How To Wear Jeans and a T-Shirt

Tshirt and Jeans I got the idea for this post from this weeks IFB Style Challenge: Back to Basics. While I was thinking up an outfit I realized that I don’t really own a pair of basic jeans anymore. I love this! Jeans were one of my style ruts back in high school. I had a couple pairs that all looked the same and it rarely made a difference which one in the morning. I still remember my first printed pair of jeans. They were a medium wash, wide flare from Areopostale that had the cutest thin white vertical pinstripes. I wore those jeans to death! Now that my pants drawer has 7 different colors in it I feel like I could wear jeans all the time without worrying about feeling boring. But if that’s not you, I’ve got 3 simple tips below for looking quite stylish in your basics.CardiganTshirtJeans

Tip 1: BE COMFORTABLE

For me, jeans and a t-shirt are the epitome of a lazy day outfit, or a busy day outfit, or a casual day outfit. Basically anytime I don’t want to put a lot of effort into an outfit. While this is also usually my number one tip for getting dressed any day, it’s especially important when you don’t want to be thinking about your outfit as the day goes on. These jeans are actually jeggings from American Eagle. That mostly just means they are super soft and feel extremely comfortable all day long.

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Tip 2: DETAILS THAT SPARKLE

My shopping mantra lately has been “Beauty is in the Details.” When styling jeans and a t-shirt you want to make sure to add in a bit of intrigue to the outfit. Just because it’s basic doesn’t mean it has to be plain. Now this doesn’t mean glitter every time, or even ever. The details could be an interesting pattern, fabric, or even just how the piece is worn. The easiest solution i’ve seen just about everywhere is the half-tuck. For this outfit, I loved the beautiful jeweled design on the front of the t-shirt. This shirt is my most recent acquisition because I couldn’t say no to how comfy yet awesome I felt while wearing it. Even with the jeweled design, I bought it with the express purpose of being a casual, lazy day, top. (I also did the half tuck because the shirt is so long on my short torso.)

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Tip 3: ACCESSORIZE WITH PURPOSE

I’ve always struggle with accessories so they usually take me a long time to figure out for each outfit. That is not something I want to deal with when I’m trying not to focus on what I’m wearing. For this day, my only thought was “It’s Cold” so I grabbed my favorite cardigan of the moment to keep myself warm while running errands. If you’re a person who always has to have some jewelry, just grab your favorite or go-to piece. Even if it’s not the perfect match for the outfit, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in it, and that’s all that’s necessary to rock any outfit.

On my shoes. As I said earlier, this was a practical outfit for getting things done, so at first glance my beautiful wedge booties (that I absolutely love) kinda violate two of my rules. If you can’t already tell, I’m a bit of a shoe addict and spent some time in college working at DSW. This caused my shoe collection to suddenly explode with a ton of amazing, but mostly impractical, heels.  I always feel bad about having all these shoes that rarely get worn, so I tend to take the more comfortable ones out on errand days. I mean, errands are mostly spend driving in-between places anyways. These booties are super comfy because the wedge and the enclosed boot both work to support my foot while its at the weird heel height angle. And I don’t know if you can tell, but they have stellar traction for when winter comes.

How do you wear jeans and a t-shirt? What would you consider your basic outfit?American Eagle Green Moto Jeggings

Cardigan: Thrifted/target
Top: JCP
Jeans: American Eagle (Also worn here)
Shoes: DSW

Fall Ready

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I’ve got a long and early day tomorrow, so this will be brief. I have 100% fallen head over heels for fall now. Everywhere I go, I can’t help but be constantly distracted by all the perfect golden yellows and rich reds. Maybe I need a day where I just stare at trees, cause their beauty right now deserves it.

Now that it’s fall this sweater has gone back into a constant rotation in my closet. I found it last winter and it has been the first sweater I have loved in a long while. The relaxed fit is perfect for lounging around the house or just feeling super comfy while running around all day. It’s made of the softest material and has tinsel pieces woven throughout. That extra bit of sparkle just makes me feel so classy, even on a run-down relaxed day like today.

I spent the day doing a lot of lounging, a little bit of cleaning, and so much eating! Me and the boyfriend went to view Boise’s Fall parade of homes, which I thought would be the most awesome people opening their houses for public viewing. Not quite so. There were certainly some cool, and one downright amazing, houses, most of the ones we saw were basic, boring, cookie-cutter model homes up for sale. Slight disappointment, since i’m not yet able to buy my own place. But gosh I wish I was. Houses have so much beauty in them, I just love exploring them, and would be over the hill to have complete control over one. But someday.

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[Top:TJMaxx] [Dress (as skirt): H&M] [Socks: Old] [Boots: Union Bay/Thrifted]

What’s your go to sweater like? Have any requirements for your someday dream home? (Mine is a bookshelf hidden door)

This post was submitted as part of IFB Project #118.

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Fall Dreaming Wishlist

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I realize I am a bit behind the times but I am just now thinking about how I’m going to update my wardrobe for fall. This year I really wish I could go out and completely start over with my wardrobe, but sadly that’s not really in my budget. My solution was to pick out a few inspirational items from my own wardrobe and pick some classic fall pieces that would go with them. I ordered the ruffled trench this summer after finding it on sale. It was still more than I usually spend on a single piece of clothing but I drooled over this piece all last winter. It’s a pretty decent weight for a winter coat, and Boise winters don’t get oh too crazy, so I can’t wait to wear it ALL THE TIME! The golden circle scarf I found HERE on Etsy, but I just finished crocheting my own. Mine is not perfect but I’m so excited to have finally finished it; 2 years in the making! The pants I got on super sale at H&M and was unable to find a similar pair online, but they are grey with rhinestone pattering the front. I don’t know if I would have bought them if they wern’t $7, but It’s been fun adding something unusual for me into my closet. Now, onto my wishlist:

1. Maroon Floppy Hat: This is my number one item on my winter list. I’m in the process of trying to become a hat person and I just love the versatility of a hat like this! My first idea was to pair it with my trench, and I know I could work the fall color into so many different pieces. This particular hat is a little more than I want to spend, but I have yet to find the perfect one within my price range. I want to hit under $30, have any suggestions??

2. Cat Bat Tee: I ran into this tee while browsing online and it is just too cute. I love theme T’s and am currently lacking a halloween one. I may just have to snag this up.

3. Chambray Top: I am still on the hunt for the perfect Chambray top, and I need to get into my local Old Navy and try this one on! Maybe I also need to stop being so picky.

4. Yellow Chambray Top: If you haven’t picked this up already, my favorite color is yellow. The moment I came across this top I just had to include it! It’s currently on sale and I really want to find time to head over and check it out in person. If it moderately looks good on, I’m pretty sure it’ll join my closet.

5. Wine Chunky Sweater: I want about 1,000 sweaters like this one. Chunky sweaters are just my perfect idea of what a fall wardrobe should be. I love the elbow patches on this one, and it looks like it won’t be too long on my petite frame.

6. Black Skinny Office Pants: These Madewell pants will probably never be mine, but they are my inspiration in hunting for the perfect versatile work pant. I’m a big fan of skinny jeans, and I’d love to be able to have that fit in my workwear. I know I need a good pair of black pants for an everyday work look, but I am just not a fan of the main dress pants fit. I know finding a good pair of skinnies like these would instantly boost up my work wardrobe.

7. Ponte Peplum Top: This is another work pick that I think would work great for a versatile piece to go under my blazers. I love that it’s a peplum top, but it doesn’t have a tight waistline seam or an oversize flare to it.

8. Dip Dyed Tank: Another work pick for under blazers. I’m not sure if it would be worth the investment because I’m kinda on the fence about how office appropriate this would be. Maybe as a good layering piece. I do know that it would be perfect for my summer casual pieces, but that’s still a long way off.

What’s on your fall wishlist? 

High Wasted Mystery

Nude Sweater August Wrinkle High Waisted Shorts

I feel like I have been extremely absent minded over the last couple days. Yesterday, I really struggled to do anything productive on my day off. I did manage to run a red light, almost hit a pedestrian, and show up 12hrs too late for an appointment. I must really sound like the worst driver, but it was a bad day. I don’t know about you, but I am a major list person. I usually have 2-3 lists going at one time, not to mention my longer planning lists, like movies to watch or books to read. Even with all these lists, i’m not very good at crossing things off. My lists usually serve to organize my thoughts or as reminders as I go about my day. Yea, I love getting things done, but I’m also pretty okay with just letting the day go as it will. Maybe if I stuck to my lists better I’d have made better use of yesterday.

I really love these August Wrinkle shorts, and got them after just dying over how cute they were in this season’s lookbook. Now, I just went to find those links for you because everything in their shop is really adorable, but their entire shop seems to have disappeared from the internet. I’m so intrigued by the sudden radio silence but I wish I could share this great shop with you! They really worked with me about getting the sizing right and it came in the prettiest package. If they reappear, I’ll make sure to share.

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OUTFIT TIP: I love this sort of half tucking for tops. I use it to play with the proportions of the outfit, and if you want, it can imitate a hi/low feel. With this outfit, the small tuck also helped highlight these great high waisted shorts and their button detail. If you need some guidance on tucking, I found the best guide to walk you through the full and half tuck!

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[Top: Target] [Shorts: August Wrinkle/Similar] [Shoes: DSW/Similar] [Necklace: Thrifted]

What are your favorite online stores? Any tips for sticking to a list?