How to fire up your Motivation& feel Inspired with your Dressing! - How to do everyday Casual dressing, but do it well: Get out of the leggings & hoody rut!
One of my Pinterest & Instagram favourites for everyday fashion inspo
How to fire up your Motivation& feel Inspired with your Dressing!
Here are my top tips to feel instantly more inspired with your everyday dressing :
1. Utilise the vast resources on Pinterest:
- This is probably my favourite place for everyday Style Inspo
- Search & create boards around different scenarios in your life, for example, 'Everyday Casual Style'
- Or search for style inspiration for your new purchase, or an item in your current wardrobe, e.g., 'Styling White Trainers' or 'White Trainers Outfits'
- Keep your boards organised & reference them when your in a style slump!
- Take screenshots of your favourite looks & keep them together in an album to call on in your hour of need!
- See what's in your wardrobe - chances are you can recreate something very similar from what you already have
- Breakdown what exactly it is you like about the look, alot of times it's just the way it's styled that elevates clothes you may already have
3. Play dress up!
- I tell every single one of my clients this
- It may seem obvious, but you'll be amazed at the ideas you can come with when you spend some time shopping your own wardrobe
- Experimenting with new outfit combinations, styling clothes with different accessories, seeing if they work better with hair up or down, what shoes work, etc, etc.
4. Record your ideas!
- Don't rely on memory, when inspirations strikes & you come up with new outfit ideas - record it: take a selfie in the outfit
- Or keep a little notepad and write down your 'outfit equation' - this is an example of what I would typically do: 'Zara white cropped jeans + H&M striped tee + vejas + M&S linen blazer + gold mini hoops + hair up in sleek bun + MK sunglasses'
- You could also jot down ideas when inspiration strikes on a Post-It and stick it inside your wardrobe - whatever works for you
- You will be glad of these prompts on mornings when you're running late or just not felling the Style love....
5. Do flat lays on your bed:
- This is very useful for planning your week's outfits
- Lay out all the jeans/tops/etc. that are options for the week, and then add shoes, accessories, mix & match
- This is a great way to figure out a good few outfit options in one go Again, record all your ideas, so take pictures & reference when you need to
Another of my Instagram favourites for everyday casual dressing inspo
How to do everyday Casual dressing - but do it well! Get out of the leggings & hoody rut!
The attraction of leggings & hoody??
- Ease – it’s just so easy to grab them & throw them on
- Familiarity – they feel easy & familiar to you - meaning you don’t need to push outside of your comfort zone
- Comfort & practicality
- Socially acceptable – busy mom/ mom uniform, on the go, WFH, lockdown
What you need to do?
See how you can emulate these elements in other clothes
- There is some reframing needed: you need to stop thinking that ‘it takes a lot of effort to look out together’
- Or that you don’t have time for it
- Or those clothes won’t be practical
- This does not have to be at all complicated, and you can be uber comfortable & practical
- What is important is some attention to styling, your general grooming & upkeep of your clothes
- Quality is NB with casual dressing to avoid looking sloppy
- Also Colour Palette is important – neutral & softer/muted colours look a lot more put together
- A casual wardrobe is made up of wardrobe basics – look for ‘elevated basics’
- The main alternative to joggers & leggings will be jeans, and alternative to hoody will be blazers & longline cardis & lightweight jackets
- You can do hoodies & still look stylish: think about the quality and the colour palette
- Maybe chose sweatshirt instead: they offer the same comfort & practicality, and by layering a soft shirt underneath for example, look instantly stylish
- You could layer a very lightweight linen mix shirt between a tank top & a hoody (with both shirt & hoody worn open) – again watch colour & print
- Then style up with some layering necklaces, push up the sleeves &add sunglasses
- Pair with relaxed fit jeans rolled up & trainers, for a simple, easy, yet stylish outfit
- Also cargo style pants – look great with trekky sandals
- Relaxed fit jeans & straight leg rolled up or cuffed look great with flats
- Jeans, more formal/dressy joggers/tees/shirts/jackets/flat shoes/trainers
- Accessories are very important: think crossbody bag in leather or with canvas strap; good pair of sunglasses is NB
- Trainers are a huge part of this wardrobe: consider swapping out canvas or faux leather trainers for real leather trainers – invest in the things you wear most
- Simple, soft, chambray, linen mix shirts are so effortless and every bit as simple to throw on as a hoody
- With jeans: the fit is NB – get the best fit for your shape
- The wash is NB – darker wash will always look more pulled together – or a classic ‘true blue’ wash
- Design detail is NB: the more distressed the jeans, generally speaking the more potential there is to look sloppy
- Body shape is crucial: curved body shapes will need elastane, and a more wrapped/shaped fit around the rise & bum – whereas straighter shapes, straight hips will do better with less stretch
- The length & rise need serious consideration
- Wear spanx/leather look leggings ONLY if they suit your body: thighs, bum, calves, knees – all look different in different types of leggings
- T-shirts are another key staple of casual dressing – go for quality, and consider all the factors relevant to you:
- The fabric: cotton/polyamide/polyester; the weight of the fabric, does it have drape (do you need drape)
- The fit
- The length
- The sleeve type & sleeve length
- The neckline
- T-shirt bras
- Colour/print/design detail – consider body shape & scale
- Blazers, especially relaxed styles are a great alternative to hoodies – you can wear your hoody at home and quickly & easily switch over to blazer when you are leaving the house. Again watch the fit, the fabric, the design details, the sleeve length, etc.
- Flat sandals (trekky/sporty style) are having a moment this SS – they will give you all the comfort & practicality you need, yet still look stylish
- Really the clothes don’t need to change all that much, but pay attention to the styling and grooming – sloppy details like chipped nails, greasy hair, dirty shoes, bobbled tops, baggy or stretched tops, worn clothes etc. will all make you look sloppy
Some outfit ideas:
- White jeans & vintage tee
- Floral midi & tee/tank & denim jacket
- Straight jeans + shirt + loafers + sunglasses
- T-shirt dress & flats – literally could not be easier, far easier even than leggings & hoody, comfortable, practical, airy, and forgiving – and very on trend this year.
- Layer a lightweight sweater over your shoulders (2 sec job), add sunglasses – you look totally stylish and it’s taking you literal minutes.
- If you're thinking 'but I'd need tan on legs – again, reframe that this is a big job I don’t have time for: do legs one night, arms & neck next – that will be enough to tide you over for most everyday outfits, and will take you less than 5 minutes before bed. Or use a gradual tanning moisturiser
The power of accessories: doesn’t even need to be jewellery if that’s too finicky for you for everyday, literally just a pair of sunglasses and a chunky watch, or a pair of sunglasses and a cool & casual cross body bag. Belts – tan belts work with so many things for SS
Key to casual dressing is good quality basics – replace when they are grubby/no longer fit for purpose
Where to start: start with weather – decide your footwear & whether you need a raincoat or trench, etc. and build your outfit around these
- Mindshift – reframe – this is not complicated
- Quality basics – jeans/tees/tanks/cargo pans/midi skirts/shirts/knits/trench/raincoat/denim jacket
- Correct fit & fabrics (natural fabrics, denim, jersey, knits, cotton)
- Colour palette & print (stripes)
- Start from footwear & outerwear and build outfit from there
- Accessories & Styling
- Grooming & condition of clothes
- Get inspired – some Instagrammers do this style very well, such as Fashion Jackson, Style Snap Shots & Mrs. Casual