Boyfriend Jeans Made Dressy Casual + 5 Affordable Boyfriend Jean Options

Man, all of your responses to the Nordstrom Summer Giveaway (HERE) have me counting down the days until I get to take a vacation.  Meanwhile, I’m in Madison, WI for a work trip!  I kind of count it as a vacation, though.  I’ve come here many summers for this same work trip and love it!

These outfit pics were taken before the heatwave we’ve been experiencing in San Diego.  There’s no way I would have been outside with long pants and a long-sleeve top the last week!  That said, if I do opt for jeans in the summer, like on more mild days, I find myself choosing boyfriend jeans more often than not.  For one, they’re more relaxed, which is how I like to feel in the summer.  But also, they allow your legs to breathe a little more, and sometimes a little bit of breathing room is all I need. 
While my first inclination is to pair boyfriend jeans with tees and casual clothes, I really love pairing them with slightly dressier pieces.  Today I did it with one of my beloved Nordstrom tunics (HERE) and wedges.

My jeans are from Old Navy a while back, but there’s a well-reviewed similar pair with no rips or distressing HERE.  I recently also tried a lighter wash pair with distressing that I liked a lot HERE.  For the light wash pair, I would strongly recommend sizing down 1-2 sizes.  I’m normally 6/8 and those fit me in size 4.  They’re currently on sale too!

Lastly, this buttery soft bucket bag that I use very often is currently marked down from $64.95 to $25.98 HERE!  It comes in black too.  If you’ve been contemplating it at all, now is the time!

Here are some boyfriend jeans under $41 from Old Navy and Nordstrom.  I also tried Option #3 and liked them, feeling like they were similar to the ones I’m wearing in pics above but with less distressing.  They come in the wash shown below and a lighter wash.  However, the lighter wash was little looser than the darker wash, in a way I didn’t like.  

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Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact–super super sale!)
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