How to Wear Embroidered Jeans
Embroidery is the thing this season. It's only going to get more popular. Wearing a top with embroidery might be easier to figure out, but what about embroidered jeans?!
I've put together a short guide on an everyday way to wear embroidered jeans. You may also want to check out my post "Everyday Guide to Wearing Embroidery".
With a Kimono
I love pairing kimono cardigans with sleek outfits. The juxtaposition of the skinnier jeans with the billowy kimono add balance. Juxtaposition is why I like pairing lace with leather - it's all about balance!
I like to mirror motifs throughout an outfit, which encourages the eye to keep moving. The subtle embroidery on the hem of the kimono doesn't compete with the embroidery on the jeans. I wouldn't wear a kimono with an all over print, because it would compete, and overshadow the jeans.
With an outfit like this, I'd select a top that is somewhat of a neutral. You want the jeans to stand out. I picked this soft ballet slipper blush that mirrors the tones in the jeans. You could easily wear any other color, but keep in mind my 'rule' of 2 darks and a light. You're working with the whole body with this outfit; if you wear a darker top (like the Cobalt relaxed tee), you'll want to have a lighter outerwear piece.
With An Interest Piece
You might be tempted to shy away from wearing a print with embroidered jeans, but I would treat the pants as regular schmegular jeans. Pair with a bold patterned top that has harmonious shades, or complementary tones.
If you feel like this is too much, pull the outfit together, and tone it down by pairing with a piece of outerwear - a jacket or a cardigan.
With More Embroidery!
I mean HOW can you go wrong?! Okay, okay...this can be a recipe for disaster. This outfit works because the flowers on the top play off the flowers on the jeans, and the colors are mirrored in the necklace. It ALL works. You can add one more layer by adding an olive outerwear (might I suggest the Olivia Kimono?).
If blush is not your thing, you can pull off the same look with a green/olive top.
With Blush/Terra Cotta
For another outfit, I'd pair these jeans with anything in the blush or terra cotta colors. It is one tone that is so flattering on every skin tone. Is not overly pink. Just perfectly flattering!
While it's ideal to have 3 pieces in an outfit, sometimes it's not practical or too hot for another layer. 🙂
With a Denim Jacket
It's nice to balance the lights and darks. In the first outfit, I showed 2 darks and a light, this is 2 lights and a dark.
I prefer a lighter denim to a darker denim, because it breaks up the blue. The white jacket gives the casual yet edgy look without the visual weight of a matchy matchy blue outfit. When I wear blue on the bottom, I like to wear white on top, and visa versa. It's all an illusion!!
When all else fails, pair with your favorite tee (doesn't matter if it has a graphic or is plain), your well worn tennis shoes (or Danskos), and a jacket. In the end, these are jeans...part of the fiber of American fashion. You can wear these jeans with anything and everything. You can dress them up with nude stiletto heels and a leather jacket to hit the town, or a concert. You can dress them down with flip flops and tour your favorite beach town. Or you can wear them to the park, or a lunch date. They are so versatile. I think you'll wear them every day!!