|Casual Emma Stone|
Anyway, this had me thinking about what defines casual clothing. Is it...
A) the shape?
B) the colour?
C) the fabric?
D) the styling?
E) A mish-mash of everything above?
|Ginnifer Goodwin looking cool|
After taking a long hard look at my work closet, I found out that my work "uniform" consists mainly of tailored sheath dresses, cardigans, silky blouses and black everything. It's all fine for teaching, but not for lounging around. Using this as my starting point, I tried to get a clear list of things I want and don't want my casual wardrobe to be.
|Jessica Alba in leather|
Too-structured or too-fitted dresses, pants or tops that require girdles or shapewear are not on my casual list. The aim of casual clothing is comfort, after all! Anything that needs a lot of ironing is also out. Sweats and yoga pants are not my forte, neither are shapeless t-shirts and knits. Evidently, suiting fabric is a no-go for casual attire, as are really fancy materials like taffeta, silk charmeuse and other shiny fabrics. Neutral basic colors like charcoal, grey and black seem more at home in an office than at a picnic, so they are probably out too.
My ultimate goal? To look cool and pulled together in an effortless way, like Anne Hathaway, Drew Barrymore or Ginnifer Goodwin. I would love something simple I can just put on and not fuss about. Nothing too clingy, thought (remember the no-girdle rule?) Knits, wool, cotton and denim are all good! As for colors, deeply saturated gem ones like garnet, emerald, cobalt and sapphire are linked (in my mind) to fancier dressing, but I would'nt disregard them for casual clothing all together. Lighter, cheerier colors seem more casual to me, as do prints.
Things to seekLooking at my Pinterest board, it's clear that I should find or make more of these:
- The perfect knit dress pattern: versatile, flowy, with three-quarter length sleeves. I like the Lady Skater pattern: it looks like a contender for a bonafide TNT, so I'll consider buying it.
- A simple shirtdress pattern: Roisin recently made a stunning version of Paul and Alice's new Cami pattern that has me swooning. On my to-buy list!
- Knit tops: fitted, but not too snug, with longish sleeves.
- Fitted t-shirts: cute, not boring and slightly fitted.
|I could just steal Lauren's Lady Skater dress!|
|Roisin's cute Cami dress|
I don't want to feel all dressed-up, but I don't want to look sloppy and drab either. Trailing that fine line between comfort and style shouldn't be that tricky... right? Well, this will be a work in progress, so we'll see. How about you? What are your go-to items when lounging around?