What do you wear when you are tired of jeans? Growing up, before I was truly into fashion, I felt like I was always wearing jeans and I was not a fan. I wanted to have more freedom with my wardrobe, but I felt I also had to consider functionality as well as style and a good amount of time functionality won that debate. This is not to say I didn’t like my outfits when I wore jeans, I did then and do now. However, as versatile as wearing jeans may be there are times to wear something different and it gives a whole other feel to your outfit. If you have ever felt limited by jeans then keep reading because I’m sharing some jeans alternatives to use when styling your favorite pieces.
How To Style Outfits When You’re Tired Of Jeans
Palazzo Pants: Palazzo pants have been around for a while and I have to admit that I was late jumping onboard with this style because I wasn’t sure I would like them because of the wide-leg style, now I wish I tried them sooner. As a wheelchair user, I was worried the style wouldn’t look good sitting down all the time, but I was wrong because sitting down the style looks great and can give the illusion of a skirt. This is a great option for more dressy feminine looks.
When I first saw this style of pants a few years ago, they all had some sort of pattern, since then, I’ve seen some solid color pairs with a plethora of options which means even more occasions that we can wear them to when we want to ditch the jeans. If you choose to wear them though I suggest getting a pair that has a belt or some kind of waist tie built in addition to testing out your movements including transfers if you’re a wheelchair user, just to make sure they fit how you’d prefer them to and you are happy about the look.
Leggings: A staple every girl needs. Why do I say that? Well, when I first started wearing leggings, I was underutilizing them. I only wore them to work out or with sweater dresses and a pair of boots, but leggings like palazzo pants are versatile and can do more than that. You can wear leggings with a shirt dress, an oversized sweater, a camisole and cardigan, or a graphic tee and an oversized button down. Leggings like palazzo pants give you plenty of options especially because they come in various patterns or styles such as knit or faux leather.
Romper / Jumpsuit: A romper or jumpsuit, pieces that I love, but don’t wear all that often because it just didn’t seem practical for a full day as a wheelchair user and it’s not. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t serve their purpose. Rompers and jumpsuits are a great option when you want to get a little dressed up without wearing a dress and it is amazing in a rush when you don’t have time to put an entire outfit together. As a wheelchair user, these outfits are a rarity for me, though the fashion lover wishes that it didn’t have to be the case, but I only wear them when I know that I won’t have to wear it for a full day.
Mini or Maxi skirts: I stuck to other pants type options since we were talking about jeans alternatives, that being said if you want to wear a mini or maxi skirt instead of any of the other options, great. When it comes to wearing skirts, I love maxis look, they are long and free flowing, though I haven’t tried to transfer in them so that could be it’s own issue if you are a wheelchair user like me. When I choose to wear a maxi or mini skirt, I like to pair it with a belt that complements the top as well as the skirt.
I’ve been thinking about writing a post like this for a while so I’m glad I finally got to share it with you. Fashion has improved so much over the past few years for women with disabilities, but there are still times that I feel like I have to choose what works for the disabled woman in me and put my sense of style and like or dislike of something because of it, Jeans will probably always be my I’m in a rush and need to get ready outfits, but I’m glad that I was able to try these alternatives to jeans so that I have more outfit options. Do you have something that you like to wear instead of jeans? Let me know.