Many of us are living more casual lives these days, and that includes our wardrobes. Even if you have an active social life, chances are that “smart casual” attire will cover most events. Here I’ve used accessories to dial-up jeans and a tee and create a comfortable, casual chic outfit.
We want to get the most from our wardrobes, and accessories are key. Accessories can add variety and personality to our trusty basics, and make a look more intentional and finished. Statement jewelry, refined footwear, lipstick, and something structured (whether a jacket, bag, or both) can help elevate your look without losing your style bearings.
I’ve been seeing a lot of “Paris street style” looks with jeans and slingback shoes in my Instagram feed, so decided to put my own spin on it.
Using accessories to level up casual wardrobe basics
I’ve always loved a mix of rough and refined in an outfit. The pearl jewelry and classic slingback shoes add refinement, while the “rough” jeans keep the look laid-back and grounded. And the “pot de miel” 🍯 straw bag adds a little bit of whimsy. 🐝
Rather than a blazer, I decided to go with a lightweight sweater jacket, which adds structure but could also be draped or tied over the shoulders should the weather warm up. The pearl necklace with the vintage French medallion is from French Kande’s “Amour de Perle” stack-up collection. I love pearls, and they are one of my favorite ways to add some chic to a casual outfit.
The straw bag comes with a black leather handle that can be removed. So, I swapped it out for this fun resin chain handle (other colors available).
Versatile dress-up-dress-down footwear
A comfortable, dress-up-dress-down shoe is one of my wardrobe essentials, and this one ticks those boxes. Slingback shoes are classic and timeless, but also on trend this season. This classic slingback style is from Sole Bliss (gifted), a brand specially designed to be comfortable for those with wide feet and bunions. (Helen Mirren is a fan!) Also available in 3 neutral colors, and runs true-to-size. I’m wearing a 38.
They have dozens of styles, from sneakers to sandals to loafers and heels, all with the same comfort technology. 👉 And Sole Bliss has kindly offered my readers 15% off with code SUSANSOLE ! 👈 Shipping and returns are free for the USA, as well as hassle-free.
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