How to Dress Up a Casual Outfit in 5 Minutes

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When you work from home, everyday is casual Friday. It’s great working in jean and a tee-shirt (or lets be honest, half the time I’m in sweats) all day, but when last minute plans come up after work sometimes I wish I had a reason to get dolled up in the mornings so I’d be prepared for moments like those.

Luckily, my friends and I are the opposite of Fancy AF and usually I’m able to make my jeans and tee combo work, and it’s not rocket science but I thought I’d share my go-to’s that I use to dress up my basics.

Step #1: Shoes. Always shoes.

Until recently, I’d never considered myself a “shoe” person. Honestly, though, I was in denial because I have a lot of shoes. With that said, I’ve never had a nice pair of tennis shoes. Sure, I have Keds and Converse but those are casual and really hard to dress up.

My friends at ECCO sent me a pair of their Soft 7 Quilted Tie Sneakers and it was love at first wear. They are causal and comfy, but they are definitely more dressy than wearing my gym shoes out. Having a polished pair of tennis shoes makes your “Oh, I just threw this on” outfit look intentional rather than like you actually just threw this on.

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Step #2: Statement jewelry

Once you’ve got your fancy feet on, dress up the top of your outfit with a statement necklace, scarf, or earrings. I don’t know what it is about statement necklaces, but once you add one to your outfit instantly everyone starts dishing out compliments. I swear, it’s some sort of scientific phenomena. You could be wearing baggy sweats and a stained up t-shirt but throw on a statement necklace and people think you were intentionally going for slobby-chic. It’s beautiful, really.

Step #3: Fashion glasses

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This one has the same effect that the statement jewelry does – I know I said I’m a shoe person, but I’m also a sunglasses person. You can get cool, futuristic glasses like this for $10 on Amazon and a deal like that makes it hard not to throw a pair into every Prime order.

Whether you’ve got them perched on top of your head like a glorious headband, or wearing them to protect your eyes from those UV Rays, fashion glasses go a long way in dressing up an outfit.

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Thank you ECCO for sending me my beautiful Sneakers!
  • I use these tricks a lot too! Casual outfits are my favorite so it’s fun to put a little twist on them with accessories. Those shoes are super cute!

    Madison // http://www.madsmaybe.com

  • You know how I am about statement necklaces! A big blingy necklace with a simple sweater or tee really makes your I-need-to-do-laundry outfit look intentional.

  • These are all great tips! When I’m really short on time, throwing on a blazer or a leather jacket dresses up any look as does putting on a bold lip!
    -Sisi
    http://www.modernbeautygirl.com

  • Those jeans look amazing!

  • Desiree Sandlin

    Krista did a fab job as photographer!!!!

  • Totally loving those blush colored shoes! Ecco is awesome

  • Amanda

    This is such a cute and easy to put together outfit! I love it!!

    — Amanda
    http://www.simply-amanda.com