Off-duty dressingI Love / The Edit / What I Wore categories: I Love The Edit What I Wore
I’m often posting and sharing my favourite dressed-up outfits which take me from days in the office all the way through to party mode. I’m thrilled to have partnered up with Karen Millen to focus on nailing the casual dress code – think weekend brunch, short get-aways, laid back BBQs and of course, hitting the shops for some retail therapy. I’ve styled these outfits and had a ball brining you my favourite casual and cosy looks for the cooler months ahead.
I’m a huge believer that causal doesn’t need to mean unfashionable, daggy or (heaven forbid) grubby! Turn on the uber cool and move away from the boring casual pieces with these looks which will have heads turning your way. Best of all, I’ve selected pieces which are made from warm and wooly fabrics to keep you comfortable and warm (while looking totally hawt).
These are my keys to casual dressing so that your off-duty moments are as stylish as your on-duty ones.
You don’t need to think in black, white and grey just because it is winter. Uplift your look by adding a pop of orange with this bright ribbed turtle-neck. I do own a lot of monochrome staples but my favourite colours are always blues, greens and reds (practically every colour).
Inject some extra style by investing in jumpers with interesting cuts or style features which stand out. This chunky cold shoulder piece is made from 80% merino wool so you’ll feel snuggly all day long.
Mix the cuts
You don’t need to stick to boring and simple cuts just because you are off-duty. Looking for one of the easiest ways to get your outfit looking on-point? Flares! The kick flare trousers will be your go-to for weekends, meetings and nights in the city. The versatile pants work with stilettos, brogues or heeled boots. If you are not sure you can rock the flare look, rock some bell sleeves on top and balance it out with some sleek (faux) leather leggings. Mix up the cuts on your garments so that you have different wardrobe pieces to work with.
Top it off with a good coat
You’ll thank yourself later when you are not shivering away during those icy early mornings. These jackets will have you looking super chic despite the chilly breeze. I’m always one to go for the classic trench. There is something so great about the timelessness of the military heritage.
If I’ve learnt anything from my continent hopping, I know that you just can’t go wrong with a well-made Italian coat. Crafted from luxurious Italian fabric, a good coat will be the perfect accompaniment for early morning and elegant nights out. It is made from wool so you can be sure that it will keep you feel warm and wonderful.
Add some shoe shine
Unless you have just come out from the dark ages, you’ll have noticed the big trend at the moment– trainers! You’ll be walking out in sporty style with these suede slip-on trainers. These certainly do fir the ‘off-duty’ comfort requirements while looking chic and on trend.
Don’t be afraid to add heels to your off-duty attire. My styling tip would be to make sure you choose pieces which are relatively plain and simple so they do not look too out off place on a causal outfit.
One of my favourite things about casual dressing is that you are actively encouraged to mix and match so you don’t have those “one time wonder” purchases. I’ve mixed around the pieces for you to see how easy it is to get multiple outfits from a few key pieces.
SHOP THE PIECES:
Head in store to find the jeans and burgundy top.