How to Style Different Cuts of Jeans This Fall: Skinny, Straight Leg, and Bootcut

Tips to Style Different Cuts of Jeans

 

Tips for Styling Different Cuts of Jeans

Huge thanks to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post

Let’s talk about how to style different cuts of jeans! If you’re worried about what jeans you should be wearing, don’t be. Different cuts are great for different body shapes, so wear what makes you feel your best. Besides, you could wear whatever is “trending” and still not look great. (Been there! 😂) What you pair with whatever jeans you’re wearing is so, so important to the overall look and feel of the outfit. So, today I’m partnering with Nordstrom and ShopStyle to talk about how to style a few different cuts of jeans and keep it all looking fresh and modern.

One of the many reasons I love shopping at Nordstrom is because they have SO many clothes that feel insanely comfortable. And while you can of course use any pairs of jeans you want, all the pairs I’m showing today are SO comfy, with lots of stretch, including stretchy waistbands! GAME CHANGER!

I also love shopping at Nordstrom because they offer free shipping and free return shipping on all orders. I feel at ease when I make purchases there, knowing that I can order multiple sizes to find my best fit or simply order items just to try them out and can send back whatever doesn’t work out for free. It’s super convenient! Plus, they offer other perks like curbside pickup and the ability to earn points towards future purchases when you are part of the Nordy Club. Plus, if you utilize Nordstrom’s alterations services, you can get credit towards future purchases. Just so many benefits! Check it out and sign up for the Nordy Club for free, HERE.

Also, super important! Right now, Nordstrom’s running their triple points event until 9/26, which means you can earn 3X POINTS on regular priced items if you are a Nordy Club member! And you can earn 6X POINTS if you purchase with a Nordstrom Credit Card! Ahhhhhh, so good! At the bottom of this post, I’ll also round up some other items at Nordstrom worth checking out so you can earn 3x points!!

Now let’s talk about jeans!

SIZING: I’m 5’6” and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

 

Elevated Casual Fall Outfit: black and white striped long sleeved tee + blue skinny ankle jeans + cream long cardigan + tan suede booties + tan earrings + gold pendant necklace + tan tote Elevated Casual Fall Outfit: black and white striped long sleeved tee + blue skinny ankle jeans + cream long cardigan + gold pendant necklace + tan tote

1. Skinny Jeans
Nope, you don’t have to give up your skinny jeans. Like I said, wear what makes you feel your best, and skinny jeans are fantastic at showing off curves! Plus, they’re classic, so they still have a place. The key is to style them with things that are timeless and/or current and modern.

You can’t go wrong with timeless staples, like a striped tee, long cardigan, and booties! Wardrobe staples are timeless, and they always have a place—especially in an outfit full of them.

I absolutely love Wit & Wisdom skinny jeans because they are so stretchy, plus they have a very stretchy elastic waistband thanks to an elastic strip sewn in, which provides ultimate comfort! If you always want to rip off jeans because they’re so uncomfortable, you NEED to try Wit & Wisdom! In many of the pairs, I feel like I’m wearing leggings because they are so soft and comfy. For skinny jeans, one of my favorites is HERE, which are available in petite and regular lengths. I wear those in size 4—they run large.

This tee is also insanely soft and stretchy. It feels sooo nice and luxurious, and it feels like you’re wearing pajamas. It has great rebound, so it doesn’t stretch out. It’s better for a fitted look rather than a loose, drapey one, so it’s great for tucking into pants or skirts and maintaining a figure-hugging silhouette. It comes in a few solid neutral colors as well. Check them out HERE.

Shop the Outfit:
Long-Sleeve Tee: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size M)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4; similar; similar mentioned above)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size XS)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 9)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact in tan, exact in black)

 

You can also pair the jeans with items that have elements that are more of-the-season. One example is the sweater above with balloon sleeves, which helps skinny jeans feel more current. BTW, this sweater is pricey, but it’s SOOOOO soft and cozy while being very, very lightweight. I absolutely love it! It comes in 4 colors! Check them out HERE. I wear size S.

Shop the Outfit:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4; similar; similar mentioned above)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 9)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact in tan, exact in black)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)

 

Casual Early Fall Outfit: sage green ruffle sleeve t-shirt + light blue straight leg raw hem jeans + white slip-on sneakers + white earrings + gray crossbody bag Casual Early Fall Outfit: sage green ruffle sleeve t-shirt + light blue straight leg raw hem jeans + white slip-on sneakers + gray crossbody bag close up Casual Early Fall Outfit: sage green ruffle sleeve t-shirt + light blue straight leg raw hem jeans + white earrings + gray crossbody bag close up

2. Straight Leg Ankle Length Jeans
Straight leg jeans are having their moment! My favorite straight leg style of jeans to wear is an ankle length pair, as opposed to a full length pair. I like them to hit just above my ankle bone, where my leg narrows.

This pair of CoolMax jeans is one of my favorite purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They are stretchy throughout the leg with the stretchy waistband that has the elastic strip sewn in. But they are a little thicker than some of the other pairs of Wit & Wisdom, which is nice for feeling like they hold you in and firm things up a little better. I love the lighter wash, too, which helps them feel fresh and modern. Unfortunately, sizes are limited right now, but you can check if yours is available HERE. I sized down to size 4. Size 6 fit comfortably but looked just big enough on me to look a little off and slightly sloppy. There is a cute crop straight leg pair that is well stocked and should also be really comfy, HERE! Sooo, so cute.

Because straight leg jeans give you a straighter silhouette, I generally like to add curves visually somehow, or else I can easily look like a shapeless block in them. I like to do this by tucking in my shirt all the way to define my waist, knotting a tee over it, which I feel accentuates my waist a little more than a loose front tuck, or by wearing a top that offers some curves or movement, such as the top I’m wearing here. The v-neckline and baby bell sleeves on this top give it some curves and movement, which helps offset the straightness of the jeans.

This tee is really lightweight, so it’s great to wear during warmer falls. It’s also really soft and comfy. I love clothes that feel as comfy as t-shirts but have special details to elevate them! They make it easy to look nice while still feeling really comfortable. This tee comes in 5 colors. Check them out HERE. I wear size S.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4; similar)
Shoes: (similar; similar)
Bag: (similar, similar)

 

Here’s another example of a top that adds some curves. This is the same sweater as the beige one I showed above with skinny jeans. I told you I love it, haha! The balloon sleeves and the hi-low hem add some curves to keep the whole outfit from looking boxy. 

Shop the Outfit:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4; similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 9)
Bag: (similar, similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)

 

Casual Fall Outfit: sage green flutter sleeve tee + blue skinny crop jeans + white slip-on sneakers + white earrings + gray crossbody bag

2b. Skinny Crop Jeans
If you’re not into fully straight leg jeans but you want a slight break from skinny jeans, a skinny crop pair like this one is a nice in-between. They are a *tad* more fitted along the hips and thighs compared to the straighter CoolMax pair above and hug curves just a bit more. But, the part around the calves and ankles is a little straighter than typical skinny jeans. I got these back in March and absolutely LOVE how comfortable they are. The denim is SOOO soft and stretchy, plus there is of course the stretchy elastic waistband for ultimate comfort! Since getting them in March, they have been one of my most worn jeans. (That is, until I got the CoolMax jeans!) Find the skinny crop jeans HERE. I wear size 6.

 

Dressy Casual Fall Outfit: olive floral print blouse + dark blue bootcut jeans + cream long cardigan + tan suede booties + gold pendant necklace + tan toteDressy Casual Fall Outfit: olive floral print top + dark blue bootcut jeans + cream long cardigan + tan suede pointed toe booties + gold pendant necklace + tan tote close up Dressy Casual Fall Outfit: olive floral print blouse + dark blue bootcut jeans + cream long cardigan + tan suede booties + yellow marigold earrings + gold pendant necklace + tan tote side

3. Bootcut Jeans
Last up is a good old pair of bootcut jeans! These are classic, so they’re always in, and they’re fantastic for a lot of different body shapes. To style them, just like what we said about skinny jeans, keep them looking fresh by pairing them with things that are timeless and/or current and modern. Here, I’m pairing them with the beautiful olive floral print top that I showed a few weeks ago in the post 5 Early Fall Work Outfits That Are Really Comfy and a classic long cardigan.

These bootcut jeans are really, really comfy, with very stretchy legs and a stretchy elastic waistband, but they look so polished and put together! Unfortunately, sizes are limited at the moment, but I have seen them replenished several times, so continue to check back to see if your size is available. You can also find other washes of the bootcut jeans HERE, including petite and plus sizes.

Also, this top comes in lots of different prints which you can see HERE. I wear size M.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size M)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4; similar)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size XS)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 9)

Bag: Nordstrom (exact in tan, exact in black)

 

More Denim Options

Here are more denim options that are soft and stretchy and feel reallyyyyyy good! Remember, you can wear any cut of denim you want. Just keep your look modern with what you pair your jeans with!

 

 

Some of My Nordstrom Faves for 3X or 6X Points!

And here are some of my favorite closet items (most are not JUST my fave Nordstrom items, but really my all-time favorite WARDROBE items) that you could consider trying while you’re able to get 3X-6X points!

 

 


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