Style Recipe: Casual Polished in a Snap

You probably wouldn’t guess it from this blog, but when it comes to being casual, I have it down to an absolute science. Perhaps my love of casual chic is evidenced by the number of button-downs and pairs of boyfriend jeans I own (p.s. – the cheaper the better, no fancy designer jeans when it comes to boyfriend jeans!). Keep reading for the formula on how to look casual polished in under 10 minutes.

Total honesty needed here. How obvious is it that I resorted to the remote+tripod for these photos? I can’t help it if my [houston] is busy working in the hospital, up before dawn and home after sunset! Plus these non-daylight-savings time hours are killin’ me…

On the plus side, now that I’ve (sort of) mastered the art of taking my own photos again, I will be able to post my outfits a lot more often than I have been in recent weeks. Yay?

Peep that fiery red nail color I’m sporting! It’s a fresh coat of my very first Shellac manicure (which is a long-wearing UV hardened nail polish which lasts 14 days or more). It’s a classic jelly-like red with no sparkles, and no shimmer (gasp!) and, yes…I requested it for that reason. It’s hard to find a nail color that is simultaneously classic and seasonally festive. And this does the trick! What should my next Shellac color be?

When it comes to looking put-together, coordinate colors for maximum efficiency. Organize your accessories ahead of time based on metal or color scheme. Or, do what I do (the lazy route): wear a hodge-podge of mixed metals all at once to tie them all together. (Witness: cuff, necklaces, clutch, watch.)

The recipe is simple. Throw on a casual button down shirt, preferably one with a pattern but a white one is always classic. Next, throw on a pair of boyfriend, slouchy jeans (here’s a great pair), and fold a thin (think: the width of the hem & no more) amount and roll up a few times to expose your ankles. Next, on goes a sweater or cardigan. Haphazardly button only a few buttons on your cardigan. Flip the cuffs of your shirt up and over the sweater, pop up your color a bit (to make it look like you at least tried).

Throw on some chic wedges (heels are kind of a must here for the whole “polished” look). Swipe your lips with a classic shade like bright berry red (mine is MAC’s Holiday 2011 in a lovely matte red which is sadly sold out, but here’s a great alternative) and grab some shades and a clutch, or just your regular bag. It doesn’t matter, right? Because you rolled out of bed like this, right?


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  1. 11.30.2011 / 12:32 am

    i REALLY need a pair of boyfriend jeans!

  2. 11.30.2011 / 12:34 am

    Style Recipe: Casual Polished in a Snap: You probably wouldn’t guess it from this blog, but when it comes to bei…

  3. 11.30.2011 / 6:56 am

    Looks so comfy! I couldn’t wear any jeans that aren’t skinny – they make me look even smaller than I am. But everything else is fabulous!

  4. 11.30.2011 / 7:08 am

    You definitely know how to pull off the casual look! Love those boyfriend jeans, I have a pair myself and I practically live in them. Your whole outfit is great! 🙂

  5. 11.30.2011 / 8:29 am

    Awesome post Kristina! Love all about this look and your advices are great 🙂

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  6. 11.30.2011 / 8:31 am

    lovely lookI love this clutch

  7. 11.30.2011 / 11:41 am

    I have been wearing some variation of this look since fall began – the perfect solution for when you want to be comfortable, but still appear chic!

  8. 11.30.2011 / 11:44 am

    The look is fabulous! Thanks for the ‘recipe’! xo, Christina

  9. 11.30.2011 / 2:41 pm

    you definitely mastered the look and nice work with the tripod! looking gorgeous as always.

  10. No Fair! We can’t see the shoes. Loved the whole outfit. Great job on describing the look. Fav. pic #3 when you are playing with your phone. Fav. outfit piece –the sweater.

  11. 11.30.2011 / 4:01 pm

    I love this. I wish I’d seen it *before* I got dressed this morning!

  12. 11.30.2011 / 4:44 pm

    Amazing outfit! I love how casual, but still polished and chic this look is. I always prefer more dressed up outfits, because I believe that my casual ones are really boring. But I’m gonna try it your way. Really loved the result, and it’s not at all boring.

  13. 11.30.2011 / 4:55 pm

    Love your casual outfit. I don’t wear boyfriend jeans because of my size, but I would definitely do bootcut.

  14. 11.30.2011 / 5:07 pm

    Great post, Kristina! Love the outfit and the graphics 🙂

  15. 11.30.2011 / 5:08 pm

    What a great recipe for casual success! I will need to check out and try that Shellac nail polish! That is what usually keeps me from maintaining my nails–they start chipping right away and I stop caring and hide my hands in shame until I just take it off completely.

  16. 11.30.2011 / 6:03 pm

    I love this! I often want to wear a similar outfit, but haven’t quite pulled it off. what a great tutuorial on how to coordinate casual and polished look.
    PS: I tired shellac for the first time a few weeks ago, and fell in love! It lasted 3 weeks! And it was so shiny I couldn’t stop looking at my nails!

  17. 11.30.2011 / 6:20 pm

    I love this recipe. And your clutch is awesome. I need to get myself a pair of those boyfriend jeans!

  18. Chaz
    11.30.2011 / 6:28 pm

    This is great advice! I usually pull together a pretty nice dressy outfit, but a lot of the time I’m lost when it comes to more casual looks. I often just end up in a t-shirt and cardigan. Snooze. This is helpful! You look cute-as-can-be but not fussy. More of this, please! 🙂

  19. 11.30.2011 / 6:37 pm

    Thanks for the great cas’ tutorial! So many times when I try to dress casual and feel very unlike myself. But this is so doable! I’ll have to try those boyfriend jeans, too. The ones I’ve tried in the past have been very, very sad.

  20. 11.30.2011 / 6:45 pm

    I’m hoping and wishing for a gold sequin clutch under the Christmas tree this year…. Love your outfit 🙂

  21. 11.30.2011 / 7:13 pm

    Awesome tutorial! LIVE for the classic, casual look!

  22. 11.30.2011 / 7:54 pm

    Love the nails! It’s so great how nail polish can act as an accessory.Love the necklaces. I was curious about the Kardashian Kollection and now will definitely take a look at their accessories at least.

  23. 11.30.2011 / 8:08 pm

    This is a great look! I have the same clutch too & I love it paired with not-so-dressy outfits 🙂 A great alternative to MAC’s Such Flare is MAC Red – I picked it up this weekend & I love it!

  24. 11.30.2011 / 8:13 pm

    your recipe is just perfect – and comes perfectly right out of my heart (hmm can you say this in english? well in german it means: and it’s perfectly true for me too), I follow (try to at least) this recipe nearly every day! just without red lipstick, which doesn’t really look good on me (unfortunately)… xxx Anita

  25. 11.30.2011 / 9:52 pm

    I love the outfit. It’s simple, incredibly chic and with just the right amount of sparkle! The red lips just make it pop! 😉 It’s the best example of “comfty chic” that I’ve seen latley. I’ll have to keep this in mind in the next month for when I start my pre-nursing classes next month. With work, school and my blog, I’ll definitley need something comfy — however, with a look like this I can still be chic 🙂 Thanks for this and the advice! 🙂
    P.S.- since you are also a med student and have a crazy schedule like mine will soon be, any advice on how to stay sane throught it all? haha

  26. 11.30.2011 / 10:32 pm

    I love how you accessorize this outfit! Sad day that the MAC lipstick is sold out, its a gorgeous shade and looks great on you.

  27. 12.01.2011 / 12:05 am

    Great post Kristina!!! I love the clutch. It was the most unexpected piece of this outfit and brought the drama needed to complete this look. I wonder if I can pull this look off on Friday (casual day at my job) by swapping out my regular handbag for one of my evening purses. Hmmm. I also love the red lips. That added some drama here also.

  28. 12.01.2011 / 12:33 am

    I’m in love with that sparkly clutch! Such a great accessory to jazz up any outfit!

  29. 12.01.2011 / 1:00 am

    That clutch makes me so happy every time I see it =)

  30. 12.01.2011 / 1:31 am

    I love Shellac! I had a french manicure done in Shellac three weeks ago – YES… THREE! -and I just had my first chip! I was skeptical since I am ROUGH on a manicure, but it held up – even for me!

  31. 12.01.2011 / 3:49 am

    I love this look, especially the sparkly clutch and nails 🙂

  32. 12.01.2011 / 9:03 am

    I am in LOVE with your look here. It is what I try to tell all my clients. Most are stay at home Mom’s, that think comfy translate into work out clothes or jeans and a tea shirt. But really casual chick is so easy and you have outlined a simple formula to be comfy and look polished and chic! This is a great way to highlight how easy it is to look FAB, everyday!!

  33. Monica
    12.01.2011 / 3:13 pm

    hi- where is your iphone case from? love the sparkle!

  34. 12.02.2011 / 7:52 pm

    Clever formula! Will be trying ti out this weekend 😉
    Kindness is the best accessory,

  35. 12.04.2011 / 1:06 am

    I like the mix of necklaces and the rolled up sleeves.

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