Here’s a look that I like because of the pile of pearls. Take them away, and the outfit isn’t quite as appealing — at least, not to my dressy and pearl-loving self. I love the juxtaposition of the casual “thrown together” layers, with the bling. Go Team Glam at any time of the day. If pearls aren’t your thing, add bling that is more to your taste.

Here are the components of the outfit formula. Use any colour palette. I stuck to neutrals, but feel free to throw in some colour. Note that you can mix many neutrals in one outfit to create a harmonious look. 

Tight Bottoms: Choose a pair of form-fitting jeggings, leggings, Ponte pants or skinnies in a dark neutral. Make sure you can tuck the bottoms into boots. 

Tee: Choose a striped T-shirt in any colour combination. 

Shirt: Choose a denim or plaid shirt and layer it over the striped tee keeping the front unbuttoned like a jacket. 

Tall Boots: Choose a pair of casual knee-high or mid-calf boots, and wear them over the jeans. Again, feel free to remix an assortment of neutrals in one outfit. No need to make them match. 

Topper: Add a topper like a casual parka, trench coat, or pea coat.

Bling: Add a pile of chunky pearls, or another form of bling around your neck. Feel free to add blingy arm candy too. 

Accessories: Finish off the look with a casual bag like a hobo. Add jewellery, eyewear, headgear and watch as desired.

Ensemble: Casual Layers & Bling