Many women have a very casual style these days, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Since I’ve retired from teaching, you can find me wearing jeans and a casual top most days. However, I’m starting to build a capsule wardrobe (essential items that don’t go out of fashion) and adding in a few more sophisticated items that are comfortable, but that elevate my outfits for days or occasions that call for a smarter look.
Today I’m giving five tips on how to create a casual-chic outfit, whether you’re looking to add to, or use what’s already in, your closet.
1. Get neutral trousers that fit well.
Look for trousers that fit you really well, that are comfortable, and that have a timeless and streamlined cut, even if that means taking a pair you already own to a tailor or buying new ones.
➡️Look for a straight-leg, dark color with no front pleating to flatter every body type.
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trousers (similar) || shimmer-striped turtleneck || mock-croc tote (lower-priced similar one here || booties || black cashmere turtleneck || leather jacket || poet top (available in black or chain print) || ladder rack
2. Add layers to your outfit.
➡️ Start with (1) your basic inner layer (tee, cami, blouse); (2) add one or two layers (cardigan, vest, sweater, chambray); (3) choose your coat or jacket; (4) sprinkle on a few accessories (scarf, hat, hair accessories, bold earrings, handbag, etc).
Think about this, too… outerwear is the first part of our outfit people see in fall/winter, so adding a jacket that not only looks good, but is also functional and practical is key.
These faux fur collars are a fun way to layer and update your coats.
3. Wear boots and scarves.
Kind of stating the obvious here for fall and winter!! 😆 I’m talking more about a pair of statement boots or that designer scarf you’ve been eyeing to elevate your look. A few years ago, I would never have worn white boots, but these ivory ones go with my entire fall/winter wardrobe, and I love them! I styled them with a black sweater dress in this post.
RRL jeans || leopard halter top || floral western scarf
trousers (similar) || cashmere sweater || mock-croc tote (lower-priced similar one here || booties || floral western scarf
4. Go monochromatic.
➡️ Make sure to mix textures within your monochromatic outfit to add visual interest, depth, and dimension. Some textures to play around with and try pairing are lace and wool, denim and chiffon, leather and cotton, and silk and suede.
lace top (50% off and only available in black) || similar top in ivory here || similar leopard jackets here and here
5. Point your toes!
Adding a shoe or boot with a pointy toe will instantly make your outfit appear more sophisticated. Heels always do the trick, but even a flat or low-heel with a pointy toe will level up your outfit.
Thanks for reading! I hope this gave you some fresh ideas for making your casual outfits look a little more polished and chic. If you have other tips, please share them in the comments below.
Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday!!
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I have never thought about owning white booties in my life, but now I can see it. Growing up I I used to live to roller skate & I think the same shoe polish trick I used back then would work fine on booties. (Now I just need to get to the gym – You are ✨✨SO FIT✨✨ 💪
I loved my rollerskates with the hot pink wheels and stopper! That hack could very well work. 😉
I feel the same way about my white boots!! They seriously add that modern vibe to anything!!
Totally agree, Jodie! You inspired me 😉
Great post Lisa!! Buying a couple things. 😊
You wear things beautifully!
Thank you, Linda! So glad you found it helpful.
xo, Lisa 🙂
Such beautiful looks Lisa! I love your moto jacket, I have a bit of an obsession! The boots look wonderful with the cream pants, you look fabulous!
Hope you are well.
Thank you, Jess! Appreciate you reading. 💖