Hey it’s Wednesday! That means it must be time for fun with BASICS right?! You are quite correct! Today for “Basics…Anything But”, I’ve come up with three looks for a style of denim that is most likely somewhere in your closet, and if it’s not, maybe it should be: the classic boyfriend jean. I decided to do each of the looks with a different pair of this style of denim, because even though the boyfriend fit is pretty standard, of course there are some of variations on this theme. Some fit more like a classic baggy pair, like you maybe could have actually stolen them from your boyfriend, and then there’s the more slim fit skinnier boyfriend pair. (For those of you who have super skinny boyfriends, obviously. Just kidding.) There’s also usually a relative amount of distressing on these jeans, but it can range from the slight to the crazy trashed look of say, the One Teaspoon Denim.
THE JEANS: Okay, so I used three quite different pairs. One is a vintage men’s pair of Levi’s, another a distressed women’s pair of Levi’s, and then finally, a more classic Gap pair. I feel like I can’t talk about boyfriend jeans without mentioning the original, Current/Elliott, who came out with this style and caused an explosion in denim years ago. Theirs are an awesome investment piece if you are looking to buy a pricer pair, OR you can sometimes find them at places like Nordstrom Rack, Off Fifth, and TJ Maxx or Marshall’s at a lower price point. Other places to find good boyfriend jeans are Gap (seriously one of the best places I’ve found to get good ones!), One Teaspoon (they’re pricey but adorable), thrift stores, Cotton On (great price!), and Old Navy (more bargain prices). How much you spend really should depend on how they fit you and also how committed you are to this style, whether it’s something you want to just try out and wear occasionally or you want to invest in a good pair you are going to wear more often.
Let’s get going! There’s a lot of ways you can rock the bf jeans, but hopefully if this is a style you have been stumped on or maybe bored with, this will get your creative style juices going!
DON’T MESS WITH ME, I’M PREPPY
This look is a really fun one I think because it’s a little bit preppy, and a little bit tough! It’s nice to take something like polka dots and toughen them up a bit! For this look I used slightly distressed Gap boyfriend jeans (they call them “girlfriend jeans” right now there, but they’re a slimmer fit than the traditional pair. I love using lace tank tops as vests, and this one from Zara is just perfect for that!
Jeans HERE, blouse HERE, vest HERE, loafers HERE, necklace HERE. (these are all just similar pieces to what I’m wearing).
THRIFTY TIP: Loafers are a great thing to look at thrift stores for! These one’s I thrifted and they are PERFECT for only $20! If you’re a polka dot lover, this is also a pattern that’s a great thrift find! This top I am wearing is a brand new, with the tags on Free People sheer blouse…marked at $88, and I paid $4 for it at Goodwill.
SWAP IT OUT: A plaid shirt would be super cute with this look. You can switch out the polka dots with plaid and the loafers for booties!
CRAFTY DIY: If you can’t seem to find a sleepless lace top, you can always get any lace top you can find at a thrift store and cut the sleeves off!
I’M WITH THE BAND
I love this look because it’s a total “I feel so cool” outfit! I used a super distressed pair of Levi’s for this look and a bunch of thrifted stuff…it’s a fun one :)
Jeans HERE, shirt HERE, kimono HERE, booties HERE, necklace HERE. (style suggestions based on this look!)
THRIFTY TIP: Kimonos are a great thing to hunt for in the ROBE/NIGHTGOWN section of the thrift stores as I’ve mentioned before. Also, the link above the the American Eagle Outfitters jeans is a great denim steal!
SWAP IT OUT: Instead of a band tee, use a patterned or plain tee and put a denim or plaid button down over it and wear it open. Totally changes the look of the outfit, but still super cool!
CRAFTY DIY: Get some awesome jeans at the thrift store and distress them yourself! HERE’S an awesome post on how to do it!
MY BOYFRIEND’S NOT BOHO BUT MY OUTFIT IS
For this last look, I used my vintage Levi’s that are my most baggy boyfriend fit. One of the tricks to wearing the baggier styles is to make sure that the top you are wearing is not too long or oversized…otherwise your outfit will just be way too baggy overall!
Jeans HERE, booties HERE, top HERE.
THRIFTY TIP: These jeans are like the classic thrifted boyfriend jeans. I really recommend checking the mens section for the smaller sizes to achieve this look!
SWAP IT OUT: A puff sleeve top would be adorable with this look too. Add a vest on top of that, and you have a whole new look!
CRAFTY DIY: Make your own white turquoise necklace! Just buy a strand of beads and string them and you’re golden!
I love boyfriend jeans. Bell Bottoms are my total go-to, but boyfriend jeans have a relaxed cool vibe to them that is just fun to mix in sometimes! Hopefully you’ve got a pair and this will help you jazz them up a bit, but if you don’t have a pair, maybe there’s a link in here that will get you looking at finding the right pair for your body!
Happy happy Wednesday, hope your week is rockin