Putting Together a Casual but Cute Outfit

Let's face it - we all have those days when it takes all your effort to just get out of bed, never mind put on anything other than sweatpants. I mean, dresses are great and all, but when you're up before the sun for the 5th day in a row, they aren't exactly screaming your name from inside the closet. Whether you're sick, up late doing homework and have a short amount of time to get ready in the morning, or just don't feel like dressing up, there are so many alternative ways to look good and feel good at the same time. What's the point of wearing an outfit if you're absolutely miserable all day?! Here are some of my tips for putting together a cute and comfy outfit:

Wear patterns // Stripes, polka dots, argyle, gingham, seersucker... anything. A solid colored top and shorts can be boring, but a patterned top with jeans makes for a perfect outfit all-around, for going out to eat, running errands, and going to classes.

Wear t-shirts with name-brand logos // I can't even tell you how many times Polyvore outfits with Vineyard Vines t-shirts, athletic Nike shorts, and Nike sneakers pop up in my Pinterest feed, and I have to admit that I think they're super cute for weekends. I'm so glad that fancier clothing companies put their logos on t-shirts because then I can wear one without feeling like I look like I'm in pajamas. They don't break the bank and are perfect for the days when being comfortable is your #1 priority! 

Light-wash jeans // When you're going for a more casual and simple look, I'd definitely recommend wearing looser, lighter-washed, and maybe even slightly ripped jeans. (I'm not a huge fan of big rips in any pants.) Light jeans look super cute with a sweatshirt and a pair of Converse sneakers, and that's definitely my go-to outfit when I'm on the sidelines on the cool fall mornings watching my siblings play their sports! 

Nothing too tight // I've seen so many people that completely ruin their outfits by wearing super tight clothes. A sweater that feels like it's squeezing the guts out of you probably looks like it is too - and that's not a good look. (Not to mention it would be so uncomfortable!!)

If you're going to go for the casual look, go for it with 100% effort. // White jeans and an oversized sweatshirt don't match. Period. An oversized sweatshirt and light jeans - now we're talking. 

What are your favorite casual outfits? 

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