This is an easy casual outfit formula. And you might be able to pull it together right away with the items already in your closet. It’s perfect for a casual gal on the go who is quite trendy, but prefers a minimal look that is neither super feminine nor based on denim bottoms. The combination is breezy, yet covered, and suited to warm and hot weather.
Here are the components of the ensemble:
Combat Bottoms: Think khakis and cargo bottoms in silhouettes like long pants, crops, clamdiggers, a skirt, long or short shorts. Cottons, silks, rayons, or blends of all these fabrics is ideal. Keep the silhouettes tailored or roomy.
White Top: To my eye a relaxed fit is key. Not too tailored, but a little to quite oversized, in fabrics that are cotton, silk, and rayon rich. I’ve chosen a tuxedo shirt, silk blouse, mesh sweater and silk tee because those items are on trend. A lacy white sweatshirt, roomy lightweight linen pullover, or high-low blouse are other on trend options. Choose a white topper that is suited to your style, in any shade of white at that. Untuck, semi tuck or faux tuck the top. Add in a tan belt if desired.
Casual Closed Shoes: Work a little red into the outfit right here, although you can stick to tan and white footwear too. I’ve chosen sassy sneakers, pointy toe flats and slipper flats because a gal on the go often needs closed shoes for maximum running around comfort. But by all means wear sandals that are more to your liking. Animal print footwear will also work wonderfully well.
Casual Bag: Here is another opportunity to work in the red accents. Any red will work, from bright tomato to deep burgundy. If red is not your thing, stick to tan or shades of white, or throw in another colour. I’ve chosen a casual hobo, tote and day clutch. But a cross body or shoulder bag is just as fab.
Finish off the look with jewelry and watch as desired. Add in a hat and eyewear if it’s sunny out. Pack a snack to keep those energy levels high.
White plus a shade of khaki or olive matched with red is a classic colour combination. But you don’t need to stick to it at all. Neon pink footwear would be fun! Perhaps a black top is more your style. Or grey khakis.
I’ve pinned two street style looks that are based on this formula onto my Outfits board. One is an oversized casual vibe with sneakers, shirt and clutch. The other is a dressier version with blouse, slipper flats and semi structured bag. It’s a versatile formula that can be dressed up or down.