Step up your casual look. Before I retired, my work look used to be fairly polished. I had a flexible uniform of knee length skirts, solid and subtle print tops, colorful scarves for accent, and shoes/boots with personality. Almost all pictures of me you saw on this blog were taken on work days. There’s a reason for this . . .
My days-off looks (now every day) could use a tweak. I often use the “what’s clean and comfortable” method, which translates to jeans and a tee of uncertain provenance. My thinking is flawed: “I’m only going to be seen by my beloved husband or a few dear friends. They love me no matter my look. Save the good stuff for events and special occasions.”
Well, I will be seen any given day by the public, including friends, acquaintances, and ex-boyfriends with their wives. And there is myself! I sometimes shortchange myself by glossing over my casual looks. And it shows. But I am worth the few extra minutes it takes to look better-than-OK, without going full-press career-wear.
Here are some ideas I’ve come up with to elevate my casual looks, and I’d love to hear yours, if this is an issue for you. Or maybe you dress well every day because you enjoy it, hooray for you!
- Hair and nails. If I take just a couple of minutes to fuss with my unruly hair, use gel and a couple of clips, it looks much better all day. Good hair equals good look! Ditto my nails. Even with clear polish, they elevate my look when they’re neatly trimmed and oiled.
- Face: a healthy glow is the goal. All I need is mascara, moisturizer, blush or bronzer, and lipstick, with an emphasis on moisturizer.
- Modern well-made tops, or funky print ones, don’t take any more time than standard tees. I have upgraded this corner of my closet, and almost all my tops are “good”.
- No cheap crap. A mantra for every day of the week, actually. And it doesn’t refer to price. I mean cheap-looking and feeling fabric, construction and color. Good construction doesn’t have to cost the moon. I have some terrific jeans that were thrifted for under $15. A lot of companies make sturdy, good-looking tees for under $20.
- Cool shoes. Not the same as work shoes, but flats, booties, and sandals that make me feel wow.
- A piece of great jewelry. Again, it doesn’t have to be the Hope diamond, but a favorite bangle or pendant shows care.
That’s my commitment: to look more polished most every day. There are days for window-washing and car-washing, beach walking, and marathon Netflix-ing, during which no gilding is needed. ☺
You will, of course, spruce up your casual style in the way that makes the most sense for you. We’d love it if you shared any tips in the comments.
Keep joy in your heart, and stay fabulous, xo,
Here’s some cool casual pieces:
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