For most occasions, casual fashion is always in style. Relaxed outfits can flatter women of all body types, are generally pulled together quickly, and create a laid-back aesthetic that’s perfect for casual Fridays, going out with friends, or running weekend errands.

Casual outfits are those that can be worn every day — just don’t mistake relaxed for sloppy. Focus on the fit, comfort and a few key staples while paying attention to the proportion of your casual pieces. For example, if you opt for wide leg or mom jeans, balance out the proportion with a fitted top. If you wear skinny jeans or leggings, try a more loose-fitting top. A flowy dress pairs well with a cropped jacket or buttoned cardigan.

Casual Fashion Staples

Whether your style is super sporty, ultra feminine or somewhere in between, there’s a casual look to suit your style. Mix and match the following casual wardrobe pieces to create the perfect look for your lifestyle.

A Dress

Look comfortable and stylish on warmer days with this casual fashion must-have. From a simple sundress to a flowy maxi dress, there are many options that will work. Lightweight fabric leans more casual, while accessories also can be used to convey a relaxed look — think sandals, an oversized belt, a jean jacket or funky jewelry. (Try Kiya Tomlin’s Relaxed Signature Dress for inspiration.)

A Skirt

For a casual outfit that incorporates a skirt, length matters less than material and style. Minis, maxis and everything in between can be dressed down for a more relaxed look. Try tucking a T-shirt into a mid-length skirt or pairing a flowy maxi skirt with chunky boots. Mix and match patterns or colors for a bolder look. (Try Kiya Tomlin’s Handkerchief Skirt for inspiration.)

  • Khakis or Jeans
  • Nothing says classic casual more than a great-fitting pair of slacks or jeans. Create the look you want by selecting a top that’s perfect for your occasion, from a basic tee or button-down blouse to unique pieces like a wrap or cutout top. Your jeans also can take you from day to night with a simple footwear change — swap your daytime sneakers or flats for stilettos for a night on the town.


    Depending on the climate and occasion, shorts definitely have a place in casual fashion. Choose an appropriate fit and length, then pair with a coordinating top to create your desired look. A tunic tank or twisted tee work well for a picnic, a trip to the farmers market or a sporting event, while a blouse or cardigan skew slightly more formal and add warmth if the temperature might vary. (Try Kiya Tomlin’s Draped Short for inspiration.)

    A Plain Shirt 

    Whether it’s a T-shirt, polo shirt, tank top or turtleneck, a simple top can take the edge off a fancy outfit. Opt for a piece with no slogans or logos, and wear it with a pair of bold pants for an outfit that can take you anywhere. For a feminine touch, pair a plain top with a skirt, plus strappy sandals or heels. Dress up a basic shirt with a business casual blazer, or keep it relaxed with a pair of jeans. (Try Kiya Tomlin’s Basic Tee for inspiration.)

    A Button-Down Blouse

    Sure, this wardrobe staple has a place in more formal business suiting, but a button-down blouse also looks great paired with shorts, jeans or a fitted skirt. Find one that’s long enough to tuck in, if needed, and cut to flatter your body type.

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