Hey y’all, I’m Jenny Ray, a singer-songwriter here in Nashville. Nashville summers are incredibly toasty, which is why lately I have been dreaming of fall. I firmly believe that in every girl’s closet, there should be at least one pair of jeans that can serve as the go-to ingredient for a wide array of outfits. For me, this one pair is a skinny, distressed jean with just enough stretch that I don’t feel like I’m wrapped in a cast, but that fit perfectly even when I’m not feeling super hot. Because of my excitement about the impending fall season, I decided to make three varied looks while keeping the cost low (under or around $100) & using the jeans I already own as an anchor.
Outfit 1: Casual & Cozy
To be honest, I felt the most “Nashville” I’ve ever felt in this ensemble. I could pretty much just start walking down 12 South to Frothy Monkey in this. I paired my Skinny jeans with my favorite, perfectly worn band tee and grabbed an oversized sweater for chilly mornings & nights. Most people already have a band tee that they love to flaunt, but even if you don’t, places like Goodwill often have loads of good graphic tees hidden in the racks. My boots are the Madden Girl “Westmount” combat boot in Cognac. They’re easy to walk in (a must) but give me a little height boost. I got mine on sale for around $50 and they’ve proven to be a solid investment. The hat & the purse were both consignment store finds, but by literally googling “brown floppy hat” I came up with a comparable option at both Kohls and Target, both under $20. The sweater is (last year) Bar III from Macy’s, but again, Kohls is coming through with a similar draped open-front cardigan. But hey, whatever you’ve got at home can also work, this just happens to be a style that I think is universally flattering. The bag is a hand-me-down leather crossbody from my mom, but this one from IMOSHION fits the bill as well.
Outfit 2: Carefree Chic
When you’ve got a full day of co-writes, meetings, work and perhaps a show, a chic but reasonable outfit is what you need. Taking the jeans again, I switched up the “basic” white tank for this Melrose + Market “Femme Easy Knit” I found at Nordstrom rack (literally cost me $10) that has an asymmetrical hem. This unique hem isn’t necessary, but I think it adds a little spice to the outfit. A good (p)leather jacket is another staple in my closet. Mine is Free Press and was around $50, but there are endless options at places like H&M, Forever 21, or ASOS depending on your style & budget. Sunglasses & simple black booties are all it takes to complete this look.
Outfit 3: Onstage to On The Town
Whether you’re an aspiring star, or just want to dress like one, adding heels and a pop of color shows that you’re confident & fine with a little attention. Pick a color that compliments your skin tone + hair shade, and a style that works with your body type. For me, that means a fire-engine red peplum top, but it can literally be anything that makes a statement. I found my top at a local consignment shop, but there are similar options from Macy’s, and resale sites like Poshmark. The key with this look is to pick two items that really stand out and keep the rest simple so as not to overcomplicate. My shoes are Audrey Brooke & are basically a disco ball for your feet, but you can choose to go for something a little more low key as well. The black bag is a Chanel style, faux leather bag that I use specifically when I know I’m going to be out where a drink might be spilled, but I still want my bag to look nice. Similar ones can be found at Rue 21 & Target.
Well that’s it for me! I hope this has helped you realize that it doesn’t take much to turn what you already own & love into a whole new look. All it takes is a little bargain hunting & a little imagination.