How To Live Without Wearing Jeans
Innovation, works of art and good comedy — these are all things born out of necessity. And in the winter months when we’re forced to balance staying warm with keeping stylish, innovation is paramount. Otherwise, it’s pretty easy to wake up each day and slide into your favorite pair of jeans.
Yes, a versatile, durable pair of jeans feels like all you really need in life. That and a perfect-fitting pair of sweatpants. But what if jeans weren’t any option? Then what?
“Taking this wardrobe staple totally off the table has the effect of making you look at your closet in a whole new way,” said Megan Collins, aka The Style Girlfriend, who has challenged her followers on social media to a 30-day wardrobe challenged called No Jeans January. “What else can you wear if you can’t wear jeans? Think of it as shopping your own closet. I promise you’ll come away amazed at all the new outfits you cook up.
“And if that doesn’t sell you, I can promise that women notice when you switch up your style from your usual routine. Ever had a compliment on a new haircut? It’ll be like that, but everyday for a month.”
The Style Girlfriend even built out a calendar to help with the denim detox, calling on participants to experiment with everything from color blocking to Nordic prints, khaki pants and a corduroy blazer. If you’re a corporate guy that’s wearing suits daily, Collins suggests mixing things up by adding an extra layer like a cardigan or crewneck sweater to your outfits so that you can keep the casual look. For guys that are usually into more casual wear, a colorful pair of chinos or jogger pants could do the trick.
The key is balance. If you opt to rock joggers then try adding some flair to your choice of sneakers or go with a tapered hoodie. Ditching jeans doesn’t mean you have to go full-formal either. Embracing tweed and corduroy is another great option for flipping your winter style into something a bit more of a classic and luxurious feel.
“Girls love seeing a guy that can command a bold color like burgundy or olive green,” she said.