Latest Denim Obsession: A Looser Fit, Major Cuffs

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The first time I went to Paris, Mike and I were in our 20’s. We saved up all of our vacation days and booked an apartment for…wait for it….three glorious weeks. For three weeks we visited the market, cooked in our tiny little kitchen, and ate our way through as many restaurants as we could. We lounged on bridges, read books in parks, wandered through museums and cried our way through Notre Dame (OK, that last one was just me).

I had packed kitten-heel booties (because that’s a good idea on cobblestones), and this rookie-packing mistake cost me the boots: the heel broke clean off, merely a few days in. I ended up limping to a cafe and people-watching intently, only to determine that all of the chic French women were wearing Converse. Seems like they knew something I didn’t about those cobblestone streets. So I got out our Plan de Paris, asked for directions in my terrible French, and navigated us to a small boutique where Converse was sold. I chose taupe Converse because they felt v. French, and paid double what I probably would’ve in the States — while Mike rolled his eyes.

Totally worth it.

Despite my footwear faux-pas, I had actually done a decent job of packing for Paris. And one of the coolest pieces in my suitcase was a pair of jeans with a giant, intentionally large cuff. I knew they were cool because whenever I wore them (with a belted trench and scarf, no less) I would get French-girl side-eye. And if you’ve ever been to France, perhaps you’ve noticed that French-girl side-eye is, basically, the highest possible praise. It means that they are checking out your outfit because you’ve done something good. Wearing something boring? Puf. Ignored. But side-eye? YASSSS.

So when I came across this pair of Mother Denim jeans at Nordstrom, with the giant cuff, tomboyish cut, and updated high-waist, my past and present selves literally swooned. Paired with a little bodysuit by Reformation (I can’t get enough of this sustainable fashion brand), I have the start of a seriously versatile, fresh outfit…that feels like an old friend.

Two Fall Outfits Layering Bodysuits and Loose, Cuffed Jeans

1. With a Cozy, Oversized Sweater

If you are the always-cold kind of person (Hi – have you met me?), then give a bodysuit a try. There’s something about the permanent tuck that helps to hold the heat in — I swear by them all winter long. And…they’re dead-easy to layer under basically anything. For example: The bodysuit keeps the giant, oversized, turtleneck sweater from being too sloppy or rumpled with the slouchy jeans.

We're totally obsessed with this chic look created by a bodysuit & loose tomboyish jeans with a large cuff. Perfect for layering & dressing up or down.We're totally obsessed with this chic look created by a bodysuit & loose tomboyish jeans with a large cuff. Perfect for layering & dressing up or down.We're totally obsessed with this chic look created by a bodysuit & loose tomboyish jeans with a large cuff. Perfect for layering & dressing up or down.We're totally obsessed with this chic look created by a bodysuit & loose tomboyish jeans with a large cuff. Perfect for layering & dressing up or down.

We're totally obsessed with this chic look created by a bodysuit & loose tomboyish jeans with a large cuff. Perfect for layering & dressing up or down.

Outfit Details


sweater: Free People Softly Structured Knit Tunic (wearing an xs for reference) – this piece is slightly shorter (and easier to half-tuck) than the similar Free People Ottoman Tunic, FYI.  It also comes in a bunch of really pretty colors. (Of course I like the gray. Or black. Haha.)

bodysuit: Reformation Palo Bodysuit (size xs for reference)

jeans: Mother The Duster Cuff Jeans (size 24 for reference)

shoes: My Louise et Cie booties from the Anniversary Sale are sold out, but this IS the year of the leopard print boot, so there are a ton of other options. I like the Sam Edelman’s (kitten heel, in honor of my trip to Paris) or Halogen’s leopard booties.

2. With a Blazer And Some Fancy Pieces

It’s always amazing to me how quickly a blazer polishes an outfit right up. To keep the vibe playful, I added a few fancy pieces: statement shoes, earrings, and a pretty bag.

We're totally obsessed with this chic look created by a bodysuit & loose tomboyish jeans with a large cuff. Perfect for layering & dressing up or down.We're totally obsessed with this chic look created by a bodysuit & loose tomboyish jeans with a large cuff. Perfect for layering & dressing up or down.We're totally obsessed with this chic look created by a bodysuit & loose tomboyish jeans with a large cuff. Perfect for layering & dressing up or down.We're totally obsessed with this chic look created by a bodysuit & loose tomboyish jeans with a large cuff. Perfect for layering & dressing up or down.

Outfit Details

blazer: J.Crew Oversize Glen Plaid Blazer (size 0 for reference) – gosh, these plaid blazers always sell out so fast. See below for more options.

 

bodysuit: Reformation Palo Bodysuit (size xs for reference)

jeans: Mother The Duster Cuff Jeans (size 24 for reference)

shoes: these are an old pair of Steve Maddens, but in hindsight, I should’ve stuck with my trusty leopard print booties. They would’ve looked better. (Try Sam Edelman’s or  Halogen’s leopard booties.)

earrings: My earrings are from a local designer, but here are a few pretties that caught my eye….

bag: an old vintage one

 

Shop Loose (or Cuffed) Jeans and Bodysuits

I keep asking myself if it’s really the CUFFS that matter. What is it about these jeans that I’m actually drawn to? I think the cuffs matter for my own personal style (and nostalgia), but I think the outfit formula works primarily because of the denim’s looser fit, high-rise, and longer leg. I think it’s the overall shape of the jean that makes it feel fresh (and works so well with a bodysuit).

Luckily, Nordstrom is reading my mind right now, and is all over this new trend. Here are a few denim options with a similar shape (and a few with big cuffs if that’s the part you like), as well as bodysuits I think are worth considering.

 

Thoughts on this new denim shape?  I’m…..I’m actually pretty excited about it. You?

xo,
S

A huge thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! Your denim department in particular, just seems to get better and better. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are my own. And readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated!!

photo credit: Redfield Photography – Marisa, you babe, I have so much fun working with you.

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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20 Comments

  1. Shana, does that bodysuit have snaps? I have one from Reformation that I love, but it’s pull on only. In summer that’s okay — in winter, I don’t want to pull off all my clothes to go to the loo.

    • Ok, soooooo….the no-snap bodysuit thing: The way you work it is to simply, umm, pull it to the SIDE. Don’t take off the bodysuit, just, uh, pull clear of the stream? And go? (I’m dying – anyone else dying???) But seriously – give it a try with the one you have. It works shockingly well. 🙂

  2. I’m looking for a high waisted, wider leg pair of jeans however at a lower price point. Any recommendations? I’m an avid reader and appreciate your thoughts!

  3. I like the denim shape, but am not into body suits. In my experience they either give you VPL (visible panty line) or a wedgie, neither of which I am into.

  4. I love the new denim shape! For me it’s the longer, wider leg and the higher rise. I am so tired of skinny jeans. So. Tired. Do I still wear them? Yes. But I find myself reaching for my flares more and more- and trying on different styles when I shop.

    Would love to see more posts on jeans with that silhouette and how to style them. I am always unsure of the shoe component and how to balance out the top with wider bottoms. The cuff is not my thing- but you rock it!

  5. I am 5’7” but have a long torso and can’t seem to find any bodysuits that are long enough in the body, any suggestions?

  6. I never understood why body suits have snaps. It’s soooo much easier to just do the I’m-wearing-a-wet-swimsuit thing and pull it to the side. Maybe some people think that’s gross- I don’t know. But I’m also the gal who has no qualms with peeing outside. Go figure.
    I have also never understood baby clothes with a shit ton of snaps either. After four boys, those snaps are a quick trip to crazy town for me.

  7. You’re killing this style as we knew you would…love the plaid jacket with the Steve Madden velvety boots! Not a huge fan of the new jean style although the Madewell version is very cool. My tried and true Levis 501s fit similarly minus the giant cuff. Lookin’ good S!!

  8. yes! Shana…can you also show/tell us what other shoes you can wear with the Paige crop high waist “boyfriend jeans” you have I got them and now ????

  9. Love this style! Two questions: can we get a few more affordable pairs in a similar look? I’m always hesistant to spend a decent chunk of change of a style I’m not sure will stick around, especially because our very old house has only ONE CLOSET (not that I’m grumpy or anything 😉 ). And also, how does this style play on more muscular builds? I’m your height and approximately the same numerical size but more of Julieta’s or Laura’s build, and would love to see their takes on the silhouette.

  10. Love how elongating the new denim style is! I’ma echo the request for styling help re: footwear. Mama needs to chase those babes!

  11. I *really* like these jeans. But I can’t believe after that intro you didn’t style them with Converse, or at least sneakers! I hankered after a tall-cuff pair that Madewell had this summer but never pulled the trigger. I’d like to see more of these for sure.

  12. I love a good flare. I tried those Madewells (in store) this summer out of curiosity. It was truly a laughable moment. The silliest things ever. I walked out of the dressing room and showed my boys and the three of them collapsed in hysterics. My older son said “You know, you don’t need to carry a purse if you get those jeans. You could put your wallet, keys AND your water bottle in those things.” Honestly, it was the best moment ever.

    I did not get those jeans btw.

  13. Elizabeth Rafter on

    I love the jeans and sweater combo! So so good. I cuff all my jeans, all the time. I’m not sure why I do, but these jeans are right up my alley! Also, your hair color is fabulous and I love the lipstick with the second option! What brand/color is it?

  14. Those JEANS. When I first saw them, I didn’t get it completely but they’ve been on my mind ever since. I really, really love them.

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