Off Duty Dressing – Casual Slim Style
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Whether you are running errands, rushing to a play date or meeting a friend for coffee getting the balance of a casual outfit that still scores style points can be tricky. An off-duty look has to work hard for us, we want outfits to make you look slimmer, keep you stylish and have an air of not trying too hard. Planning your casual wardrobe unfortunately can be anything but casual but like all style challenges forward thinking and a few key go to pieces will pay dividends. Put your best casual style foot forward and check out our top tips for relaxed dressing.
It’s likely that your casual wardrobe already revolves around denim. The style obsession with denim began in the 50’s and shows no sign of slowing. So invest in a great classic pair of jeans that works with your shape (see our jean style guide here) and add a slimming shot to every outfit. Think dark washes, a great fit and slim but not skinny styles that have a versatility to team with a great pair of heeled boots. This is a look you can wear year round and the addition of even a low heel will elongate legs for an outfit to make you look slimmer!
A scarf in a fabric suited to the season is a super slimming weapon. Not only does it add a casual, artistic energy to any outfit it creates a vertical line down the centre of your body that makes you look thinner. Wear your scarf in a loose loop or allow to flow unrestricted down the central panel of your outfit. It can be a cheap, exciting way to change up an outfit as well as being available in every conceivable colour, design and texture. Treat yourself to a scarf in a new season shade or trend to boost your fashion points.
Thigh Skimming Cover Ups
A long line cardigan, waistcoat or duster jacket is a great easy to wear cover up to include in your casual wardrobe. Easy to throw on over jeans or a simple tunic dress this not only finishes your look but its long lines have a lengthening and narrowing effect. Create a slimming illusion by wearing a darker jacket over a bright pop of colour or combining a playful bright jacket with a darker toned outfit. For best results ensure your cover up skims the bottom half of your thigh or reaches just to your knee. Beware though, going too long can make some of us (especially petite women) look like we have raided the dressing up box!
The Easy Wear Dress
A casual comfortable day dress is a brilliant staple piece to have around. One of our favourite looks is the oversized shirt dress in a belted style or teamed with a separate oversized belt. This is both incredibly flattering and easy to wear look with just a touch of the siren about it. Combine with tousled hair, a heeled ankle boot and a nude lipstick for a gorgeous thrown together finish. A loose fit belted tunic dress can have the same slimming effect and looks awesome in a strong geometric print. Add a low heeled sandal or knee boot to complete the look. Want a more structured look? The wrap dress can offer a similar slightly more grown up version of this look.
Waist Defining Style
Here at 6th Sense of Style we are all about the waist. Waist defining clothes are key to an endless array of slimming and flattering outfits and your casual look should follow this mantra. A nipped in waist can both define and disguise by skimming over troublesome tummy areas and drawing the eye to the narrowest part of the body. Look for structure tees that highlight the waist, drawstring blouses and wrap around dresses that emphasise a feminine hour glass shape. A wrap ballet style top with ruching over the stomach is a particularly strong slimming look with ruching disguising those frustrating wobbly bits. Team a waist highlighting top with a narrow pair of cropped trousers for a retro casual vibe or an A line denim skirt to balance out a larger top half.
Playful with Pattern
Casual style should be fun and a cool or kooky pattern will brighten up a tunic or t-shirt on the dreariest days. Pick cleverly to find patterns that make you look slimmer. Everyone knows the slimming virtues of a vertical stripe but diagonal or chevron stripes also create a skinny optical illusion. Pear and rectangle shapes can take bold and creative patterns like florals or paisleys on the top half as they add balance and curves to a skinnier top half. While those with a bigger bust should play with patterns on their bottom half with beautifully designed skirts.
Dressing for casual events should be a pleasure and not a chore. Here you have the freedom to express your true inner fashionista and be bold with colour and design. Build your wardrobe around our off duty guide to produce outfits that make you look slimmer, turn heads and look utterly effortless. Check out some of our favourite new season style picks to up the impact of your casual wardrobe right now!