Casual and chic - the two words that are hard to imagine together. Yet casual chic looks are the coveted weekend ensembles. What is casual chic look? It is the look that is effortlessly stylish and comfortable. It looks natural, easy to pull together, and practical.
The casual chic outfits include a dash of practical like jeans, tees, sneakers. And a dash of posh like a classic blazer, chic dress, classic skirt, or delicate blouse.
Casual Chic Style In Real Life
The casual chic style has become very popular as most of the world moves away from formal dress toward comfort clothes. With the COVID pandemic, some folks have taken it too far into the comfort zone. The streets are now flooded with leggings, sweat pants, sweatshirts, and hoodies. And we need to take a step back.
Casual chic provides comfort for all-day wear and offers a bit of polish. It is the perfect middle ground if you are not feeling like dressing up but at the same time do not want to roam the streets in sweats.
The best way to think about this style is a mix-and-match approach. Grab a polished item like a delicate blouse and pair it with a leather jacket, kitten heels, and jeans. You are striking the casual balance with the leather jacket and jeans. And you are adding chic with the feminine top and kitten heels.
The possibilities are endless, and you do not have to wear sweats!
Casual Chic Outfit Formula
Although you can create almost an endless number of outfits, certain elements appear over and over.
The classic blazer paired with jeans and a tee is the most used case. Style the look with a few accessories and fun shoes, and you are good to go.
Another timeless classic is a dress shirt that can be paired with a fun skirt and denim jacket.
A fancy skirt will work well with a white tee and a leather jacket.
Track pants are great to pair with exciting platforms or high heels. You can also add a funky tee and a blazer.
The trench is the ultimate classic that pairs well with almost everything.
Sweatshirt and Hoodie
Sweatshirts and hoodies are acceptable if paired with polished items like a dress shirt, straight-cut pants, and dresses. Since these two items are very casual, the rest of the look needs to counterbalance.
A dress, whether it is a classic cut black dress or a fun summer one, can be paired with a blazer, ballet flats, and a few accessories.
Accessories are a nice touch, especially if your outfit on a more casual side. A white tee can be layered with a bold necklace. A simple white shirt and jeans outfit can be spiced up with bold earrings.
Additional Mix and Match Options
Casual chic looks are also about mixing and matching fabrics, colors, and textures.
Playing with Color
Monochrome looks are always in and easy to style. You get an instant upgrade when you pull together pieces in the same color. These could be track pants, trench, and a long sleeve top in beige or camel color paired with nude heels.
Playing with Accent Colors
We could pull together relaxed fit jeans, a white top, and a jean blazer accented with a bright bag and shoes.
Playing with Volume
Be careful when you are wearing oversized items; you do not want to get lost in your clothes. A good combination could be a classic pencil skirt styled with an oversized sweatshirt and kitty heels.
When In Doubt
When you are unsure of what to wear to a casual dinner, brunch, or playdate, select a pair of jeans, a white tee, and a blazer paired with white sneakers. I would add statement earrings or a necklace. Finish the look with mascara and lipstick. This foolproof outfit will never fail.
And do not be afraid to experiment. You do not need to follow the established playbook. If there are items that work for you better, then stick with them. If specific shapes and materials do not suit you, pass them by and focus on what works. We are all different, so be you because no one else can!