Dressing Up A Dressing Down | Adidas Floral Sweater & Black High-waist Pants

There have been a lot of days when I just wear the first things I see without caring much what the end result is. Seriously, a lot of days.
A. Lot.
(And those days are not documented for this blog, obvs.)

But then there are also days when I just do not have the energy or care enough to dress up but want to look somewhat decent anyway, knowing I will be in a public environment where the chance of me bumping into someone (whose opinion of me I somewhat care about) is pretty high.

I mean, you guys know those days, right? Well, this simple sweater + pants combo is a perfect example of what I'd be wearing on those days.

First of all, I don't know if it's just my obsession with it or if there's a real science to it, but I always find that a simple pair of casual plain black pants is somehow always automatically elevated when it's:
(1) high-waisted, and
(2) wide-legged.

I'm constantly on the lookout for more black pants that tick those two boxes but have yet to succeed, meaning this exact pair I have on here is a treasured piece of mine. Fun fact: I got it from H&M more than FOUR years ago (!).

PS: Check out the first time I wore the pants with a clapboard clutch!

I'm a lover of good quality oversized sweaters, too; just French-tuck one into your pants and you look like you just made an effort dressing up when it is, in fact, your dressing down day.

And, well, I suppose a cool logo sweater doesn't hurt either, amirite? Adidas makes good oversized stylish ones that are perfect for hijabis like me. Their men's sweaters are my jam — although they are a bit too pricey for me. This Adidas x Manchester United by the way is another treasure of mine.

So, what do you dress up in on the days you want to dress down?

Wearing: Adidas floral sweater  |  H&M high-waisted black pants  |  Adidas Superstar sneakers  |  Ring from a market in Seoul

Click on each image below to see more black-and-white outfits featuring the same black high-waist pants:


  1. You are relaxed, casual, comfortable, sophisticated and I WANT the top!!!:-)
    Love, Jude

    1. Thank you, Judy! Sorry for the late reply, I couldn't find the time to even turn on my laptop since publishing this post.

      I absolutely adore checking out Adidas sweaters but they're so pricey so I can't get all I wanted! So glad I found this on sale though.

  2. Hmm....when I want to pull off that dressed up in my dressed-down look, I make sure the lips are popping with something in bold red, lashes are curled and the sparse spaces in the brow region are filled up. In terms of the outfit, I like wearing my top tucked in, like how you did with yours here. Instead of a flowy silhouette, I usually go for a fitted look preferably a tee with a pair of comfy mom jeans. You're right though, about high-waisted anything, it makes you feel extra put-together somehow. I need a pair of black high-waisted flares/culottes. They're so versatile! As per usual, your outfit is BOMB and I love the overall athleisure feel! Super effortless, as always ;) xoxo

    1. Thank you Shanaz, glad you like this outfit! Adding red lipstick definitely is a great addition to a dressed down look, yesss. I think tucking in your top also just "adds" something, doesn't it?


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Hi, I'm Liyana

I'm a modest blogger based in Malaysia. Here on The Good Weekender, you can find journals of my evolving modest personal style, based on the art of looking casually stylish while still remaining modest, and doing it all on a budget.