7 Casual Outfit Formulas That Just Always Work

Anna LaPlaca
·3 min read

Is it just me, or is picking out a more casual outfit usually even more challenging than putting together a dressier look? No matter if I'm leaving the house in a plain tee and denim, I could easily try on ten different pairs of jeans just to land on the right look that's casual and laid-back but still says I'm a fashion girl without saying I'm a fashion girl, you know?

Since I find myself mulling over these casual looks more than I probably should, I figured it would be useful to create a failsafe guide to casual wear for those moments where you want to be easygoing but still look cool. To me, the below seven outfit formulas do just that. Whether they feature the most simple basics in our closets like a tee, jeans, and sneakers or riff on a few trendier elements, putting together one of these ensembles is a can't-lose scenario.

A structured blazer, especially one in a neutral tone, works wonders to make a simple denim outfit look polished.

& Other Stories Oversized Wool Blend Tailored Blazer ($107)

Free People Weekday Seamless Baby Tee ($38)

Agolde Crisscross Jeans ($188)

Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneakers ($60)

Double denim, the Canadian tux—whatever you want to call it, it's a never-fail formula. I'd take a cue from Matilda and pair a denim jacket with jeans in the same wash.

Madewell The Oversized Trucker Jean Jacket in Akenside Wash ($128)

Next Level Basic T Shirt ($9)

Agolde 90's Pinch Waist High Rise Straight Jeans ($188)

Reebok Club C 85 Classic Lace Up Sneakers ($70)

A pretty dress with athletic sneakers is a calling card for fashion girls everywhere and it's actually so easy to re-create. Style a fun frock (bonus points if it involves elements like ruffles or puff sleeves) with your favorite kicks and add in whatever accessories suit your mood.

Reformation Lauryl Dress ($148)

Hoka One One Clifton 7 Sneakers ($130)

Hue Mini Crew Socks ($9)

Apede Mod Froggy Shoulder Bag ($325)

Give suiting a dressed-down approach when you wear a relaxed set with a simple ribbed tank and "dad" sneakers.

Mango Belt Linen Blazer ($130)

Mango Side Slit Linen-Blend Trousers ($100)

N:Philanthropy Marlin Tank in Cuban Sand ($98)

Hinge your outfit around one piece, in this case a printed skirt, and fill in with your favorite basics.

Urban Outfitters Perfect Ribbed Baby Tee ($29)

Realisation The Cookies Skirt Red Butterfly ($160)

Vagabond Shoemakers Erin Flip Flop ($100)

Enesea Pastel Pop Necklace ($190)

When you're not feeling jeans, relaxed trousers are a chic alternative. Wear them with a simple tank for an easy, summertime 'fit.

With Jéan Erin Top in Buttercream ($169)

Topshop Tailored Smart Trousers ($75)

Thanks to 2021, coordinating sweats are a look you actually want to be seen out of the house in. A structured jacket pulls the look together.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Coat ($290)

Sporty & Rich Wellness Ivy Printed Mélange Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt ($145)

Sporty & Rich Wellness Ivy Printed Mélange Cotton-Jersey Track Pants ($155)

New Balance 990 V5 Sneakers ($185)

Up next, see the seven low-cost, high-quality basics I wear over and over.

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