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Fashion 4 years ago

how to dress up ripped jeans + a tee!





Y’all know by now that overall my style is pretty casual and it isn’t often that I get totally dressed up. I just love casual, everyday outfits that work for everything from coffee with friends to making a quick grocery run. Like if I could wear a t-shirt and jeans every single day, I would haha. And to be honest, most days that’s exactly what I wear! So I’ve learned that the right shoes and accessories are key when it comes to dressing up jeans a tee. They  can really make all the difference! So today I wanted to share some of my faves and talk about how to dress up ripped jeans and a tee!



During the spring and summer, I find myself wearing more casual jeans than I do any other time of year. Give me all of the light wash, ripped jeans! They’re just the perfect casual denim for any spring or summer outfit. Distressed jeans are definitely more of a casual look though, so I am always trying to find the right shoes to dress them up for dinner or a night out with friends. For an everyday causal look, I almost always wear white sneakers or a pair of flat sandals. But I also like having the versatility to dress up my fave jeans with different shoes/sandals. Not anything TOO dressy, but something you can wear to dinner and feel more put together. I’m a huge fan of a block heel sandal and these ones have been a recent fave of mine! Y’all, I am convinced every woman needs these sandals in her closet! They feel really good on your feet; the block heel makes them especially comfortable / easy to walk in.

Another reason I am obsessed with these sandals is that they are so versatile. The suede is a really beautiful neutral, so you can wear them with any outfit. These shoes are great for grabbing margs with friends, running to the mall, or even pairing with a dress for a spring wedding! Honestly, you can were them for anything because they are so easy to dress up or down. I love pairing them with distressed jeans because I instantly feel more put together and ‘ready’! I feel like every year once the temperatures warm up, I try to find a good pair of heeled sandals that I can wear for everything. It’s one style of shoe that I LOVE and find I really get the most wear out of. These block heel sandals from DSW have quickly become my favorite and I have no doubt I will be wearing them countless times in the next few months. Major bonus: they’re under $50!



I think sometimes when the weather warms up, it can be a little harder to figure out how to ‘dress up’. It can be so easy and tempting to just wear t-shirts and jeans/cutoff denim shorts every day. And don’t get me wrong, I love that! It’s basically my uniform haha. I’ve really found that the right pair of shoes + the perfect bag can make a casual outfit – like ripped jeans and a tee – instantly more dressed up! This macrame crossbody bag is one that you can wear all spring and summer long, with just about any outfit in your closet. I love the subtle boho look of it and the neutral straw raffia is so fun for this time of year. I feel like this bag is just as versatile as the sandals, and you can easily dress up any outfit (like I did on these photos) with it! It’s just the perfect detail to bring the outfit together and make it a little less casual.

Here are a few other shoes + bags from DSW that can help you dress up a tee + jeans:



So the next time you’re looking to dress up a tee and ripped jeans, definitely put some thought into the right shoes + bag! Lately I’ve been finding so much cute stuff at DSW and I’ve been so impressed with all of it. It’s pretty budget-friendly without sacrificing quality, and seriously their spring + summer pieces are SO adorable! The Crown Vintage line is one of my favorites – both the shoes + bag in today’s post are Crown Vintage. Plus, you can use code LAURENKAY20 to get an additional 20% off Crown Vintage products. I’m always so happy with everything I get from DSW and have honestly been shopping there more and more over the last couple of years!

What’s your go-to outfit for this time of year? Let me know in the comments + share your tips for dressing up a casual look. Thanks for reading!

This post was created in collaboration with DSW. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

xo Lauren

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