I recently had a fashion revelation, and by recently I mean a few days ago. If you throw on a cute jacket and a pair of shoes with a snazzy print, you can pretty much turn any standard-issue outfit into something pretty darned cute.
I’m not sure why this trick works, or what the fashion-based scientific logic is, but it does. Something about the different shapes, lines, textures and patterns on what would otherwise be a ho-hum canvas…
Take this white tank and skinnies…
Super casual on their own, yes? But instead of wearing them with “the usual,” also known as my favorite black Zella hoodie and a pair of flip-flops (seriously, most of the time I’m tempted to dress like I’m going skateboarding by the beach), I put on this casual beige and gray zip-up jacket with these cute cat-print Vans.
The addition of the jacket and printed shoes slightly dresses up the outfit but doesn’t make it look overly dressy. Perfect to go to a baseball/basketball game, a picnic or a barbecue.
You might remember these shoes… I got them last year when Vans did their ASPCA collaboration. You’d think that a pair of shoes covered with cats would only interest a minority of crazy cat ladies, but I get a surprisingly high number of compliments on these shoes, and not only in pet stores, LOL!
I think in the case of these particular shoes, the cat print works with so many different outfits because of the preponderance of neutral-colored kitties. The gray, beige, tan and black go with almost everything in my closet.
See how the gray and beige in the shoes matches with the beige and gray in the jacket?
Ooh, matchy-matchy…but not ridiculously so.
The jacket, by the way, is from LOFT (big surprise), and it’s very soft and cozy. Feels almost like high-end sweatshirt material. I’ve wanted to upgrade my casual outerwear situation, and this achieves that nicely. It goes with jeans and tees, casual dresses, shorts, rompers…and you can even wear it with workout clothes, too. It’s very flexible!
And it’s on sale online right now for 60% off with the promo code FLASH, if you’re interested.
Here’s another example of the same jeans and tank, but this time with an oversized alligator green jacket with big pockets, and a pair of leopard-print flats.
This look is also très casual, and better, I think, for things like sightseeing or brunch in the city. I think the intensity of the jacket works with well with the brown and black shoes.
The jacket’s another LOFT gem, by the way, and I wear it whenever I want freedom from my purse. I just stick my wallet, keys, phone and gloss into the deep pockets, which snap shut, and go on my merry way. 🙂 It’s also roomy enough to layer.
As for the shoes, GURL! — believe it or not, but they’re by Dr. Scholl’s, and like the cat print Vans, I get compliments on them all the time. People are shocked — SHOCKED — when I say that they’re by Dr. Scholl’s, and honestly I can’t blame them. But they’re incredibly comfortable and feel very cushion-y inside, like I’m walking on fluffy clouds… I wear them all the time.
The take-home message is this: if you’re going casual for the day with jeans and a tee, try skipping the sweatshirt or hoodie, and add some polish with a cute jacket and a pair of printed shoes instead.
What I’m wearing in these looks…
Beige/gray jacket — LOFT Colorblock Varsity Jacket (on sale for $49.99 with an extra 60% off with code FLASH)
Alligator green jacket— LOFT Cotton Linen Anorak (on sale now online for 40% off)
Tennis shoes — VANS
Leopard-print flats — Dr. Scholls
White tank — Tipsy Elves (this fits snug so size up for a looser fit)
Jeans — LOFT Modern Super Skinny Jeans in Kinetic Blue Wash (on sale now for $39.99 with an additional 60% off with the code FLASH)
Necklace — Anthropologie (an oldie, no longer available)
Eyes — L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1
Cheeks — BECCA Damselfly Blush
Lips — MAC Matte Lipstick in Runway Hit (available online starting May 28, and in-stores June 11)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,