I’ve never been one to talk extensively about ‘casual’ clothing. It has always seemed so obvious to me what to wear when you’re chilling with friends or going for a relaxing dinner and drinks. With some of my most ‘liked’ images on Instagram either being the simplest, easiest to duplicate looks (although I may note that this follows closely with my more extravagant ensembles) I decided to post three attainable outfits I’ve worn – just because it was comfortable. Here’s to normcore, thank you for allowing me to be lazy with my style.
With all the voluminous sleeves appearing on Instagram, the notion of that floppy cuff reminiscent of 90’s soft grunge took on a more feminine appeal. This one from luxury cashmere brand Chinti and Parker, is the ideal jumper for temperamental spring weather. Warm enough to be worn without a coat, I wore it back to front for a little more coverage, just in case the wind blew. Wearing it the right way round leaves it baggy enough for a cheeky shoulder reveal, that little oomph that admittedly photographs very well. For those who are erring on the apprehensive side about buying an investment piece, here’s a little guide put together by Chinti and Parker on how to take care of your cashmere. And in case that wasn’t convincing enough, you can read my rant about how it’s just about the only material that keeps me warm in single digit weather.
Also, if you were starting to doubt how casual this look is, I’d like to point out that these leggings are in fact sportswear and no, it wasn’t an athe-leisure look. I was genuinely going to try some vegan food in Notting Hill (these health cafes have the worst coffee ever) before swapping my jumper and shoes for trainers and a hoodie, and half heartedly hitting the free weight section.
Look 2: Whistles jacket, shirt and skirt, Valentino shoes
For my second look, I opted for a lace shirt instead of the classic white. Paired with an oversized biker and a wrap skirt, the look is formal enough for the office and can be carried into after hours drinks. My last look was one that kept me thinking to myself, ‘wow this really looks like school uniform‘ – with the exception of a leather mini and thigh high boots, of course. And that was just before I spilt tea on myself.