Dressing Up Causal Fall Fridays

by jennine on October 7, 2011

the coveted jennine jacob

I love, love, love wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. Sometimes. Today was just one of those days, when I said, “Sweatshirt and jeans.” Fall is creeping in, the chilly mornings, the dry air blowing in. I love every second of it.

Believe it or not, a sweatshirt can be dressed up. Fancy sweats, as I like to call them have been around for a few years. Alexander Wang coined the current round of fancy sweatpants. And I’ve been seeing cashmere sweaters in sweatshirt styles, and sweatshirts made with greater quality. I  just want to keep warm you know! Yesterday, I picked up a striped sweatshirt on sale at Madewell, the thing I like about this is that it’s nicely constructed, and unlike knit sweatshirts I can wash it and know it’s not going to get those god awful bobbles/pills/lint/piling whatever they’re called.

Of course I had to dress it up, what better way than to add in a sparkly statement necklace, and a crisp pair of Rag and Bone skinny jeans. I think the beauty is in the details, and if you do it right, then you’ll be able to rock just about anything.

Oh yeah.. since experimenting with Sephora’s Chinese Blossoms nail patch art… I’m converted, put these on on Monday and they’ve held up nicely all week! Love the little flowers on my nails!

Wearing: Coat: CoS • Sweater: Madewell • Jeans: Rag & Bone (gift) • Bag: Pendleton Dopp Bag • Boots: Rachel Comey Mars Boots • Necklace: Shopbop • Sunglasses: Super Lucia

Photos: Nando Alvarez


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Ashe @ Dramatis Personae October 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm


I need those nail stickers! Also, check out the ones from Incoco if you haven’t… I got some in my Birchbox and it’s WUV TWU WUV.

jennine October 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

ooh more nail stickers? i’m on it!

Collette Osuna October 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I love dressing up a sweatshirt with pearls…lol…it usually works:)
Super cute nails too!!
Have a great weekend!!

jennine October 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

oh i haven’t tried it with PEARLS! awesome!

Liz October 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I have never seen those nail stickers, they are AMAZING- what sephora do you go to? I was just in the one in midtown and didn’t see them

A Reader October 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Oh my lord, I LOVE those boots! Alas, they are out of stock in my size (and not really in my budget, TBH.)

I’ve not had very good luck with nail stickers, but I love, love, love stamping. Have you ever used the Konad or Bundle Monster plates? So much fun.

jennine October 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

oh no.. i’ll have to check those out!

blahblahbecky.co.uk October 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Effortless and gorgeous!

I’m a huge fan of the simple grey marl sweatshirt - it’s a classic.


Laura Hueto Puig October 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Oh my! The nails!! O.O I also love the way you dressed up that simple ‘sweatshirt + jeans’ outfit, cause I do the same! Be it a statement necklace or a sparkly bracelet, the outfit needs a touch of fairy dust to be chic… But I also think the shoes are very important. I love the booties you wear in the picture, especially with the rolled up jeans! Thanks as always for the wonderful inspiration! ;)

Joy October 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

You look absolutely divine here. Down to every last detail.

Amanda October 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Adorable nails!

Eboni Ife' October 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Super cute nails! I love them.

I also love this casual look. I am slowly getting the hang of casual dressing. Going from working in an office to working from home was such a hard transition for me. Anyway, you look great!

Teresa @ Teresa Life and Style October 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I have many a day like this… where I just wanna snuggle all day long! What better way to dress up a comfy sweater or top than with a glitzy necklace! Love your whole comfy outfit, you look so stylish and pulled together.


Ophelia October 8, 2011 at 3:38 am

The nails look amazing!


Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle October 8, 2011 at 5:01 am

Wonderful outfit and the nails are amazing! Great quality pictures too…

Bella Q October 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

I love the shirt and the boots. Ok, the nail art is pretty adorable too.

Sweet Harvest Moon October 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Love this fall look! You hair is very pretty too :)

katherine October 9, 2011 at 6:55 am

I love your nails!! Totally want to pick some of these up or paint them on myself!
Thanks for sharing!

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Rosalia October 9, 2011 at 7:00 am

Hey Jennine!
You have got great accessories and your nail polish is just super excellent. Wearing a sweat shirt is an amazing idea, I hope to get one soon as winter is approaching. Yesterday, I brought a nail polish sparkled with stars and it looks great.

Ashley October 9, 2011 at 7:12 am

Love the outfit, that necklace and polish make it so chic!

Cheers :)

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Ashley October 9, 2011 at 7:13 am

Love the outfit, that necklace and polish make it so chic!

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Miss Chloe October 10, 2011 at 4:29 am

I saw those nails at sephora the other day! i was wondering if they would actually work well. I am going to have to go back and get some for myself. Also I love the necklace. really great photos

Ana October 10, 2011 at 4:40 am

Your nails look absolutely incredible!

Oh, and I’ve got to thank you for your post on the half-moon mani - that one looked great, too, and inspired me to play with my nails quite a bit :) .

Sandy a la Mode October 10, 2011 at 9:19 am

gah!! i LOVE your boots and your nails!!!

Kaitlyn October 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

Your nails look flawless! And, I love the trench coat! You can never go wrong with a classic trench coat, and it’s the perfect fall accessory.

Andrew October 14, 2011 at 3:53 am

You’re always smart to match your dress =) Look so cool Jennine!

Terrie October 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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Tina @ Fashion Dynamite October 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Oooh, I love your beautiful necklace! It looks great with your striped sweatshirt.

I tried the Sally Hansen stick on nails and they were really tough to file off around the cuticle. Did you think that the Sephora stickies were easy to apply? Looking at your nails is making me want to try this one more time…

Daniel Dunt October 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

You always look really great, even if this is what you call “casual”. That necklace from Shopbop in particular is a favorite of mine! Once again Jennine, you’ve pulled it off!

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