Summer Outfit Inspiration: White Flares + Cropped Denim Jacket


This post is sponsored by Nordstrom & Collective Voice.

Living in Marquette, Michigan, I do almost all of my shopping online. There’s a whole lot of trial and error involved and a lot of trips to the UPS store. There are almost always (multiple) boxes in at least one of the rooms of the house (or the hallway, or right next to the front door), so when I get the chance to try things on in person, I jump on it.

More recently, I was in Chicago and stopped into Nordstrom (of course) to try things on in person and ended up finding an outfit I LOVE: white flares that fit like a glove and the softest (cropped) denim jacket that’s perfect for late spring and summer (if that one is sold out, the super-cute PAIGE Pacey or the Mavi Jeans Sienna is sure to do the trick).

White Flare Jeans + A Cropped Denim Jacket = Summer Outfit Perfection

I find white jeans really hard. I’ve tried on many, many pairs over the years, but there’s always something I don’t like about them. But these Marine Layer flare jeans? Perfection.

I've tried on many white jeans over the years, but these Marine Layer flares are perfection.

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Flare and bootcut jeans have always been my favorite because they’re leg-lengthening and help accentuate curves. And the fit of these flare jeans is so, so good — usually I have a hard time with my lower belly in white jeans, but these just kind of suck everything in and give a really nice shape to curves. The patch-pocket detail doesn’t add any bulk and helps camouflage any lumps and bumps.

The fit of these Marine Layer white flare jeans is so good. They just suck everything in & give a really nice shape to curves.

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Although jeans usually tend to be slightly big in the waist if they fit my booty, these Marine Layer jeans fit everywhere without gapping in the waist! The rise is 13 inches in front and 15 1/2 inches in the back, making them perfect to pair with all of the shorter crop tops and shirts that are everywhere right now (without showing any skin). I love the front pockets and the elongating seams down the front of the legs.

These Marine Layer white flare jeans fit everywhere without gapping in the waist!

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They’re listed as white, but they’re definitely not a bright, stark white. I’d describe them more as a light beige or eggshell color, which makes them more versatile in my mind. I’ll definitely be able to wear them past Labor Day (gasp!) and well into the fall. 😉

These Marine Layer flare jeans are listed as white but are more light beige or eggshell, which makes them more versatile.

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Also, if you’re unfamiliar with Marine Layer, it’s a great brand to support. Dedicated to building a responsible and sustainable business, Marine Layer uses materials made from recycled, responsibly sourced or renewable inputs whenever possible, are a Certified B Corporation, and have its own tee-recycling program. (And the fabrics are really soft!)

Not Your Typical Cropped Jean Jacket (But Just As Versatile)

This cropped denim jacket from Splendid is made from 100% Lyocell,  my fave fabric.

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And speaking of soft…this Splendid jacket, you guys. The second I felt it, I had to have it. I should’ve known it was made from 100% Lyocell, my absolute favorite fabric. The softness is next level, and the drape is on-point. If the Splendid jacket is sold out, the super-cute PAIGE Pacey or the wallet-friendly Mavi Jeans Sienna is sure to do the trick).

The softness of this cropped jean jacket from Splendid is next level, & the drape is on-point.

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It’s lighter and softer than your typical jean jacket, but it’s just as versatile as one. I love that I can wear it open or closed, and it looks good either way. (And how cute is this cami from Free People?? I love the stud detail and adjustable straps — it also comes in black, but I love the cream with the white flares.)

This cropped denim jacket is lighter & softer than your typical jean jacket, but it's just as versatile.

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And finally…these shoes! I’ve been going on about how much I love the original Dolce Vita braided sandals since finding them last year, so when I saw they now come in a platform version, I bought two colors immediately (the black and the cork). They are super-comfortable, go with everything, and I love the extra bit of height they give me — oh, and they’re on sale for under $100 right now! LOVE.



Photo credit: shalimar b photography

A huge thank-you to Collective Voice and Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! I always love shopping at Nordstrom, and I had fun finding my new favorite pieces for spring. Shalimar, it was such a pleasure working with you! And, readers, thank you SO, so much for your continued support. It does not go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated!

Finding good white jeans can be hard, but these Marine Layer flares? Perfection. Just add a cute cropped denim jacket for a summer outfit I LOVE.


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