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You know those people who look effortlessly put together? Running their hand through a perfect mane of hair as their pressed white button up shirt flutters gently in the breeze, grazing the fabric of perfectly fitted jeans? You know those people, yes? We all would love to roll out of bed as those people.

Unfortunately if you are like me it takes an effort to look “put together”. So what if you want comfort and style but want it fast. And without an iron? You want casual without daggy, am I right? Trust me, I’m your girl. This style has me all over it.

I love uncrushable, rewearable, layerable and easy clothes that are on trend without being trendy and most of all I want to be comfortable. After a couple of days of search terms indicting you ladies want the same thing, I thought give the people what they want, give them a guide to casual dressing that isn’t daggy. And here we are.

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Make it uncrushable.

Fabrics that wrinkle, require endless precise ironing aren’t your friend. If it can’t be wash, given a flick and hung up to dry then it’s too hard. Sure improve your laundry processes to decrease the crease but when push comes to shove we all know the items I am talking about. Linen, I’m looking at you.

Choose one item to ‘dress it up’. 

I love the slouch pant trend, the slouchier the better but the thing is it really can look like you made zero effort at all unless you dress them up a little. A little pull up of the leg or a half tuck here or a pair a heeled boots there. For some people it can mean a statement necklace, a killer jacket or a pop of a show-stopping lipstick. Consider the overall look and step it up one.

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Stripes are REALLY a girl’s best friend.

I don’t care what they say when it comes to casual cool think stripes. Stripes are simple, chic and elegant. Next time you reach for a plain coloured top, swap it out with a simple boat-neck stripe t-shirt and you’ll feel like a million bucks. The same can be said for a simple stripe scarf or a pair of ballet flats. Amp with the ‘I tried” factor with stripes.

Fit is everything.

Daggy clothes are daggy because they are threadbare, probably a little saggy in the bum and probably have stains on them. Most sins can be forgiven but the fit of an item can change EVERYTHING. When I wear the Afterglow tee as it was designed its casual, oversized and comfy, but wear it a couple of sizes smaller and tucked in the whole look changes.

Consider the fit of your clothes. Try on a range of sizes and see what looks best on your body. It’s time you ignored those numbers on the tags anyway, it’s all about cut and style. I own clothing in sizes 16-26 that I regularly wear in my wardrobe and I am a pretty standard size 22 across the board. Do you get how ridiculous it is to get caught up in a number? Wear the clothes that fit and you’ll take your look for daggy to casual cool in a moment.

Flats, Wedges & Ankle Boots.

This is my shoe A-Team. Stilettos are awesome, thongs {flip-flops?} are the boss but as some people tell me, they are more beach than fashion {boo} and killer boots have their place but when it comes to casual cool these three are THE ONLY shoes you need. A versatile, well-fitting ballet flat, a simple suede wedge and a medium heeled ankle boot. I challenge you to find an outfit that you couldn’t wear with one of these three. A-Team, you hearing me?

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Get excited about your clothes.

It’s fun to get dressed, it really is. Take a moment to experiment with what you have, wear them a little a differently to how you would have before. I put together outfits on hangers all the time when an idea comes to me. Sure not all of them work out {trying too hard happens ALL the time over here – HA} but sometimes they do. Play, have a few ideas

You don’t need much. 

I know, stop laughing, you’re probably all rolling your eyes as I say this but you really don’t need much in your wardrobe to make this look work. Ask anyone who has seen my wardrobe. Liv even said that she was quote “disappointed” when she first saw my wardrobe. There’s just not much there. I don’t own that many clothes. More than some women, sure but everything that is in my wardrobe is there because it gets worn.

Is this a good time to mention my eBook, that old chestnut, may help you on this one? Clean out, clean up and build a stylish wardrobe on a budget. That’s the promise. So if you’re sitting here thinking OMG I can’t even deal with my wardrobe {I was looking at mine this weekend thinking, oh yuck, I’ve worn everything to death} then maybe it’s time for a spring clean. You really don’t need that much.

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I realised that I could have gone on and on with my tips for an easier, more comfortable and generally wearable wardrobe of clothes but this post was long enough. You need to get out there now and experiment. Try new things, try a style you never thought you would and most of all keep it casual. Style is meant to be fun. So you should have some.

Let me know your MUST SHARE tip about casual but not daggy dressing. Do you have one? Or are you the perfect creature discussed in the first paragraph that we are all in awe of? That’s fine too, tell us HOW. Haha.