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Style Breakdown: Joanna Gaines


One of my favorite bloggers, Emily over at Cupcakes & Cashmere, has a relatively new series where she highlights the consistencies of some of her favorite style icons to make the looks attainable.  Her descriptions are incredibly well done, but here’s the thing.  I live in what is likely the most casual city in America (Denver.)  While the Australian editor of Vogue looks FIERCE in her geometric cut skirt, the likelihood of me pulling something similar out of my closet tomorrow is fairly slim.

So, while this is definitely not an ongoing series, I figured that it would be helpful for me to check out the wardrobes of those I relate to so that I might be able to emulate my style icons, too.  And I figured, heck… why not share it on the blog!  And with that, we’re off to our first style breakdown with Joanna Gaines.


Joanna and her husband Chip have become well known thanks to their show “Fixer Upper.”  The show  started in May 2013, where they show a couple three homes that need to be remodeled.  Thanks to Chip’s penchant for construction and Joanna’s rustic / shabby-chic flare, the show has become an HGTV classic in our home.  (Sorry, House Hunters!)

Joanna’s style is casual, yet with a classic elegance at the same time.  There are several consistencies in her wardrobe, but not enough to make her look like she’s wearing the same thing everyday.  Here are the main pieces that I’ve noticed.

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If she’s wearing a dress, Joanna is going for the maxi.  Unlike what we’ve originally been told in our fashion training, she’s comfortable with the hem dragging around a bit, ultimately creating an elongating effect.   Allowing the dress to be the star of the show, Joanna typically accessorizes with simple denim and leather accents, either boots, simple flip flops, or a denim jacket.

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When I started this piece, I had thought that Joanna wore classic prints, such as a simple chevron or light stripe, but I was totally off.  Joanna sticks to looser fitting, more casual tops, but almost all are in solid colors.  If a pattern is included, it’s typically in the form of structured outerwear or the simple, long sweater in the cover image.

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Where Jojo does bring in the color is in her bold accessories.  She likes to pick one to use as a focal point, rather than piling on everything she owns.  But she makes sure that the chosen accessory is a stand out.  Common choices are leather or gold (or both) bracelets, large scarves, or unique drop earrings.  This is definitely the area where Joanna lets her creativity shine.

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If she’s not opting for maxi dresses (when she wears nude flip flops), Joanna prefers statement footware in boot or bootie form.  While there is significant variety in the booties she wears, she has two brown boots that she wears significantly more than others.  One pair being a work boot (left) and one a riding boot (middle.)  Her footware pretty much matches everything, but is usually dominant with her style.

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  • Reply JellousMuch

    Thanks for posting! Nice!! Come check out my blog too! I just started and I’m looking to connect with other bloggers!! ?

    February 4, 2016 at 8:45 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Nice! Welcome to the blogger universe. We’re a fun group here. 🙂

      February 4, 2016 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply coffeeandcrunchesbbg

    Omg Fixer Upper marathons on HGTV are one of my guilty pleasures! Joanna has such a cool laid back style.

    February 4, 2016 at 11:11 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      She’s amazing isn’t she?! Truthfully, I’m in love with the whole family, ha. 🙂

      February 4, 2016 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply The Heart of a Gypsy

    Now to update my own wardrobe….

    February 4, 2016 at 11:24 am
  • Reply janteps

    Thanks for the post. If her outfits are too casual for some people’s jobs, they could still use such cute basics for downtime. Her choices and yours seem simple and affordable, but pulled together at the same time. The whole post looked really pretty today.

    February 4, 2016 at 11:50 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks! And thanks for popping by, mom. 🙂

      February 4, 2016 at 10:33 pm
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  • Reply Michelle Wood

    Any idea of the designer of the white maxi dress Joanna wore with a jean jacket, I ? That dress

    April 20, 2016 at 1:42 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Great question! I have no idea off the top of my head, but let me know if you find out!

      April 20, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    I love her style and their show! And how fun to break it apart like this. Happy Friday, Jess!! 🙂

    March 17, 2017 at 11:04 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks, lady – I’m in love with her, ha! Happy Friday to you, too. 🙂

      March 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    love this because it’s so wearable yet cute!! xxo

    March 21, 2017 at 7:18 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Totally agree – love how classic her whole look is! 🙂

      March 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

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