How Black Jeans Help Me Pack: Fall Pairings for Work and Travel

In yesterday’s post I detailed my love for the Ann Taylor curvy slim jean. From the flattering cut to the inseam length, i’m in love. But more importantly is the easiness a timeless black jean brings to my life when it comes to packing. As a consultant I travel four days out of the week, and am on and off of airplanes more times than I would like to admit. Packing efficiently has become increasingly important and a great black jean that can easily transition from the office to a casual airplane appropriate outfit saves me time and space.

Outfit 1 Details: Blazer: Calvin Klein (old), Top: J.Crew (old, similar), Belt: Madewell, Jeans: Ann Taylor Curvy Slim, Heels: Cole Haan

The offices I work at during the week are very conservative and also very male dominated. I work in IT and so dressing outlandishly and super fashion forward isn’t always appropriate. On days when I travel and head straight to the office I like to be comfortable but also put together, while still showing some of my style. A basic jean coupled with a frilly top and a boyfriend blazer command respect while still keeping me warm indoors, and professional.

My classic leather Madewell belt and Cole Haan pumps pull this office appropriate outfit together.

Outfit 2 Details: Striped Top: J.Crew (old, similar), Cape: LOFT Outlet (old), Necklace: Anthropologie (old), Boots: Skechers

On travel days when I have time to change before flying, I opt for cozy sweaters to keep me warm on planes, and comfortable shoes that don’t constrict my feet. While I admit that boots aren’t the most flattering on pearshape women, I love that these jeans can be easily tucked into my favorite pair and act like typical skinnies.

This poncho was a fun find I purchased years back at the LOFT outlet. It was too wide and drapey for my figure so I DIY’d a little alteration and tied the straps around my waist to give some definition rather than having it hang loose.

Readers – how do you wear your black skinnies? Are they one of your Fall staples?

Pairing the Fall Staple: Black Jeans (From Casual Sunday to Friday Night Out)

If there is one item I always invest in at the beginning of Fall it is the black jean. It’s versatility is unmatched and I have so much fun pairing it with everything from casual sweaters for a Sunday brunch to sleek tops and heels for a Friday night out. My choice for jeans this year was a no brainer after ordering these gorgeous ones from Ann Taylor a few weeks back. The fit was amazing and I was eager to order another color. The slimness of the leg and the versatility of the height of the inseam pulled me in for a second pair, this time in stunning black denim.

Outfit 1 Details: Top: LOFT (old), Necklace: J.Crew, Jeans: Ann Taylor Curvy Slim, Shoes: J.Crew

When thinking of easy ways to pair a neutral bottom, my mind immediately goes to another neutral top accessorized with bright jewels or shoes. I am still desperately trying to get every last wear out of this peach J.Crew necklace and it provided the perfect pop of color to this otherwise very neutral outfit. Matched with my trusty gold J.Crew flats, and it was  perfect weekend look.

Outfit 2 Details: Top: Ann Taylor (old), Heels: Cole Haan, Necklaces: Gilt + Vintage

A weekend night out requires a dramatic look. I love the subtle sexiness of this top coupled with the more demure jean bottom. Chunky jewels (which are really repurposed vintage belts), comfortable black pumps and a dramatic look were perfect for this evening of dinner and dancing.

Stay tuned tomorrow for two more pairings for this Fall staple!

Boyfriend Jeans and Pearshaped Bodies

Top: Brooks Brothers, Tank: Banana Republic (one of my Pearshape Essentials), Belt: Madewell, Jeans: Ann Taylor LOFT (old), Wedges: Steve Madden (old)

I have to confess that this is my one and only pair of boyfriend jeans, and they are untintentionally that style. I have owned these jeans for almost five years and have lost some weight since purchasing them, making them fit looser. Completely determined to get my wear out of them, I delved into the daunting task of making slouchy, loose fitting pants look good on a pearshaped body, and discovered it can be done by following a few simply steps.

The length of these pants was unfortunate and incredibly tapered (never a good look), so I rolled them up to give an even slouchier, relaxed vibe. To give a little femininity to this somewhat masculine outfit, and to make myself feel more put together, I added metallic wedges, big silver hoops and a little lip color.

Most importantly, however, is the styling of the top of the outfit when sporting slouchy jeans. I kept the top minimalistic so as not to clash with the rips and dye of the jeans, but fitted to show off my figure. I originally planned to tuck in the button down shirt and pull it together with this black belt but found that it all looked too masculine when brought together. I decided to leave the shirt open to reveal a little more of my curve and instead wear it as a faux cardigan. I kept the black belt to define my waist and added a red hair tie and high, loose ponytail for some added interest.

I honestly hadn’t put on these jeans in at least two or three years but on this hot, muggy day they were perfect! I think i’m officially a boyfriend jean convert.

Pearshape (uncommon) Staple #4: Fitted Tank

Tank: Banana Republic, Jeans: Levi’s, Jacket: Ann Taylor (old), Wedges: Steve Madden (old), Bracelets: J.Crew + Odette

This week’s final pearshape essential is rather uncommon but is a necessity in my wardrobe: the fitted tank top. As a pearshape my goal when dressing myself is to minimize volume. I attempt to minimize the volume on my bottom half and balance the top half without making myself look larger in certain areas. When wearing jeans I like to pair a more fitted top to accentuate my curves, or when wearing high-waisted pants or skirts, keep the top part tighter with a tank or shirt to keep my curves front and center. Enter: the ¬†fitted tank. This one, specifically, from Banana Republic is my go-to (I have about 15 in my closet), and is usually on sale.

They are thin enough to tuck into jeans but thick enough to be worn as a shirt on hotter days. The thick straps cover bra straps and the material is stretchy but holds its shape beautifully.

This is how I typically wear these tanks: with jeans and some sort of sweater or jacket. Simple outfits that layer for warmth, show my curves, and don’t create bulk.

This jacket was a find from Ann Taylor a few years back. I popped into the store during a sale and ended up walking out with this moto-inspired jacket. It has faux-leather trim and is a rich olive green lined wool that is great for spring and fall. I love how it looks against jeans for a casual day outfit.

Interestingly enough this jacket is a size 8 petite as that was all they had in store. The sleeves are just a smidge too short but I like them rolled up better anyway. It is a little shorter in the back but I like the semi-cropped look with a white tank or shirt peeking out beneath.

What are your wardrobe essentials?

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