Pared Down

by Jen on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

{photos by Ying Yuan}
In my first and second years of university, I basically lived in variations of a uniform consisting of a blouse, a cardigan and jeans. Then, somehow I discovered the magical, much more comfortable world of skirts & trousers and this is probably the 3rd time I've put on a pair of denim since then. I think the lack of jean-wearing is one of the reasons why many think I am excessively dressed up all of the time, but the truth is: I just find denim so relatively uncomfortable! So, I'd like to officially mark the first (and quite possibly only) time in the entire life of this blog that a proper pair of jeans will have made it into an outfit post. Exciting, right? ;)
How often do you wear jeans? I'm curious!

Wearing: Zara jacket and faux fur scarf, Modcloth blouse, J.Crew sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, H&M booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors bag, Tom Ford sunnies, BCBG ring & silver bracelet, Lauren Elan gold bracelet (c/o)


i wear jeans all the time, i think they are super comfy! you are wearing my favourite brand, seven for all mankind :)

by jules on January 4, 2012 at 12:15 AM. #

To be honest I do wear my skinnies a lot, even though, just like you, I find them quite uncomfortable... Well, maybe I always buy myself the wrong pair! :o)

You look lovely in this combination!


by Style-Pursuit on January 4, 2012 at 12:19 AM. #

Yes, skirts and trousers can be super comfy. But we all need to wear jeans sometimes. Love the leopard peeking out. You look lovely.

by Girlie Blogger on January 4, 2012 at 12:36 AM. #

I totally agree with you, I don't think jeans are comfortable at all. I probably wear them 3 times a month, and only for late night trips to bubble tea or for a cup of coffee.

But for what it's worth, you do look great in jeans! Very cute outfit.


by It's Strangely Me on January 4, 2012 at 12:51 AM. #

I love wearing jeans and find them super comfy! Love your look and would probably wear something similar :)

by katattack2000 on January 4, 2012 at 1:18 AM. #

I used to be a jean queen. I owned so many pairs!! But gone are those days. It's hard for me to find a pair of really good fitting jeans that don't gape at the back of the waist. I'm definitely a dress and skirt type of gal. And of course I love pants that have give. :)

I like this look on you, Jen. It's different from your norm, but I totally dig it.

I hope 2012 has been amazing for your so far! Cheers to the New Year.

xx Love & Aloha

by sharon lei on January 4, 2012 at 1:48 AM. #

Love the booties and scarf!

by Ms Bubu on January 4, 2012 at 2:21 AM. #

Love your layers! The leopard accent looks great :)

The Other Side of Gray

by Annie on January 4, 2012 at 5:19 AM. #

I wear jeans on the weekend only! I have my favorite pairs for relaxing and dress up. I think its all about the right fit and the feel of the denim... They look great on you

by BESOS LYNN on January 4, 2012 at 5:53 AM. #

I can absolutely relate to you Jen! I gave up on denim ever since university.. until I recently discovered them again because my bf thinks that jeans are much more flattering. It also does the job of keeping me warm so I'm trying to keep my mind on warmth rather than comfort.

I recently ordered a pair of J Brands jeggings and they feel like heaven. Perhaps you can try out jeggings if you think that jeans are too uncomfortable :)

P.S. I think this is actually one of my favourite posts of yours! Very chic and well put together!

by Aney Mei on January 4, 2012 at 7:24 AM. #

I am definitely a jeans girl when out of work clothes! But in the summer I'm all about dresses and skirts :)

by Amy on January 4, 2012 at 8:25 AM. #

I am the opposite, I probably wear jeans every single day.. but they are so easy! I just picked up a pair from Madewell I know I will be living in for the next few months!


by Hayley on January 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM. #

You look great in jeans Jen! But you look good in anything :)

I wear jeans all the time! I have 3 - 4 favorite pairs that I rotate probably each week!

by Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) on January 4, 2012 at 9:21 AM. #

LOVE this! I especially love the fur collar and hint of animal print. :)

by Leticia on January 4, 2012 at 9:35 AM. #

i just started wearing jeans for the same reason... they are so uncomfy! i love those with a lot of stretch. old navy makes great, cheap, stylish and stretchy jeans!

by Erin on January 4, 2012 at 9:59 AM. #

I'm like you in that I don't wear jeans often, BUT over the weekend I bought a pair of Hudson skinnies and have worn them three days in a row! They're THAT comfortable.

by Unknown on January 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM. #

denim is always a classic! i love the leopard print peaking out! very cute!

love from San Francisco,

by Britt+Whit on January 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM. #

I end up wearing jeans all the time due to the fact that I can never find trousers or other options that fit me well, you look lovely in jeans, lovely style either way:)

by Daphne on January 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM. #

I am a skirts and dresses girl too :) I only have one blue jeans :) And you are so right when you say jeans ins't that comfortable! I think jeggings are 100x better already :) x

by Nikki | The Ginger Diaries on January 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM. #

Haha, I noticed immediately that you were wearing jeans, as I don't know if I've ever seen you in them before! Up until this past year, I was almost never in jeans - skirts and dresses, like you said, are ten times more comfortable, but this year I did pick up a couple pairs of jeans with higher rises that I seem to wear more often! This outfit is ADORABLE! I love the leopard blouse peeking out and the fur stole! So cute! Hope you had an amazing holiday, lady!

by Kate on January 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM. #

I feel the same way about jeans; they're so uncomfortable! I probably wear jeans once every other month.

by Irene ( on January 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM. #

Look like denim's moment to shine on your blog! I actually used to not wear jeans that often because I had either a dress code or uniform until I graduated high school...since then I've sort of gone into a jeans-spree, but I think now the novelty of being able to wear jeans anytime I want has worn off. Hope that you have a great rest of the week and stay warm!

by eggtartbox on January 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM. #

this is definitely the first time I have seen you in jeans! Love how you styled them and love the touch of leopard peeking out! xo

by FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION on January 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM. #

I wear jeans regularly, but at the moment my cord jeans leggings are definitely my favorite. I love wearing skirts and dresses as well, but sometimes it's just easier for me to quickly put on a pair of jeans.

Lovely Treasures

by Leonie on January 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM. #

You look fabulous in jeans! I also love wearing dresses and leggings. I wear jeans about twice a week. ~ Rhoda

by Gail and Rhoda on January 4, 2012 at 4:23 PM. #

I had a no jeans phase but I've come to love wearing denim again! I wear jeans quite often, I usually stick to very stretchy jeans or thick jeggings. My fav pairs are from Citizens of Humanity and J Brand, they're actually very comfortable!


by Jacquelyn on January 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM. #

I like the way you show your inspirations!

by Clara Turbay on January 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM. #

I used to wear jeans constantly. They were my uniform. I think that had a lot to do with the fact that where I grew up, dark jeans are considered fancy attire. True story. I gave up denim last year and it was a lot of fun, but I find the world of skirts and dresses to be too chilly sometimes - hence the reason jeans are back in my life :) I probably only wear them once every two weeks, though! I think you did a beautiful job of dressing yours up, that leopard blouse is so you!

by Cee on January 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM. #

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by Delectable Duo on January 4, 2012 at 6:42 PM. #

Hi Jen! Happy New Year. I'm exactly like you, I prefer skirts and dresses over pants/ jeans. I only wear jeans if I really need to and never ever during the summer time.

I wonder how many pair of jeans you have in your closet? cuz I only have


by Delectable Duo on January 4, 2012 at 6:43 PM. #

That blouse goes so great with the booties-I like that you just have it tucking out of the sweater.

Everyone says jeans are so uncomfortable! I live in jeans, I love them so much. I try to buy the super stretchy kind so they have more give-I'm currently in love with Cheap Monday's second skin high waisted skinnies. They're more like leggings than pants (especially in the black) so they have a lot of give.

by Megan on January 4, 2012 at 8:50 PM. #

I was so excited when you posted this post because I live in jeans , cardigans, and tshirts! It's still so Difficult for me to venture out into new things but bloggers like you give me courage!

by Curvy Petite on January 4, 2012 at 9:22 PM. #

Great outfit!

by Rites of Beauty on January 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM. #

You look great in your "proper" pair of jeans! Leggings and jeans are part of my daily uniform but I can see how you'd find them uncomfortable. Hopefully this pair is more comfy for you!


by Marisa on January 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM. #

You've got a gorgeous smile! and the sunnies are super lovely!

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by Caterina Salvietti on January 5, 2012 at 4:33 AM. #

cute outfit &
Happy New Year 2012!
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by Harija on January 5, 2012 at 8:49 AM. #

hehe, i never realised until you pointed this out! i think it's just finding the right pair of jeans :) These ones looks fab on you. I wear a blue skinny pair from the gap pretty regularly - eg with a striped sweater, or a silky tee tucked in slightly at the front, with a statement necklace :)

Katie x

by Katie on January 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM. #

loving that little peak of leopard and the casual chic vibe! Happy weekend girlie.

by Carly on January 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM. #

I actually love the way jeans feel but don't wear them very often because of their lack in "character." I've got a few pairs that evoke more style - a flared pair and a broken-in boyfriend fit - but so often, jeans are worn as a last-minute, no-thought addition to an outfit, which is why I tend to shy away from them. These look fabulous on you though and I think the outfit looks great!

by Kristin on January 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM. #

great look! xx

by on January 7, 2012 at 7:21 PM. #

so cute...

by mike i make on January 8, 2012 at 3:36 AM. #

I wear jeans ALL the time! I do know what you mean re: uncomfortable. If you don't find a softer pair, then they can be so restricting, which is really annoying.

I LOVE this look, you should def. post more jean inspired looks.

I want that little fur!


The Fashionable ESQ

by The Fashionable ESQ on January 8, 2012 at 6:42 AM. #

I loved the tiger detail!!

by Carolina on January 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM. #

Lovely outfit!

by Carlinn on January 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM. #

I hardly ever wear jeans at all unless I'm cleaning or doing something like hiking or something that requires denim, like visiting family in Snowy, Nastily Cold Detroit. And I hardly wear them for the same reason as you... they're uncomfortable. And I don't know how to style them.

However, you make them look like the best pair of dressy leggings on a good day.

Bravo, darling!

Xs, Os and Aloha!
Mae Lu @ thereafterish.

by thereafterish on January 9, 2012 at 3:18 AM. #

Thank you for your recommendation.I want to tell youTrue Religion Outlet is also a good choice.

by Rudy on March 8, 2012 at 7:24 PM. #

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