Casual outfit inspiration...
More than ever people are dressing more casually. Perhaps it's the combination of lockdowns, or the fact that more of us are working from home but we've seen a huge rise in those of you seeking out casual pieces for your wardrobes. But we're here to show you that casual need not be dull, you can still feel fabulous with a few carefully considered pieces.
The key is to invest in quality pieces, pieces that feel amazing to wear and give you that confidence boost despite the fact that they are more casual. Be that gorgeous textures from knitwear, sumptuously soft cashmere, or denim with the perfect fit.
You can inject some added interest to your casual outfits by layering up pieces to combine textures and colours for something that looks put together without trying too hard. This is especially great in the winter months. The key to the layered look is looking out for similar colour tones within pieces, perhaps picking out a statement colour within the print to take through the rest of your outfit. And if you are going for a tonal look then make sure to mix up the textures to add interest to your outfit.
One of the great things to remember when putting together a layered look is that it is a great way of dressing down those smarter pieces within your wardrobe. Perhaps layer a chunky knit over a silk shirt or dress to make it more wearable for the everyday. We love the way adding a knit over a dress makes it much more wearable for the everyday, giving existing pieces in your wardrobe a new lease of life.
It doesn't have to always be denim to dress down, don't get us a wrong we do love a good pair of jeans (if you haven't tried our Paige jeans yet you really should-the fit & fabric is amazing!) but there are so many great trousers around at the moment that are great for the casual looks, be that different coloured denim, the famous Paige Maisley jogger (below) or cords, there's some great denim alternatives.
And always remember accessories, adding some jewellery, a scarf or in fact a bag can immediately update a look in a super easy way.
We've picked out some of our favourite casual looks which are in store now as a little bit of inspiration for you!
Statement trousers and knits from Paul Smith. These super fine velvet cord wide leg cropped trousers are just so comfortable and such a flattering shape, they really are worth a try as they add such a great new dimension to a casual outfit. We love the detail on this knit from Paul Smith for a sun edge to an everyday outfit, and if you haven't Paul Smith Knit £221, Paul Smith trousers £209, Markberg bag £135, Woden Trainers £110
Mixing caramel tones when layering this look makes for a easy to wear but put together style. The shirt from Paul Smith has the most beautiful rich colour tones and subtle ruffle detail that look great layered with this caramel knit from Pom Amsterdam, teamed with Paige jeans in their Transcend denim which does not lose it's shape when worn- trust us we've tested them! And a fun update to the trainer for winter from Woden, these lined ankle trainers are super warm and comfortable. Paul Smith shirt £209, Pom Knit £121, Paige jeans £220, Woden trainers £129
We love the texture of this Paul Smith cardigan, it's a great piece that can be layered over a tee as we've done here and worn as a cardigan or worn open as a jacket with a great boxy shape to it. We've teamed it with the Paige Christy pant with it's grosgrain stripe detail and added a pop of colour with a crossbody bag from Markberg. Paul Smith cardigan £229, Paul Smith Tee £64, Paige Christy Pant £255, Markberg bag £118
A statement coat that does all the talking. You'll feel immediately put together when you put on this stunning wool coat from Weekend by MaxMara, it's a coat that you will treasure for years. With it's quilted lining to give added warmth without losing it's shape. Here we've teamed it with a super fun Alpaca knit which has beautiful fairisle sleeves and some Weekend by MaxMara jeans. All accessorised with a Markberg bag, whose straps are interchangeable for when you want to update your look! Weekend by MaxMara coat £465, Weekend by MaxMara alpaca jumper £187, Weekend by MaxMara jeans £165, Markberg bag £159
A tonal look, we love the winter white look with the addition of the caramel tones. The super soft cord shirt really is a layering hero for your wardrobe. American Vintage cord shirt £165, American Vintage Sonoma Top £60, American Vintage jeans £130, Woden trainers £129
A fairisle knit is an autumn wardrobe staple, perfect for adding a fun touch of colour to your outfit. Here we've teamed it with these relaxed Weekend by MaxMara khaki trousers which have a subtle button detail making them more casual and toed the whole look together by picking the colour out of the fairisle print onto the bag. Weekend by MaxMara jumper £188, Weekend by MaxMara trousers £205, Markberg Bag £155, Sence Copenhagen earrings £26
This statement knit from Weekend by MaxMara has been a huge hit this season, with it's great oversized look perfect for layering. We love it layered over a denim shirt to pick up the blue tones in the knit. Here we've teamed it with a super lightweight polo neck from Weekend by MaxMara and cream jeans from American Vintage, the Woden boots tie the colours of the pieces together for a put together look. Weekend by MaxMara knit £299, Weekend by MaxMara polo £67, American Vintage jeans £130, Woden trainers £129
Adding a splash of bright blue really makes the pattern on this Weekend by MaxMara silk blouse pop and makes it more of a casual piece. The stunning Liberty print on this shirt really is something to be admired, with it's pop of orange hearts within the print giving it edge. It has a detachable neck tie to give it added versatility and looks absolutely stunning dressed up with tailored trousers. Here, along with the knit we've teamed it with Paige jeans and the gorgeous metallic navy widen trainers. Weekend by MaxMara shirt £315, Weekend by MaxMara Jumper £185, Paige Jeans £250, Woden trainers £90
A quilted jacket has been a big hit this season, and this one from Dea Kudibal has the most stunning print. A great shape that is great for dressing up with heels and a silk shirt for evening, we've made it a more casual look with the blue tones of the Weekend by MaxMara jumper and we've picked up the greys and blacks in the jackets print with Paige jeans and Woden trainers. Dea Kudibal jacket £226, Weekend by MaxMara Jumper £185, Paige Grey jeans £230, Woden trainers £110
Luxurious layers to make a casual outfit feel super special. Here we've teamed this amazing Marc Cain jacket with a gorgeous cashmere knit from British brand Jumper 1234. We love the grey stripe detail on the cashmere which really elevates it. The quality of the jacket is simply amazing, a limited edition jacket that is knitted in Germany. We've teamed with a crossbody bag from Markberg with fab padded detail. Marc Cain jacket £419, Jumper 1234 cashmere £179, Markberg bag £190.
Make monochrome more interesting by varying the tones, here we've added in some grey jeans from Paige to a beautiful cashmere from Jumper 1234, bringing the outfit an added edge with these statement BRGN boots, they've been so popular this season that we've struggled to keep them in, so sizes are now very limited (and they're waterproof!) Jumper 1234 cashmere £259, Paige jeans £230, BRGN boots £249.