This post might as well have been titled “how to dress down your tea dress” or “how to dress up your sneakers”, but I thought I would talk a bit about my personal style and why I love casual looks instead!
As a self-declared lover of casual chic outfits, my style relies heavily on every day staples that can be easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I am not particularly fond of dressy or smart attires because I almost never get to wear them –I already told you I’ve always worked in an office without smart dress code– but most importantly, I don’t feel comfortable when wearing that sort of clothes. Like most politicians nowadays, they don’t represent me… 😉
While nobody can deny the force of a power suit or the dramatic effect of a silky maxi dress with a side slit, I prefer to admire other women rocking these kind of pieces.
I will be honest, guys, even if I have been pushing the limits of my own style very actively since I started blogging, the truth is that you can find me wearing sneakers and high-waist jeans 5 days out of 7 and I don’t have a problem with that
Long gone are the days when I felt that I had to dress up to impress people. As I have mentioned a few times already, glam is a state of mind, not a reflection of what you wear, so now when I dress up is because I want to.
And even though I feel most me when I am wearing comfortable but flattering clothes, I have a couple of fail-proof tricks that help me get ready for date night in a matter of minutes. Here’s what works for me:
1. High-waist bottoms: I have a narrow waist line and rounder hip area, so this cut normally fits me like a glove and also makes me look taller elongating my petite legs, I prefer jeans, but plaited pants are my second choice. Add a pair of black pumps or ankle-strap shoes and I am ready to rock any dance floor, babe. Find your body shape and maximise your strong points.
1. Comfy shoes: have you ever seen that girl walking as if on a hanging rope? That’s a clear sign of your shoes hating your feet and to be honest, I don’t think it’s worth the pain. But don’t be mistaken, comfy doesn’t mean frumpy! Since casual is the new chic, the options for finding comfortable but stylish footwear are plenty. I just mentioned two above, but what about ballerinas, loafers, mules, brogues, pointy flats and of course, sneakers! Comfy and fashionable? I’ll take two, thanks!
2. Red lips: I have always thought a bold lip ties any outfit together and instantly elevates your look without much effort. If you are not a fan of red lips, you can always make your eyes stand out. Go for a subtle smokey eye or a killer eyeliner wing and mascara, so trendy and ever so chic!
Funnily enough, after writing this post about how much I love casual outfits, I realised I have a wedding next week for which I will have to bring the big guns and step into my recently purchased occasionwear (as the call it in England) to dress up to the nines. But hey, at least I know my shoes won’t be out to kill my feet and will carry me throughout a whole evening of not-so-slow dancing 🙂
Are you a casual wear lover or do you enjoy dressing up to feel your better self?
Happy Sunday and week, glamistas!