I am usually a glass-half-full kind of gal, but this time, I am forced to be the bearer of bad news: That day isn’t coming. You know the one we all wait for. The mythical day in the future when the stars will align and we will suddenly find ourselves taller and slimmer and richer and living fancier lives that require us to wear that dream wardrobe that lingers in the back of our closet or stares back at us from our favorite website.
It isn’t coming. The everyday life that we live, every day, is the only one we are guaranteed, and we might as well start dressing for it. For me, that means dressing up, whenever I feel like it, even if I have nowhere special to be. It just makes my day better.
And it also means injecting my personal style into the most basic of everyday outfits, whether that’s jeans and a tee or black pants and a sweater. When you take wardrobe basics and make them sing by adding elements that speak to your personal style, then you’ve developed a signature style that suits your personality and your lifestyle. It’s kind of magical.
Here, some casual yet super stylish outfits to suit a range of style personalities, and they’re all casual enough for a (nice) everyday look of running errands or grabbing coffee with a friend.
If your style has boho elements, then the relaxed fabrics and shapes of most casual looks align well with your personal style. To the boho uniform or faded jeans and a pretty blouse, add special accessories that personalize the look and bring your own brand of boho into the mix.
3 Boho Outfit Formulas to Try:
Jeans + Feminine Top + Flat Sandals + Straw Bag
Skirt + Tee + Sneakers
Jeans + Lacy Blouse + Straw Hat + Flat Sandals + Necklace + Crossbody
A classic personal style works well with the casual basics that make up the wardrobe essentials. Add some polish with classic accessories like top-handle bags, loafers, and subtle jewelry, and keep the rest of the look refined rather than rumpled.
Classic Outfit Formulas To Try:
Neutral Pants + Striped Sweater + Boots + Belt + Bag
Dark Neutral Top/Pants + Light Neutral Loafers + Light Neutral Blaz
Jeans + Blazer/Matching Shoes + Blouse
Dark Pants/Jeans + Striped Button-Down + Sweater + Loafers + Tote
Silky Blouse + Jeans + Cap Toe Flats + Classic Bag
Silky Blouse + Jeans + Subtle Jewelry
Striped Tee + Cardigan + Adidas + Jeans + Canvas Tote
Long Button-Down + Classic Sweater + Jeans + Leopard Shoes + Tote
White Shirt + White Jeans + Long Neutral Cardigan + Bright Pump
White Jeans + Tee + Blazer + Brown Accessories
If your personal style is glam, that doesn’t mean it needs to be confined to red carpets and sky-high heels. Glam is as much about attitude as anything else, and pattern, color, fabric, and accessories play a large part in an overall glam yet casual look.
Glam Outfit Formulas To Try
Bold Floral Blouse + Jeans + Neutral Accessories
Jeans + Printed Blouse + Fancy Flats
Sweatshirt + Silky Slip Skirt + Sneakers + Crossbody
Jeans + Floral Blouse + Ladylike Bag + Trench
Black Jeans + Dramatic Blouse + Statement Belt
Statement Blouse + Jeans + Clutch
Bright Blouse + Bright Pants + White Accessories
Leopard Skirt + Tee + Casual Accessories
Basics + Leopard Faux Fur Jackets
Neutral Top + Neutral Pants + Simple Sandals + Glam Bag
Preppy style is a brand of classic, in my mind, with more of an emphasis on stripes and color and that all-American sportswear vibe. These elements combine naturally with casual essentials like denim to create a look that’s crisp and still casual.
Preppy Outfit Formulas To Try
Jeans + Sweater + Tee + Loafers
Jeans + Striped Button Down + Long Neutral Cardigan + Loafers + Tote
White Jeans + White Tee + Striped Layering Piece + Straw Bag + Espadrilles + Belt
Striped Sweater + White Jeans + Dark Bag/Boots + Trench
Relaxed style and casual style are often used interchangeably, but a relaxed sense of personal style keeps that effortless look whether it’s a dressy outfit or a casual one. Think Jennifer Anison, who has relaxed minimalistic style. Keeping the look laidback but still intentional is the key to pulling off relaxed casual without veering into basic.
Relaxed Outfit Formulas To Try
Jeans + Button-Down + Straw Bag + Sandals
Black Wide Leg Crops + Casual Shirt + Denim Jacket + Flats + Tote
Flowy White Shirt + Jeans + Sneakers + Tote + Cute Dog 🙂
Romantic or feminine personal style is actually surprisingly easy to pair with casual wardrobe essentials, as romantic elements work well in small and subtle touches (hair accessories, jewelry) as well as larger items like shoes, bags, and blouses.
Romantic Outfit Formulas To Try
Lace Blouse + Jeans + Block Heel Sandals
Feminine Blouse + Blazer + Jeans + Neutral Accessories
Tee + Denim Jacket + Romantic Skirt + Flat Sandal
Light Neutral Cardigan + Matching Silky Cami + Matching Bag + Jeans
19:10 “Feminine Top + White Jeans+ Straw Bag + Espadrilles
Romantic Top + Blue Jeans + Straw Tote + Feminine Flats
Most of us are a mix of personal styles. Which of these personal style words is a part of your style personality? And which of these outfits can you recreate with your own wardrobe?