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Easy Outfit Formulas: Bootcut Jeans + Button-Down Shirt

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Bootcut jeans and button down shirt
Product Info: Jeans, Shirt

You know those days – the ones where you roll out of bed (after hitting the snooze button too many times), stumble into your closet, and have no idea what to wear? Our series Easy Outfit Formulas is here to help! Every other week, I’ll feature two items (which you probably already own) that can be paired into outfits for those days when you need some quick and easy inspiration.

Skinny jeans may be the most popular denim style of the moment, but one of the most classic and flattering jean styles is a simple bootcut. Depending on the wash and distressing, bootcut jeans can be polished and professional or rustic and weathered. Plus, with a great pair of heels or boots, they are super leg-elongating.

So, what’s the best thing to wear with these classic, versatile jeans? A button-down shirt, which is equally classic and versatile, pairs perfectly with bootcut jeans. To see how to wear this combo for different situations and styles, check out the outfits below:

Polished and Preppy

Bootcut jeans polka dot shirt purple sweater look
Product Info: Jeans, Shirt, Sweater, Shoes, Bag, Earrings

This outfit has a clean, polished, and slightly preppy feel – perfect for class or an internship setting. Start with dark wash bootcut jeans, which have a more dressy and professional look, and a crisp polka dot shirt. Layer a plum sweater over the shirt so that the collar peeks out, then slip on a pair of cognac oxfords. Accessorize with a scholarly leather satchel and classic pearl earrings.

Rustic Fall

Distressed bootcut jeans plaid shirt
Product Info: Jeans, Shirt, Cardigan, Scarf, Boots, Earrings

If rustic and casual is more your style, try this look, which instantly makes me think of cozy cabins and pumpkin spice lattes. The outfit starts with distressed, medium wash bootcut jeans and a red plaid shirt. Perfect the art of fall layering by adding an oversized gray cardigan and a warm mustard yellow scarf. Western-style booties and arrow earrings complete the ensemble and add to the woodsy, country vibe.

Modern Classics

Dark bootcut jeans embellished white shirt
Product Info: Jeans, Blouse, Blazer, Heels, Clutch, Earrings

This dressy going-out look is all about classic pieces with modern and trendy touches. You can’t go wrong with dark wash bootcut jeans, and an embellished, sleeveless version of a classic white button-down helps make the outfit more youthful.

The black blazer gets a modern update with zipper accents and a draped collar, and a slouchy, foldover metallic clutch also adds a trendy element. Finish with bright heels and jeweled earrings.


What do you think of this outfit formula? Do you like bootcut jeans and button-down shirts? Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bar Refaeli, & Jessica Alba

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bar Refaeli, & Jessica Alba

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bar Refaeli, and Jessica Alba. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Chic Sweatshirt

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing burgundy skinny pants, a gray sweatshirt, and pointy-toe pumps
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was spotted off-duty in a pair of bordeaux-colored skinny pants, a gray sweatshirt featuring a graphic print, round oversize sunglasses, a black satchel, and pointy-toe heels. Rosie’s fall-appropriate getup is casual and fun, but still looks chic thanks to the mature color-scheme and sleek accessories.

Outfit Inspired by Rosie

Rosie HW Outfit
Jeans, Sweatshirt, Bag, Sunglasses, Sneakers

Rosie’s outfit is especially perfect for a day spent around campus – it’s laid-back, but still looks fashionable and put-together. A pair of maroon or bordeaux-colored skinny pants are a cool alternative to normal skinny jeans, plus this color is so “fall” to me. A gray crew-neck sweatshirt with graphic lettering continues the casual yet cool vibe.

While Rosie’s heels were super-chic, make this look more functional for everyday wear with a pair of trendy slip-on sneakers. These black pony hair slip-ons maintain the chic aspect of the outfit, and pair well with oversized, rounded cat-eye sunglasses and a black satchel.

Look 2: Bar Refaeli’s Marvelous Maxi Dress

Bar Refaeli wearing a black maxi dress, a wide brim hat, and ankle boots
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Bar Refaeli did some shopping in Milan, Italy (lucky!) in an all-black number that was both boho and rocker. She wore a tank maxi dress with a slit, along with a wide-brim hat, ankle booties, and a combination of studded belts around her waist. Though it’s fall, Bar proves you don’t have to put away your classic summer maxi dress just yet!

Outfit Inspired by Bar

Bar Refaeli Outfit
Dress, Belt, Hat, Booties

Bar’s outfit is all about accessories, which are able to transform a fairly basic black maxi dress into a super cool look with a boho/rocker edge. This maxi dress features a slit like Bar’s, which will better show off these perfect-for-fall black ankle booties. A studded or beaded belt gives the dress the bohemian-esque touch that really makes the look pop, as does a wide-brim fedora.

Look 3: Jessica Alba’s Mixed Metals

Jessica Alba wearing a studded tee, distressed skinny jeans, and a plaid shirt
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Jessica Alba looked ready for fall in dark colors, flannel, and mixed metals. She wore a pair of distressed black skinny jeans with a studded black top, a wide-brim fedora with a metallic band, a plaid shirt tied around her waist, and metallic cap-toe flats. As usual, Jessica looks on-trend, and the incorporation of metallic touches on her flats, shirt, and hat make her outfit stand out.

Outfit Inspired by Jessica

Jessica Alba Outfit
Jeans, Top, Hat, Shirt, Flats

Jessica’s outfit is laid-back but trendy, and incorporates many eye-catching details, from the distressing on her jeans to the flashes of metallic on her shirt and shoes. These metallic cap-toe flats perfectly offset the more grungy feel of the skinny jeans, while a black top with a metallic stud design ties them together.

A black, wide-brim hat may just be the ultimate accessory of the season, and makes any outfit look instantly chicer. Lastly, tie a plaid flannel shirt around your waist to break up the all-black color scheme and add an unexpected print into the mix.

What do you think?

Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!

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4 New and Noteworthy Drugstore Makeup Products

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4 New and Noteworthy Drugstore Makeup Products

It’s the start of a new season, which means drugstore makeup brands are starting to roll out some fun new products for fall. I love the beginning of seasons for exactly that reason. It’s so neat to see what innovations are being made and if there’s any new makeup that stands out.

This season, I have four makeup products from Milani, NYX, and Maybelline that I’m going to review. Read on to learn more about these killer new products!

Milani Constellation Gel Eyeliner

Milani constellation gel eye liner
$5.99 at

These new gel eyeliners from Milani are so beautiful. Unfortunately, that pretty swirled effect is only a spray-on sparkle, but the color itself is stunning – there is enough sparkle in the color that you don’t need the spray-on on the top.

When I first used it with the brush, I was impressed with how smoothly the product applied and how pigmented it was. I can compare the texture of these to Stila’s gel eyeliners, which are amazing, too.

There are two other colors besides the one pictured, which is called “Lapis.” There is “Black Opal,” a gold-black, and “Emerald,” a pretty gold-green. Definitely give these a try if you want to incorporate metallics into your fall makeup look!

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

Maybelline brow drama
$7.99 at Ulta

I am eyebrow-obsessed. I’m always trying to find the best way to do my brows without making them too harsh or dark for my face. I’m also trying to find the best natural-looking color for them. Well, I think Benefit’s Gimme Brow needs to move over for this more-affordable dupe by Maybelline! At $7.99, this product is a great value and works wonderfully, too.

It’s tinted with a medium brown shade – it comes in other colors! – and you simply brush it onto your eyebrows. Not only does it fill them in enough, but it keeps them in place all day without that “crunchy” feel (You know what I mean!). Give this a try if you’re looking to have fab and easy-to-do eyebrows.

NYX Radiant Finishing Powder

NYX powder
$9 at

This product might not be completely new, but it’s definitely in new packaging and the texture has improved 100%. NYX always has great blushes and bronzers, but I was always skeptical of powders with the word “radiant” in it… because for me, radiant means sparkly and I don’t necessary like sparkle on my face. However, this powder is gorgeous.

It adds the right amount of light shimmer to your face and does a good job of slight color-correcting. Since I apply this over all of my makeup, I don’t want it to add any color, so the fact that it color-corrects slightly is perfect for me. I also use this on top of just moisturizer when I’m having a “lazy makeup” day!

Maybelline Great Lash Real Impact Mascara

Maybelline real impact
$5.99 at Ulta

I am a huge fan of Maybelline’s original Great Lash mascara. It’s cheap, it works well, and the formula never changes. It’s basically a reliable, go-to mascara for me! However, this new formula is fantastic. I was so excited to see this that I had to try it, and I’m glad I did. It gives you big lashes that look natural without any artificial waxes.

To me, the bigger, the better when it comes to lashes, and this product definitely delivered. And for the price? You have to try it! It does flake after a long day of wear, but I found that the original Great Lash does that, as well.

What do you think?

What are some new drugstore products you want to try? Have you tried any of these? Would you like to see more posts like this? Remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

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