13.09.2017

The Art of Dressing Down

Five outfit ideas for when you need a go-to lazy look that's still effortlessly cool

Words: Maxinne Mboweni | Photography: REX Features

Fashion doesn’t always have to have a point of view. Some days you just DGAF! For some, this is a perpetual state of being and that’s okay, too. When off-duty you still wants your unconsidered looks to seem somewhat considered, here are five outfit ideas for the days/weeks/ months when you need some go-to lazy looks that are still effortlessly cool.

The straight from gym look

gym look

This is the dressed-down outfit that simultaneously gives the impression that you tackle your daily errands with high efficiency. Swap out your favorite pair of jeans for a cool pair of compression-fabric leggings, and layer your sports bra under a cute crop top. Style with your favorite oversized bag or tote bag.

Strategic Bonus: You're now one step closer to actually hitting the gym.

Camo or cargo pants

Camo or cargo pants

Think Destiny’s Child in 'Survivor'. This utilitarian trend may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but paired with a simple tee and some sneakers, these cropped cargo pants are the perfect get-up-and-go pants for the busy girl.

Strategic Bonus: With a bounty of pockets, cargo pants actually serve their utilitarian purpose. You can leave your handbag at home for a change and carry everything in your pockets. What’s not to love about that?

Jeans and a T-shirt

Jeans and a T-shirt

The fashion hero of casual outfits: jeans and a t-shirt. If you’re looking to push the dressed down factor throw on your boyfriend's oversized jacket.

Strategic Bonus: Throwing on your boyfriend’s jacket proves you actually managed to snag a man despite your get-up-and-go style or that you believe all clothing is co-ed anyway. Either way, both great.

Bag-lady

Bag-lady

While some time ago this might have been deemed an outfit reserved for just before laundry day, this assemblage of clothing is a perfectly adequate and an expected dressed-down outfit for anyone. Layer your spaghetti-strap dress under a white tee for a casual look and pair with your favourite oversized tote, you’re ready to go.

Strategic Advantage: This is a great opportunity to experiment with shape and style. You can go totally oversized, sheer, maxi or mini.

Laundry Day

Laundry Day

This is the outfit you threw on haphazardly because everything you would usually wear is in the wash or dirty. Laundry day outfits are those outfits that make you step out of your usual style box. Ironically, these outfits usually come out way better than you imagined and garner some major compliments. It's your chance to wear that super bold Hawaiian-print shirt you never had the courage to wear, but now have to due to limited options.

Strategic Advantage: There is no archetypal laundry-day outfit, it’s all about imagination, clashing prints and fun combos. Ditch your fashion baby blankets and take a risk!

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