FROM CASUAL TO CHIC
Believe it or not, I’m not a fussy dresser at all. When I’m at home, you’ll almost always find me in nothing more than jeans and a baggy tee, and when I’m out and about, things don’t change all that much. I’m sure you’ve noticed how fond I am of a good pair of jeans and today’s outfit is no exception. However, though this look is little more than a glorified jeans and jumper combination, a much appreciated comment on an Instagram post featuring this outfit said it had ‘all the French vibes’. Considering that we can all agree that Parisian babes have an extremely covetable sense of style, this could be the ultimate compliment! For that reason, in today’s post, I thought I’d tell you how to take an outfit from casual to chic.
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BELT IT UP
Whether you’re wearing baggy jeans, a denim skirt or a shirt dress, adding a belt to an outfit can be the perfect way to pull it together. It could be a simple gold buckle, like this one, or if your outfit is otherwise plain, why not try a statement belt? A chunky corset belt looks equally amazing with a plain white tee or a summer dress, and I’m sure if you’re anything like me, the classic GG belt is at the top of your wishlist! If you don’t usually wear a belt, try styling up your jeans and see what a difference it makes!
WEAR A RED LIP
I know a statement lip colour can be high maintenance, but hear me out! No time for eye makeup? Compensate with a slick of red lipstick. Going for a monochrome look? Brighten it up with a red pout. Want to take an outfit from day to night? Paint the town red! I’m a huge advocate for the classic red lip, as it really is the easiest way to transform your look from casual to chic. Its only downside is the need for reapplication after eating and drinking, but when I’m feeling put together, that’s the last of my worries!
Despite the fact that this outfit is little more than a Breton striped jumper, blue skinny jeans and plain black sliders, the addition of a straw boater, classic Ray-Ban Clubmasters and a red bandana neck tie elevate this look into Parisian territory. Accessories really are everything when you’re opting for an understated look, so experiment with scarves, hats and jewellery, as well as bags and belts. Try a few different combinations to find what works.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Conversely, try not to go overboard. If you’re wearing a plain T-shirt and jeans, it can be tempting to overcompensate with the accessories, but sometimes, a classic watch and simple sunglasses are all you need to look effortlessly chic. Similarly, although the SS17 trends are all about bold colours and pattern clashing, don’t feel under pressure to wear something you’re not comfortable in. It’ll show!
TUCK IT IN
All those fashion girls on your Instagram explore page and the stylish gals in the viral pins recommended to you on Pinterest have one thing in common: they’ve mastered the half tuck. Despite its apparent effortlessness, nailing the tuck is deceptively difficult. Though I don’t claim to have mastered it yet, I often tuck in jumpers, T-shirts and blouses to smarten up an outfit.
You’ll notice my red lips, red neck scarf and red nails create a subtle element of colour coordination in this look. Though my outfit doesn’t obviously feature the colour red, these small touches are enough to pull everything together. I almost opted for a red crossbody bag too, but it would have been overkill! Get the balance right and you can transform casual into chic.
JUMPER – Brave Soul at ASOS*
JEANS – ASOS*
SLIDERS – Primark (similar)*
BAG – Olympus PEN
HAT – South Beach at ASOS (similar)*
SUNGLASSES – Ray-Ban at ASOS*
BELT – ASOS (similar)*
SCARF – ASOS*
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How do you take an outfit from casual to chic?