a great look on you.  I vote no pearls too.  I also think of Vancouver as South and not North.  Interesting.

  • Mainelady replied 2 years ago

    Amazing! You look sooo good in your white jeans and the blue! You inspire me to put together a similar white jeans outfit to wear this week.......now to try and pick a day when environmental conditions and sticky fingers will be at a minimum.

  • lyn67 replied 2 years ago

    Preffer the first look, but that will be also a K2K! 

  • Cardiff girl replied 2 years ago

    Cool jeans Suz!Love the button fly .

  • Christina F. replied 2 years ago

    You are wardrobe goals!

  • columbine(erin) replied 2 years ago

    So lovely, Suz!

  • shevia replied 2 years ago

    This is and should be one of your signature outfits that you pull out weekly (or so). (Prefer without the pearls too.)

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Wow. I love the outfit, pearls and all. I found some faux pearls strung on leather that helps make them look more casual with jeans. Freshwater pearls with their unique shapes are another idea.

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