how to: casual but stylish

One fun fact about me is: I hate getting dressed. Yet, at the same time I love appearing “pulled together”. Obviously that contradicts one another, but I think I somehow mastered to always be under dressed while seeming as if I were dressed at the same time. One of my favorite items that I always opt for is sweatpants. I appreciate my comfort above all things therefore no matter my plans, if sweatpants are allowed it is my number one choice.

My tricks for wearing sweatpants are: 1) If it’s for a night out, I opt for a heel. This may seem obvious, but a lot of people steer clear of the sweatpants and heel trend. The important tip is that it has to be the right shoe. Since sweatpants are more casual and leaning towards athleisure, your shoe must be rather “simple” for lack of better description. I usually go for a plain pump, a form of bootie, or a plain sandal. Shoes that have a lot of details such as straps, or intricate details would distract from the simplicity of your outfit. Opting for a plain shoe to pair with something that others would wear with sneakers creates a comfortable yet trendy look. 2) Also, when attempting to wear sweatpants for a night out, your top is just as important. I usually lean towards a top that is fitting to the festivities. For example: if I were going somewhere casual, I would wear a t-shirt but I am careful to tuck the t-shirt in and cuff the sleeves. If I were to go somewhere less casual, I would opt for a better quality t-shirt of even a “going out” top to balance the sweatpants.

Also, I live in white t-shirts. I literally have a drawer dedicated to all my white t-shirts for easy finding, and sometimes they can get boring but I honestly love a good pair of denim and a white t-shirt so I have some tips as well! If you’ve taken a look at my social media, I am legit a minimalist. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, all my items are neutral in color, and I never wear prints. Like I always say, “remain a classic girl in trendy stuff.” My trendy items are usually my handbags, as well as occasionally a shoe, but for the most part every thing else in my closet will never get old in my eyes. To make white t-shirts look less ordinary, I pair them with cute jackets. I consider myself a jacket/bomber collector, and have them in all materials including silk, satin, vintage Adidas, you name it I probably have it. Something as simple as having a jacket that isn’t basic will make your white t-shirt seem that much more special. My little secret that I also love in the summer to add a some fun to a t-shirt is to wear a bralette. I usually find ones that are lace that way when wearing a v-neck that is low and loose, it’s cute to see colored lace. (I’m also a bralette hoarder lol) This is also the time to have fun with your shoe! A white t-shirt is the perfect opportunity to wear a statement shoe and wear your t-shirts off the shoulder. This is what I usually do since I am more plain, so if I am going to wear something that is more out there, I make these rest of my outfit as plain as can be to create a balance.


Above are photos of some examples of the tips mentioned above. Get your inspiration! Additionally, I wanted to mention must have items that make ANY outfit stylish. A good white sneaker makes everything look nice simply because it adds a contrast. My favorite are the original Stan Smith’s, and on the higher end I love my Gucci sneakers and balenciaga trainers. A white sneaker alone is good to have, the three sneakers mentioned can be worn casually or dressed up which is why they are staples. Also, a good leather jacket is a must. I use to wear mine religiously, so I retired it for the year put it is worth it to have in your closet. Lastly, a handbag that is more structured such as my givenchy antigona can make any outfit seem like your put more effort in. The idea of a structured bag with any outfit will give the look that you are pulled together. I even wear mine with work out clothes some times for errands just so I give “fresh out the gym but not really” vibes. lol!

If you have any questions about specific outfits/items, reach out to me. Also, coming soon are youtube videos to accomodate these blog posts. If you have anything you would like me to cover first, please let me know! Thanks so much & I hope you enjoy the re-branding.

If your still reading: my favorite white t-shirt that I wear 98% of the time is from urban outfitters . It’s the best. Please get yourself one, you won’t regret it.

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14 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    January 6, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    you’re amazing . . .

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    •period

    • ajanarie
      January 6, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      thank you!

  2. Anonymous
    January 6, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Why did you rebrand? Love this post btw! I’m always having trouble “dressing up” and I only have white t’s and jeans and sweats lol

    • ajanarie
      January 8, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Aw see, now you know the tricks to looking pulled together! lol and I wanted to have the same name across all platforms so that there was no confusion. Thanks for reading.

  3. Nina
    January 6, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    I love your style 🙂 For youtube I think a get ready with me video would be cool where you do your hair/makeup and a pick a cute outfit

    • ajanarie
      January 8, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Thank you for your suggestion, I added it to my list 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    January 7, 2018 / 12:24 am

    you’re perfection…….
    continue to be great.

    • ajanarie
      January 8, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      Thank you!

      Same to you

  5. Anonymous
    January 7, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Why did you rebrand?

    • ajanarie
      January 8, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      I wanted my name/brand to be the same across all platforms 🙂

  6. Paige
    January 7, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Such an inspiration! Loyal reader 🌹

    • ajanarie
      January 8, 2018 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you!!

  7. Amirra
    January 8, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    I love this post! Very interesting and worded well. I like how you incorporated your sense of humor into it… look forward to reading more😊

    • ajanarie
      January 9, 2018 / 4:46 pm

      Thank you! and yes I can’t write these post without being silly or like I’m talking to myself lol.