Friday, January 15, 2016

Comfort & Style

    Why is that so many people think that style and comfort are opposites?  Why can't you look great and feel comfortable at the same time?  I think you can, even when you're running late and yes, even when you're sticking to a budget.  It's time to ditch those shot out sneakers and baggy hoodies, because there is a better way.
    If you're one of those people who is always in a rush and need a style time saver, consider the idea of a uniform!  I had a friend once who was all around stunning, a beautiful heart and a great attitude with the looks to match.  I didn't know real people could be so beautiful and she always looked like a million bucks even when I knew she didn't feel that way.  She could be running 30 minutes late, with a cranky toddler and greasy hair and she still looked nicer than I did.
    I decided to watch and learn from her, and her secret was simply this:  She had a "uniform."  It was a standard go-to look that took no thought and always looked good.  I decided to give it a try.  So, on a quiet day, I assembled an outfit that was simple but stylish and made that outfit or some variation of it my uniform.  It worked like a charm, and I want to show you the basic pieces that always look polished but are still super comfortable.

  • Instead of a shapeless tee opt for a more fitted top (it can still be cotton).  Having a nice print (no, a graphic tee is not the same as a print) or a boat-neck adds a little class as well.
  • Unless you're going for a jog, ditch the hoodie and try a blazer instead.  Lots of blazers are now made of knit fabric, so they feel almost like a hoodie, but with so much more class.
  •  Take the time to find some jeans that fit your body.  It's worth it!  A great pair of jeans can look nice and be comfortable.  Don't be afraid to get something with a little color.  You'll be surprised how they can perk up an outfit.  
  • If your outing doesn't include walking all day or running a marathon, leave those sneakers at home and try a sparkly jeweled flat.

And lest you think you can't possibly look fab on a budget, check out the prices of the items I chose here:

Ok, I know the pants cost a bit much, but sometimes it's worth it to pay $100 for the kind of jeans that make you feel like a million bucks!

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