Have you ever needed a not too fancy outfit that had a little extra something, but were at a loss on where to start? Have you ever wanted to be comfortable running errands and such, and yet your outfit ends up being uninterestingly comfortable? Have you ever thought to wear something casual, but ended up taking too long trying to put a spin on it?
It’s just me then. 🙂
Anywho, I’ve been there plenty a time. And that’s how I came up with this “formula”.
It’s really basic, but it has saved me so much time on those days when I want to look low maintenance with moderate style.
And the formula is *drum roll please*…
Solid+solid+print = casual style.
Of course there are all sorts of cheats and tricks that can make this basic formula, your own. But I’ll get to that later. For now, let’s get right into the outfits.
Photography by Irungu Mwangi (Instagram – irungu_m)
Model – Stephanie..:-)
Obviously the striped vest top is the centerpiece of this very simple and casual ensemble. They add the little extra something to what would have other wise been – jeans, a vest top and flats.
The black and white vest top against the base of light blue jeans, is just unexpected enough to be interesting. The white flats add a final touch, to an outfit that would have been super simple, but for the stripes.
Worn on a sunny day, make sure to wear sunscreen… 🙂
Solid coloured pants +solid coloured shoes + print top.
Time taken to pull together: less than a minute.
Here, neutral pants in black, with a solid bright coloured sweater and neutral nude flats would have been fine on their own. But throw on a scarf with a print and vibrant colours and suddenly the outfit is a level up.
A couple of things to note. The scarf has touches of the colour of the sweater and the shoes, which acts as a unifying factor. The gorgeous texture on the sweater also adds visual interest to the outfit.
This will definitely keep you “hot” on a cool day.
Solid coloured pants +solid coloured sweater+ solid coloured shoes + print scarf.
Time taken to put together: 1 minute.
Here’s where things get serious!!! Hehe…
Jokes aside. This outfit makes me smile. Because if there’s one thing I love about style rules, it’s that I have a lot fun breaking them and doing it well.
In this outfit, there are two prints instead of one.
A grey and black checked shirt paired with grey jeans, with printed maroon, dark gold and black “ngomas” (a.k.a the most comfortable shoes ever!!!). The two prints are separated by a neutral (the grey jeans). The shoe print is small and subtle, leaving the checked print to showstop. And they both have a base of black which ties it all in. And that’s why this outfit, in this particular combination, works!!!
It’s fantastic casual cool.
Solid coloured pants +printed top +printed shoes.
Time taken to put together: 3-4 minutes
Hope this helps you out in one way or another. Please remember that style is about discovering the parts that work for you. And that works for any formula. Totally different from mathematics (If only it were the same :-))
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