I am going to teach you how to dress casual and while still being cute and keeping it classy. There is a difference between casual and when you bump into someone you know in public in and you being ashamed of what you look like and being casual and when you bump into someone in public you know and you still feel like you look good. And trust have been there I have bumped into enough exes enough to know that even when you dress casual you will be thankful that you did not decide to have one of those hot mess causal days, see my post here. So that when you ex sees you there do think that they ruined your life by breaking up withy you because you look crazy.
One of the best advice that I read was from the Timeless book the Rules which I suggest all single women read (click my affiliate link here to buy): The books states that even when you go jogging you should at least put on a decent outfit, some lip gloss, perhaps light makeup, and make sure you look presentable. They assert that may you may meet a man. What if it was a man that you wanted to date and you just decided to step outside of the house looking like who did it and what for.
That could be the difference between a man asking you out on a date and not asking you out on a date. NO that the world revolves around meeting a man. Anyone who reads my blog knows I am not about that BUT I can almost bet that if a man that you are interested in overlooks you because you are looking like cousin IT, then you are going to regret the fact that you simply did not put a little but more effort into what you looked like.
True story, the other day I was leaving my garage to drop my son off to school. I put on some light foundation, lip gloss, and a Capdo (which is hair sewn into a hat click here to see). I was not going to work that day and I did not even have to get out of the car when dropping my son off. As soon as I opened my garage, there was my male neighbor introducing himself.
I did not look like my normal glammed up self, but my clothes were matching, I had a hat over my undone hair, and some light makeup. Can you imagine how bad that first impression would have been if I came out in my pajama pants, rollers in my head, looking a hot mess! I would have been embarrassed of myself. Its like you never know, so why take the chance. It is okay to be casual, no one is going to dress up all the time, even I don’t as you can see from the picture above. BUT I still look put together. You can also check out my video below on where I did a look book on casual looks you can mix and match and more tips for dressing casual. Click to also to subsribe to my channel.
1. How To Dress Casual & Dressing Casual ~ The Makeup no Make Up Look
I have written a blog on the makeup no makeup look (click here) and how to do it. The best thing about the makeup no make up look is that it looks natural and it is perfect for the casual look but it still looks very natural. AND I know what you may be thinking. Sophia, I do not have time to put on makeup. SO LEGIT, it takes me less than 10 minutes to do this. Just brush on some foundation, bronzer, and some lip gloss on a good day. It does not require doing the most. A little bit will take you a long way and it will make a HUGE difference.
Notice above, that all I have on is my college sweater, but having a little bit of makeup makes my look put together. It really does make a difference. You can also check out my video down below where I talk about how to create a makeup no makeup look in 10 minutes. And you can click here to get the everyday beauty bag featured in the video.
2. How To Dress Casual & Dressing Casual ~ Keep it Casual But put Together
You can wear joggers, can wear jeans, or you can wear shorts, and they can look good if you want but they can look a mess too. If your casual clothes are too baggy, too ill fitting, not flattering, or have stains on them, or do not match then that is a hot mess causal look. You can wear joggers and a sweatshirts. Here is a picture of me doing it. I look put together because my clothes match, my shoes match, and they are fitted to my body.
It is not just a bunch of random stuff put together from my closets or shirts that I sometimes sleep in or lounge around the house in. My casual clothes are still suitable for wearing outside and I will still look good and trendy when I wear them. Check out my Marie Kondo blog where I had to do a complete over hall and clean out my clothing. As it states in her book (which you can buy here) sometimes we hang on to ugly clothes that are old, have holes, as “lounge clothes” that we should not be wearing outside, and we need to get rid of them to prevent us from wearing them outside. If you don’t have them, you cannot wear them. So just get rid of them.
When you wear your casual clothes determine what you look like in the mirror. You have eyes and you can tell if you look a mess or if you look cute. Even when you dress casual, think of the person that you respect the most. If you walk out of your house, and you see them, picture how you may feel in that outfit. If you are ashamed that they will see you like this, then don’t wear it.
Even when casual you should NOT be ashamed of how you look to other people, you should still look like a put together person. I also understand that some people may be a little lost on what casual and classy looks like which is why I created this FREE, YES 100% FREE ebook you. Where it is a year long wardrobe complete with casual wardrobe ideas amoung other outfit ideas (as you can see an example below) just click here to get it.
3. How To Dress Casual & Dressing Casual ~ You can Keep Your Hair Casual.
I am a huge fan of wigs. Recently I have been wearing the Capdo on my laid back days to run a few errands (click here to buy). The Capdo is a baseball cap with a wig that is sewn into it. All you have to do it put it on and comb it out. That’s all, and it takes less than 5 minutes to do. It is a more casual look, but it still gives you the appearance of being put together and doing your hair, even though you didn’t. With the Capdo you can even wear something like this to the gym or walking and still maintain the cute element. Or you can see the full blog post I did on it here (Capdo).
I have also done drawstring ponytails that look amazing and they only take a second to put in, you can view my video below on how to do this. My point is, just like the first picture in this post about the makeup. Yes, I had on a sweatshirt but what if my hair looked a mess then it would throw off the entire look even though my makeup was done it really would not have mattered if my hair was a hot behind mess. So what you are wearing is just a small portion of it, the overall look is the REST of it.
4. How To Dress Casual & Dressing Casual ~ Get A Headpiece
Depending on your situation you do not have to wear a wig you can wear a hat or even a scarf. Depending on how the hat or scarf goes with your outfit, you can turn a simple casual look to a style that makes you look like you are more put together. AND I should say DO NOT just get any ole ugly behind hat. A ugly busted looking hat takes the same effort to put one on as a more fashionable one or even a beanie.
Take the picture below example for Ellarie a YouTube I love this, because yes she is casual, but that bomb scarf she has on her head takes her look to another level along with her light makeup. Can you imagine how basic she would look if her hair was all wild and she came with nothing on her face? She would have still been pretty YES, but sometimes that little effort in the small things go a really long way.
5. How To Dress Casual & Dressing Casual ~ Always be Classy
And no matter what, be classy (see my blog here on how to be classy). Never once did I mistake classy for having all of my breast out or my butt cheeks out. There are several women who dress casual where it just come across at letting it all hang out. You can be casual but the last thing you want to do it so pick up your kids, go into the store, and people wondering what in the world is going on with you and why it looks like you are wearing lingerie.
Casual does not give you a licensed to go overboard and forget yourself. Be sure to dress appropriate and remember the techniques I showed you, imagine the person you admire the most if you would not want to run into them with all of your cookies hanging out, then do not wear it.
6. How To Dress Casual & Dressing Casual~ What’s Your Casual
There are different levels of casual. There is I am going to the gym casual, I am going to work casual, or I am going shopping in a nice area casual. Determine what type of casual you are aiming for. My jogger wearing casual can give me a different look than my jean wearing casual.
There are difference levels of casual and you need to figure out what casual you want to represent and the way you figure that out is by knowing where you are going, what side of town you are going on, who you may run into, and how long you are going to be outdoors.
Also, be weary of the type of casualness. You can try to be casual and end up looking a little foolish. Wearing jeans with an insane amount of holes in them or just putting on casual things on, thinking that because they are casual you followed all the rules that you look good. That may not be the case, do not go overboard, your eyes are your friend, make sure when you step out you look presentable. And being put together is really the key to casual.
You can put on anything from sweat pants to a t-shirt, but what will separate you from the casual and cute look to the casual and I look like I got hit by a train look, will be determined on how you are able to pull off the look AND how the entire outfits looks on you from head to toe.
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