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How to dress casual chic

Updated December 12, 2018

Casual chic is a combination of casual and fashionable dress. The term describes a type of dress code that is comfortable, but also stylish and fashion-forward. The casual half of "casual chic" embodies clothing that is traditionally comfortable, like jeans, cotton or khaki trousers, and flowing dresses; the chic half embodies precision tailoring, bright colours and a few feminine details and accessories to bring a touch of class and sophistication.

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  1. Wear dark, tailored jeans with a silk blouse and embellished sandals. Jeans are universally known for being a staple of casual dress, but darker-hued fitted jeans have a classier look. A silk blouse and sandals will make this into your perfect spring or summer outfit.

  2. Wear white capri pants with a bold-coloured tank top and cork wedges. The cork wedges and capri pants provide comfort, while the bright-coloured top adds a sense of style. This is a casual-chic outfit that is comfortable enough to go shopping in, but that still looks fairly sophisticated, even runway-worthy.

  3. Wear tailored khaki, twill or linen slacks with a light-coloured blouse. Khaki, twill and linen are generally considered casual fabric, but as long as they have a fitted look, they are the perfect trousers for a casual-chic outfit. Pair them with a delicate, flowing blouse and closed-toe heels, and you'll have achieved the perfect combination of comfortable and stylish.

  4. Wear skinny black jeans with a red turtleneck sweater and flat boots. Black and white jeans are able to take any outfit from simply casual to casual chic. Add a fitted sweater and a few simple accessories (like flat boots, a black leather belt and hoop earrings) and your look is complete. For cold winter months, simply put on a black peacoat.

  5. Wear a patterned cotton dress with simple sandals. Accessorise with sunglasses and chunky jewellery. A dress may seem like a formal option, but a dress made of cotton automatically gives off a much more casual vibe. A patterned cotton dress is at once casual and chic--the perfect outfit for a lunch outing at the beach.

  6. Tip

    Accessorise with jewellery, bags, belts, sunglasses and scarves.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tailored jeans
  • Silk blouse
  • Cotton dress
  • Strappy sandals
  • Designer bag and sunglasses

About the Author

Maggie Hira has been writing professionally since 2006. She has written for numerous websites and print publications, including "LA.Direct Magazine" and The Budget Fashionista. Hira holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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