Having a go to outfit for almost any occasion really simplifies my life. Today’s outfit is modern, relaxed and most of all comfy perfect for a weekend activity, brunch, dinner dates or a leisurely stroll. Last week I shared How to Utilize Habit Routines to Make Getting Ready Easier to inspire you to collect a few items to put together for effortless outfits. Today I’m expanding on that idea to give you a few creative ideas to make a staple outfit stand out while still being easy to wear. Nothing is worse than being uncomfortable when you are enjoying life with those you love. I aim for comfort and ease above all else when putting together something to wear. If it’s not comfortable I probably won’t reach for an item in the future.
Paper Bag Waist Pants
The pajama trend is still going strong and I’ve noticed pants are taking on a different structure than the leggings and skinny jeans of the past few years. Now I’m seeing an emergence of wide legged trousers, linen pants and paper bag waists all over the place. Look for pants made of cotton or linen for maximum comfort in the heat. Also, pants that are lightweight are perfect for summer travels. I prefer not to wear shorts if I’m riding in the car or taking a flight due to constant tugging and re-positioning. Instead, opt for a pair of relaxed paper bag waist pants to cinch the waist and the stripes help elongate your legs if you are petitie! Below are is a list including a variety of styles in neutral colors from $20-$100! Very budget friendly and all can be ordered online.
One Shoulder Top
I’ve seriously had this top for 15 years. I bought it at Gadzook’s when a friend of mine worked there back in college. Although this particular top is obviously no longer in stock, I’ve rounded up a few other options in black, white and red. I like the modern ease of a one shoulder top. You can still wear a variety of undergarments like a convertible bra or use bra petals if you want maximum comfort. You can carry this top into the Fall by layering a blazer or jacket over it and adding a skirt for the office. I think this top has had more mileage than most in my closet and I highly recommend finding one that fits and creates slim lines!
Buttery Soft Flats
After nearly two decades of practicing ballet and walking 4-5 miles a day I’ve grown to love the comfort of a good pair of flats. My go to brands include Marc Fisher, Banana Republic and Sam Edelman. I prefer to find flats that have support and padding with little need to break them in. The key to wearing a pair of ballet flats with relaxed pants is to find a pair that is on the slimmer side. You can opt for a classic pair of ballet flats or a pair of pointy toed ones. Either way these will quickly become a favorite when you find a good fitted pair!
Last but not least add a few accessories like a patterned purse and a pair of aviators. I love this bag my daughter picked out for me for Christmas. It is quintessentially me with it’s red rose print and structured medium size. I like to find a purse that converts to a cross body and this one checks the box! Also, you really can’t go wrong with a pair of aviators like these from Ray-Ban. They seriously make some of the most durable pairs and they also don’t hurt the sides of my head. If you have a smaller face like I do or a small bridge on your nose (guilty!) then choose the mini version for a better fit and frame!