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The thing about me is, no matter how trendy low-rise and baggy jeans become, I’ll still be over here rocking my favorite cropped, high-rise, straight-leg jeans.
And that’s because they’re just so dang flattering.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am collecting a few low-rise pairs of jeans in my closet, and I own a lot of loose and baggy styles of denim (this pair is next on my wishlist). But cropped, high-rise, straight-leg jeans are my enduring faves.
Casual Fall Looks With Cropped Straight-Leg Jeans
I will forever find it ridiculously fun to follow the fashion trends, but if we’re talking about jeans that reliably flatter my figure the most, there’s nothing like straight slim-cut jeans to really accentuate the legs (and, OK, the booty too).
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Levi’s Wedgie Jeans Forever
I’ve been wearing Levi’s Wedgie jeans for years, and to this day, I think they’re still the jeans with the best butt around. I mean, that’s the entire point of a “wedgie” style.
Levi’s Wedgies are a cropped style. So, when it comes to footwear, there are two ways I love to rock these jeans: 1. with a slip-on mule or 2. with a tall-shaft bootie.
This year, specifically, I can’t stop pairing these combos with a cardigan. Put it all together, and it’s a pretty perfect autumnal outfit.
Fall Outfit 1: Oversized Cardigan + Tall-Shaft Boots
It wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t own a single cardigan. I simply had never been drawn to them before.
Then this past summer happened, and I fell hard and fast for the button-up shirt. It has become the top I wear with everything and anything. So when it came time to dream about fall and winter fashion, naturally, the button-up shirt evolved into a button-up sweater (or, uh, you know…a cardigan).
I’m not sure why it took me so long to fall in love with cardigans. Cardigans are comfortable, cozy, versatile and — when styled right — incredibly chic.
Think “coastal grandmother” does winter holiday. Timeless.
I’m drawn to a cardigan that is a little boxier because they’re super-easy to tuck into jeans.
If you like a longer cardigan, this “eyelash-textured” sweater looks impossibly cozy, and the color options are amazing (hellllooo, “alpine”).
One of my favorite parts about a slim, cropped pair of jeans? How well they pair with tall-shaft boots.
When rocking a boot with a tighter shaft, it’s easy to hide them right underneath the hem of your jeans without being swallowed whole. Prefer a wider, chunkier boot? You can still pull them right up over the jeans without too much fabric billowing out on top.
Fit Notes: I sized up in the cardigan to a large for a little more square/slouchy look, and I’m wearing my usual boot size (10).
Fall Outfit 2: Cardigan As Top + Fur-Lined Loafers
When I’m looking to rock a slightly lighter look, I’ll swap the boots for an easy slip-on shoe and wear the cardigan alone (without an undershirt).
I ‘m very intrigued by the loafer trend (especially when I see them worn with socks), but I just haven’t been able to find a pair I absolutely love.
A mule, on the other hand, is a style I’ve loved since I was a teenager.
Shoe styles like the loafer ruthlessly rip up the skin on the back of my heel. (Not on my heel exactly, but kinda where my Achilles meets my heel, ya know?) Mules — basically a backless loafer — give me that same preppy look as a loafer, without the pain.
I’m obsessed with the faux-fur lining of these mules. They’re perfect for transitional seasons (or even winter, if you’re in a mild climate). I run between a size 9.5 and 10 in shoes and went with a 10 in this mule.
As for these Levi’s Wedgies? I find these jeans to be true to size. These are some of the best jeans for long legs. They have a slightly longer inseam for this style (28 inches), which is perfect for me, as someone who is 5’9″. While they very much have a feel of vintage denim, the material has a more modern stretch, making them super-comfortable.
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