California Jeaning, North


Today une femme d’un certain âge and Lisa of Privilege are collaborating, each writing a post about the love we share for denim. We thought it might be fun to approach from the perspective of two Californians, one north, one south. Denim is our state’s unofficial uniform, after all.

In the past, it’s been said that women over 50 shouldn’t wear jeans. To which I reply, “Ha!”

Perhaps there is an age at which one puts denim aside, but it’s not 58. In the Northern Californian climate, denim is always comfortable and versatile. We alternate between classic and hipster, the SF Old World tradition coexisting with our counter-culture – which has become a tradition in its own right.

However, denim, more than most items of clothing, requires that you find the right fit. Physical and emotional. Style is 30% color and pattern, 30% geometry, 30% emotion. Since denim removes most of the variance in color and pattern, geometry and emotion play an even bigger role.

There are now so many brands, and so many versions of jeans in style, you can’t just say, “I’ll have the bootlegs please.” Here’s what to consider.

Physical Fit, Or, Geometry And Your Silhouette

  • Rise (high waist, mid-waist, low-waist)
  • Shape (skinny, bootleg, flared, wide leg)
  • Ankle show (a lot? a little? none?)
  • Fabric content (how much stretch?)
  • Wash and distressing (Light blue, dark blue, really dark blue. Little “whiskers,” big creases, little rips, big rips, none of the above.)
  • Details (seams, pockets)

Emotional Fit

Consider the components of fit in the social context. Your location, life circumstances, age and orientation.

  • How fancy are you? (Are you a formal person? Do you like to sparkle? Or do you prefer to hang out, under the radar? AKA Grande Dame or Sturdy Gal?)
  • How conventional? (How do you feel about protocol? About inhabiting the strata of society? AKA Artsy or Grande Dame?)

Wallet Fit

It is entirely possible to find good jeans for <$50. They’ll evince less “fashion”, but you can compensate with the rest of your outfit.

The Styling That Follows, Proportion And Balance

You could just pop on a t-shirt, of course. License to chill. But if you want more, here’s the rest of what it takes to make jeans an outfit.

  • Jackets (shape – boxy, fitted, or flowing –  and length, cropped, hip, or longer)
  • Shoes (toe shape – pointy, almond, or round – heft, and heel height)

Principles in Action

Here are some examples of how geometry, emotion, and styling play together, using afew new outfit posts, and a few from the archives.

In 2011, the first outfit I ever showed on the internet. What’s the emotional style? Conventional, as was appropriate in the days when I was still anxious about how I appeared here. Formal, for Northern California daytime.

Vintage-Chanel-Jacket-with-7-for-All-Mankind-Jeans

I balanced broad shoulders with 7FAM bootlegs, added a long lacy layer under the short and boxy Chanel jacket, finished with pointy-toe flats to keep the line elegant. A reasonable strategy for the long of waist.

In 2012 I wore bootlegs in a different guise, the High WASP in her grandmother’s Harris Tweed.  Informal, but perhaps not quite myself.

Harris-Tweed-Jacket-And-Bootlegs

These almond-toed pumps with boot details balanced the bulk of the turtleneck and the texture of the jacket.

And the same silhouette, evolved for work at a job where the only (unspoken) dress code was, as I have said, “You probably shouldn’t wear tattoos all over your face.”

Jigsaw-London-Blazer-and-Bootleg-Jeans

Relying again on the proportions of a long jacket and boot-like shoes.

Shop For Bootlegs And Their Friends

Everyone has some kind of denim that they can’t abide, for one reason or another. While it’s true that skinnies have crossed all emotional boundaries, functional all the way from formal and conventional, to informal and alternative, they just don’t work for me. I’m going to call this look Conventional Informal.

Manolo-Ballet-Flats-and-Skinny-Jeans

And I’m also going to call it, “No thanks.” I like the rest of my body so why emphasize my upper thighs? And it’s not just a body image thing, it’s sense of self. I like the swagger of a baggy jean. No skinnies for me, but you go right ahead.

Shop For Skinnies And Pointy-Toe Flats

My style has continued to evolve towards the unconventional. Why I felt ready to bust out the inner biker here we’ll never know. With pearl studs.

Middle-Aged-Lady-In-A-Biker-Jacket

But the look worked well, with a longish t-shirt layer, straight legs and some fairly hefty almost-pointy brogues.

Then I retired. Refused to wear tight pants ever again. Here’s how I wear my denim these days,  dressing “up” for a family dinner in Berkeley.

Citizens-of-Humanity

These are “fancy” boyfriend jeans, in that someone else faded them, and the silhouette narrows at the ankle. The shoes are what really give me any right to call this dressing up, my current favorites, Valentino “Tangos.” There’s an ankle strap, hiding.

Here’s how I wander the streets of San Francisco on a weekend morning.

Levis-with-Vince-and-Bottega-Veneta

Faded-of-its-own-accord wash boyfriend jeans, flat and amazingly comfortable cool shoes. This is how I get to dress like Grechen, by wearing Vince “Preston” slip-on sneakers. I nod to formality with old gold hoops, and a Bottega Veneta hobo.

Finally, and most recently, out for cocktails and dinner with a ridiculously creative young friend. As hipster as a middle-aged High WASP can go. Selvedge jeans from San Francisco’s Mission District. Big ol’ cuffs.

Selvedge-Jeans-#1

The biker jacket makes a happy return. High rise jeans are good for the long-waisted, pentangle talismans for those calling on their inner sorcerer.

High-Waisted-Jeans

As for shoes, if I dressed this way all the time, I’d buy some cage booties. I suppose I mean, “Cage booties, baby!” But for the occasional outing, that wide black strap on the ancient Paul Green pumps will suffice.

Selvedge-Jeans-and-Marc-Jacobs-Bag

As does the industrial hardware on an equivalently ancient Marc Jacobs bag.

Shop For Boyfriends, From Tomboy To Fancy Badass

When evolving style boundaries, as in any growth process, experimentation is your friend. Denim is flexible enough to function as what we might fancifully call a set of beakers in the lab of style. Over the past 30 years I’ve iterated myself into a comfortable habitation of my home town.

As has une femme, in Los Angeles.

 

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54 Comments

  • 01/22/15
    6:48 am

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    déjà pseu said...

    Lisa, I love those edgy selvege jeans on you. As well as the boyfriends, and how you’ve added so much individual style and polish with your shoe choices. Thanks again for this FUN collaboration!!

    01/22/15
    7:20 am
    Lisa said...

    @déjà pseu, My pleasure! Thanks for bearing with me during the email crisis of 2015:).

  • 01/22/15
    7:05 am

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    AN said...

    I know you would disagree but the skinny jeans look best on you. The rest somehow seem too baggy or Overly slouchy….the fit seems off to me. But you rock the skinnies!

    01/22/15
    7:22 am
    Lisa said...

    @AN, I’ve edited the post above for clarity. I do not feel like myself, or feel I look like myself, like my soul and my mind, when I’m in skinny jeans. Who knows why? I imagine almost everyone feels this way about some sort of clothing. Convention says it looks good on, your heart say, “No thanks.” So, while I appreciate the compliment, the woman you see in that photo doesn’t look like she’d say the things I will surely say.

    If that makes sense.

  • 01/22/15
    7:12 am

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    Patty said...

    The skinny jeans definitely look the best on you!

    01/22/15
    7:22 am
    Lisa said...

    @Patty, Ha! See above:).

  • 01/22/15
    7:20 am

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    Bungalow Hostess said...

    I like those skinny jeans on you…I wear them too but have a pair of boot cut that I alternate with….I will be 60 in March and have been wearing jeans since I was 12…I plan to wear them as long as I am on this earth as they are so versatile.
    Love the biker jacket Lisa and pairing jeans with a tweedy Chanel jacket and great shoes…My Mother would even approve of that combo and she has pretty high standards!
    Like that you teamed up with déjà Pseu for this themed post…perhaps you’ll make this a regular feature?

    01/22/15
    7:25 am
    Lisa said...

    @Bungalow Hostess, So happy to hear about your mom approving! And I’ve edited the post because I have to come all the way clean. It’s not just a body thing about skinnies, it’s the person they pretend that I am. Because I’m natively a little edgy/rough/blurt it all out – and I have to make an effort to civilize myself! Hence, the ripped, the baggy, the selvedge.

    Who knew that jeans could serve as a confessional!

  • 01/22/15
    7:24 am

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    Allie von Summersverb said...

    Even though I’m casting my vote for the fancy boyfriends (designer please!), you look ahhhmazing in the skinnies! XXOO

    ps…now if we could only find a khaki version of those fancy boyfriends

    01/22/15
    7:26 am
    Lisa said...

    @Allie von Summersverb, Well hello you! And fancy boyfriends forever! Thanks for the compliment. And geez, yes, let me issue this call into the interwebs. WHERE ARE THE FANCY BOYFRIEND 100% COTTON KHAKIS FOR WOMEN? And then we will revert to inside voices:).

  • 01/22/15
    7:26 am

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    Tabitha said...

    This is a fantastic idea for post!
    As you may/may not know, half of our family shuffled off to California, a long long time ago, (about 100 years, very early settlers) I remember when I was about 8 or so when one uncle came over, he was ‘old” and he was wearing jeans – well , what a rumpus that caused over in Scotland!
    I love all of these looks but I am with AN – I think the skinny jeans suit you best of all.

    01/22/15
    7:35 am
    Lisa said...

    @Tabitha, So clearly I am bound and determined to carry on like Uncle Jeans, causing a rumpus by wearing the jeans that do not cause me to look my best. Best, obviously, is relative:). And I didn’t know you had so much family in California!

  • 01/22/15
    7:35 am

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    Tabitha said...

    Apologies, I realise that my saying ” very early settlers” may upset some very PC folk, hopefully everyone knows what I mean by that.
    Mea culpa, forelock tug.

    01/22/15
    7:38 am
    Lisa said...

    I found your intent quite clear. “Settlers” always imply those from elsewhere, I think.

  • 01/22/15
    7:37 am

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    Tabitha said...

    Oh and me too, I have taken after the loosey goosy Cali part of the family! I blame all those summers in the sun.

  • 01/22/15
    8:04 am

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    Leslie said...

    I’m joining the chorus on the skinny jeans! You may like the silhouette better with an ankle bootie.

    01/22/15
    8:21 am
    Lisa said...

    @Leslie, You guys are making me laugh/driving me crazy! No skinnies! And thank you for the compliment. But no skinnies! Who will support me in my love for the baggy, rough and edgy! Will no one raise their voice in approval? Not a one?

    :). *sigh* It’s tough being an old lady who wants to move towards the Urban Artsy.

    Did I forget to say, “No skinnies!?!?”

    :)

  • 01/22/15
    8:12 am

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    Linda Hanselman said...

    Lisa, you looked great in the skinny jeans. Hips?? What hips?? Very flattering on you. I also like the boyfriend jeans on you. tThey are a little more casual looking. LOL I have on a pair today with my Anthropologie leopard trimmed kitten heels, hem rolled slightly :) And of course my red lipstick to brighten the whole look. I’m with you though, I still love my bootcut jeans! I’m une femme d’une certaine age and I will NEVER give up my jeans.

    01/22/15
    8:23 am
    Lisa said...

    @Linda Hanselman, Well phew thank you! At least a glimmer of hope that I’m not going to be barred from the midlife style table! Kitten heels are back, I hear, and leopard is the new black. I bet you look awesome.

  • 01/22/15
    8:42 am

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    RoseAG said...

    In my opinion you don’t have anything to hide in the skinny jeans, but I have no trouble understanding why they aren’t “you.” You won’t find me, ol’ thunder thighs, in them either!

    For me it all goes back to the button-up 501s I bought in the men’s department that drooped off my backside with such baggy perfection in the 70s. The years have put way too much curve on me to get that fit from the men’s department, but it hasn’t stopped me from approximating it from the women’s.

    I am going to look at the last style. Higher waists are good for those who need a smooth line between belly button and hip, even if we aren’t long-waisted.

    01/22/15
    8:48 am
    Lisa said...

    I’m wearing the “Iron Heart” brand, and from the website I’m pretty sure they’re actually men’s jeans in a very small size! Which I didn’t know when I got them.

  • 01/22/15
    9:02 am

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    Rachel said...

    Lisa, you are indeed in the small percentile of the population who can carry off the skinny jean. However, just because one can doesn’t mean one should. The ubiquity of the look and its effect on the language – skinnies, jeggings, treggings – is disturbing. You do the jeans and biker look beautifully, whether straight leg or boyfriend. And I loved your analysis of what makes a given style work. Right now non-skinny selvedge is the most interesting way to wear jeans..

    Is it time for an Evolution of Denim fridge magnet to be brought to market?

    Rachel

    01/22/15
    2:42 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Rachel, Thank you for the kind words. A fridge magnet. Now there’s a thought. I realize, fairly simply, that these days I’m more interested in comfort and in a sort of intellectual look than in actual figure flattery.

  • 01/22/15
    9:19 am

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    Caro Louise said...

    Re the skinnies: I think she is simply too smart to follow trends.

    01/22/15
    2:43 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Caro Louise, You’re very nice – I do fall for trends, but they just have to fit in my physical and emotional comfort zone. Which really is becoming less and less conventional as I age.

  • 01/22/15
    9:31 am

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    grechen said...

    i just want to dress like you, lisa :)
    LOVE the selvedge jeans on you, i long to try a pair, but i’m pretty sure they’ll end up being something i should admire on other ladies, that won’t work on me…

    01/22/15
    2:44 pm
    Lisa said...

    @grechen, Aw. xox. I have to pass on the Black Crane pants I bought, precise because it was before I learned How I Can Dress Like Grechen Without Looking Silly;).

  • 01/22/15
    9:38 am

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

    You look great in jeans Lisa, no matter what the style. You have absolutely no reason not to wear the skinny ones. I love that you’ve shared this post with Une Femme. Jeans look great on both of you. Of course your nice handbags, shoes and jackets make a difference in the look too.

    I wear jeans a lot (in Florida and in the mountains) and have several colors in addition to the traditional dark rinse, faded blue (don’t wear those too much), black, and white. Grey is one of my favorites, but I also have light pink for spring and a rusty orange for fall. Even at seventy, I probably wear the white and black skinny ones the most followed by the boyfriend style, but not a real loose fit. For some reason, baggy jeans and the bootleg look swamp me and I look like I’ve borrowed someone else’s jeans.
    Sam

    01/22/15
    2:45 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen, Thanks. I think the South would absolutely call for colored jeans – I imagine I’d own them in pale blue and pale pink, both. I wonder if that happens in San Diego too – our version of the South. Hmm.

  • 01/22/15
    9:45 am

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    Katherine C. James said...

    As counterpoint: The two types of jeans I think you look *absolutely wonderful* in above are the boyfriend jeans with the Valentino ankle straps, for the family dinner in Berkeley, and the cuffed boyfriend jeans with the slip-on sneakers, out of a morning in San Francisco. The skinnies are not my favorite look on you, I think in large part because I can see you aren’t comfortable in them, crossed arms and all, but also because you wore a fitted, short top and flats with them so everything is the same silhouette. If you liked skinnies, you could wear a boxier, and/or longer, top and short boots that would balance the look. I have Maria skinnies in Hewson black from J Brand. I love them, with their comfy high waist, but I wear with them with a fuller top and short boots. I admire how your style has evolved since 2011. You began beautiful, and you look better and better, clearly more at home in your own skin, and with increasing chic and flair. BTW, I like the Paul Green shoes more than I’d like a cage bootie, they are great shoes, and less specifically fashiony. I have a pair of suede and leather Thierry Rabotin shoes that serve well in that same form. Well done you on your choices and on your evolution. xo. P.S. Do you know who the manufacturer is for the two pairs of boyfriend jeans I admired? I’m looking for a new pair.

    01/22/15
    2:50 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Katherine C. James, Thank you. I am taking all this in and learning so much, from the skinny fans and the boyfriend, alike. I agree, if I wore skinnies, it would be with a looser top, because I like to contrast shape and size. But loose tops don’t work so well on me, because of the broad shoulders, somewhat of a curtain effect. Which is probably exactly why I’ve cottoned on to the close-fitting tee, loose pants look. And the boyfriends with sneakers are very old Levis 501s of one version or another, the fancy ones are Citizens of Humanity. I reviewed the CoH here: http://amidprivilege.com/2014/01/boyfriend-jeans-review-budget/

  • 01/22/15
    9:54 am

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    Chronica Domus said...

    Lisa, I think you look absolutely marvelous in your skinny jeans, they really suit you.

    For me, it is bootleg all the way. It just suits my body type more, and with the huge influx of skinnies everywhere, they are getting harder to find.

    Great article on an item that is a mainstay of my casual wardrobe.

    01/22/15
    2:54 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Chronica Domus, It’s just a matter of what fits each person in all their aspects.

  • 01/22/15
    10:27 am

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    Mardel said...

    What a great post! To my eye you look wonderful in the boyfriend jeans and the selvage jeans, so full of life and what I perceive of your character through your blog and your photos shines through. I see a woman I’d want to know. But them I’m a firm believer that we all know best what suits the meeting of our temperament with our bodies, and we have the final say in what looks “best”. The look with the skinnier could be just any old anyone, and seems more like a concession to culture rather than a “working within” or an “engagement with”. I also like the Paul Green’s with the selvage jeans and think they have more flare and character than cage booties….

    01/22/15
    2:59 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Mardel, It is more food for thought as people weigh in saying that the boyfriend jeans do look more like the person that has been writing this blog::). And another vote for the Paul Green shoes – that’s kind of exciting in a weird way, since I’ve had them for so long and just hung on, sensing I might come round to wearing them again.

  • 01/22/15
    11:07 am

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    That's Not My Age said...

    Glad to see the biker jacket back in action. You look fantastic in both those shots – and also in the faded boyfriend jeans and skate shoes. I live in jeans, now I just need to find a tag partner in north London.

    01/22/15
    3:01 pm
    Lisa said...

    @That’s Not My Age, Tx! And yes, do North London. Or Northern Great Britain!

  • 01/22/15
    11:19 am

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    Miranda St John said...

    I like your “new” evolved look and I adore your long hair – just gorgeous! By the way, I understand the dislike of constricting skinny jeans, but you do look hot in them ;) Great post.

    01/22/15
    3:02 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Miranda St John, Thank you. I wondered if anyone would take note of the witchy locks I’m currently sporting:). They are due for a trim, but I wanted to see what pushing the limits would feel like.

  • 01/22/15
    11:58 am

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    Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

    You look good in many of them – but even thought you didn’t, I liked the skinny jeans best on you!

    01/22/15
    3:02 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita, I totally understand:).

  • 01/22/15
    11:59 am

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    Frances/Materfamilias said...

    What a fun pairing of posts — the two of you did this at least once in the past, right? May the series continue!
    I like the selvedge jeans, but you already know that. My own are finally starting to show their wear in interesting patterns and that’s going to accelerate once I’m retired and absolutely live in them . . .
    I quite like the biker-with-pearls as well.

    01/22/15
    3:07 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Frances/Materfamilias, Yes, I have always loved your selvedge jeans. So I thought I’d go whole hog! We shall see how the wear patterns emerge over time. Hadn’t even thought about that part.

  • 01/22/15
    12:04 pm

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    coulda shoulda woulda said...

    It’s hard to gauge the difference bc you have a trim athletic figure so frankly you look good in everything – the choices that open up when you are slim…

    01/22/15
    3:08 pm
    Lisa said...

    @coulda shoulda woulda, Why thank you ma’am.

  • 01/22/15
    12:12 pm

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    Chris Reynaud said...

    I love all your looks with the biker jacket, but particularly with the skinny jeans. Sorry!

    01/22/15
    3:08 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Chris Reynaud, No sorry required! I am taking this all in, and musing.

  • 01/22/15
    1:35 pm

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    kathy said...

    I love the selvedge jeans, and actually just bought a pair as well. I had mine slightly tapered and hemmed though. I also love the faded BFs. The skinnies look good, but I’m sort of over them already, I like to be comfortable in everything these days. I have the Valentino Tangos in cognac and will be buying them in the black leather when they’re back in stock. They’re also what I wear to dress up jeans, which unless I’m going to a wedding or something, is about the only thing I wear out of the house.

    01/22/15
    3:15 pm
    Lisa said...

    @kathy, Those Tangos are brilliant shoes. They have replaced my Louboutin Simple 70s for what to dress up in – as long as satin or sparkles isn’t required:). Did you get your selvedge from one of the LA artisanal denim houses?

    01/22/15
    5:10 pm
    kathy said...

    No, Chimala, made in Japan.

  • 01/22/15
    3:49 pm

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    Mary anne said...

    If you don’t like skinny jeans, you don’t have to wear them. Impunity.

    01/23/15
    8:17 am
    Lisa said...

    @Mary anne, Impunity. Total and complete;).

  • 01/22/15
    4:44 pm

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    Susan said...

    I’ll have to join the chorus is saying that the skinny jeans seem to flatter you most (to my eye at least). Perhaps straight leg jeans?

    And ahem, you have no thighs to speak of. I do understand about not feeling like yourself. But, I CAN see the woman in the skinny jeans saying the things you say, without any difficulty at all.

    You do get to wear what you want to wear–of course.

    01/22/15
    7:11 pm
    Lisa said...

    Fascinating. This post hasn’t been at all how I imagined. Making me thinking about how I split up identities and attribute capabilities to different parts.

  • 01/22/15
    7:19 pm

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    George said...

    Dump the boyfriend jeans, they make you look like you’re picking up cardboard with some good shoes you found. Hate to say it but the skinny jeans look great on you for the same reason a XKE Jaguar still looks good. Timeless classic lines….

    01/23/15
    8:20 am
    Lisa said...

    @George, Not gonna happen. And, while I understand that you are complimenting me on my silhouette, it is perhaps a bit harsh to tell someone who has just directly explained their clothing choices, and given examples to prove that they aren’t hypothetical, but lived, that she looks like a homeless person:).

    Unless of course you meant picking up cardboard in order to create my work of art with stunning political and aesthetic implications. Let’s say that’s what you meant;).

  • 01/22/15
    7:23 pm

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    kippie said...

    AN started it all and she is so right. You do look better in the skinnies that in the other jeans. Perhaps you should try the jeans at Madewell. The skinnies there are very comfortable and non-restricting.

    01/23/15
    8:21 am
    Lisa said...

    @kippie, I don’t even like to wear athletic tights any longer than I have to work out. Oh, and maybe go grocery shopping afterwards. I have clearly failed to communicate the depths of my commitment:).

  • 01/22/15
    7:53 pm

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    Angela said...

    Oh man…I debated even adding my opinion here, but in the end decided to go for it. #teamskinnyjeans! You look SO good in those, a little edgy and HOT! And now I await a follow-up post on identity and fashion…so interesting that you don’t feel great in the skinnies, even though so many of us love you in them. What you think is all the matters, of course, but what are we seeing that you don’t? I’m wondering what I don’t feel great in that others might love me in…

    01/23/15
    8:22 am
    Lisa said...

    @Angela, Follow-up post is sure to, um, follow;).

  • 01/22/15
    8:23 pm

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    Sydney Shop Girl said...

    I love the boyfriends and bootlegs on you, Lisa.

    And that classic Marc Jacobs bag back from the day when it was all about the buckles and pockets with MJ bags.

    You have no idea how many pairs of jeans I have collected from my trips to the US. No. Idea.

    SSG xxx

    01/23/15
    8:26 am
    Lisa said...

    @Sydney Shop Girl, Well, if you’re going to invest in jeans, might as well get them from the source:). I’m enjoying that MJ bag, am quite happy to have kept it. #declutteringonlysometimes

  • 01/22/15
    9:06 pm

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    SLG said...

    My goodness! Such diversity of opinions on jeans in this comment section. I love it.

    Lisa, I think you look good in all these photos, but I wanted to chime in and say I get you when you say you just don’t feel like yourself in skinny jeans. I don’t either, even though plenty of folks would might say I look fine in them. (I am “blessed” with very, very skinny legs, and unless the skinny jeans fit me absolutely flawlessly, I feel like an adolescent giraffe. Flawless fit is a high bar so I usually just wear a different style.)

    Also love that you are rocking the long hair!

    01/23/15
    8:27 am
    Lisa said...

    @SLG, Thank you! Maybe we need a club. One with a Jungian analyst at the head of it:). I always say I feel like a bowling pin. Ha!

  • 01/22/15
    9:44 pm

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    Megan said...

    I’m fortunate to know women who wear jeans all their long, active lives, & they’re my role models! Yes, Lisa, know that you could wear the skinnies if you wanted to, but it’s great that you know what you’re comfortable wearing. I always have & always will wear bootcuts because I wear cowboy boots. And I’m late to the boyfriend jean party but I like them now–and when I’m out in the pasture with my dogs learning to herd, shorter & cuffed means less mud on my pants. Wish me luck–Skippy & I are entering our first herding trial in a few weeks; we had fun in the muddy fields training today, so my pants are a mess but I love it!

    01/23/15
    8:31 am
    Lisa said...

    @Megan, Reading this, what comes to mind is that I want to look like someone who just might be entering a herding trial. Or, if she isn’t, she could. I hope you knock ’em dead!

  • 01/22/15
    9:54 pm

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    Kiki said...

    #teamskinnyjeans

    01/23/15
    8:33 am
    Lisa said...

    @Kiki, #guessimthereferee #willtipthescales #makethecall #surprise #teamboyfriendwinsagain

    :)

    01/24/15
    9:54 pm
    Kiki said...

    @Kiki, #yourethebest

    01/24/15
    9:55 pm
    Kiki said...

    @Lisa #yourethebest

    01/26/15
    7:09 am
    Lisa said...

    @Kiki, #noyouare:)

  • 01/22/15
    10:04 pm

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    Megan said...

    P.S. I’m long-waisted as well, so I’m happy to see higher rises again.

  • 01/22/15
    11:17 pm

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    Cara said...

    You look ridiculously hot in all of them. I continue to think you should wear skinnies and I continue to lust over those Valentino shoes.

    My family had ‘thoughts’ about the age at which you are allowed to *start* wearing denim, apparently it is not for small children. (?!?) I haven’t heard their opinions on when it’s time to stop but I’m sure they have them.

    01/23/15
    8:34 am
    Lisa said...

    @Cara, Oh, no babies in cute denim overalls allowed? Boo!

  • 01/23/15
    4:22 am

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    Countess Claire said...

    Dear Lisa,

    You look gorgeous in skinnies!!!

    Claire

    01/23/15
    8:35 am
    Lisa said...

    @Countess Claire, Thank you for the compliment.

  • 01/23/15
    10:27 am

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    Patsy said...

    How do you feel about skinnies? ;)

  • 01/23/15
    11:14 am

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    Lisa said...

    I don’t know whether to say, “Bwahahahaha,” or, *cymbals clash* :)

  • 01/23/15
    12:59 pm

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    Susan said...

    I’ve given this some more thought. You do look artsy and edgy in the boyfriend jeans. No one would mistake you for a lady who lunches. But, it almost looks like you are announcing that you are artsy and edgy and really trying to be that way . It’s definitely a look that says, “look at me!” There is nothing wrong with that. People often wear fashion for that reason.

    I wish you had posted a front view in the straight leg jeans.

    01/26/15
    7:10 am
    Lisa said...

    @Susan, BTW, a front view is available in the original Should Middle Aged Ladies Wear Biker Jackets post:).

  • 01/23/15
    2:34 pm

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    Janey Ann said...

    Lisa,
    You look fabulous in your boyfriend jeans in a dressed down, but pulled together sort of way. I also love the straight legs with the moto jacket and boots on you. The selvedge jeans with the Paul Green shoes outfit is particularly hip and very SF, and again, a great look on you. I adore your Valentino pumps..they add the “pretty” to anything. I’m very tired of the ubiquitous skinnies on anyone :-). Thank heaven for jeans…they are the cornerstone of my wardrobe and I don’t plan on ever giving them up!

    01/26/15
    7:23 am
    Lisa said...

    @Janey Ann, Thank you so much for your understanding of my current ethos:).

  • 01/23/15
    3:04 pm

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    Duchesse said...

    Loved your timeline of photos! I don’t wear skinnies but do like straight legs, and have a weird hankering for nearly belled sailor-waisted jeans I saw here in Mtl recently… but maybe too trendy?

    Though I love the look, black jeans are a rather pricey indulgence- no matter how I treat them,they fade to sad, while blue denim just keeps getting better and softer.

    01/26/15
    7:23 am
    Lisa said...

    @Duchesse, Thank you! Wide-legs w/high-waist, judging from my Pinterest feed, are certainly trending. Nothing wrong with a super-trendy piece here and there, right?:)

  • 01/23/15
    3:23 pm

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    lorna mai said...

    You’re such an expert on jeans! I actually think you look fantastic in skinnies! You have a lovely figure. I find that bootleg jeans are definitely the most flattering on me.

    Lorna Mai

    01/26/15
    7:24 am
    Lisa said...

    @lorna mai, Californians, the jean experts! Thank you!

  • 01/23/15
    5:06 pm

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    Bonnie said...

    My mother in law is over 80 and still wears jeans – and she looks really cute in them. I am taking her as my inspiration and never giving up my denim!

    01/26/15
    7:26 am
    Lisa said...

    @Bonnie, Aha! That’s my plan too.

  • 01/23/15
    6:20 pm

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    karen said...

    Lisa I like the skinnies on you best. You have a rockin figure, and they look so great. But if baggies are your comfort zone, enjoy and work it to the hilt.

    01/26/15
    7:27 am
    Lisa said...

    @karen, Thank you very much.

  • 01/23/15
    9:28 pm

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    Stacey said...

    I say, do whatever makes you feel right … screw the so-called rules!

    01/26/15
    7:29 am
    Lisa said...

    @Stacey, I just might take your advice:).

  • 01/24/15
    1:04 am

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    Eleanorjane said...

    Wow, what a wealth of options you present! You almost inspire to buy an actual pair of blue jeans (for the last little while I’ve had grey, burgundy, chocolate brown).

    You look amazing in that biker jacket, by the way.

    01/26/15
    7:30 am
    Lisa said...

    @Eleanorjane, Thank you!

  • 01/24/15
    3:35 pm

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    pamela gene daley said...

    Lovely Lisa! Thank you so much for featuring our jewelry (” pentangle talismans for those calling on their inner sorcerer”) once again. This time (because I forgot before) I’d like to offer a 15% discount to anybody who finds us as a result of ‘Amid Privilege’ – refer your friends too. Just drop me an email (markdefrates@mac.com) and we’ll refund the 15% after you buy or email us if you’d prefer an invoice with the discount included before you buy! This is our site.

    01/24/15
    6:16 pm
    Lisa said...

    Ah, I should do a little post quickly on just this. Next week. Thank you!

  • 01/25/15
    3:23 pm

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    Lily said...

    Hmm, are the Valentino Tangos the dressy-casual choice for ‘women of a certain age”? I have been wearing these to more casual dinners out with jeans lately.

    01/26/15
    7:25 am
    Lisa said...

    @Lily, You too? I love them to pieces, something about the ironic “Mary Jane” look, and the proportion of the low heels that just slays me.

    01/29/15
    11:19 am
    Lily said...

    @Lily,
    Lisa: We’re aparently quite fashionable with our Tangos (Elin Kling, super fashion blogger’s site):

    http://www.elin-kling.com/the-wall/three-trend-ballerina-pump/

    01/29/15
    11:20 am
    Lily said...

    @Lily,

    Sorry for the poor spelling – I hit submit before I edited.

  • 01/27/15
    11:36 am

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    Mamavalveeta03 said...

    You look so damned cute in every single pair! If I looked like you, I’d wear skinnies! (I don’t look like you, and I STILL wear skinnies! Haha)

    01/27/15
    12:03 pm
    Lisa said...

    Well thank you very much!

  • 01/28/15
    9:19 am

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    Sandra Sallin said...

    Love you in those tight jeans. You have such an adorable body it just shouts to be seen. Of course the baggies with the Valentinos are pretty crazy also. In fact did I miss it? Whose baggie jeans are you wearing. I’m lusting over those Valentino shoes. Love the contrast of baggies and tango. You’ve got style girl! So much fun to see.

  • 01/31/15
    12:25 pm

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    Katherine C. James said...

    Hi Lisa. Forgot to thank you for your response re your skinnies and boyfriend jeans. I have broad shoulders as well, but beginning in my 20s when I’d buy evening clothes for galas for my Chicago life with my executive husband, the women at the salon in the late lamented Marshall Field’s store in Chicago would exclaim over how great my broad shoulders were for clothing. I love them because they even out my frame. In high school my waist was 24″ and my hips 34″. My bust was slightly smaller, maybe 32 or 33″, but my shoulders balanced everything. I have retained the same proportions, though now widened out, but narrowing as I exercise. I suspect you have slimmer hips than I, and that affects your broad shoulder feelings. Thank you for the jeans link. I actually own the Citizens of Humanity Skylar loose crop but I got them too large so they are great but droopy. I need to go down at least a size. The Citizens of Humanity site does not have them, but I did locate the Skylar cut at Nordstroms and am ordering some from them. BTW, I tried on the Valentino shoe you wear so well, it does not fit my high arch at all, but it looks wonderful on you. xo.

  • 02/02/15
    8:50 am

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    Bunny Williams said...

    You’re reminding me of my great friend, Linda Rodin, here!

    Adore #3, #4, #5, and #7!

    Xb

  • 08/15/15
    2:59 am

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    Miss A said...

    Oh! Seriously, the skinny jeans are the best. You totally rock them! They give you a youthful edge and flatter your figure (despite what you may or may not think).

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