Just the other day, myself and the lovely Gemfatale were tweeting about our dressed down and dressed up looks. We both admitted we were really rather rubbish at dressing up – for me, a pair of heels is enough to take me from day to night. For her, it’s the false lashes!
I chose this week’s Wardrobe Wondering based on a fashion flap I’m sure many of you share with me, Gem and the questioner:
“How can I find a more definite distinction between a casual look and a smarter one?”
And no, the answer isn’t ‘go out and buy a two whole new wardrobes’! There are lots of ways to dress up a casual look or tone down something more formal and you probably already have everything you need. Let’s take a look…
Tesco shorts, H&M tee and tights, Primark cardigan, belt and brogues, thrifted bag, name necklace, Me and Zena ring
Tesco shorts, H&M tee, Primark blazer and necklace, TK Maxx shoes, thrifted bag
I’ve based both my looks around these Tesco shorts, which are slightly tailored with a muted floral print making them easy to mix with a multitude of patterns and colours. You don’t need separate clothing for day and night – it all comes down to maths!
+ tan accessories to break up block colours and add detail
+ a large, slouchy bag
+ a cardigan cover up
– jewellery – keep it clean and simple
– makeup – a natural look is great for day
= a cute and casual look that’s perfect for the 9-5
+ a bit of structure – I tied the bottom of my tee in a knot, but you could add a belt
+ statement jewellery
+ a small handbag
+ a sleek cover up, like a blazer or fitted jacket
+ some fabulous heels
+ colour pop lips
– the tights
= an oh so glamorous look that’s made for dancing the night away!
And there you have it – two clearly defined looks, one for day and one for night, without the need to splash out on anything new. So what do you think? Do the numbers add up or would you do something differently? And what defines your day and night looks? I’d love to know!
PS – Got a Wardrobe Wondering of your own? Want to see it answered in detail with photos to boot? Well why not let me know your closet conundrum and I’ll pick one for next week’s post. Don’t be shy!