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.
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.)
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.)
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.)