On the Hunt for Light Wash Denim


This month’s light wash denim challenge was a struggle for me but not for the reasons you might think…

You know that saying: you don’t miss it until it’s gone? It definitely applies when you break all the important bones of your dominant arm in a car accident. Besides the shock and pain, it’s the little things (which turns out to be pretty much everything) you miss the most like: texting, tying shoe laces, putting a bra on, washing your hair, getting pants on without asking help.  And you can forget about wearing jeans with  “button up flys,” Turns out they were made by the devil himself specifically to taunt us one-handers.

So naturally, my jeans have a button up fly.

I LOVE our monthly challenges, they just usually takes me forever and 4 or 5 tries before I finally decide figure out what to wear, wavering between options until the last second. This month however, I got lucky and unwittingly ended up ahead of the game having having spent the last several months on a personal style quest for a pair of vintage style light wash jeans.

I know not everyone loves this style as much as I do and with good reason. They’re defining features made from heavy duty, non-stretch denim fabric doesn’t allow as much movement and fit nothing like our beloved skinny jeans.

Denim trends are a funny thing. Whenever I see a new style, like cropped denim, for the very first time, they look  so ridiculous  and so unflattering, that I laugh out loud at the idea of me wearing them. But over time scary new styles evolve and you find a pair that’s perfect for you.


top: Janet One Sleeve Black Bodysuit, $10.00 Yes, Shana has got me into bodysuits. I love them because I don’t have to worry about constantly tucking my shirts in or worrying about my butt crack showing everytime I bend over or sit down.

jeans:  Levi’s 501 Selvedge Skinny Jeans (Summer Dune), $148.00 I love this style of jeans.  They definitely fit differently than most jeans though. The fabric is thicker, with little or no stretch. This means they’ll last forever but until they’ve been worn-in, they can be pretty stiff. I love the button up fly style, it adds to the “boyfriend” jean look but it also makes the crotch area more prominent. I like the way they look but they’re not as fitted in certain areas like other jeans.

flats: Atrevida’s Fringe Ballet Flats, $24.00 I can’t believe how much I wear these flats. They were a spur of the moment purchase but I’ve been wearing them non stop lately.

bag: Sam Edelman’s Thana Metal Crossbody Bag, $64.00 My everyday bags are always huge and usually backpacks but I specifically wanted a small Evening clutch for weddings and girls night out. This metal crossbody bag is a perfect size. It fits my iPhone 6s, my wallet, gum and 3-4 cosmetics. Plus it’s ethnic style gives it a boho look.

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  1. JESS !! You look amazing, this outfit looks amazing, I love everything about it !! I gotta try those jeans, and maybe I’ll give a bodysuit a shot …. Cause that one looks freaking amazing on you. How do you find the sizing of the jeans? Are you able to order your regular size or do you size down because of the style, or up because of the fabric?! Lol

    • Haha, good question! I ordered my usual size and it worked! It required some sucking in and some bending and stretching lol! but I think the more fitted they are, the better they look and they get much more comfortable over time.

  2. So glad to see ya back!! You were missed! I have a few bodysuits hanging in the closet- with tags still on.? love the idea of them but… However im inspired to give them a try. I like the jeans you picked, and the admission that new trends take a second to grab! I’m fully in with the high waist little to no stretch look (finally) and now I’m completely obsessed with the GRLFRIEND pair above, definitely on my list!!

    • Thanks M! I like the bodysuits with these style jeans because they contrast the jeans bulkiness well and you don’t have to worry about whether to tuck or not tuck…

  3. Love this look on you! I think spandex has spoiled me and not sure I could be comfortable in non-stretch denim but you’ve got me wavering on bodysuits. I know this is about jeans but it would be great to see a post dedicated to bodysuits. I like the idea of being tuck-free but I’m concerned about them showing every lump and bump. Are some better than others for someone with a gentle belly? (borrowed that term from another reader :)) Glad to see you back & hope you’re feeling better!

    • Thanks Camille! That’s a great idea! There are definitely bodysuits with more control…. I’ll see if I can find some for you!

    • Haha, no, I don’t think it will ever go away, it’s the best things to happen to jeans in a long time…these styles just usually don’t have spandex, especially the Levis

  4. She’s back!! Love everything on your bod in this article – you look amazing. Makes me definitely want to try the bodysuit (been awhile since I’ve had in my closet). Sooo sorry about your wrist, hand tho – yikes! Physical therapy will bring it back….

  5. Jess, I love this. Let me repeat: I LOVE THIS! (All caps hopefully signifies just how much I love this!) I plan on copying everything–well I’ll wear a pair of sneakers, and I don’t need any more cross body bags–but wait, I don’t have a cool metal one like this, and I did make some similar sandals on my own. Anyway, I digress. I will be purchasing these jeans and the black one shoulder top (I already have a white sweater version, but now I need your skinny minny black one too!), and I’ll let you know when I’m your copy catter. K?

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    PS I am so sorry about your arm. Are you ok now?!

    • Ann!! I’m sorry, I’m the worst. Thank you so much for your kind words and so happy you were inspired!

      p.s. My arm is practically back to normal, thanks for asking!

  6. Ok, (sorry, I just have to comment again!) your light wash jeans are by far my favorites of this series, I want them so bad, and I’m SO excited to find out they come in a 28 leg !
    Also (and this is the real reason for my second comment!), do you mind me asking what bra you wear with the bodysuit, and what size? I am a (*cough* saggyfromnursing *cough*) 32F and I have yet to find a nice strapless 🙁

    • Lori!
      Sorry for the super late reply but in case you ever wonder back to this post I just had to respond – The search for the perfect strapless bra (supportive, n-slip, uplifting, gravity defying, ect) for us busty gals is an ongoing hunt. (I think I just expect too much of a strapless bra, it can only work so many miracles) However, A VERY GOOD strapless bra is Wacoal’s Red Carpet Convertible Strapless bra -http://rstyle.me/n/cpkuu3b5akf It’s Nordstroms’ top rated strapless bra and the one I wear. It’s super soft, flattering, durable and doesn’t slip easily. My biggest issue is the comfortability. When I have to wear it all day long, the elastic bands start hurting and leave angry indentation marks. After an all day wedding event, I couldn’t wait to get it off.

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