Casual Conundrum: Solutions

Dang sweater... nicely hung up on my booty in all the shots...
So yeah, the whole week was sort of a moving week, so Tuesday was another forced casual day.
I have a great friend, who, when she culls her closet, I get first dibs on them. I don't know how it works out as well as it does, because her style and my style are like 2 parallel lines (even in infinity, they would never intersect), and our body types are very different (she's Amazon, and I have a lot of midget-genes in my pool) but I get a LOT of great stuff from her. This sweater is one of them. As soon as I pulled it out of the bag, I knew I was going to like it. I could just tell from the feel of the material. Not to mention, I really love the color. I also really dig the collar, and the fact that it is meant to just be done up at the neck. Its very different from everything I own, so I am happy to add it to my closet. And that was Tuesday's outfit.
To get back to the casual conundrum, there are a few things I do when dressing comfortably that I feel raise the bar.
  1. Always have your hair did.
    For me, it actually works both ways. Call me crazy, but if my hair is looking like crap, I don't bother dressing nicely either. I guess it just feels pointless to me. Here's a basic rule of thumb. If you just let your hair air dry after coming out of the shower... its not done. Unless you are somehow blessed with the perfect texture of hair. Oddly enough, my sister can do that... but she's one of the chosen few. Odds are, you need to do something to it. Scraping it back into a ponytail doesn't really count either. It takes a special ensemble to elevate a slick pony, and the casual outfit you're trying to make "werk" probably isn't it.
  2. Accessorize a little. A nice pair of earrings isn't going to cramp your packing/cleaning/sitting-in-the-bleachers-watching-a-game style, but it is going to amp up your outfit. I'm not saying you need purse/belt/earrings/hat/scarf combinations in order to make the magic happen (in fact, that's all really too much) but a little something extra, is well... something extra.
    This really applies to any sort of dressing you are doing, be it casual, professional, or Cinderella-at-the-Ball. Ladies. WEAR A GOOD BRA. Some curvy women are blessed in the booby department. Some are extra blessed. Some are a little less blessed. Whatevs. WEAR A GOOD BRA. See how I've said that three times in this point, and in caps no less.
    This means I am serious. In case I wasn't clear yet. A bad boob situation could seriously make Kate frickin' Middleton look like a hot mess. Yes... even The Kate.
  4. Slap a little makeup on.
    Just a little. I am not suggesting you go all Divine on us, but its a rare girl that doesn't look a little bit better with some mascara on.  Oh, and a little lippy. Ok, lip gloss... it doesn't have to be actual lipstick.
  5. And our fifth and final point of the evening: Work 'dem shoes.
    I think I mentioned my thoughts on the subject of sneakers before, but sneakers are only for the gym. Or working out in general.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you need to wear spike heels. I have 2 pairs of shoes that are low that I wear when I am being casual-like: my moto boots, and my cowboy style boots. Both are probably maxing out at maybe 2 inches from sea level, and they both have wide heels, so they are super comfy. Like, walk-in-the-mall-then-Target-then-the-outlets-on-a-cross-border-American-shopping-trip comfy. Just make sure they are fashionable.
    Now, I know I am going to offend some people with my next words, and I apologise, but its just how I feel you know? I am not mentioning flats here, because I feel they are overused, and honestly, are kind of like sneakers, in that they only really work well in certain applications. Like, worn with a crop slim pant, a la Audrey Hepburn. But, let's be honest, a lot of the time, they are trick of the light away from being slippers... and that's not going to help us dress up the casual.
  6. OK, so, this list is obviously not exhaustive, but these are the top 5 things that I try and do to make a casual outfit look pulled together. I would really love to hear from you what you think the little things are that we can do to give a casual outfit a little oomph.

    So in closing...

    You'll never change my mind about sneakers. Don't even try.

    Sweater: gifted
    Tank: Old Navy (the Tami)
    Jeans: Trusty ole Torrid jeggings (in a darker wash today)
    Boots: Trusty ole Torrid boots (a few seasons ago; similar styles here)
    Earrings: Spring Shoes (can't find 'em online. Love the horn backing!)
    Bracelet: ebay. I want to get one in every color now.
    Ring: can't recall, probably Claires (Clares?) or Ardene. Who cares. Its shiny.
    I think I look a little possessed in this shot... how about you?

You Might Also Like


© 2015 Vanity Curve. Powered by Blogger.


50s accessories AdditionElle Aldo Alfred Sung Ann Marino ardene argyle Asos AVA&VIV Aveda Aveeno Avon B. Kamins bandage skirt bangles barely bootcut jeans batwing beauty Beauty So Clean Becca beige caged heels belt Benefit Benjabelle Beth Bender Beauty Birthday black black and white black belt black blazer Black blouse black cap toe acetate heels black cardigan black pencil skirt black tights black wedge crossover sandal blazer blouse blue dress shirt blue plaid shirt blush body lotion Bohemian boot cut Born Pretty bow peplum top Boyfriend Cardi Boyfriend Jeans bracelet brown heels brown knee-high boots brown shooties bubble hem buffalo check bun Burt's Bees Butter London capris cardigan casual celebrity chambray Charlotte Russe Charlotte Russe+ charm bracelet Chaus cheetah chevron chiffon chiffon snakeskin blouse China Glaze Chinese Laundry City Chic Claire's classic classy clutch cobalt blazer cognac color blocking Color Whisper conditioner coral Corduroy blazer cosmetics Costco cowl neck Crelly Crop top crops crossover crown tee cubicle Daisy dress decor demi dorsay black pumps denim denim jacket denim shift denim shirt denim skirt DIY Dorothy Perkins Dos and Don'ts double-strap Mary Jane dress dressy black pencil skirt dry shampoo DSW Duo earrings ebay editorial ego Eloquii embellished empire-waist Erin essence Essie event exfoliating scrub Express eyelashes eyeshadow fake eyelashes Fall 2013 Trends Fall Fashion Fall floral Fanatics fashion fear of the untuck fit and flare fitzwell flats Floral floral jeans floral peplum top footless tights Forever 21 Forever 21+ Franco Sarto Fredericks of Hollywood frugal or foolish? fuchsia Gabourey Sidibe GAP Gcgme gifted Girls Night Out giveaway gladiator sandals gladiator wedge glossybox gold green grey boyfriend cardigan grey pumps grey skinny jeans grey striped tee grey suede pumps guest post gunmetal H and M H&M hair Hair Bungee hand-me-down hanky-hem haul high pheels high-low Hollywood hot pink Hot Tools houndstooth skirt Hourglass If I had a million dollars indigo blazer iRobot its a 10 jean jacket jeggings jersey Jessica jewelry Joe Fresh jumper jumpsuit JustFab Kersh Keysocks knee-high boots Lace lace tee layered necklace LBD Le Chateau leather leopard lifestyle lip balm Lip Butter Lip Injection Extreme lipgloss lipstick Little Black Dress Lucky Brand Lust for Blush MAC Makeup Eraser Makeup Forever Manicure Marc Jacobs Marilyn sweater mary-janes mascara Masker Aide Maxi Dress maybelline media Melissa McCarthy menswear menswear pattern Merona Michael Todd True Organics military Mint mint pumps Mint tie-front blouse moisturizer Mossimo Mother-in-law gift moto boots mousse Mulberry My Jewel Candy my picks Mythic Oil nail polish nailpolish nails natural hair texture nautical navy necklace Nikki Blonsky Nivea No Dark Shadows Not Your Mothers Nude crossover wedge nude platform pumps nude pumps nude strappy sandals Nygard NYX oatmeal off-white lace dress Office appropriate old navy OOTD OPI orange organisation oxblood oxblood. shirtdress Pandora pants Parian Spirit Payless peach pearl necklace pearls peep-toe knot pump peep-toe shoes pencil skirt peplum Petal Rebel Pin2Post pink Pinup Peach plaid plaid dress Plaid scarf platform platform Mary Janes platform pumps platforms pleats polka dot flats polka dot shirt dress polka dot tank polka dots poll polyvore poncho ponte preppy printed blouse pumps purchase Pure and Simple pussybow Queen Latifah Quickie Friday quilted vest Quo by Orly Rebel Wilson red red bow wedges red cardigan red clogs red cords red pumps Red retro pattern dress Reitmans remix Request reviews Revlon Ricki's rings Riviera shoes Rohto role-models Roll-Sleeve Blouse romper Rose of Attraction rose stud earrings sandals scarf scratch dress Sears Sephora sequins shampoo sheer Shoedazzle shoes shooties shorts silver heeled wedge silver sphere necklace silver wedge platform Sirens skinnies skinny jeans skinnybitch skirt slacks sleeves slingbacks snakeskin snakeskin chiffon blouse socks Soniclear SOTD South Hill Designs Spanx split neck pleat front printed dress Spring Spring 2013 trends Spring 2015 star earring Statement necklace Stila stilleto skinnies strappy black wedge platform striped pencil skirt striped pink blouse stripes suede Aldo pumps Summer Sunday Confessional Suzy Shier Suzy Shier + Swarovski sweater sweater vest tank dress Target tartan tassel necklace taupe taupe maxi dress tee shirt thrifted tiered LBD tights tips Too faced Too-Faced TopBox.ca Torrid Trapeze trend forecast Trends Tresemme tropical tunic tutorial tweed dress unstructured black blazer unstructured white blouse updo Urban Decay Valentine's Day Value Village vanity vlog Walmart wedge wedge bootie wedge sandal wedges Wella Wet n Wild Wet Seal White Blazer white blouse white cropped cardigan white dress white jersey banded hem white mules white pixie chinos white skinnies white sweater white tank White Whale Winners wish list wishlist wrap dress yellow gold Younique youtube Zara zoya