Casual Outfit Formula: Graphic Tee + Denim Jacket + Black Jeans

Good morning! Cyndi and I are back today with the 3rd of our 5 casual outfit formulas for moms! Today we’re each styling a graphic tee with a denim jacket, non-blue jeans, and ankle boots (or sneakers.)

When I set up this series, I tried to create 5 outfit formulas that incorporated a variety of wardrobe pieces — different types of footwear, different types and colors of pants, etc. We have an athleisure look coming with sneakers, so I planned this look for ankle boots.

However, when I went to put my outfit together, I decided it would look better with sneakers, so I ended up photographing it both ways! I guess it just goes to show you how versatile these formulas can be. You’ll have to let me know which you like better.

First, let’s discuss this t-shirt. I think it’s hilarious.

We women all know the hustle — whether we are entrepreneurs, an employee at a school or business, or the family CEO, we’re all hustling and trying to get it all done, am I right?

The fun thing about a graphic tee is it can be the foundation for a super casual look, but you can also dress it up. These days I see women wearing graphic tees with pencil skirts and blazers, so there are no rules anymore. It’s all in how you put the pieces together and make them work.

These ankle boots are from The Walking Company. I’ve had them for a few years, so they’re no longer available, but the Umberto Raffini brand is great for those of you who have finicky feet and need stylish footwear options. I linked to the Sam Edelman Petty Chelsea Bootie as a similar option.

When this outfit came together, I felt like the black jeans and black ankle boots looked a little more dressed-up than I had originally intended when I decided on the outfit formula, so I decided to go with it and glam it up a bit. I grabbed a red bag and added some bold earrings. I wish I’d thought to put on red lipstick and lightened up on the eye makeup, but I’d already done my makeup when I got around to getting dressed.

The red bag is fun because it pulls from the red in the t-shirt, and it also helps brighten up the look which is overall rather dark, despite the white tee peeking out.

In fact, it’s the white tee against the dark color palette that caused me to want to pull out my white Adidas Superstars.

Yep, I did it. I ordered the ones with the black stripes. The all-white ones would be fine with this outfit, but I often find myself putting on black jeans with casual tops and wanting the sneakers with the black stripes to put the finishing touch on the outfit, so I decided to bite the bullet and order them. This was a fashion blogger decision, not a personal one. For my lifestyle, one pair of Superstars and one pair of Converse is plenty for fashion sneakers, but for the blog, I know I will use these a lot.

It was actually hard to find my size. I had to try a few times, and finally Zappo’s got a few in stock and I snagged them. (You’ll probably want to size down at least a half size in these.) I know I shared in my January Favorites post that I was crushing on the copper ones, and I do love those, but I decided that they were too similar to my all white ones, and it’s the black ones I’m always wishing I had when I go to put outfits together.

You may also notice I changed jean jackets for this second outfit. I generally think black jeans look best with a lighter blue denim, so when I lightened up the look with the white sneakers, I switched to my lighter blue jean jacket.

This one is also cropped. I like the fit of the other one better and the color of this one so I keep holding onto both. I generally like this one better with shorter tops and cropped pants or skirts, but it works okay with this because the shirt is long enough to maintain the overall proportion of the outfit.

I also switched to a black satchel to tone down this second look and keep it more casual. I think it works better with the sneakers than the red clutch.

What do you think? Which look is your favorite?

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graphic tee // AG distressed black jeans (similar for less) // dark denim jacket // similar booties // similar red clutch // similar lighter denim jacket // Adidas Superstars // Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel // Tala Chandeliers // bracelets c/o Alex and Ani

See all of my casual outfit formulas for moms!

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