topshop colorblock sweater I know, I know, not owning jeans is pretty much unheard of – unless of course you grew up ultra orthodox like I did. I grew up religious and it came along with strict modesty guidelines that included only wearing skirts and dresses. To be honest, I never minded it. If you haven’t noticed, my style is pretty feminine and I love wearing dresses more than anything else in the world. I don’t think that will ever change!

However, I’ve been less religious than my family for years now and I’ve always been curious about experimenting with jeans. Soooo risqué! I’m kidding, I’m kidding. But I did spot this pair of embellished girlfriend jeans (find them here) while I was shopping for my Galentine’s Day look (seen on the blog here). I figured that if there were ever a time for me to wear jeans, these were absolutely the ones. I love the embellishments on them so much and they definitely feel like me!

I originally planned on styling these embellished girlfriend jeans with a tunic dress but quickly realized that the combination of the girlfriend fit and my petite frame made it look silly and disproportionate. So I decided to heck with it, let me try something new! I had them for a good few weeks before I had the courage to wear them out. I ended up wearing them out on my weekend trip to Los Angeles with my friend’s encouragement. 🙂

I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new. No, I’m not suddenly a jeans girl now though I might wear them every once in a while when I’m in the mood. And there’s another pair I spotted with the coolest pearl embellishments (see here) that I need in my life. I think since those are a skinny fit, I can easily wear them with a tunic dress and get more wear out of them.

Fit: These jeans run a full size or two big so I highly suggest sizing down like I did. The saleswoman at Express recommended I size down and I’m really glad I did. 

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Photography thanks to Kelly West, check out her instagram and facebook page.

Colorbock sweater: plait detail sweater almost sold out. Other options: live it up lightweight knit sweater or colorblock boxy ribbed sweater Embellished girlfriend jeans: high waisted gem girlfriend jeans c/o or plus size option: pearl embellished jeans Shoes: Sam Edelman hazel pumps c/o Bag: Phillip Lim Pashli mini c/o Shopbop