How to style boyfriend jeans (when you’re not 20, 30, or even 40…)

April 17, 2017

Distressed boyfriend jeans are well and truly mainstream for now, and they can be tricky to pull off. Actually any grunge look is difficult after your twenties and thirties. It can go costumey or even homeless after a certain age.

That doesn’t mean you don’t get to participate in the current trends. You just need to give them slightly more thought and interpret them for your current station in life!

I learned the hard way that shredded jeans can go in a bad direction, last winter. I turned up at my weekly writer’s group in black jeans slashed at the knees, a white button-down, and a grey sweater, with black loafer mules. My friends took one look at me and said, “You look like a schoolgirl.” Definitely not the look I was going for. Of course, that was the day I ended up taking one of my kids to the ER. My outfit looked even worse there. It was a good wake-up call.

I believe the word to shoot for when you’re (a bit, or a lot) older, is “elegance.” You can’t really go wrong then.

These boyfriend jeans from Zara look good when I keep everything else simple. A navy long-sleeve tee, navy d’Orsay flats and a tan cross body bag. This pretty watercolor silk scarf ups the elegance without adding too much busy-ness.

Water color silk scarf, DKNY Jeans navy long-sleeve tee, Zara slim distressed boyfriend jeans, Chinese Laundry d’Orsay flats, Merona cross body bag, Ray-ban aviator sunglasses 

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