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Style Tips for the Smart Casual Look

Smart casual is another look I love styling. It is quite easy to get this look right. If you read my last fashion post about rocking the casual daywear look, then you will know all about my love for the trend. The smart casual look is also close to heart. It is another look I found myself styling pretty much everyday some years ago when I worked for an energy company in Manchester.

For those who are not sure what this trend is all about, here is a definition for you. The Oxford Dictionary defines the smart causal look as “neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style, especially as worn to conform to a particular dress code” Here are some style tips that may come handy if you intend to style the smart casual look –

 

Get a blazer

Rocking a blazer is one of the easiest way to add smartness to a causal look. A blazer has the power to add a touch of class to your regular casual look. And it does so effortlessly.

 

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Knee-length pieces

My love for smart causal became stronger when I became a Mummy in 2013. It is easier to attend an event with twins looking dressed in a smart causal outfit than going all out with heels and minis. The smart casual look is easy to nail with knee-length dresses and skirts rather than minis.

 

Linen works in the warmer months

In the summer, linen works great for styling this look. Opt for chic linen trousers instead of jeans or leggings.

 

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Add a clutch

A stylish clutch adds some more glam to your look. Go for an all-purpose clutch with some subtle beading to get this look right. I am usually not a clutch girl but I have invested in a couple this year, and I am glad I did. They are super handy to have around.

 

Are you a fan of the smart causal look? What do you like about it?

 

 

 

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Styling A Casual Daywear Look

Casual does not mean scruffy. You are not meant to skimp on the quality of your casual daywear pieces as they serve a great purpose in your wardrobe. These days, I am usually in a causal daywear outfit. I haven’t gone partying in years (forgot what that’s about), so casual daywear pieces are all I am about most days of the week. It works for my lifestyle and I believe they are as stylish as other looks.

 

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Here are a few style tips you should bear in mind when styling a casual daywear outfit.

 

Go for quality pieces

Like I said at the start of the post, casual does not mean scruffy. So ensure you go for quality pieces when shopping for or styling a casual daywear look. Cheap pieces do not stand the test of time, and they usually look cheap. It is best to spend a little bit more on clothes that would last more than 1 season.

 

Ensure you get a perfect fit

Casual does not mean you should go for oversize pieces. It is best to nail this look with the right size of garments. If you do like the oversized look, like oversize cardigans/jumpers, ensure you style them with belts and or skinny jeans/leggings to balance up the look.

 

Layers work

I love layering my pieces, especially with the British weather that is up and down. Layering is key when it comes to rocking a casual daywear look. Casual daywear is all about effortless style and layering nails this to a tee. A t-shirt or camisole under a blazer paired with a pair of jeans and scarf would look so stylish. A shirt underneath a waistcoat and jeans would work great too!

 

 

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Ensure you have the right coat on this winter

A coat has the power to make you stand out for the right or wrong reasons. So it makes sense to pay special attention when picking one. Don’t mess up your look with a shapeless baggy coat. Get your winter coat in the right size and the right style for your outfit. A sleeveless jacket look trendy with a sweater.

 

Get your accessories right

Accessories have the power to make or break any look, so ensure you get your accessories right when styling a casual daywear look. Avoid wearing sparkly jewellery with your casual pieces. It would look too much. Keep your jewellery small and understated so you effortlessly chic.

 

Think Capsule

When shopping for your causal pieces, ensure you go with a shopping list of the pieces you need. Don’t just buy any piece you see. Shop for pieces you need to create various looks. A good way to go about this is to buy 3 colours for a good mix and match wardrobe. So black, white and khaki or blue, cream and khaki. Then you can include some colour into the mix with tops and accessories.

 

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What do you think of these style tips? Are you a fan of the casual daywear look? Please share your thoughts below.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day where you are.

 

 

 

Style Tips – Dealing with 6 Body Flaws

We all have body flaws we deal with. I know I have a few I battle with every now and again.  And I have found ways to work with them. There are style tips you could make use of if you are dealing with certain body flaws. Changing the way you style your pieces and accessories may help in hiding these body flaws.

 

 

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Here are some ways you could deal with 6 of the most popular body flaws.

 

Fuller Bust

You draw attention away from your fuller bust by wearing a cropped jacket. The cropped jacket draws attention to the waist and away from the bust. Wearing a sleeveless round neck shirt or turtleneck also diverts attention away from the busty upper body.

Style Tip – Always wear a well fitted bra to support your full bust. If you are not sure of your bust size, ensure you go in for a measurement in a bra store.

 

Wide Hips

When it comes to wide hips, the best way to style your hips is in plain colours. A-line skirt in plain colours would draw the attention away from the wide hips.

Style Tip – Shiny or satin fabrics should be avoided because they would only draw attention to the hips.

 

Big Bottom

Make use of long line blazers and jackets. They hide the big bottom stylishly and allow you get away with figure hugging pieces.

Style Tip – Avoid thongs and G strip undies where possible. Go for hipster briefs with Lycra support to lift your bottom and provide the support it needs.

 

Short/Thick Legs

Stay away from longer skirts, they would only make your short legs look shorter. Instead, go for short skirts to create the illusion of long legs.

Style Tip – If you are not a fan of mini skirts, go for skirts just above the knee. They would do the work too.

 

 

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Broad Shoulders

You can style you broad shoulders with cardigans, shrugs and fitted tops. Go for scoop and v-neck pieces. Avoid wearing structured jackets and suits; they would emphasise the broads shoulders.

Style Tip – Say no to shoulder pads. These things should never have been designed.

 

Flat Bottom

Go for hipster jeans, they create the illusion of a fuller bottom. Also, invest in good shape support knickers to give your bottom some lift and shape.

Style Tip – Go for high waisted jeans with pockets. They make the bottom look rounder and fuller. Low rise jeans make flat bottoms look curvier.

 

What do you think of these style tips?

 

 

 

 

 

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