In keeping with the theme of fireworks week, today I’m featuring red – really vibrant, deep, fiery red – AG Jeans with three casual looks.
I started wearing colored jeans about seven or eight years ago. I embarked on my first shopping expedition for colored jeans with the goal of purchasing a premium brand denim in red. I didn’t have a specific brand in mind at the time, but I was willing to make an investment purchase. That shopping outing resulted in my introduction to AG Jeans.
I was disappointed that day that I wasn’t able to find a pair of red jeans. I ended up with a rich blue color instead, that I finally had to retire about a year ago. That purchase of blue AG Jeans began my happy relationship with AG but didn’t satisfy my desire for red jeans.
But here I am, some years later, with a beautiful, so so soft pair of red jeans by AG. Here are a few casual looks to pair with red jeans.
(Read to the end to find out why investing in premium clothing pieces makes sense.)
Go Bold with Gold and Red
I would be inclined to feature this look last, but it’s actually the start of the story, so here it is.
I decided to wear my new red AG jeans to work few weeks ago. I wanted to make a statement with the bold jeans and decided to go a little unconventional and top the jeans with a snake print tank and gold/mustard color cardigan. I got myself all ready and reviewed the ensemble in my full-length mirror. Hmmm. The color combo felt a like a bit more attention-getting than I was ready for that day.
Although I consulted my color wheel and confirmed that the two colors worked together (check out my post Be Your Own Color Stylist where you can find a downloadable color wheel cheat sheet), I just wasn’t ready to debut my red jeans in that way that day.
However, a couple of weeks later, I did wear this colorful ensemble.
The color wheel is a great tool for inspiring or checking your color pairings.
A note about my Lily wedge sandals by Eric Michael – I have this sandal in three colors (they are about three years old) and they are the MOST comfortable summer shoe I own. I highly recommend them. Plus the strap across the toe base covers the slight bunion I’ve acquired on my left foot (I despise it and now mostly wear only sandals with this style strap).
Casual Denim Shirt and Red Jeans
A denim shirt is classic and neutral – it can go almost anywhere and with almost anything. This was the toned down outfit I ended up wearing to work that first red jeans day. It gave my red jeans the opportunity to take center stage without the rivalry of a top that was jumping around yelling, “look at me!” I don’t wear belts often, and, looking at this photo, I don’t think this was the best belt style, but it was kind of fun and the brown leather gave continuity with the brown leather sandals.
Summer Flowy White with Red
We had a beautiful and mild July 4th in Sonoma County. This was a perfect wine tasting look. I felt theme-y but not corny. The top was cool and the swing style of the lightweight, flowy, sleeveless top provided a nice contrast to the skinny, saturated color jeans. I really liked the pairing of the long, layered necklace (it’s Stella & Dot from a couple of years ago, but I don’t see anything similar on their site right now).
Why I’m Devoted to AG Jeans
If you follow my posts on Dez & Dot, you know that I’ve become a devotee of AG Jeans. They fit me well, the quality is beautiful, and they last forever. Since my first experience as a wearer of AG Jeans, I keep on the lookout for them any place I can find them on sale. I love the luxurious quality but not the luxe price!
Over time I’ve built quite a collection of AG brand jeans by being strategic about my shopping. I have learned that buying investment denim in the long run is more cost effective because of the cost-per-wear (CPW) factor.
The AG Jeans semi-annual sale is still going, with sale prices up to 50% off. But be warned, most sale items are final sale. So you have to be really sure of your size and the style(s) that work for you. I suggest trying on some AG Jeans in a retail store that carries them to determine your size and preferred styles. Don’t worry if you miss this sale (SEMI-annual), there will be another one, typically around the Black Friday sale season.
Cost-Per-Wear Factor and How to Calculate It
Cost per wear factor is a general rule that illustrates the more uses (or wears) you can get out of an item, the better your investment. For clothing, that rule translates to the cost per wear. The cost-per-wear calculation is easy:
- Cost of the item: For my red AG Jeans the sale price was $89
- Estimate of how many days in a year you’ll wear the item: In the case of these red jeans, I estimate I’ll wear them 4-6 times per month, which is 60 times per year (if I average the uses to 5 times per month).
- Cost per Wear: $89 divided by 60 wears = a cost of $1.48 per wear over the course of the first year
Add to that the multi-year use that I will get out of a pair of AG denim and over two years my cost per wear could be 74 cents.
Alternatively, if I buy an inexpensive pair of jeans that cost $35 and possibly wear them only three times per month because the fit isn’t that great and I don’t feel really good wearing them as time goes on and the denim stretches and begins to age, the calculation for a year’s wearing would be:
- $35 divided by 36 wears in a year = 97 cents per wear; if the jeans only last through that one year, in the long run, the better value is the premium jeans that I know will last multiple years (in the case of AG Jeans, that’s typically four or five years).
Investment clothing is called that because, yes, it’s an investment of your dollars, but also because you are making an investment in a piece that will likely last for several years at least.
A Last Note about Color
Over the years, I’ve been more a wearer of neutrals than incorporating lots of color into my wardrobe, until the last few years. This new me is partly due to trends (as in the case of colored jeans) and partly because I think it’s a way to keep focus away from the lines that have joined my face over the past several years! I’m open to incorporating more colors, prints, patterns, and textures into my looks these days.
It makes me laugh to myself a bit because it feels disconcertingly like a mark of “maturing” as I shift my style to accommodate my age. At the same time, I’m enjoying pushing my style boundaries a bit.