Why is it that casual outfit ideas can often be the hardest to come up with?
Many of us have no problem dressing for work, for special events, or for anything else that has a dress code you can follow: those outfits are relatively easy. Looking stylish but casual, however, is a whole other ball game, which is why we all know women (or maybe even ARE those women…) who can reach into their closet at a moment’s notice and pull out the perfect outfit for a wedding or other event, but who are totally lost when it comes to a casual lunch with friends, or anything else that requires them to dress down.
If the words “smart casual” – or even just “casual” on its own – make your heart sink with the knowledge that you’re about to spend an hour rummaging through your closet, while wailing “I have nothing to wear” over and over again, these casual outfit ideas are for you. In the list below we’ve pulled together some of the classic casual looks that you can always rely on to look good. Here are just a few of them…
Casual outfit ideas for classic dressers…
Biker jacket and jeans
A black biker jacket is one of those pieces that’s often quoted as a wardrobe essential, and it’s not hard to understand why. This is also an item that’s worth investing in, because it’ll last forever, and allow you to come up with countless casual outfit ideas based around it, so when you’re shopping for your moto jacket, hold out for the perfect fit, and pay attention to the colour of the hardware. Most biker jackets come with either silver or gold hardware, so make sure you choose the one that will work best with the rest of your wardrobe. Pair your biker jacket with dark wash jeans, a classic stripe t-shirt or sweater and simple black pumps for a wear-anywhere casual look. [Get the look here]
Blue jeans, white shirt
Lana del Ray knew what she was talking about, huh? You could come up with tons of casual outfit ideas with a great pair of jeans, but the combination of jeans and white button-down shirt is one of our favourites: it’s an another all-time classic, which is dressed down, but still feels pulled together. The key to this outfit is finding the perfect pair of blue jeans, which is often easier said than done. While slouchy, destroyed boyfriend styles like the ones above do work well with the look, if you’re a fan of classic style, you might want to go with something a little more fitted, and without the distressing. In general, the darker the wash, the more dressy the jeans will look, while bleached or mid-blue washes will look more casual. Boyfriend jeans tend to work better with heels, while skinnies will also look good with flats: your call. [Get the look here.]
Capri pants and pointed flats
Take style tips from classic dressers like Audrey Hepburn with a pair of black capri pants and pointed flats. The look above will be perfect for summer, but can be updated for autumn with pants that hit at ankle length, rather than just below the knee. A stripe top is always a good idea (and, again, will provide you with an endless amount of casual outfit ideas), but for true classic style, a boat-neck or bardot sweater will dress the look up a little, while still keeping it casual. [Get the look here]
Crops and cami
A silk cami top is another important weapon in the casual-dressing arsenal. These actually look quite dressy, but pair with a pair of tailored crops and throw a cardigan or jacket over the top if it’s cold, and it’ll take you just about anywhere. The high heeled sandals show here will take the outfit up a notch, and make it much less casual, but these are causal outfit ideas for women who don’t really DO “casual” after all, so as long as you’re not wearing this one to something with a super-causal dress code, you should be able to get away with it!
Pencil skirt and sweater
A lot of people wouldn’t add a pencil skirt to a list of casual outfit ideas: they tend to be connected with work outfits or other tailored/dressy looks, but pick one in a jersey fabric and it’s instantly casual. A slouchy sweater will provide the perfect finishing touch, and a nice mix of causal and dressy. [Get the look here.]
Dress and sneakers
Finally, a little black dress is another item you probably don’t reach for when you’re struggling to come up with casual outfit ideas, but add a pair of sneakers, and throw a denim jacket over the top, and you could be surprised by just how casual you can make it look. The key here, of course, is in finding the right dress – midi lengths in stretchy, jersey fabrics tend to work well, we find.