WIW: Blue + Denim, Skimming distressed skinnies

This post is a bit of a follow up to a few of yesterday's threads: Janet's, on the frustrations of calf and thigh sucking skinnies; Anna's, on a question of privilege; and Elizabeth's, in which she and several others mentioned that they don't care to wear blue with denim

Quite by coincidence as I threw my outfit together this morning I found myself reaching for my distressed skinnies along with a blue sweater! 

But these skinnies are not like today's skinnies. They are what BR called a "slouchy skinny" about five seasons ago...and I love them! Instead of sucking, they skim. They are not as loose as a boyfriend jean, but nowhere near as tight as a skinny. Whenever I wear them I feel both comfortable and effortlessly cool. It's the fluid fit, with tons of looseness in all the right places, yet an overall slender silhouette. Plus, they are full length! If anyone knows anything similar to these -- in ANY colour or wash -- please let me know so I can buy them. 

As for the distressing, I tend to agree with what Denise and Rae said -- fashion takes its inspirations everywhere. I hope I don't appear to be insulting anyone who could only afford someone else's ripped up jeans. Rather, I hope these look well lived in and well loved -- which, in truth, they are! 

The sweater is a new navy cashmere from Lord and Taylor. The fit is pretty classic fluid. The quality is not bad. 

And you see...I LIKE this blue with denim. Is my eye deluded? I have been thinking that I want to move towards more monochromatic looks in general this year, and for me, that will have to include blue with denim. Can I get away with that? 

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45 Comments

  • Susie replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I love navy with denim; there is enough contrast that , to me, makes them work perfectly together. YLF in those jeans!

  • ramya replied 5 years ago

    OMG Suz this is how I want to look.
    How do you it?
    I would look super frumpy with something like this.

  • qfbrenda replied 5 years ago

    That outfit looks great to me!  Well done.

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    Love this outfit. And navy with worn denim is a great duo to me. Nicely done!!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Personally I see absolutely nothing wrong with blue and denim. Whichever shades they are, it's all fine with me. I think your monochromatic look works beautifully Suz and you look great!

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    I didn't comment on the blue with denim thread, but I really like navy with denim, especially light to medium washes or distressed versions. There are lots of different shades of blue and of denim. You look fabulous in this outfit!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Super, and I wear navy and denim a lot, as you know.

    BR has some distressed ankle jeans, which doesn't help you, I know. Regular inseam is 29". http://bananarepublic.gapcanad.....=950196003

  • Sarah A replied 5 years ago

    Yes! this is perfection. In the last year i have come to regard denim as my main nuetral and have been wearing lots of blue shades together. It was a liberating move. Im excited to see your 2014 direction unfold! :)

  • Zapotee replied 5 years ago

    Whaaa??? I love blue and denim. Love.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Thank you! It is good to hear I am not alone on that the navy with denim love.

    Afterwards, I realized that I tend to wear my lighter blues with dark rinse denim. So it is great to have some options in denim washes. Because Sarah, I am with you -- denim is one of my main neutrals. 

    And off to check that link, Ceit. 

    Ramya, I was very touched by your comment. Although I cannot believe you would look frumpy, ever. You are far too cute for that. 

    You know...before YLF I used to wear outfits like this frequently and I would ALWAYS feel frumpy. So your question is a good one. What makes the difference? I think it has to do with UPDATED classics (so ... right now, we are wearing fluid fits vs. a very snug fit.) It also has to do with getting details just right. Here -- it's the pointy toed booties, the leopard belt, the precise intensity of the navy, and the wash/ cut of the denim that take it away from frumptastic and make it look as easy as it feels. And that takes it (I hope!) into more stylish territory. 

  • Aquamarine replied 5 years ago

    The blue on my monitor looks very dark, which I prefer with denim bottoms. Great jeans...I can see why you would like to duplicate. I hope you take this as a compliment, but you look like a beatnik...you just need a beret :-)

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Killer Suz

    I love blue with denim, actually. From cobalt, to baby blue and ink. And your jeans are gently distressed. This is an outfit combination I wear a lot - with bfs too. 

    It's REALLY hard to find faded denim that is not ripped. Fashion is very extreme at the moment - denim is either dark blue or overly distressed. Nothing in-between. 

    And I love my old skinnies too so high five. They fit just a little tighter than your slouchy skinnies. More like tailored straight legs really. They don't make skinnies like that anymore. Heck. Straight legs are hard to find at the moment too - hence I am so elated with the BR cream jeans. 

    I bought baggy stone chinos, and another pair of bfs in the casual pants dept. And a pair of silky ink slouchies in Vegas for dressy. I am done with tight, tight, tight. 

  • Debra replied 5 years ago

    I love this look, the perfect shade of denim and the navy jumper looks wonderful.

  • Thistle replied 5 years ago

    You look spectacular! 

    Those are the perfect fit in skinny jeans, and I love it paired with the navy. I feel like the belt and the distressing on the jeans adds visual interest.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Looks awesome! You can never have too much blue in my book!

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Fab outfit, Suz! You are the picture of "effortless cool." I'm looking at the dictionary right now, and there you are. (Okay, I fib, but you could be!)

    I like all shades of blue with denim. But I didn't always feel that way. Somewhere along the line, my eye adjusted to see denim as a neutral rather than a color.

  • Alassë replied 5 years ago

    Oh, yes, plenty of contrast. That makes it work to my eye. I'm looking forward to seeing more monochromatic looks from you!

  • MuseumGal replied 5 years ago

    Love this look, very sleek.
    I'm surprised to learn that some people think blue with blue denim is a nono!  I often wear blue with blue denim (sometimes even with blue shoes and
    blue accessories, sometimes with some contrast), and when I post them, I always get positive comments
    about my tonal look.  I think it's an easy and much more flattering alternative to an all black fallback look.

  • Lisa replied 5 years ago

    I must've missed the thread, but I am a fan of blue paired with blue.  I do notice I tend to pair my navy blazer (when it's not in the boutique, :) with light wash blue versus dark wash.  I like the higher contrast.  So I'm a fan of your outfit here.  I've been sporting a heavy skinny jeans wardrobe for the past 2 months and while I adore the boots and skinnies look, I am starting to eye my BF jeans on the other side of my closet in the spring section for a change.  And I want to wear my bootcuts more often but until I don't see salt or snow or ice on the ground I won't sport them.  I guess I'm already itching to change it up. :)

  • JAileen replied 5 years ago

    Well, if blue with denim is wrong, I don't want to be right! You look great!

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    Great outfit!  I missed the blue with denim thread but I will admit that I don't generally like blue and denim together.  I think your navy sweater is dark enough that there is a lot of contrast with the blue of your jeans and that's why this look works for me.

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    I must have missed something I LOVE blue with denim. 
    This is a great outfit Suz - I agree that for these looks the devil really is in the detail (& fit).

  • Ariadne replied 5 years ago

    This is such a great look.  You're right--it's all in the fit and the details.  Is the leopard belt a recent purchase?  I'm searching for one just like it (and will probably have to save up and wait when I find it--see my SYC thread).

  • K. Period. replied 5 years ago

    Suz, you look beautiful! I love the combo and I love the fit.  I also love blue with denim. 

    Here's the thing: the blue with denim thing is just a personal poison eye! It isn't that there is a fashion don't built up around it.  It's a personal foible.  Like my (working hard to get over it) thing about not wanting to mix cool and warm toned neutrals. It isn't rational. You see lots of lovely examples of it around everywhere.  It's just a personal thing so that person avoids it.  

    I think Elizabeth was super up-front about the fact that the blue plus jeans thing was a personal preference, not a fashion rule.  I've notice before that she's super aware of where something is personal preference and where it is more of a strong, independent guideline.  That's one reason I particularly love her posts. She's a smart (and nuanced) cookie!  

    You look great in this combo and you should definitely wear it a lot and with great joy!  

  • pil replied 5 years ago

    This is my idea of the perfect outfit!

  • LACeleste replied 5 years ago

    Stylish perfection Suz!  You look great!

  • Raisin replied 5 years ago

    I love monochromatic looks Suz, so this gets a big "yay" from me. I like the fit of your jeans and I agree, a slightly looser skinny Jean can be very comfy.

  • Sharon replied 5 years ago

    I think this is a great outfit. I like the blue with denim look, and I think the leopard belt and your hair colour injuect just the right amount of lightness into the mix.

  • replied 5 years ago

    I agree this looks great- I view denim as a neutral so would pair almost anything with it, esp blue. 

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Oh, just another day of the usual SUZ PERFECTION.

    Move along.

  • Emily replied 5 years ago

    You look fab, Suz!  I love the dark blue with the distressed denim, the contrast is interesting but subtle.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Casual drool-worthiness.

  • Windchime replied 5 years ago

    Fantastic! I too love the darker top with the lighter jeans. You have such a good understanding of the details needed to make the outfit so successful--fluid fit of the sweater, the belt and booties. Cold weather outfit perfection!

  • gryffin replied 5 years ago

    Suz - I absolutely love this!! Easy, effortless, chic!! I love monochromatic and it never occurred to me not to wear navy with jeans. Your jeans are very similar to my Lucky Brand Lola Skinnies which I have always bought one size up because I have always preferred a skimming fit. Also when I could not find slouchy boyfriends with a tapered ankle I bought these 2 sizes up and they were perfect. They come in 3 lengths and beware stretch. I like mine without otherwise they fit like your typical Skinnies. Great outfit!!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    gryffin, that could be my perfect pair! I like mine without stretch, too. Hmm I am going to have to do a bit of sleuthing. Thank you! I noticed your mention of this brand on Viva's thread the other day and was already curious to know more. Thank you for the reminder. 

    Thanks also for the kind words, all. And K.Can. you are so right about Elizabeth -- I, too, value her intelligent and thoughtful posts and the way she's always clear about what she's trying to say. And she did not say it was a rule about blues. I think I got to feeling a bit odd about it because I realized that I wear blues with denim all the time now, but I used to feel the way she does!! And I couldn't think when or how that changed. It does depend very much on the blue, of course. 

  • replied 5 years ago

    I have a pair of Lucky Lola Skinnies -- they might work for you sized up.

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Suz as Angie says this is a killer look for you.  I think blues with blue denim look amazing.  I have even given it a try myself but I missed my black:)   For me though its not the just colours together it's the actual pieces that we combine.   This outfit is very modern, fresh and chic.  It has an elegance and an air of the classic to me. 

  • K. Period. replied 5 years ago

    @Suz, Ah ha! You were a (some time ago in the past) convert, aye?  How funny! Welcome to my side of the great blue/denim divide. (wicked laugh)  Seriously, blue is such a great color for us blondes, I cannot image not wearing it with denim.  I suspect your fabulousness might even sway a few of the unconverted.  

  • Gracie replied 5 years ago

    Stylish and no non-sense, very nicely executed!

  • DonnaF replied 5 years ago

    Beautiful combo!  I have found that with all the variations of blue denim out there, the ones I have don't work very well with my blue tops.  :(  My denim jeans have a weird undertone that somehow clashes.

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    I missed this thread earlier, since I spent the day in travel. 

    I adore navy, and would wear more if it weren't for the wide range of navy tones that clash and fight with one another.  I also love a rich sapphire, deeper than cobalt and brighter than ink.

    Navy is softer on the skin, but still gives depth and contrast to blue jeans.  This is a terrific work-from home look!

  • Parsley replied 5 years ago

    This is one of those deceptively simple outfits, but the key here is that every aspect is so well done. The fit of your jeans is perfect. Personally I like navy with faded denim, so I love the cashmere sweater with it. And then the little bit of animal print from your belt and the glossy boots are delightful finishing touches. 

    This outfit is simple, but simply perfect.

  • Jjsloane replied 5 years ago

    You have all my favorite elements on (except BLING but that's fine). I love navy and denim (all blues) and the leopard belt cinches it (pun intended). I'll be going for a blue out this weekend in honor of this. 

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Another fab outfit, Suz! I can see why you love those slonchy skinnies! I cannot find a pair with that slounch for the life of me!:-((

    I always love a column of color, so I actually very much love navy/ink (and grey) paired with denim. I would  just pay attention not to have shade which clashes somehow (as you also said) with the shade of the denim I am wearing. But your navy sweater looks great with these skinnies! AND esp love the grey animal belt! (I have bought one similar for my DD, as it matches somehow  the fadings, isn't it?) 

    Although navy suits me well, unfortunatelly I don't wear lot of jeans nowadays, so have only a few piece of all kinds of clothing item navy or ink and pair them rather with whites in summer (but have more in greys, as they go better with my lighter jeans and  blacks, too).

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Not sure how I missed this earlier but I also see nothing wrong at all with blue with denim and this outfit is a perfect example of why it works so well. I really enjoyed your response to Ramya about what elevates this from frumpy to fabby -  so absolutely fantastic both analytically and visually!

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