Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Denim Shirt: Shaking Off Winter

This weekend, I went rooting through my wardrobe, looking for something that wasn’t heavy or dark. It's the end of February and I'm tired of wearing black turtlenecks and chunky sweaters. I'm ready to go lighter—lighter colors and lighter fabrics. I spotted one of my two denim shirts and thought: Perfect! The denim shirt’s long-sleeves and soft blue color (not black!) is a fun look for women over 50 and a great way to shake off the winter blues. Here’s how I’m styling my denim shirt…

Don't get me wrong: I love all my black, burgundy, and navy sweaters. These days, however, I crave lighter colors, like winter white. A denim shirt and a winter winter cardigan (above) or beige V-neck (below) are warm enough for chilly temps, but give a brighter look to an outfit.

This spring, you'll probably see lots of menswear-inspired fashions--shirts, blazers, trousers and shorts. I'm getting ready for the trend with my denim shirt and a boyfriend sweater--a very comfy, cozy look.

Another way to style a denim shirt and still stay warm is to pair it with a long skirt. I appreciate the feminine look of a long skirt. When wearing a collared shirt, I often pair it with one or more feminine elements--such as a tailored jacket, a long skirt, heels or jewelry--to avoid looking too masculine.

I’m ready to clean and bag my long, down coat.It's felt like a second skin this winter. Ugh! Though my moto jacket is black, it's a refreshing change from a long coat. And I love the way it looks with a denim shirt and skirt.

Last fall, I went shopping for a new denim shirt. I was wearing my other denim shirt a lot and wanted a backup. Every designer and clothing brand seems to offer at least one denim shirt design. I was willing to buy a moderately-priced shirt (under $75), but wanted to see if I could find a good quality, modestly-priced (under $40) shirt. Unfortunately, with one exception, I found the modestly-priced denim shirts weren't very good quality. The exception: the Uniqlo denim shirt I'm wearing in this post. It's well constructed and not too boxy-looking. And the price ($29.90) was fabulous. And no, I'm not a spokesperson for Uniqlo; I'm just a satisfied customer.

Need a denim shirt in a Petite or Plus sizes? I like this moderately priced Jones New York Denim Button Down Shirt ($69) (below). 

Jones New York Denim Button Down Shirt (Blue, Size M)

How do you style your denim shirts?