revisiting jeans after months of athleisure wear

we’ve headed towards a cool spell in Athens.  this gives me the opportunity to wear, wait for it:  jeans.  seems weird to say that, but when was the last time you threw on a pair of jeans over the past few months?  with so many, if not all of us at home full time, there’s not the same incentive to throw on a pair of, say, skinny jeans.  i get it.  i was going through some of our more recent posts over here on the blog, and we’ve featured wide leg pants, shorts, and even a little black dress.   but not a lot of denim.  many of you have reached out to me over the past few weeks and have acknowledged that you’re ready for the transitioning from athleisure wear to jeans.  well, so am i. 

transitioning from athleisure wear to jeans

we’re all about timeless, classic style on the blog.  and we feature denim heavily.  in fact, jeans made my top 10 classic essentials that transition to spring.  today, i’ve got on a pair of high waist, ankle cut skinny jeans (low, medium, high).  and you know what?  i’m loving them.  they’re doing a couple of things for me today. first, they’re keeping me honest.  under quarantine, maintaining our normal routines has become difficult, if not impossible.  i’ve made it a point to stay healthy by walking, but as many of you know, i underwent knee surgery recently, making even that challenging.  jeans are less forgiving than athleisure wear, for sure.  so it’s nice to get that gut check every once in while (pun intended).  

also, putting on a pair of jeans gives an indication on how my knee is doing.  my recovery has been going well, but there is still some swelling in my knee.  jeans show me clearly how much farther i have to go.  and that’s not a bad thing:  it serves as motivation to keep pushing during my PT sessions. and let me tell you PT is the most important step in the recovery process.

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original Breton tee

i love, love, love classic Breton striped tees:  so iconic, and such a staple.  if you don’t own one, i highly recommend it.  did you know that the striped tee started life in the French Navy in 1858? the original sailor tee sported 21 stripes, one for each of Napolean’s victories. the distinctive pattern of stripes made it easier to spot a sailor in the sea if by chance he fell overboard. at the turn of the twentieth century, on a visit to the French Riviera Coco Chanel spied the tee on a navy seaman and introduced the Breton tee with her 1917 nautical collection. this look was a breakaway from the heavily corseted fashion popular at the time. Coco originally paired the tee with flared trousers and a trend began. women in trousers? striped tees? separates? it seems so matter-of-fact these days, but waaaay back then, it took one brave woman to change fashion forever.

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cap-toe slingbacks

and finally, i’m featuring a pair of cap-toe slingbacks.  they’re a classic shoe.  Chanel introduced them almost 100 years ago, and when in doubt on what pair of shoes to wear on any given day, i reach for a pair.  they act as a neutral and will complement virtually any outfit you put together.  love. 

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22 Comments

  1. Pam wrote:

    I don’t imagine the jeans felt too good on your knee. I know when I had my hip replaced last year I had to wear loose pants for several months to be comfortable. After you are completely recovered you will be so glad you have your new knee. I know my new hip was life changing for me. After limping for 8 years I can finally walk pain free again.

    Posted 5.6.20
  2. Susan wrote:

    Beth the old saying you can’t please everyone is true! I love the outfit minus the jeans, I would wear with black jeans and get a much more pulled together look. I think a women of a certain age should limit jeans or just wear colored jeans. Blue jeans just look sloppy to
    me. Love your blog and look forward to reading everyday. Thank you!

    Posted 5.6.20
  3. LYNN TADDEI wrote:

    Really enjoyed the history of Chanel and the Breton tee. Thank you for sharing that.

    Posted 5.6.20
  4. Lynn O'Brien wrote:

    Hi Beth! Great post! I am wearing jeans today for just that reason! I got a new pair of Wit N Wisdom AbSolution jeans from Nordstrom yesterday and I really like them. I believe this is my 3rd pair of their jeans and I think that’s all I’m going to buy unless or until I lose some weight around my tummy.
    It’s cool and rainy here in Maryland so it’s a good day to stay in and get some work done. Take care!

    Posted 5.6.20
  5. Gay wrote:

    You look stunning and Coco would be proud. She took her life & fate by the reins!
    You shoes are so cute….I struggle with footwear having bunions and flat feet it’s difficult to find attractive supportive shoes!,
    It’s good to see and hear that you’re healing well….goes to show you that good health ( taking care of oneself, eating right and exercise ) really does work!
    FYI I live on the Monterey Peninsula so you know that SIP here is not too bad with beautiful places to walk- we have even enjoyed walking on the golf courses- that ended Monday with the opening of them…nice to see people go back to work. I’m rambling- I’m also a widow and miss morning conversation as I’m a morning person.
    Enjoy your day!💕💐

    Posted 5.6.20
  6. Ginny wrote:

    Let me start by saying that you look so put together and you can confidently pull off your ootd! I would definitely try the T-shirt and jacket, plus your handbag is adorable. When it comes to the jeans, I am inclined to wear a high waisted, slim not tight fit. So this is my style at a certain age.
    Fun blog Beth!

    Posted 5.6.20
  7. Deanna wrote:

    Love the outfit! The combination of stripes, texture and the polka dots on your purse are classic with a twist. Glad your knee is coming along with the aid of PT. You’ve inspired me to get in the closet and choose some jeans today!

    Posted 5.6.20
  8. Pam wrote:

    Beth, I love your post!. I put on jeans yesterday on my way to get a Covid test in preparation for foot surgery on Friday. Felt so good and I will miss them while in the boot. Also, so enjoyed the history outlined in your post. Wishing you continued success with your recovery.

    Posted 5.6.20
  9. Eve wrote:

    I’ve worn jeans all my life and I’m 77. Ive had classics like tee shirts, straight leg, rest at waist jeans, loafers, tennis shoes, button down shirts, trench coats, cardigans in my wardrobe for years. I live a casual lifestyle so I can go anywhere I need to go in these. Trends like cold shoulder tops or ripped jeans are not my thing but this new thing with leopard or gingham are just classics revisited.
    Okay, I’m done. You always look great in whatever you wear, Beth. Prayers for fast healing of your leg.

    Posted 5.6.20
  10. Marylynne wrote:

    I am very interested in the history of fashion. Thank you for sharing the Chanel story. I always wear jeans on our RV trips since I don’t have a scale to tell me I’ve gained weight. My knee is still swollen and my incision tender after my revision surgeries almost 6 months ago. So I wear a pair of knit jeans i got from ColdwaterCreek. They are snug in the waist to keep me honest but forgiving on the knee. You are doing great on your recovery!

    Posted 5.6.20
  11. Marylynne wrote:

    I am very interested in the history of fashion. Thank you for sharing the Chanel story. I always wear jeans on our RV trips since I don’t have a scale to tell me I’ve gained weight. My knee is still swollen and my incision tender after my revision surgeries almost 6 months ago. So I wear a pair of knit jeans i got from ColdwaterCreek. They are snug in the waist to keep me honest but forgiving on the knee. You are doing great on your recovery! Keep up the good work.

    Posted 5.6.20
  12. Lora wrote:

    I read the comments to this post and thought I’d like to comment as well. I thought you did a lovely job on the post. I too am a woman of a certain age… I am 68 years old and I love wearing jeans. I have a pair shaped body and my favorite brand is G.I.L.I. They have a wide leg pair of high-rise Jeans that zip up the back I truly love wearing, because they make me feel so elegant. I personally don’t care for distressed jeans as they look sloppy and in need of trashing to me. I also don’t wear pants that end above the ankle, simply because I have cankles. Finally I dislike skinny jeans on any female with an oversize butt because I think it makes their butt look even bigger than it is, and not in a good way, unless they wear something that covers it such as a blazer, which most women fail to do..I don’t know why influencers never mention this. Ladies, check out your bum from behind before you leave the house and make sure you really look as good in your pants as you think you do. All of this is just my personal preference and I realize that a lot of big women love skinny jeans.

    Posted 5.6.20
  13. Lisa wrote:

    Lovely!

    Posted 5.6.20
  14. Suzi wrote:

    I love the tee, but not a fan of the shoes and jeans. So glad we all have our styles and find what we are comfortable in. I have read so many great historical fiction books about Chanel and she was such an icon and I enjoyed your tribute to her. I am glad you are doing well with knee replacement. I am 10 years out with hip replacement that did not go well. As one other doctor would state, “your nerve has been compromised between here and here.” Exactly where the incision is during surgery took place. Spend 2 weeks in rehab facility because I couldn’t use my foot but now as I’ve aged, and that is what neurologist told me would happen, the nerve is dying more and more and I have become more and more crippled through the years. I can no longer do yard work, rough terrain too difficult to walk in and I tire easily as first the knee tires as it turns in to accommodate the foot then the low back hurts. It is what it is, but sure changed how I envisioned retirement, working in yard, lots of entertaining which is my first passion, and enjoying grands, of whom I can’t pick up and walk with as I so unstable!
    With all of that said, I am glad your surgery went well and you are still in heels and strolling about, without a cane! It is what it is!!

    Posted 5.6.20
  15. Klandi wrote:

    You are so right about getting into ‘real pants’ occasionally to get a reality check. I love all the pretty athleisure wear out there, but it’s so easy to put on the pounds because you think, hey-still fits. I had a rude shock when I went to the doc and I was weighed! Plus, it’s nice to feel a little more pulled together at times. Love the outfit. Although not a fan of torn jeans for me, I like them in others and you pulled it off.

    Posted 5.6.20
  16. Anita Fraser wrote:

    No No NO Beth stress jeans for over 25 not on. Love your style and you look fabulous. Definitely draw the line at teenage fads.

    Posted 5.6.20
  17. Lovely to hear that your healing in progressing.
    I tripped, fell and broke my kneecap last year January (thank God no surgery, just nine weeks in a cast with crutches, followed by several months of home PT, Recumbent bike, knee brace and Hurrycane). The first time I put on my skinny jeans, it felt strange but wonderful because it hugged my knee, which felt nice, snug and steady, like a soft brace.

    Posted 5.6.20
  18. Sangita M wrote:

    Glad to hear your recovery is coming along well. You look fabulous! Always love the history that goes with the fashion.
    Take care and be well

    Posted 5.6.20
  19. M wrote:

    You always look so elegant…ripped jeans 🙁

    Posted 5.6.20
  20. Joyce Kennard wrote:

    love the shade of lipstick you have on. Do you mind sharing brand and color. Looks like it would go with about anything you would wear. I am 77 years old, but still look forward to your outfits and especially the hair style. Hope your knee is healing perfectly. I had a total hip done in 2017, healed perfect and pain fee now. Hope you are staying safe.

    Posted 5.7.20
  21. Brenda Sprague wrote:

    Hi Beth! Love the outfit. You always look so put together.

    Regarding the cap-toe slingbacks. I have a wide toe bed along with a bunion. I read the shoe reviews and would love to hear your feedback on how they fit you.
    Keep up with PT you look fantastic.

    Posted 5.7.20
  22. Cyndi wrote:

    I love jeans, and I’m glad to see you’ve featured them distressed. Sounds like I’m in the minority here, but I really enjoy a little distressing, although some go to extremes. I purchased a pair of leggings with distressed knees and they are annoying to wear (I just wear them around the house occasionally), but i inherited a distressed pair from my 30 something daughter, and I love them. Mine are a little more distressed, so I think they need to be paired with more casual tops, but I don’t know – Beth…your thoughts?

    Posted 5.7.20

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