I learnt a lot of life lessons during university and when it came to the lifestyle, fashion always seemed to take a back seat. Yes, even with fashion savvy design students! My own degree was pretty intense with my average hours in university per week totalling at 67. I often worked through my half terms and was always in uni every weekend, so to say that I understand that CBA mood is an understatement. When you’re fitting in as much sleep as possible the last thing you want is to wake up early to put more time in to your outfit and makeup.
Life can be tiring and with so much to do and such little hours in the day, it’s no wonder that half of us are walking around in baggy jeans and a hoodie. However, yoga pants aren’t always the most appropriate attire to wear… I’m sorry, but it’s true. Moreover, if you are anything like me, wearing something that makes you feel cute can have a huge impact on your mood. Therefore, I think it’s important to find a way to feel good in what you are wearing and look stylish with minimum effort and maximum results. How awesome would it be to just roll out of bed and take no more than a few seconds to choose your outfit? Here’s a guide to achieve just that…
Invest in casual tailored pieces
Whilst most tight fitting garments generally look tailored and thus, instantly create the illusion of a smart or preppy outfit, loose clothing can be more of a challenge. This is where the growing trend of ‘casually tailored’ becomes your fashion salvation. I stumbled upon these joggers by Boss and they are the perfect piece to have in your wardrobe for those unavoidable lazy girl days.
Beautifully tailored and combined with luxe sportswear, this is the laid-back staple for any woman. The tie waist offers comfort and dresses up the garment bringing forth some elegance to the loose cut and instantly making you look more put-together. The only thing is to ensure that your look isn’t too unkempt. We walked a long distance to get to this shooting location and it went unnoticed that the ankle ties were undone until I returned home and looked at the photos… total facepalm moment.
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Find a balance
Mixing loose and tight fitting clothes is a great way to create balance in your outfit. It’s important to pay attention to the fit and shape. Whilst it can be very tempting to just throw on some joggers and your dads old shirt you don’t want to look like you’ve covered yourself with your bed sheets. (Although that does sound like a dream). Therefore, it’s a good idea to mix your looser piece with a fitted one. Want to wear a pair of skinny jeans? pair it with a loose knitted jumper. Gone the opposite direction with a shift baby doll dress? Add a blazer on top. It’s all about keeping proportions in mind.
As this shoot was a few weeks ago when the U.K was seeing an intense heatwave, I went for a lacey bralet to balance out the baggy pants and keep me feeling cool. The fact that it lacks a lot of material meant that I felt more liberated and didn’t feel constricted as I sometimes do with other pieces. However, I know that this would be out of a lot of Wildling’s comfort zones. In which case, this cute off the shoulder top or fitted cropped jumper would look just as great.
Choose a statement piece
A statement piece could mean anything from a bold lipstick or bright coat. It is something that grabs attention as you walk by, as though it is making an announcement and becomes the dominant piece to your outfit.
The idea of nailing a trendy outfit on lazy days is to make your look say you’re ‘put together’ without getting all elaborate. Therefore picking one statement piece is essential and I think a designer bag such as this from Vendula London is the perfect candidate. Most of the time, you’re going to leave the house with a bag anyway so why not make it your statement piece?
Grab an accessory
Accessories can make or break any outfit so sometimes it can feel a little intimidating to try but simple adding one piece will quickly elevate your look. Adding something such as a classic watch or charm bracelet such as the one I’m wearing dresses up your look and adds some sophistication with little to no effort. The reason why I have mentioned accessories that go on your wrist is because I personally find them to be the easiest to grab when you’re running short on time.
On the other hand, whilst it’s great to pick up a classic piece of jewellery that’s going to add class and sophistication, it’s also good to approach accessories as a functional piece to your outfit. Having a bad hair day? Hide it with a hat. No makeup? A pair of sunglasses will do the trick. The irony here is that wearing a functional accessory like a pair of aviators to hide your tired under-eye bags actually gives the illusion that you look more ‘put together’ and as though you’ve got it all figured out.
Take on effortless beauty tricks
Bad hair days are the epitomy of a lazy day and I’ve certainly had my fair share of them.
One of my favourite things to do is braid my hair, after washing, and sleep in them. I then take them out in the morning to bask in loose waves that took me no effort at all. I religiously did this from when I was 10 years old and all through secondary school and it saved me every morning. Since getting a fringe, I’ve stepped away from loose waves but if I know I’ve got to get up early in the morning and won’t want to do much with my hair, you bet I’ll be sleeping in braids. Of course, I know this works so well because of my silky straight hair type but simply using high quality products for your hair type and throwing it in a ponytil or messy bun can work wonders.
I opted to throw my hair into a half up do (undoubtedly my favourite go-to hairstyle, if you haven’t noticed) for instant elegance and sophistication. I used a velvet ribbon, that was sitting in my craft draw, to tie my hair and made sure to make a pretty bow which I find adds ladylike charm to my messy hair.
As for makeup, concealer, mascara and blusher are my best friends. The last thing I ever want to do is feel like I’m wasting my time getting ready when I can be out there changing the world. So it’s quite rare for me to spend no more than 10-15 minutes doing my makeup and the three aforementioned products are usually the only things I’ll use everyday, least of all a lazy day and clearly from my photos you can see how effective they are. (I did add lipstick for specially for the shoot!) I think makeup is very personal for every woman, just as is her style so it’s advised to take this with a pinch of salt, experiment on your own and find a triple threat combo that works for you.
Stick to neutrals
It’s a no brainer, neutral colours are the easiest to style because they will almost always match. Keeping it basic is really in your best interest because there’s nothing worse than trying to match up bold colours and ultimately failing by becoming a walking McDonalds logo. Therefore, if you’re looking to put together an ‘easy’ outfit, stick to neutrals such as beige, taupe, grey, ivory, black and white. Don’t forget Navy too!
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*Bag gifted by Vendula London. Please note that I will never work with a brand that I do not believe in and I will always share my honest, genuine thoughts.
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