Bootcut Jeans With Asymmetrical Tunic

casual vendredi: boho-lite

This was actually a lucky shot. I’d dashed out to catch fading light, found a good location, selected the camera angle and background, got one test shot for positioning….and then my camera battery died. 🙁

But I did like how this outfit turned out and wanted to share it, even if it’s just a wee bit “soft focus.” Let’s just pretend it was Artistic Intent, shall we?

I’ve been inspired lately by some of the 70’s looks that designers have been sending down the runways the last couple of seasons and that have filtered down to the mid-range brands. While elements of this direction like softer styles and clothing with movement appeal to me, I’m stopping short of full-on Bohemian, which still feels too costume-y. Even with this outfit I tried piling on more jewelry, going for a Lou Lou de la Falaise/Rachel Zoe effect, but just felt silly and took half of it off. Hence the Boho-lite. 🙂

Variations on flared-leg silhouettes seem to be poised to shift the dominant (skinny jean) paradigm this year, but I don’t see any single denim or pants style pushing all others aside. These are my AG bootcuts from last year. As I mentioned in the “California jeaning” post, with my short stature flared legs are another volume point that I need to manage carefully. I probably will not be attempting any very wide flares. I just can’t do the puddling-on-the-ground look either, so have worn here with a low heel.

The sweater is an asymmetrical linen/cotton tunic from Eileen Fisher. It’s available in several colors, but I went for  the “denim” color as it’s such a lovely shade of blue. (I’m wearing the silk jersey tank underneath.) I love how this top drapes and fits me. This is a 3-season weight for our climate, and the color works in any season.

Are you inspired by the current 70’s fashion trend? What pieces or trends from the past would you like to see come back in style?

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40 Comments

  1. Janice
    February 13, 2015 / 4:19 am

    I would be insanely happy if a photograph of me looked so good… If this isn’t your best photograph, just don’t tell anybody!
    big hug,
    Janice

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:14 am

      Janice, thank you so much!

  2. plutrell
    February 13, 2015 / 4:54 am

    You are right about two things…GREAT PHOTO and lovely shade of blue. Love the look! I want to try this top on…you wear it well!

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:14 am

      Thanks, Pam! I really love this blue.

  3. Duchesse
    February 13, 2015 / 5:54 am

    Just love these flares. Skinny jeans just so ubiquitous and though you wear them wonderfully, good to shake it up a bit.

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:15 am

      Thanks, Duchesse. I’ve been needing to shake it up, too.

  4. susan
    February 13, 2015 / 6:07 am

    love your look this morning. the proportions are exactly right.

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:15 am

      susan, thank you!

  5. February 13, 2015 / 6:22 am

    Great-looking sweater, Une Femme. The asymmetry makes it a stand-out. xo

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:16 am

      Patti, thank you. I love asymmetrical hems.

  6. February 13, 2015 / 6:33 am

    Excellent interpretation! It looks chic, suits you and still retains your own style – perfect! For me the 70’s are always relevant and I agree with you about keeping it real and not costume-y. I’m choosing the dress with knee boots and flared skirts for my 70’s Spring. I also adore elements from the 40’s – softly tailored and flirty bias cuts for grown up glamour and everyday polish.

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:17 am

      silkpathdiary, thanks so much! I think a lot of 70’s styles borrowed heavily from the 40’s too so it all works together nicely.

  7. Jill
    February 13, 2015 / 7:51 am

    I love this look on you, blue is definitely one of your colors! Do you take your own pictures? If you’ve covered this before, I’m sorry I don’t already know. I just wanted to swing by and wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to one of my favorite bloggers. Thank you, so much, for your good cheer, fabulous posts, and constant inspiration! XO, Jill

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:18 am

      Jill, thank you! Yes, I take my own pictures with a tripod and remote shutter trigger. It took a while to get the hang of it. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

  8. nell
    February 13, 2015 / 9:30 am

    You look great! I find Seventies looks fun and nostalgic– very Stefanie Powers, very “Rockford Files”, and “Streets of San Francisco”! But even more than that, to see you in a flattering, mid-range color is great. So harmonious, so complementary to your “aura” (we are still in the Seventies, are we not?) Hope you bring more of these colors in future postings…

    Love your artfully stacked bracelets as well.

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:21 am

      nell, thank you! You’ll probably be seeing more blue in the future; I’m finding this color works well for me and with my other neutrals.

  9. Susan
    February 13, 2015 / 11:30 am

    I was a college student in the early 1970s and I still remember what my mother said about my clothing choices. She said that I always looked like I was in costume—so I understand you veering away from that extreme often seen in Vogue and other magazines. I’m staying away from flowing and loose tops because they tend to make me look bigger than I really am. NOT what I am aiming for. As usual, you look great here.

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:22 am

      Susan, I know, remember when we all dressed like color-blind gypsies? Thank you!

  10. February 13, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Wow that looks awesome. The dipped hem is perfect with the flares and the shoe toes.

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:23 am

      Lisa, thanks so much! I hadn’t really thought about the shape of the hem echoing the shoe toes, but you’re right.

  11. February 13, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Loving the 70’s look! So excited for the return of flares! Love this effortless chic look and would be thrilled if you’d share it on the link up FUN FASHION FRIDAY!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:23 am

      Hi Dawn Lucy, thanks and I have linked up (better late than never… 😉 ).

  12. sosusam
    February 13, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    You look lovely! Gorgeous color, gorgeous style. I tried that same sweater–same color–but it did nothing for me. You wear it well. And flares! Again, not for me–at all–yet you make them look effortless. Nicely done. 🙂

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:24 am

      sosusam, thanks very much! This sweater is also available in a few other colors, might be worth trying one of the others.

  13. Cathy
    February 13, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    You look great! I like the top too, but are your wearing a petite size? I ‘d like to order but I am a lot taller than you and am afraid it would be too short on my torso.

    • une femme
      February 13, 2015 / 3:05 pm

      Hi Cathy, thanks! I’m wearing a Petite Small.

  14. February 13, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    I really like that denim blue sweater: colour, cut…everything about it. And the boot cut jeans. Like you, I don’t think I’ll be wearing flares…but I do like a boot cut jean…especially with boots:) And if they come back in style….I won’t be wearing cheesecloth shirts again. We lived in these in university in the 70’s.

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:25 am

      Hi susan b, thanks and oh the cheesecloth shirts! I do remember those…

  15. Lorna Mai (@LornaMaiLtd)
    February 13, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    I love the 70’d look that seems to be everywhere right now. Your sweater is gorgeous, I love how different it is and the shade is perfect.

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:25 am

      Lorna Mai, thanks so much!

  16. Cecile
    February 13, 2015 / 7:00 pm

    Oh, Susan you look fabulous!!!!! Absolutely great! You are an inspiration to all of us to look our best!!!

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:26 am

      Cecile, thank you very much!

    • une femme
      February 14, 2015 / 10:27 am

      Alice, thank you!

  17. February 15, 2015 / 5:59 am

    Casual chic as always. Even your casual looks are impeccably pulled together. I love the asymmetric hemline on the top! I have to say the 70’s aren’t one of my favorite fashion era’s although there are elements that I love.
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

  18. February 15, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Cheesecloth, no, but I really miss some of the blouses from India, some of which had handwork. And the flared or wrap skirts in paisley. I also love velvet and velveteen jackets, and am wearing an old one now in the house

    A Nordstrom has opened in downtown Ottawa, where I travel sometimes for work and family reasons, so we’ll see what it looks like here. At a much lower price category, Target has been a great disappointment to Canadian consumers and is closing down, not long after opening.

    I think it is normal for younger people to look a bit costumey; we have hipsters now who are all in some kind of costume. I’ve always been boho and always will, but it is important to pare things down as we get on.

  19. February 16, 2015 / 12:11 am

    Thanks a fantastic test shot! You wouldn’t want to see mine…
    I love your Boho-lite styling. That shade of blue is a favourite and the drape is beautiful.

  20. Cher
    February 16, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Love the boho-light. not so full blown , but , just enough to know! Also love the asymmetric hemline of the top and flared jeans. The key on the jeans is the shape of the leg above the flare. Definetly needs to slightly hug at the knee with the flare gradually about 1/3 down the leg. Great look!!

  21. Judith
    February 16, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    You look wonderful! Just right – tasteful and elegant contemporary style.

  22. stylecrone
    February 16, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    You know yourself well: the amount of jewelry that feels comfortable, the pant legs that flatter, the drape of the top that fits perfectly. Always an inspiration!

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