If I only had one pair of jeans, I would want them to have a dark wash, a simple, classic design with a wide, smooth waistband. No whiskering, fading, buttons, rhinestones, patches, or belt loops to create lumps under my tops.
While you are building your basics wardrobe, that’s what you need to keep in mind. Nothing fancy, just a great fitting neutral color classic piece that will work well with other basics but can serve as the supporting element with your statement pieces. I know many women who have tons of clothes but say they have nothing to wear because all their items are statement pieces or prints, and none of them work with each other. It’s fine to have lots of statement pieces in your collection, but you need good basics to wear with them.
If you get a classic straight or slightly flared leg style, the jeans will go with either flats or heels, and you can wear them dressed up or down. I had my tailor hem these to stop at the slimmest part of my ankle so that I could wear them with flats or heels. I like the cut of these pantlegs because I can wear them during the day with my comfortable loafers or in warmer weather with flat sandals. The alterations did not change the line because they are straight rather than boot cut.
The IC Collection (blue) and Clara Sunwoo (red) tops I am wearing above are from ShopMyFairLady.com. The shoes and the black jacket are from Dillard’s. The gray bag is from Express.
I get questions daily about flat shoe suggestions, so I am showing you several of my favorite styles here today. I always look for sleek, supportive flats that flatter the foot. If they have an almond-shaped toe or a pointed toe, they will visually lengthen my short legs. Even if what I am showing you is no longer available, I hope you can use the examples to find something similar that works for you.