how to wear jeans

gap gingham shirt, j.crew boyfriend jeans, j.crew utility jacket, ann taylor suede pumps, leather tote, tory burch bracelets

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a ruffleneck sweater, skinny jeans, green utility jacket, hobo handbag, and loafers

it’s safe to say denim plays a large role in my wardrobe. i imagine yours too. the fashion world does its best to put their spin on this iconic wardrobe staple to keep it fresh and modern. these days, there are so many design options available –  skinny, flare, wide-leg, cropped and embellished. but the fit is the most important factor when it comes to a great pair of blue jeans. the ones you will reach for time and again. so what’s a girl to do when it comes to buying the ‘perfect’ pair? does it even exist? well, my advice is to take an afternoon and try on a gazillion pairs. no kidding! it may feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack but when you find the ‘one,’ you’ll know. it’s all about finding the right fit for your body. when it comes to shapes we’re a variety pack, ladies, not a ‘one size fits all.’ 

style tip: before you head to the fitting room take a pair of blue jeans and wrap the waistband around your neck. if it’s snug go try it on! 

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a floral jacquard sweater, black skinny jeans, black leather moto jacket and pink suede pumps for date night

denim is a key factor when it comes to my style uniform. for those readers new to the blog i lovingly refer to my go-to uniform as the 4B’s – blazer, blue jeans, button-down, and ballet flats. sometimes i exchange the button down for a tee or the ballet flats for heels or boots. whenever i’m in doubt as to ‘what to wear’ or short on time my style uniform always comes to the rescue. tailored pieces elevate denim to a chic, casual look – it’s simple and modern, and most importantly it works. 

style tip: dark rinse denim is dressier than light rinse.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a fringed cardigan sweater, denim, and pink suede pumps

the easiest way to update your denim wardrobe is with a new silhouette. while skinny jeans (Ann Taylor and J.Crew are my go-to’s) have become a wardrobe staple, but straight legs and wide-legs are gaining strength. and they look terrific with a beautiful blouse. don’t forget boyfriend jeans that have a looser fit or high waist jeans that make your legs look longer even without heels. cropped jeans, stepped hem jeans, hem release jeans, frayed hem, a high-rise with a cropped kicky hem are but a few of the choices for spring. as you can see, there are choices, ladies, lots of choices.

style tip: boot cut and wide leg denim are flattering to most body types.

Talbots cardigan, silk scarf, leopard shoes

today, i’m sharing a few ways i wear denim. from the mighty blue jean to jean jackets, dresses, skirts, shirts, and shorts. i guess it’s safe to say i’m a blue jean mama at heart. how about you? 

style tip: it’s okay to venture out of your comfort zone from time-to-time! wider more relaxed fitting denim is on trend for spring 2019. and details like button fronts and paper bag waistlines.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a camel blazer, grey cashmere crewneck, white denim, and leopard shoes

so when and where did blue jeans pop into existence? you have jacob w. davis and levi strauss to thank for this invention. the two businessmen patented the rivet that reinforced pants at points of strain back in 1873 in the U.S.A.. since then denim sales have always been robust, but it was the 1950’s teenager that gave this humble pant some traction. blue jeans, nicknamed by the baby boomers in the 1960’s, have been picking up steam ever since.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a ruffled yellow blouse, white denim, jean jacket, suede driving mocs, and a red camera handbag

style tip: a perfect fitting traditional jean jacket will never go out of style. and they go with everything – dresses and skirts and chinos. the list goes on and on. nowadays, jean jackets come in a variety of styles and patterns. gingham is on trend this spring.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a red stadium coat, houndstooth cashmere scarf, white denim, striped cashmere crewneck, black ankle boots and quilted hobo handbag

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a green utility shirt, frayed denim, and suede block heel shoes


beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a puffer jacket, navy blue knit blazer, novelty sweater, pink gingham check shirt and blue jeans

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears Ralph Lauren distressed jeans, Talbots cashmere turtleneck, J.Crew brown loafers, and Ralph Lauren glen plaid coat

fall home design updates from beth at a Style at a Certain Age who is wearing a Ralph Lauren Polo Bear sweater, J.Crew skinny jeans, and J.Crew Ryan Loafers

warm cozy sweater. beth from Style at a Certain Age wears cuffed blue jeans from AG, a cable knit sweater from Everlane and suede booties from Ann Taylor

reading with style

gelatos in siena

silk button front

double denim

fridays with oscar and ollie

summer style Land's End

don’t forget to add at least one denim skirt to your wardrobe. you won’t be sorry as this little gem can be dressed up or down.

classic white denim skirt

j.crew striped tee, madewell denim dress, ann taylor white denim, tory burch espadrilles

how to wear a denim shirtdress

timeless classic | denim jacket

adventures in atlanta

happy sunday, ladies! the post is late today as mr. style and i are headed back home. panama city beaches are a-ma-zing! and we had a blast this weekend. stay tuned or a future blog post where i’ll reap the visit. the winner of the $250 Nordstrom gift card is Sophia Britner Montgomery.

  • Regina
    March 31, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Dear Beth,
    there has been a recent article in the german press that a women over 53 should not wear jeans any more. LOL!
    I like all of your styles (got some good inspiration for new combinations at the same time- thanks 😉
    Well I am 54.., and will definitely never give up my jeans :-)) but will leave out some of the more recent fancy destroyed looks..

  • Pauline
    March 31, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    The patent to make cotton work trousers with rivets was granted 146 years ago in 1873! Not 1973.
    The blue fabric, denim, comes from the French “de Nîmes” as the fabric comes originally from the city of Nimes. (Sorry, can’t get the correct accent to work on my keyboard)

  • Mary Wildey
    April 1, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Beth, I so enjoyed your blog and will be following it in the future….you have great style, and make it all look effortless!

    I love how you use color in your outfits, you have inspired me to wear more. Love your yellow shoes and you look great in red.

    I’m 65 and lucky enough to still wear skinny jeans. Love the skinnies but like straight leg with boots. You are right, jeans can be dressy also. I wear them with heels all the time to dinner in the evening.

    Looking forward to further posts, thanks so much for all the ideas. I actually wish we could go to lunch….

  • Claudia Di Rienzo
    April 1, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Hi Beth:
    I follow you from Spain! I hav just turned 50, and my body has, os is still, changing and I really needed some styles tricks to follow, because I reject to feel old 🙂
    I want to ask you please to publish a video or ideas about how to use silk scarfs. Sometimes I see you use them with your blazers, and I thik they look wuper good. And there are different knots and styles.
    Thanks and congratulation for your blog.

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