Why I Stopped: As a kid growing up in southern California, I always assumed that casual style was synonymous with zero effort. T-shirt. Shorts. Sandals. Done. Looking back, this line of thinking was probably equal parts ignorance and apathy. Caring involves effort and education, and the one was tough for me to give when I lacked the other. Terrell, on the other hand, clearly puts effort into his personal style expression, and he understands how to make an ensemble casual and stylish. So let's break it down.
I want you to start by creating a shelf in the style-cortex part of your brain that's called "Denim on Denim". If it's not obvious at first, the term refers to wearing denim both on top and on bottom. It's a basic category that's been back in style for a little while now, and it can be risky.
Terrell's showing us the easiest way to pull off denim on denim with minimal style risk of committing a style faux pas. First, he varies the shade of denim from a deep blue for his jacket to a faded-gray for his jeans. The neutral gray of the jeans softens the denim texture and allows the jacket to stand out. If you're just exploring denim on denim style, avoid buying jeans that are the same tone as your jacket.
Notice how we've been talking about a jacket and jeans. Not a denim shirt and jeans. That's because the shirt and jeans combo is a lot riskier, so unless you already know what you're doing, I'd avoid it. Instead, pick up a jacket that is mid-waist length like Terrell's. Then, like we discussed with Evan, play with the length and color/texture of the undershirt to add some visual interest and dimension. While Terrell's undershirt is a neutral color here, the abstract graphic adds visual interest while remaining balanced thanks to the jacket's framing of the shirt.
Finally, instead of bringing color into his garments, Terrell uses his accessories to add the perfect pop of one of my favorite colors this fall: yellow/gold. The hat, the gold chain necklace, and the Air Jordan sneakers each offer a splash of color without becoming overbearing. Balanced from head to toe, this is a casual look that you can feel confident in.
Style Tip Challenge: Get thee to a denim shop! Seriously, this look is infinitely versatile. Plain white tee with a deep blue denim jacket and black jeans? Perfect. Graphic tee with a lighter denim jacket and mid-toned neutral jeans? Yup. So many ways you can do this right, so have some fun and make denim your own!