Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Comfy Casual Style

Comfy Casual Style

I recently had a friend on Instagram inquire about comfortable clothing that still makes you feel put together. For a lot of women, whether you're running errands on a Saturday or a SAHM, it's a constant battle between feeling comfortable and looking nice. Well, I'm here to tell you, it doesn't have to be so!

You can find lots of great pieces that are casual, comfortable, and that pack a big style punch! All of the items above are from one store: Cato Fashions which is a small fashion store chain in the southeast. I chose this store: 1. because I love it; 2. because it's affordable; and 3. because it's convenient for my friend and a lot of my readers.

I created four looks pictured above. Either of them can be dressed down (while at home) or dressed up (for when you go in public and don't want to look like you really have been in your pj's all day although we all know we have!). It all starts with the basics like a soft pair of tapered jogger pants or pointe black leggings and a tank top. To feel more put together, build upon this foundation by adding a layover, cardigan, piko top, and some accessories. A bright pop of color in a pair of flats or a chunky statement necklace say, "yes, I put a lot of thought into this." When really, all you have to do is through them on as you're heading out the door.

Some popular trends that lend themselves to a comfy casual stylish vibe at the moment are jogger pants (gray and green pictured above), lace sweatshirts (also shown above), chunky knit cardigans, piko (oversized) tops in soft fabrics and bright colors, and fun statement jewelry.

If this is something you struggle with in your day-to-day routine (and let's be honest, who doesn't?!), then keep these items in mind next time you're out "looking around." I tend to drift towards statement, dressy pieces which look gorgeous hanging in my closet and the one time per season I actually have an appropriate occasion to wear them to. But, I forget about the basics and oftentimes don't want to spend the money to invest in a simple black tee or pair of nice leggings. I'm realizing, however, that they are worth it. Once you have a great basic foundation, it's so easy to add trendy layers that keep you comfortable and stylish at the same time!

So to my special friend, I hope this helps, and to all of my other readers, I know this is valuable to each and everyone of us. For more reading on comfortable clothing, check out this blog post by Cupcakes & Cashmere a couple of weeks ago here. While the price points on these items are RIDICULOUS, at least in my world, the principles are the same.

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