Remember when we wore jeans on Saturdays to clean out our garages or pick weeds in the backyard? I remember the weeds, I remember the garages but I can’t say for sure I remember what I was wearing. If I were to guess, I might have reached for jeans that were baggy, torn, or unflattering. You know, jeans I didn’t care about. That was … oh, my gosh, these numbers nearly take my breath away … probably thirty or forty years ago. Whoa! Any hoo, let’s not linger on the past. (Oh my gosh, that was pre-email, pre-Amazon, pre-skinny jeans…pre-Lycra!)
Back to the weekend that just happened, I did spend time cleaning the garage but I was wearing one of my flattering ankle jeans. I didn’t get too dusty or dirty but the crazy, fab thing about jeans is that you can beat them up and they come back for more. (Kind of like living life! Resilience is key!)
But what if next Saturday I wake up thinking about organizing the garage some more but my friend Debra calls and says, “You want to meet me in Petaluma for brunch?” Well, I’m going to say, Yes! I can hear her now. She’ll say, “I’ll meet you at Water Street Bistro. It’s down that alley where Central Market is.” I’m there!
Jeans, white shirts and sneakers
Debra is a pro at looking adorable in Saturday jean outfits. She’s likely to show up in an outfit like this one below, an outfit she wore another time when we met for lunch in Petaluma. Her blouse is so full of feminine details. She’s got it thumb-tucked into her jeans and is wearing a great animal print belt. She carries a vintage frame bag and wears her white sneakers. She is definitely Saturday chic!
I love how A., someone I follow on Instagram (@andattitude), has done something similar below. She wears two different white tops here with two different handbags and two different pairs of sneakers. I love the casual, easy style. It’s so fresh and put together. The handbags and the shoes both look quality and fashionable. Those tennis shoes are not like the Keds I wore every summer growing up on the farm in North Dakota. Wait stop, not going back to that first decade. I’m sticking to this decade, my sixth! But I bet this outfit is as comfortable as what I was wearing when I was a kid.
In this decade, fashion and function go well together in this simple formula of white shirt, jeans, sneakers and not-your-usual Monday-through-Friday-work handbags. It’s the weekend! Let’s have fun!
Jean outfits with sweaters
Another easy weekend jean outfit can focus on sweaters: easy, comfortable, relaxed sweaters.
You’ve seen me a thousand times in my Tippi J.Crew crewneck sweaters, but I’m thinking I need sweaters for the weekend that aren’t as tailored. I need weekend sweaters! The one I’m wearing below is by Lilith and is a mix of linen and cotton. I like the wavy texture. I’d call that a weekend sweater.
Here are more examples, again from Instagram friends. I love that loose weave, sheer gray sweater Claudia (@glamupyourlifestyle) wears at the beach. And Shauna (@chicover50) wears a chunky gray sweater that has weekend written all over it. I love how she’s styled it, giving it a thumb tuck in front. I look at these weekend outfits and see easy style and a shopping list. Note to self: Add in a couple of sweaters just for weekend jean outfits.
I tend to spend the bucks on my work wardrobe and borrow from it to fill in and make weekend outfits but it’s time for me to stop doing that. Weekends with family and friends or me-time staring out the window of a coffee shop is worth having clothes that announce the shift away from work. I think I’ve let my work ethic rule my life and now in my sixth decade, I’m wanting to do more of what I did in my first decade: play with friends. Luckily, I have a great family and I love playing with them too!
I think I’ve built a strong case: my next shopping dollars are going to casual weekend-only pieces. I want to reinforce my desire to slow down, smell the roses, and laugh with friends and family.
Aspirational jean outfits
Okay, I have to leave you with two more images. This first one is an aspirational image I’ve saved off Claudia’s Instagram feed. This is what I’d like to be wearing late on Saturday afternoon when Russ and I head over to Oso and sit at the bar enjoying the best cup of French pressed coffee in Sonoma along with some tasty small dishes to share. We chit chat with the people sitting next to us, usually tourists. It’s becoming a relaxing weekend ritual!
I love the blouse with the bow and the rolled up jeans and how her pumps relate to the color of her belt. She looks so pretty and so relaxed.
And if Russ and I are staying out really late, maybe catching an 8 p.m. show over at Napa’s Uptown Theater to hear someone like Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, or Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’, I’d love to be wearing something like this ivory sweater jean outfit, styled by Erica Hoida from @fashionedchicstyling. She’s put a pretty lace camisole under the deep V-neck sweater and then given it the old thumb tuck in front. She’s added pretty jewelry and her Prada bag and is looking sex and dreamy. This may be her every day outfit but for me it would be a great Saturday night outfit in the wine country.
My Instagram friends are showing me where I need to focus to make my wardrobe more Saturday friendly. How about you? Are you good about having clothes that take you into Saturday fun times? I’d love to hear what you’re wearing. I’m open to more inspiration!
Want to catch up on other entries in the Jean Guide for Modern Women series?
Here’s a post that focuses on cuffing the hem of a jean and what to wear on your feet.
Here’s one on dressed up jean outfits focusing on pretty jackets.