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Rebecca is a former journalist-turned PR freelancer and student. When she needs to do corporate, she’s got it sorted but she’s looking for casual at-home wardrobe solutions that still have style.
I’m a former newspaper journo now freelancing in PR so my work style is quite corporate. I do like Nolita, Rock and Republic and Guess but my fave would be Lorna Jane purely for comfort. I can be at my sons’ footy game then go to a cafe for lunch and not feel under dressed.
I am studying a post grad teaching degree so I want to find more smart casual clothes and find a way to be comfy and stylish on my days at home. I like colour so will often team a fuchsia or orange blouse with a charcoal suit.
I am wearing more flats these days because I get back pain but I do still wear heels to work. I love unique but classic stilettos but not always practical.
My usual comfy clothes would be Lorna Jane flash dance pants, a t-shirt and my Dianna Ferrari sneakers or a dress or denim shorts, tee and thongs.
1. Doing casual with style isn’t as easy as it looks. Looking effortless takes some effort, especially if you want to be comfortable as well. The key really is in layering, which is a whole lot easier in autumn-winter then in the middle of summer. Click here for some tips on layering.
2. In summer, opt for easy-wear/easy-care dresses. Yes, frocks. One frock, some cute sandals and you’re good to go. I’d add in a necklace as well because adding one accessory is always icing on your outfit cake.
3. In autumn-winter, work your layered outfits around either leggings or jeans. The leggings with tunic tops/dresses; the jeans with tees/shirts.
4. Remember that even adding just a jacket and a scarf to a tee and jeans outfit will give the whole outfit a lift and take it from at-home casual to stylish streetwear.
5. Find comfortable ballet flats, loafers or boots that can be worn all day while you’re on the move. This can be a bit of a quest but worth persevering for the end result.
6. Keep gym gear for exercise only. Much as you love your Lorna Janes, I do think that they are best left to the task for which they were designed. It’s still possible to be just as comfortable in leggings or jeans.
Do you wear mostly casual clothes? What are your tips for Rebecca when it comes to being comfortable but still having style?