Closet Confidential: Casual Dressing

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Today's episode of Closet Confidential tackles a topic near and dear to my heart: CASUAL DRESSING. It sounds easy, but every woman I know has struggled with this!

Marci from today’s episode was looking for something fresh to wear out for a casual cup of coffee. This was so up my alley -- not only because I drink way too much coffee, but because off-duty style is my FAVORITE.

Her go-to daytime look consisted of head-to-toe black with some sharp tailoring. I definitely wanted to lose the black but hold onto some of the tailoring -- both for extra polish and because it’s what she feels comfortable in.

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I didn’t know how Marci would feel without all that black, but it’s safe to say she felt (and looked!) like a breath of fresh air. For her first look, we landed on white overalls paired with a chambray button down, both from my capsule collection with ELOQUII. People don’t automatically think of white for Fall, but I’m telling you it’s crisp and chic and pairs really well with warm fall tones, like camel. Plus, overalls are an off-duty staple that any woman can wear (for Marci, I kept a tailored button-down underneath) and are a fun alternative to standard jeans.

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Next, I was dying to get Marci in a dress. A sweater dress was a no brainer because it’s less fussy than a traditional dress. It was a new silhouette for her and she was surprised by how good she looked in it and how comfortable she felt! This one hits just below the knee, making it perfect with booties now and over-the-knee boots later.

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And finally, I created another white skinny jean convert by putting Marci in her first pair…ever! The trick to doing white denim for Fall comes down to how you style it. For Marci, we did a graphic t-shirt and statement bomber, both from the ELOQUII x Katie Sturino Collection, and let all the rich textures (faux leather, faux shearling) and seasonal colors (pops of black and red) set the tone. This outfit is so much more interesting than if she was wearing her usual black jeans, yet it’s just as easy and just as appropriate for Fall.

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I know so many women rely on head-to-toe black, especially in the colder months, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But if that’s you and you’re feeling like it's drowning your sense of style, or you just what to inject something fresh and new into your closet, I hope you can find some inspiration here. Swapping white and camel for all the winter black is my top tip for anyone looking for a wardrobe refresh!

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Good luck with your off-duty dressing and remember I’m always available at the12ishstyle@eloquii.com for all your wardrobe crises or questions!


Ready to style your own casual look? Shop all the styles featured in the episode below and more from our ELOQUII x Katie Sturino Collection!