Ask CF: How Can I Dress Laid-Back but Fashion-Forward?

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Laid back fashion forward outfits

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My college is very casual and has a laid-back attitude. Either you see people really dressed up or in sweatpants. What would you suggest as a laid-back but still fashion-forward outfit?

Thank you!

Casual Cutie

Our Response

Dear Casual Cutie,

Just because you want to dress casual and laid-back doesn't mean you have to forgo fashion. All you have to do is invest in some key casual pieces that are also statement-makers. Slouchy pants, easy shorts, eye-catching leggings, rompers, and simple dresses are great for that. Then, just pair these pieces with basics in your wardrobe and standout accessories and you'll be good to go!

I've created a few outfits below for inspiration. I hope you enjoy!



Outfit 1

Ask cf laid back pants

Product Information: Pants, Shirt, Watch, Sandal, Ring

These slouchy printed pants are a perfect laid-back addition to your wardrobe. All you have to do is throw them on with a graphic tee, then add a few accessories, like this quirky-cute watch adorned with glasses, these stackable rings, and some statement sandals.

Outfit 2

Ask cf laid back shorts

Product Information: Bag, Sweater, Shorts, Sunglasses, Shoes, Necklace

One of my favorite laid-back looks is to pair of no-fuss fabric shorts with a lightweight sweater. I love these floral shorts - especially the ruffle hem. Next, add on a statement necklace and a matching handbag. Complete the ensemble with some sunglasses and a pair of casual Chucks.

Outfit 3

Ask cf laid back style leggings

Product Information: Shirt, Tee, Leggings, Bracelet, Boots

For this last outfit, I had to include the ultimate laid-back wardrobe staple - the legging. I chose a pair of on-trend plaid leggings and an oversized, basic gray tee. Next, add on a chambray top; you could wear it over the tee as a light jacket or tied around your waist for the ultimate '90s-look. Finish the look with a link ID bracelet and cut-out boots.

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What do you think?

What do you think of these looks? Which is your favorite? What is your favorite way to dress laid-back and casual? Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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