Boots & Crops – The Perfect Pairing

It seems only five minutes ago we were in the throes of Summer and I was weighing up the merits of a floppy sun hat with the words Mrs. Rhoades emblazoned in sequins! So how is it that I find myself huddled in front of the fire having just removed two bin liners full of crunchy, ladybird infested (don’t ask) leaves from my doorstep? Putting aside questions with no discernable answer it occurred to me that as a dedicated denim devotee, it’s actually taken roughly six months to get my head around the new styles, specifically Mom jeans (check out my thoughts here) and cropped jeans with a raw hem. Towards the end of the summer season, I really became partial to a crop. I’ve been wearing them with loafers, strappy sandals and heels – they’re both versatile and flattering and to be quite honest I’m just not ready to give them up when the inevitable chill descends and I have to succumb to a good old pair of socks! The answer to this conundrum clearly lies in a pair of boots. It’s taken me a while to warm up to this idea (I do love a bare ankle), but this seasons ‘sock boots’ allow you to retain the slim ankle that really is crucial to the success of the boots & cropped jean combo! Alongside boots & crops, pearls are also having a bit of a moment (and you guys know how much I love a bit of pearl embellishment), so I’ve styled this up with an oversized embellished shirt and a boxy pink coat – both from Zara. How to do you feel about cropped jeans in winter? Are boots & crops the perfect pairing?

pearl embellished shirt

Cropped Flared Jeans

Pink Tailored Coat

Pearl Embellished Shirt

Zara Pearl Shirt

Sock Boots & Cropped Frayed Jeans

JEANS – PAIGE (SIMILAR)

SHIRT – ZARA (SIMILAR)

COAT – ZARA (SIMILAR)

BOOTS – CHARLES JOURDAN (SIMILAR) 

NECKLACE – MISSOMA

BRACELETS – MONICA VINADER, DINNY HALL, ASHIANA

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Mom Jeans – So Wrong They’re Right

Victoria Beckham has just presented her Spring/Summer 2018 collection wearing a white tee and a pair of Mom jeans. I think my love affair with all things VB has already been noted (20 Facts About Me) so it should come as no surprise that the VB seal of approval has given me peace of mind about my recent sartorial picks. Mom jeans are not a trend I saw myself buying into. For a start, I am now a mother so the irony ship has well and truly sailed. Also, they’re just not that flattering. However, they have two very strong points in their favour. Firstly, they are beyond comfortable. For a girl who eschewed jeans until well into her teenage years solely based on the comfort factor, this is a big deal. Secondly, I have a bit of a thing for anything that comes under the header ‘borrowed from the boys’ (oversized tailoring, loafers, white shirts…you get the picture) and while ‘boyfriend jeans’ always seemed a bit overly baggy (90s skater boy was never my preferred vibe), Mom jeans seem to give that whole ‘too big, unflattering, wearing something that doesn’t belong to you style in a bit more of a, hmm, purposeful way. Anyhoo the upshot of this is that I have decided (in a very roundabout way) that I rather like Mom jeans – at least for this season where borrowed from the boys is an actual thing and not just an abstract notion ping-ponging around in my fuzzball of a brain. This particular pair are from Zara – a gorgeous washed out black that I’ve been reaching for on pretty much a daily basis! Here I’ve paired them with kitten heels (have a read of the lastest Hundred Pound Haul to here my thoughts) a burgundy striped tee, (the perfect autumnal twist on a classic Breton) and my grey Me & Em Blazer. Are Mom Jeans a look you’ll be buying into this season? What are your denim staples?

How To Style Mom Jeans

Mom Jeans - So Wrong They're Right

Zara Mom Jeans

Black Mom Jeans

Black Gucci Sunglasses

Massimo Dutti Kitten Heels

Massimo Dutti Shoes

Red Striped Tee

Mom Jeans, Autumn Trends | Jessica Rhoades

JEANS – ZARA

TEE – MASSIMO DUTTI (SIMILAR – I actually have this particular style in the navy & LOVE it)

BLAZER – ME & EM (SIMILAR)

SHOES – MASSIMO DUTTI

BAG – DOLCE & GABBANA (SIMILAR)

SUNGLASSES – GUCCI (SIMILAR)

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Wardrobe Picks – Ripped Jeans & Shirt

If I was only allowed to wear one look forever more it would be ripped jeans, an oversized shirt, and heels. If I had to describe ‘me’ with a single outfit choice, this would be it! In my recent August Favourites post, I talked about my love affair with Levi’s. Introducing pair No2 – The Levi’s 501 Skinny and yes, this time they’re made for girls! I absolutely adore ripped jeans. Yes they’re not for everyone – I’ve lost count of the times in my life I’ve been told  ‘you have holes in your jeans’ (like, yes I know – they’re supposed to be like that) and you do have to think about the hairy/milk bottle leg situation a little more than is usual for a denim lover but what can I say? I’m just a rock chic at heart. Give me a leather jacket, a band tee and a pair of ripped jeans and I’m as happy as a pig in s**t! Adding heels prevents you from entering Waynes World territory while a nonchalant demi tuck of the shirt really gives it attitude. The oversized shirt by ‘Weekday’ (part of the `H&M group) is a relatively new obsession – I love the ultra long sleeves and boyfriend vibe and to me, it’s crying out to be worn over something ultra feminine like a black lace camisole – watch this space. If you follow me on Instagram I have a feeling you’ll be seeing an awful lot more of both this shirt and brand. This look would be my go to for a (very rare) date night (in fact, this is the exact look I chose for birthday drinks when Mr.R & I were granted a few hours of liberty last Friday afternoon) or to be honest any occasion where I don’t have far to walk – this 30 something’s dancing feet are not what they once were…

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RIPPED JEANS Levi’s

SHIRT Weekday

SHOES Jimmy Choo

(I’m wearing the ‘Abel’ pump which has since been superseded by the ‘Romy'(linked))

BAG Saint Laurant (Similar)

NECKLACES Missoma

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Wardrobe Classics – Pink Trench & Denim

I love to click the buy now button. Nothing gives me a bigger buzz than a good online shopping haul. But, sometimes you just need to say enough and wear whats in your wardrobe. My style leans toward the classic and I put a lot of thought into each and every purchase I make. In my head I need to satisfy a kind of ‘longevity’ criteria – will I still want to wear this in 3 months, 6 months, a years time? Is the quality such that it will still be around in years time? With the exception of some ‘high end’ accessories, most items in my wardrobe aren’t what you would term ‘life purchases’ (although  I do have a life, lust list on the go for those, ahem, special occasions) but they do have a timeless quality to them. I love to wear denim, lace camisoles, biker jackets and blazers – all have that slightly nonchalant style – easy, comfy and chic.

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About The Look

Pink Trench (Zara) – bought while I was pregnant in the summer of 2016. It’s soft and fluid and just perfect as a lightweight cover up both with denim or over a dress. Find similar HERE

Denim (Gents Levi’s) – I touched on these in my last Hundred Pound Haul post. These are the most recent purchase from this look and have really freshened up some of the existing pieces in my wardrobe. Sometimes it’s not the item per se but (as with denim and jeans in particular) an updated fit and colour wash can really modernise your look. Find them online HERE

Silk Camisole (Massimo Dutti) – I love pairing something inherently feminine like a slinky lace cami with boyish denim and a tough leather belt. Timeless and a little bit sexy! Find Similar HERE

Boots (Topshop) – bought back in 2015 these haven’t seen the wear that they deserve mainly because I fell pregnant quite soon after I bought them and the heel is really quite vertiginous! Find Similar HERE

Belt (origin unknown) – I seem to have had this forever and it goes with everything. Really simple, a little bit rough and tough – if you don’t have something like this in your wardrobe you need to fix that situation asap as its such a no brainer! Find Similar HERE

Bag (Louis Vuitton) – Bought in 2003 after my A levels a classic bag is where you can really go to town and indulge in a ‘life purchase.’ (Read about how I shopped my wardrobe and rediscovered my ‘Louis’ HERE) Find Pre-Loved HERE

Bracelets (Monica Vinader & Dinny Hall) – These I wear most days -my gold bracelet stack is a work in progress! Find HERE (Monica Vinader) & HERE (Dinny Hall)

Sunglasses (Rayban) I have multiple pairs of Rayban Aviators (and have also been known to steal Mr. R’s)! Simply the best shades on the market – they’ll never go out of style (and if they do I don’t care – ill be up there rocking a pair with the best of them)! Find them online HERE.

Do let me know if a regular outfit post is something you would like to see.

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