Jeans with a dress and jacket

How many ways can you wear jeans? For this post, I’ve undertaken to literally “dress up” my jeans. That is, I decided to wear them under a dress.

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Cold shoulder dress  – SIMILAR/ Zara jeans – SIMILAR / Theory jacket – SIMILAR / Cashmere scarf – SIMILAR / Vince booties – SIMILAR

The Setting

You may be wondering about this shoot’s tropical-looking backdrop. I’m at the grounds of the Shadowbrook Restaurant (Capitola, California): a romantic cliff-side restaurant overlooking a river which flows into the sea. A cable car transports you to the dining rooms, which is extra convenient during these recent California rains.

Mark and I love to head there in our jeans and t-shirts for pizza at the Rock Room bar; the dress code isn’t an issue, and the fireplace is so cozy!

Shadow brook Garden with cable car

The Inspiration

Of course, wearing a dress over pants is not brand-spanking new. I coveted the combination during New York Fashion Week last fall.

Dress over jeans, NYFW

I also saw it (under a coat!) during this recent NYFW. This example includes an overall dress – extra style points! Fortunately, I was able to find a dress and pants in my wardrobe that enabled me to (I think) pull it off.

Dress over pants, NYFW

Why a dress over jeans?

I just love the practicality and aesthetic of a dress over jeans or pants – when it works. First of all, it’s a great way to layer for this season. Secondly, it reminds me of beautiful combinations I’ve seen on Indian and Pakistani women. The way I paired my dress with jeans also makes for a nice hemline – similar to a tunic, but more interesting with the cold-shoulder feature.

I actually attempted the look a few months back with different pieces and unfortunately, ended up having to scrap the photo shoot. I’ve since concluded that sticking with tailored pieces or a straight-cut dress over skinny pants are the safest ways to pull off the  dress-over-jeans look.

Jeans with a frayed hem

I also like a dress over jeans with a ragged hem. Yes, that frayed hem trend persists. Here are examples I saw during this recent NYFW.

Frayed hems

Have you worn a dress over jeans or pants, and if so, how do you pull it off?

XO, Janea


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4 Comments on #OOTD – “Dressing Up” Jeans (AKA a Dress Over Jeans)

  1. David
    February 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm (2 months ago)


    • Janea
      February 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm (2 months ago)

      Thanks, David!

  2. Julia
    February 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm (2 months ago)

    I love your blazer! Where is it from? Xxxxx

    • Janea
      February 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm (2 months ago)

      Thank you, Julia. It’s by Theory and unfortunately, sold out. I also love the cropped style and tweed look. xx


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