Photos by Erin Valentine
[shirt: Gap, long cardi: Lucy, leggings: Madewell, scarf: The Loft, boots: Gomax, watch: Francesca's, dangle earrings: Francesca's, stud earrings: Juicy Couture, necklace: Piperlime]
The casual chic look can be hard to master - it's a delicate balance between comfort and style, and therefore appeals to our touch senses (comfortable to wear) as well as our visual senses (attractive to look at). I find that when I'm trying to be as comfortable as possible, I almost always reach for my trusty black leggings or a pair of yoga pants.
Leggings however, are best for that chic look because they can easily be tucked into boots and they deliver a clean sleek line, rather than having a flair at the bottom. Leggings are a go-to for me and I almost always pair them with some kind of boot and a longer tunic type top (let's keep it classy).
Layering accessories (scarves, cardigans, long earrings, necklaces, a wristful of bracelets, a headband, etc.) is an effortless way to add major style to a more relaxed outfit. Accessories especially standout against a casual ensemble and highlight the fact that you're still staying stylish even though you're not even wearing real pants.
In order to hone the art of dressing casually chic, do not skimp on the accessories, and always remember that a fabulous pair of shoes goes a long way (boots are perfectly fashionable without being uncomfortable).