STYLE GURU STYLE: Don’t Stress, Distress (Your Jeans)

I have always appreciated Rachel Zoe as a designer because her lines are always among the more wearable for the non high-fashion-model demographic of the world, compared to the majority of designer’s impractical so-called “ready-to-wear” collections that are anything but. I pulled inspiration from Zoe’s spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection for this look because of her use of menswear-influenced pieces. I have been loving boyfriend jeans lately, and this collection embodied the sort of distressed denim vibes I’ve been digging. The baggy, medium wash pair in look 12 are cool without trying, which is what I really love about boyfriend jeans.

As you can see in my look, I really went for the exact style of cuffed boyfriend jeans as seen in Zoe’s collection. From there on I made the look my own. Zoe went full-on menswear in look 12, pairing the jeans with a tailored blazer and vest. I wanted to keep things a little less polished, as I like to be a little more feminine and casual in my style. I styled a grey ribbed tank top with a cut-in arm structure by tying it up in a knot to the side to show off the high waistline of the jeans. I love distressed jeans because they add attitude to any outfit. They are a great staple piece to have to grunge-up any look.

In the summer, I’m all about outfits that require little thought and you can just throw on and go, which is what this outfit was for me. I just slipped on my Birkenstocks to keep up with the laid-back feel and threw on a silver and gray fringed necklace to compliment the silver hardware on the jeans and sandals. My loose waves complete the look, preventing the casual outfit from seeming to too undone. I think some of the best outfits are the simplest ones to put together. So don’t stress about putting together the perfect look—just grab some of your go-to basics and a pair of boyfriend jeans for an effortless outfit.

Get My Look: 1. Boyfriend jeans. 2. Birkenstocks. 3. Cut-in tank top.