The Best Way To Pull Off The Casual Chic look | Alara Style

The Best Way To Pull Off The Casual Chic look

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The casual chic style is all about blending everyday casual pieces with chic and sophisticated styles to create a laid-back elegant chic look.

I always wondered how all these celebrities and fashionistas seem so chic and posh in literally any outfit they wear, even t shirts!. Think Jessica Alba on film sets, effortlessly balancing a casual outfit with glamour.

Casual Chic style

The trick to the casual chic style is getting a balance between being comfortable and looking stylish. You want to mix sophisticated with casual while maintaining the appearance that your outfit took a few minutes to put together.

If done right, casual chic can look clean and effortless. Every casual chic wardrobe starts with a few key elements. Wardrobe staples such as jeans, a white shirt, t-shirts, and a tailored blazer are crucial. These items pair perfectly with almost anything in your closet, allowing you to mix sophisticated elements with more laid-back, casual pieces.

Here are some ways to pull off the casual chic look! 

The Casual Chic Style:

Layer Your Basics

woman wearing white flowy pants with white sweater and white trench coat

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Take, for instance, a simple t-shirt outfit. A white t-shirt may seem too basic, but layered with more sophisticated items, it can transform into a casual chic look. Dress it up with a maxi skirt and a pair of strappy heels or dress it down with jeans and sneakers.

A trench coat is a great layering pieces and one of those classic pieces that can elevate the outfits in your wardrobe. This wardrobe staple can be worn with almost any outfit, whether it’s tailored pants and leather jackets, jeans and sneakers.

Wear A Tailored Blazer

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Wearing a tailored blazer is the perfect option for a casual chic outfit. It can instantly add sophistication to a casual outfit, while also being able to tone down more formal pieces.

Embracing Neutral colors

woman wearing black wide leg pants with black turtle neck sweater with white sneakers

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Neutral colors play a crucial role in creating a casual chic wardrobe due to their versatility and timeless appeal. Opt for colors such as black, whites, creams, beige and gray. The beauty of these shades is their ability to match with most clothes in your closet, allowing for endless outfit combinations.

Although denim is not a color in the traditional sense, denim is still a neutral in casual chic style. From light to dark washes, denim pieces, particularly jeans, offer great versatility and durability. They can be paired with almost anything in your closet and is a great casual chic clothing item.

Maxi skirt and knee high boots

woman wearing beige maxi skirt with white turtle neck and black boots

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Maxi skirts are a fantastic addition to any casual chic wardrobe. For colder weather pair your maxi skirt with an oversized sweater and knee high boots. They are also perfect for the warmer weather. Simply pair with a bodysuit and ballet flats for the ultimate casual chic style.

Accessorizing Your Casual Chic Outfits

Finding The Perfect Pair Of Shoes

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When pulling off a casual chic style, you must invest in the right footwear. Whether you choose to wear heels or ballet flats, high heels or suede boots, your choice of footwear can dramatically influence the overall vibe of your outfit. If you want to add a fun twist, consider pairing a dress with knee-high boots.

A silk scarf

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Silk scarves can be worn in so many different ways, but never fails to look chic! Whether you wear it as an accessory on your handbag, around your neck or as a head scarf, there are many way to incorporate this chic look.

It’s versatility means it can easily be paired with a casual look and help elevate it to look more classy. Turn casual clothing such as a t shirt and pants outfit into a casual chic outfit.

Oversized Tote And Sunglasses

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Chic women are always carrying the appropriate bag, and a tote bag is practical and stylish. They can hold all your essentials and still make a fashion statement.

A bag is an easy to dress up a casual outfit to an outfit. An oversized tote bag can look chic and dramatic, especially when paired with sunglasses and a chunky scarf. A classic leather bag on the other hand, can add some edge to your outfit and be more formal.

Makeup and Hair

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One important aspect to keep in mind when dressing casual chic is to consider your hair as part of your outfit. Whether it’s a chic updo or loose, natural waves, your hairstyle can enhance your casual chic style significantly. Regardless of the dress code, you should always look at styling your hair if you want to look classy.

Casual chic is all about balance and this also relates to your makeup to! Don’t go over board with the makeup, instead of for a neutral color makeup palette or the ‘clean girl’ aesthetic.

When it comes to your hair, a simple claw clip can add an elegant and classy touch, making you look sophisticated and polished.


As a woman who enjoys expressing herself through fashion, you’ll find the casual chic style particularly appealing. Its lack of rigid guidelines allows for endless creativity in mixing and matching accessories and clothing, giving you the opportunity to create a truly unique casual chic wardrobe.

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