How to find the beauty in being CASUAL
It’s 7:30 in the morning, and you can barely get yourself out of bed let alone put on makeup and look for an outfit. As you’re about to walk out the door, you realize the shoes you want to wear look absolutely ridiculous matched with your outfit and you have to drop everything to fix your wardrobe malfunction.
On a campus where girls look good 24/7, 365 days out of the year, there can be some pressure to dress up and look nice at all times of the day. However, getting ready takes a lot of time, and some days you just want to roll out of bed, add a few touch ups, and head out to class in your comfy clothes.
There is NOTHING wrong with that. In fact, there are many girls who have the “casual look” down to a science.
Over the past few years, I have had to learn how to walk the fine line between casual, and straight off-the-treadmill-messy. There are so many ways you can dress up a comfortable, laid back outfit, and make it look presentable without having to spend hours on it.
Here are some great ideas that you can try out for those lazy days …
The hair distraction – When your outfit is looking drab and you need to look put together, there is always the hair distraction. When you put your hair up it takes the attention from the rest of your get together. So try a cute braid, half up-half down, or a low pony, and don’t worry about the rest.
Got straight from the rec hair?
Comfortable hats – Baseball caps, crocheted head wraps, and neutral colored beanies.
Hair bands – Keep the jungle tamed with a thick headband, or a cute plastic band to keep your loose hair back.
Easy braids or loose ponies – French braids and messy ponies are in right now on the red carpet. Therefore they will definitely dress up a just-came-from-the-rec outfit.
The Era of Leggings – Leggings are amazing because they are the dressier version of jeans and sweatpants. They go with absolutely everything and instantly make an outfit look more fashionable.
Yoga Pants – Yoga pants are the dressier version of sweatpants. They are form fitting and go with all colored shoes and apparel. They are also extremely comfortable and can be worn during any occasion.
V-Neck Tops – Instead of a regular t-shirt or baggy long-sleeve try to pair a v-neck top with a casual bottom. This will dress up the outfit a little while being comfortable and convenient.
Colorful Sneakers – Colorful shoes can brighten up any outfit. A cool pair of Nikes can give your OOTD the fashionable component your missing while giving your feet the support they need.
Makeup Ideas – try adding a soft layer of mascara or eye liner before you leave in the morning. This will add a little style to your get up and take attention away from your wardrobe.
The Ever Wonderful Crew neck sweater – the crew neck sweater is comfortable, cute and goes great with every bottom whether it’s shorts, leggings, or jeans. Bright sweaters are great for dressing up a colorless outfit.
No matter what be comfortable! Don’t force yourself to wear outrageous get ensembles to your early morning classes, when you can dress up a casual day’s outfit!