Three Casual, Creative “Formulas”. You know I wave the flag for “wear whatever makes you happy.” No rules from me, and no lists of Do’s and Don’ts. When I find a useful closet strategy, though, I like to share it with you, and to hear back from you in the comments.
If you enjoy Uniform Dressing, or wear an actual uniform, you know it simplifies morning decisions. My style is a bit more eclectic than that. But I do have admiration and a touch of envy for those Ines de la Fressange types who look authentic and stylish, wearing dark jeans, flats and a white shirt every day.
My wardrobe is messier than that archetypal French woman, but I find myself dressing in familiar formulas. At 63, I know what I like and what feels good, and expresses my identity. “Flattering” is in there too, but it’s not always the first consideration. Flattering for me flows from the confidence I feel wearing my favorite things.
Here are some of the style formulas I’m drawn to over and over, and I would love to hear about yours in the comments (Note: I am retired and have a casual lifestyle now; your mileage may vary):
- Sweater with personality plus slim skirt. I adore a sweater or tee with a graphic image or message. I wear them often, and this formula works for me every time: A personality sweater with a slim skirt, plus booties or sandals.
- An easy-fitting dress is another personal favorite. I prefer dresses that don’t have a waistline, but skim my body and let me move like a dance-ah. They’re great all year-round in our mild Florida climate, and can be layered for New York City.
- White jeans, not-tight top, booties. OK, this one is slightly aspirational, as I don’t currently own white jeans, although I have in the past. I love their clean look, and they pair well with everything. A particular formula I get a kick out of is white jeans with a slightly loose sweater or blouse. Sneakers in the summer and booties in the winter.
Do you have any style formulas that make you feel fierce?
Keep joy in your heart, and stay fabulous, xo,
Here’s some cool casual pieces you could play with for your formulas:
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