Whether it’s for school, work, or a family function, many people prefer the comfort of casual clothes over more formal wear. The good news is you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort! With a little creativity and the right eye for materials and colors, you can easily make yourself look sharp with casual wear, even if you can’t afford those high-end ten thousand naira jeans!
Know which casual items can double as “stylish.” Remember: some casual clothes, like cargo shorts, always come across as just that–casual–no matter what other fancy items you might wear with them. Learn which items are safe to choose from. Clothes that are safe to pick from include:
- Men: blazers; button-down shirts; t-shirts; nice jeans; chinos; tailored shorts; casual sneakers; boat shoes; loafers, brogues; boots; dress shoes.
- Women: wrap dresses; summer dresses; nice jeans; linen pants; tank tops; fitted tops; sneakers; flats; boots; low heels; sandals.
Develop a discerning eye. Aim to strike the perfect balance between casual and stylish. Imagine two extremes: a fancy ‘80’s cocktail party and a rough-and-tumble day at the beach. When picking items to wear, imagine wearing them to both occasions. Aim for an outfit that would look slightly too relaxed and casual to fit in with the cast of Mad Men, but too nice to risk scuffing up outdoors.
- When in doubt, err on the side of fitting in more with the cocktail party folks than the beach bums
- Choose the right material. Avoid clothes made from fabrics that wrinkle easily, like cotton, rayon, and silk. Remember: you want to look casual but stylish, so you still want to look sharp. So unless you’re able to change outfits throughout the day, stick to fabrics like: