Dress up or dress down? This is the eternal question we all ask ourselves while getting dressed in the morning. In just one day, you can go from the office to a relaxed dinner with friends, or from your relaxed Friday at home to a trendy restaurant for drinks. So how can you be prepared for the different styles you need throughout the day?
The secret lies in a few well-chosen basic pieces that you can mix and match with accessories, and essentially, dress up or down. Makeup and the perfect hairstyle are also essential when choosing what style you’re going for. Here are four essential items your wardrobe needs, and our styling tips for an effortlessly completed look!
1. The Pull-On
Dark-coloured pull-on pants are a must-have piece for any stunning style. Comfortable, versatile, and always on trend, you’ll have no problem combining this piece with your favourite outfits. For a relaxed Sunday brunch, simply pair it with a knit top and layer up with a classic cardigan. Add a touch of sparkle to your look with a pearl necklace and hoop earrings.
Your day ends with dinner in a chic restaurant in the city? Easily swap the knit top and cardigan for a flattering blouse and military-inspired jacket. Emphasize your waist with a gold belt and add textured earrings to your look. Gather your hair into a sleek bun and brighten up your lips with a vibrant-coloured lipstick, for the perfect evening make-up.
2. A Simple Top
A stunning, neutral-coloured top is an essential piece for any well-designed wardrobe. For a business dinner with a potential client, opt for stretchy pull-on pants and a plaid print jacket for a seriously chic, professional look. Highlight your silhouette by wearing a wide buckle belt and top it off with a vegan leather handbag. Classic black pumps will give you an effortlessly feminine flair, while light makeup can enhance your eyes.
When evening rolls around, it’s the perfect time to sit down for a relaxed family dinner. Play around with a daring look by choosing floral print jeans and a brightly coloured knit cardigan. Add some charm to your look with a golden wide link bracelet. Let your hair down for a natural feel and enjoy sharing a meal with your loved ones.
3. The Slim Leg Jean
Timeless and versatile, dark-coloured slim leg jeans are a perfect addition to your wardrobe. For a shopping spree with friends, deep blue-coloured jeans paired with a colour block knit top, accented with a simple pendant necklace, will give you perfect style effortlessly. Add a pair of wide link earrings, a small crossbody bag, and flats and you’re ready for a fun girls’ day.
If your day ends at the museum, you might want to spruce up your style. Simply wear a mock neck knit top, layered with a neutral-coloured poncho! Tie a silky scarf around your neck and don’t forget our handy shoulder bag for your cell phone. Finally, opt for a smokey effect with your makeup, for an elegant look.
4. A Neutral Knit Top
It’s Saturday and you’re heading for the grocery store to get your weekend meal ingredients. Opt for a knit top and comfortable leggings for an endlessly chic look. Add a pair of dangling earrings for a hint of sparkle and finish off your look with flat heeled boots. Go for a natural look with your makeup and slip your phone into an ultra-practical shoulder bag, perfect for weekend errands.
In the evening, the theatre awaits you. Stretchy pull-on pants will replace your leggings, and a satin blazer will brighten up your look. Tie an elegant pashmina scarf with a beaded hem around your neck for a polished effect. Instead of the small crossbody bag, add a stunning tote to your outfit. A pair of heeled ankle boots will gracefully emphasize your silhouette.
With these four basic pieces that are always on-trend, you’ll have no trouble dressing up or dressing down. The most important thing is to strike a balance between your clothes, makeup, and hairstyle, as to avoid a fashion faux pas. Use your creativity and let your essential outfits accompany you wherever you go!
What are your favourite pieces that can be dressed up or down effortlessly? What are your go-to style combinations? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you!
Adapted from French by Sania Malik