Lace Up Denim Jacket & Black Skinny Jeans: At Least Make An Effort

Lace up denim jacket, black skinny jeans and striped sweatshirt.

By now anyone who reads this blog even once in awhile knows that I am a firm believer in there are no rules when it comes to fashion and getting dressed in the morning…


…With that being said, there really does need to be, well, rules. Really only two rules are actually necessary: 1) Cover up your stuff, and 2) At least make some sort of effort before you walk out the door. Those two simple basic rules do not in any way stifle the eclectic rule-breaking rebels amongst us. Nor do they prevent any one of us from looking fabulous according to our own very personal definitions of fabulousness.

What they do prevent is the rest of the world being privy to things that just should not be seen outside of the privacy of one’s own home. You all know exactly what I’m talking about… Super thin tights leggings worn as pants (particularly when said leggings are white and layered over a bright pink thong). Trust me, I do not want to see your girl parts. Shorts and mini skirts that are so short innocent bystanders are forced to view your butt cheek cleavage. Spaghetti strap camis meant for layering or pairing with pajama bottoms worn as a top and 99.9% of the time with no bra underneath. *Sidenote: I am all for not wearing a bra if you have the confidence to rock it, but skin tight layering camis with no bra are doing no one any favors my friends. Individuals of the male persuasion wearing droops need not happen either. I seriously do not need to see your super fancy boxers. And besides, how in the hell do you walk without your pants falling off when you’re wearing the waistband at the top of your thighs?

What brought on this mini rant? While getting groceries this weekend, for the millionth time, some woman wearing pajamas at the store just set me off in my head. She was probably in her late twenties and was wearing full on pj’s…cropped pajama bottoms with the aforementioned cami/no bra, rolled down socks and pink bedroom slippers. The dictionary definition of pajamas is “a suit of loose pants and jacket or shirt for sleeping in”. For sleeping in. There is a huge difference between, say, styling a men’s pajama shirt as a top, and wearing exactly what you rolled out of bed in to go out in public.

For me, I guess it boils down to manners and common decency; two things that oftentimes seem to be in short supply. There are just certain things that one should not be sharing at the grocery store, the mall or anywhere else that’s considered “public”. I in no way consider myself to be old-fashioned or uptight, but I just think we owe it to ourselves and society, to at least make an effort to get dressed before we leave the house.


Denim jackets are one of those pieces that are a forever staple in your closet. They are timeless, seasonless and work with just about anything you put on. I have a substantial collection of denim jackets; cropped, fitted, boyfriend fit, embroidered, moto style, dark wash, light wash…you name it, I probably have it.

Since they are such a universal piece I am always on the lookout for denim jackets with interesting and different details. This lace up denim jacket that I received c/o Shein caught my eye immediately. I’m a sucker for anything lace up and when it’s on a denim jacket? Yes, please. It comes in two different washes and the denim is soft. I love the oversized fit which will allow me to layer it over sweaters and hoodies once it gets colder. My only issue is the ribbons that came with it. They are too short for the number of eyelets as I would like the ends to hang longer. That’s not really a problem though because I had planned on switching out the ribbons for a different color anyway.

This is the first time I’ve worn my black skinny jeans in over a year. That extra ten pounds that I recently got rid of made them uncomfortable and the stuffed sausage look is no bueno. Since I wore this to get groceries, I kept everything pretty basic and went with my striped sweatshirt and Adidas sneakers to finish the look.


It’s not a bad idea to have at least a few different denim jackets for different purposes. Darker denim reads dressier and also works well with lighter wash jeans. A more fitted jacket can pull double duty as a top and on the flip side, a looser fit denim jacket can even work in the winter layered over other jackets. Denim jackets are timeless and seasonless and work well with just about everything else in your wardrobe.


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Jacket: c/o Shein;  Jeans: Old Navy (Similar);  Sweatshirt: Similar;  Sneakers: Nordstrom

**Denim jacket received c/o Shein. All opinions, as always, are my own.



  1. 09.11.2017 / 10:35 am

    Aww, what fun would Wamart be if everyone kept their stuff covered up??


  2. 09.11.2017 / 5:02 pm

    What I don’t understand is why these people don’t feel like they are walking around naked. That’s what I’d feel like. Like that nightmare when everyone else has on clothes except me. No thanks.

    Even when I’ve had to rush to the hospital Emergency I’ve insisted on getting dressed.

    Different strokes…

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  3. 09.11.2017 / 8:21 pm

    I always appreciate people that make an effort to look their best! Fab casual outfit!

  4. 09.12.2017 / 5:38 pm

    It takes just as much effort to wear real clothes as it does to put on pajamas so I’m not sure why anyone goes out of the house looking like they’re going to bed. It’s disgusting and yes, a matter of manners. Drives me crazy!
    You look super skinny and fit! I have been stuffing my face with garbage during this hurricane and now that it’s over I need to get back on the healthy eating wagon, I feel like crap! You are motivating me!
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  5. 09.14.2017 / 10:19 am

    I am so with you!! I don’t want to see your butt cheeks! Also, people get so offended when I say leggings are not pants. I say that meaning you should wear a long enough top that your lady bits are not hanging out. I love them as much as the next gal, but they are to be worn with long tops and tunics. I love this look on you, your lace up denim jacket is fabulous!!

    xx, Elise

  6. 09.15.2017 / 11:45 am

    oh my gosh, you had me laughing! What is wrong with people that they wear such things. i mean, pjs at the grocery store/ pink thong and tight leggings…. Fashion police where are you? i know, a little effort is required right/
    love the details of your jean jacket! great look Deb
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  7. 09.15.2017 / 5:19 pm

    What a great jacket Debbie, it looks so timeless and classic 🙂

    I have never seen anyone shopping in their pj’s before but read about it in the papers that it is big around here too. I still remember going out without an important part of every day clothing when I was 6 and still embarrassed to this day!! I can not imagine going out in my slippers or a bra, ha!!
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  8. 09.16.2017 / 3:19 pm

    I so agree! I never did understand why women would show their bulges as if it was sexy. My husband and I were talking about that recently. He brought it up because he was so disgusted. And he’s glad his wife and daughter don’t ever dress that way. He said it was a turn-off, a come-on, and displayed a lack of self-respect. So a good man is not the type that will be attracted to women who dress that way.

  9. 09.16.2017 / 10:45 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Debbie. You can get away with saying things like that because you are by nature a rule breaker. I have always been a “good girl”, so if I say anything I usually get accused of being prudish or not minding my own business. Ha, ha. But I agree. Wear whatever you want, but keep things covered and dress like you care. It seems simple enough! The other night my hubby and I were at a local bookstore and there was a young woman there who was obviously studying. She had on a very lovely maxi dress, and she was beautiful, but everyone could see the “girls” and there was no stopping the men oggling her, how could they not. I just wanted to go up to her and say, “You are absolutely gorgeous, so you don’t have to show those to everyone out here in public.” Oh dear! Thanks for sharing those two simple rules. It works for me! Ha, ha. – Amy

  10. 09.18.2017 / 2:57 pm

    This outfit looks so cute on you! It is casual, yet the accessories add such a feminine flair to the outfit. The denim jacket is so unique, I absolutely love it! Plus, your rant about appropriate attire at the beginning is totally justified, and I feel the same way.

    ~xo Sheree
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  11. 09.28.2017 / 6:16 am

    I love the lace up denim jacket! And it would look fabulous over pajamas, I think! (hahahaha….) Seriously, I have serious issues with pajamas in public, too. Drives me bonkers!