Monday, September 5, 2011

Style | Stay comfy and avoid the frump

I loved this outfit that Elaine from Clothed Much put together. It's a great example of how to be comfortable and stylish. I often don’t feel like wearing skinny pants or a fitted top, so this look is a perfect and modest solution for those days when you want to feel cozy. Do you ever buck the rules and pair a flowing top with flowing pants? It’s a tough look to get right, but as Elaine demonstrates, it can be done and looks amazing.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when recreating this look.
Create contrast with your fabric. Elaine cleverly pairs a silk top with denim, making the texture alone set them apart.
Create interest at your midsection. One way to do this is with a belt, but if you’re not feeling it, tuck all, or like Elaine, part of your shirt in.
Accessorize. No one will think you rolled out of bed if you’re wearing a complimentary necklace, earrings and a stack of bangles. If you’re going out with friends, carry a clutch instead of a bag since clutches always dress up a look. For a day at the mall, stick with the slouchy bag.
Something should be fitted. Elaine’s outfit works so well because she didn’t wear a trouser-style jean, but a flared style that fits nicely around her lower half. This look can still work with a really loose jean, but is much more difficult to pull off. If you want to try it, you’re going to have to master the next tip, which is...
Create length. If you’re not gifted with long gams, you can still create length by wearing a comfortable wedge and jeans that skim the ground. Elongating your look will make you look less “dumpy” in this billowy outfit.
Do you have any additional tips for making this look a success? I’d love to hear them! And thanks, Elaine, for sharing your great style with us.


  1. Love this outfit! And great tips to look good even on the lazy days.