You know what they say about wearing white jeans after Labor Day. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules. Even as a stylist. I don’t pay much attention to the runway trends, or let a magazine tell me what to wear. I believe that stellar personal style comes from you. So, if you wanna wear white jeans after Labor Day, this post is just for you. I’ve created 9 different looks to show you how to wear white jeans 9 different ways.
It was a random Friday night. I was in my bedroom and got this jolt of creativity. The blog post immediately came into my mind, titled: 9 Ways To Wear White Jeans After Labor Day. I went into my closet, and started creating outfits. One of my favorite things to do with my clients is put outfits together mixing and matching clothes and accessories that I already have. My closet is my canvas. My paintbrush is how I blend the outfits together. And the painting is the final look. My model friend came along and took the pictures, and my hair stylist friend, Asia Jordan (Follow her on Instagram at @asiamonet_89) did my hair in beach waves aka messy curls to go with each look. I took the photos in front of wall art and murals downtown that I thought would go perfectly with each outfit. I got this entire vision in my mind and could not wait to put it all together in this blog post!
9 Ways To Wear White Jeans After Labor Day.
Look #1: The Boss Lady.
This is my taking care of business look. My friend Kinah and I were driving downtown and I spotted these pink steps and was like that’s where we gotta shoot this look! When I got to the top of the staircase I was like, okay NYC Model, how should I pose? I said, should I channel Beyonce (you know the stance with her hands on her hips wearing that yellow dress in her Run The World (Girls) video?!)? Here’s what happened next. White jeans, black pumps, paired with a Shimmera black tank top one of my favorite black blazers rocking my Cleopatra archetype through my makeup with the thick charcoal eye liner. Queens will be queens.
Look #2: Coffee Shop Casual.
For this look, I changed my shoes and put on my favorite mesh peep toe block heel sandal with an elastic slingback and paired it with one of my favorite vintage lookingt-shirts that reads: People Need Other People from the non-profit organization, To Write Love On Her Arms. I seriously love it because it’s black and white. It has a bicycle on it, and that’s not because I’m a hipster (totally cool if you’re reading this and you are) but I love biking. It’s one of my favorite things to do via SoulCycle or riding alongside Venice Beach in Los Angeles or the Delaware River in Philadelphia near the art museum. I took a few shots in this outfit and like it best when my t-shirt was kinda tucked in to make it more casual. Leaving it untucked just looked like I didn’t really care. I like to play with little style tricks like that. It really does make a huge difference. I wore Fenty Beauty’s Candy Venom plush matte lipstick to give my black and white look a pop of color. This photo was taken near one of my favorite local coffee shops.
Look #3: The Marilyn Monroe.
I love this look. Because a big part of my personal sense of style is Old Hollywood glam. I remember when I saw the Nicolas Sparks movie, The Notebook, for the first time and fell in love with Ali’s grown up looks. My favorite one was when she was wearing the white dress and red lipstick at the dance hall. Brittany from the retro-fashion blog, Va-Voom Vintage doesn’t feature the white dress in this post, but covers Allie’s outfits nicely and shows you how to DIY here. For my Marilyn Monroe-inspired look, I went paired my white skinny jeans with my favorite rose gold pumps (I love black, white, red and rose gold or any shade of pink really) and Old Hollywood glam red lipstick. Funny story about this look is this black and white polka dot top is actually a romper from Forever 21 that was given to me as a gift for being in my friends wedding. See pic to the left. And since I got my curves from my grandmother, I filled out it to the point where the shorts looked like boy shorts lmao. I like to keep it classy, so outside from the wedding I would probably wear this to the beach, but decided to put the romper under my white skinny jeans to get my Marilyn inspired look. It worked beautifully!
Look #4: The I Look Like I’m Not Trying, But I’m Secretly Trying.
The title of this look to the right cracked me up when I first thought of it. I wanted to put together a look that was super casual, and looked like you’re not trying but you secretly are. One time when I was shopping at the Santa Monica Promenade Shops in Los Angeles, this cashier complimented me on one of my favorite casual outfits. I was wearing boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt with my hair in a messy bun. I said thank you, and made the comment like oh, I’m just super casual today. And he commented back like, yeah but even those looks where it doesn’t look like you’re trying take work. And I was like, so true! For this look, I took an Old Navy denim dress and put it over my white skinny jeans and paired it with my brown leather block heel sandals and my favorite floral red scarf for more of a country look. I kept my Fenty Beauty Candy Venom lipstick on which is a bright pink shade that looked so pretty with the scarf! I love this look because it’s perfect for the days when you have your period and don’t wanna wear anything tight but also still want to look cute.
Look #5: The Happy Hour.
For this look, I wanted to put an outfit together that would transition from all day at the office to an after-work happy hour. I choose a blouse and heels that could easily be office-friendly attire with or without the right white blazer. One of my favorite style little tricks to transition from day to night is to put lipstick on for the evening look, and pin your hair to the side, or put it up in a messy bun from wearing it down or vis versa. These little style tricks can make a huge difference in your look. And wallah, you take off the blazer and now you have your happy hour look that feels flirty, floral and sexy with the strapy heels and red lipstick instead of looking like you’re still at the office (and feeling like that, too – don’t you hate when that happens?).
Look #6: The Sporty Chic.
Okay, anyone who really knows me knows that sporty chic style is my jam. I played sports when I was young all throughout high school and my first two years of college. So rocking a sporty chic look comes really easy to me and it’s often my go-to outfit when I’m running errands or have to get ready in a flash. Depending on the weather and my mood of course. I have a ton of go-to looks, but this is one of my favorites! In this look, I paired my black leather lace printed hat that I bought from Guess, with my Brooklyn 3/4 sleeve t-shirt that’s looking vintage now because I bought it at Champs when I was living in Brooklyn and don’t want to part with it because it reminds me of when I lived in NYC, with my white jeans, hoops, and my black and white Nike’s. Super simple. Super chic and sexy at the same time. The black lace and tight white cropped jeans with the cropped denim jacket make it sexy and chic and the sneakers and hat make it simple. It’s definitely a personal fave.
Look #7: The Single Mom.
This is one of my faves. Now to be clear I’m not a single mom, but I am an aunt. And so my niece was my inspiration when I put this look together. For this look, I wanted something practical but still sexy and fun. I thought about all the times I took my niece to places like The Crayola Factory and the playground and was running around after her (she’s almost 3 years old and loves to take off running fearlessly in any direction that she pleases). I wanted an outfit that you could chase a two-year old in in. My white cropped jeans (Joe’s Jeans) are much more flexible, and the Shimmera tank wears like wearing a body suit. Pair them with pink suede Toms sneakers and a denim jacket, and you got a casual, yet sexy single mom look. Because, hello, when you’re a single mom, you need to be prepared to meet a divorced dad on the playground, and you wanna make sure you look sexy, single, and ready to mingle and be able to run after your two-year-old. You never know where you can meet the guy of your dreams!
Look #8: The Block Party.
This is my favorite look. Okay, I know I already said that, but I really love this one! I love them all, and I’m so proud of each and every one, but you know you got those ones were you just feel like BOOM. Here I am. Well, this is one of those looks. For The Block Party look, I went with my signature colors (black and white) and kept it super simple. No jacket. No jewelry. Just a cropped long-sleeved black tight tee with my cropped white skinny jeans and my favorite black block heels. Add a pop of pink lipstick and you’re golden. I love this look because it’s super chic and makes a statement but yet it’s casual enough to hit a block party and still feel sexy. This look is super versatile and you could totally pull this off for a girls night out over cocktails or you can put a denim jacket over it and go mini-golfing on a first date. It’s sexy and tantalizing yet conservative enough to wear it to a first date with your soon to be keeper boyfriend, because it’s tight enough to show your curves, and some skin with the cropped middle, but it doesn’t say take me home tonight (nothing against one night stands, btw, if that’s your jam go for it) but at the same time it says stay tuned there’s more to come. At least that’s how it goes down in my head anyway.
And last but not least! Drumroll, please.
Look #9: The Sunday Funday.
For this look, I wanted something all white. Because, I love breaking rules, even after Labor Day, but I also wanted something like California Love, fun in the sun kinda look. This look is something you can rock on a Sunday when it’s your day off and you really don’t wanna try that hard so you grab your favorite Toms shoes (here’s a similar floral printed pair of flats to what I’m wearing in the picture) and you tie up your basic white t-shirt and put on your white denim skinny jeans and call it day. But not before you add that pop of bright pink lipstick! This is what I love about wearing all white; you can throw on a denim jacket of any color and you can also wear shoes of any color, too. For example, maybe you have a pink or green or red cute jacket you wanna throw on top of this. And then you also have your multi-colored Aztec printed booties or flats with purple, orange, yellow, blue, red and all kinds of colors mixed in. Wearing all white as your main canvas pulls the shoes and the jacket together really nicely. Then, maybe you put on a bright red or pink nail color and pink or red lipstick to match and you can rock your hair in a messy bun or wear it down. Either way it’s super cute because you’re wearing all white but have pops of color in random (but strategic) places throughout your look. You can do this with a tight white tank or long sleeved tee, or even an all white tank top with a simple logo or something else stamped on the front with some color. You can dress it up or down even more with bold colored earrings and stack different colors of bracelets to make it super fun and flirty. Play with it. After all, it is Sunday Funday.
Fashion 101: Put Outfits Together That Say What You Want To Say.
Recently, I was reading an article from Harper’s Bazaar titled, “The 50 Greatest Fashion Quotes of All Time
From Coco Chanel to Marc Jacobs and Bill Cunningham, words to live by from fashion’s greatest forces.” In the article, the great, late iconic Italian fashion designer, Gianna Versace said, “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” And I couldn’t agree more. Fashion is beautiful. It makes a statement. It’s trendy. It’s powerful. It’s all the things. But without personal style to back it up, it doesn’t have meaning. In my opinion. I think a misperception a lot of people have is that you have to speak fashion and be all up on the trends and what Vogue is talking about to have great style. And that’s simply not true. Style comes from inside of you. It comes from the stories you’ve lived and the chapters you’re writing. It comes from life experiences, where you lived, what movies you love, and it is something that everyone has, and that everyone can cultivate with a little tender love and care. I love what Versace wrote here because it’s so true. When you’re focused on the trends, you loose sight of you. Fall in love with fashion, but not at the cost of your soul. Instead, fall in love with what fashion can do for you, how it can communicate your personal sense of style — and honey, style is timeless. It’s not a fall or spring trend. What can I say, what works for Gianni Versace, works for me.
Make Your Own Fashion Rules.
There you have it. Make your own fashion rules. Don’t let fashion rule you. This week, I challenge you to do what I did in this post and try to create 3 different outfits using the same pants, jeans, or shorts and pair them with different shoes, accessories, makeup and hairstyles. Try it! I guarantee you can put at least 3 outfits together using these tips and tricks I shared in this post. 9 is ambitious, so we’ll start with 3 and work our way up. Set a goal to put together new outfits with one of your favorite wardrobe items and allow yourself to have some fun with it! Put on some Beyonce or Ed Sheeran, whatever music that gets you feeling good and play with your wardrobe. Let me know in the comments below what you come up with, and tag me on Instagram (@sexualitystylist) and share your looks using the hashtag #sexualitystylist. I can’t wait to see what you create!
And last but not least, huge huge huge shout out to Asia Jordan and Kinah Anderson for helping me look beautiful for this photo shoot. You both came through at the last minute and made it happen! Asia is a New York trained, and Allentown-based hair stylist that is super talented and can make you runway ready with a flat iron and hair spray. And Kinah was a New York City-based model who is the queen of taking beautiful photos that truly capture who you are and what you’re trying to say. This blog post would not have come to fruition without you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Follow them on Instagram to see their talents for yourself. Asia Jordan (@asiamonet_89) and Kinah Anderson (@queen_kinah).