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4 Steps to Create Ultimate Casual Chic Style

Mastering a chic casual style can seem absolutely daunting. Here are a few simple steps to help you create the ultimate casual-chic wardrobe!

Creating a Casual-Chic Wardrobe

Mastering chic casual style can seem absolutely daunting. There’s so much to consider, from your clothing to your handbag. It may seem easier to stay home in your PJs (or worse, head outside in them!). But pulling together a chic, casual look doesn’t have to be hard once you understand what it is and the four easy steps you need to master this wardrobe. 

What Is Casual Chic Style?

Falling somewhere between your tailored business suits and flowy evening gowns, casual chic style is the act of taking your favorite basic, staple elements and pairing the informal with chic accents to elevate your everyday style. Wearing jeans and a tee shirt with a moto jacket and a croc-embossed leather crossbody purse is a perfect example. Here are Brahmin’s tips on how to master casual-chic style in four easy steps.

Step 1: Start With Casual Chic Clothing Essentials 

When it comes to casual clothing, there are a few essential basics every woman can add to her closet. Start with neutral tones and build in color and texture as you go. 

  • Jeans and Slacks. Dark-wash slightly flared jeans are a must-have wardrobe staple, as is a pair of slacks in neutral tones.
  • Cotton Tees and Tanks. Nothing is easier to put on than a tee or tank. Invest in ones that fit your frame. Have an assortment in solid colors and fun prints. 
  • Silky Blouse. Yes, this can be part of a casual look! Add it over jeans or pair it with a maxi skirt and a low shoe.
  • Blazers and Cardigans. Layering clothing is one way to add depth to your outfit. A tailored blazer pulls everything together, while a cardigan can soften up your look.
  • Shift Dress. What could be easier than tossing on a dress? All you need is a great handbag to dress it up or down.

Step 2: Add Casual Chic Accessories

Take your casual look to the next level with your accessories! This is where you can really define your personal style with the extras you add to your casual-chic ensemble! What accessories should you be thinking about? Well, there’s your shoes, belt, hat, and sunglasses. One piece that really makes a big impact is your handbag. You can add a crossbody bag over jeans and a blazer for a fun, playful feeling. Or try an oversized market tote with a maxi dress and a slouchy cardigan. 

Another way to pump up your casual-chic style is with jewelry. A great bangle or studded earring, even a fun hairpin can add just the right amount of oomph to pull everything together.

Step 3: Bring in Small-But-Bold "Pop Pieces"

Speaking of oomph, try a bucket bag, wristlet, or a mini crossbody in one of Brahmin’s colorful and metallic prints to instantly add flair to your casual-chic ensemble. This is your chance to play with texture, size, silhouette and color, some of our favorite things.

Step 4: Coordinate Your Hair and Makeup

The final touch to your chic casual look is your hair and makeup. There’s no need to go full glam here -- unless you really want to! Save the updos for prom night and wear your hair easily styled down or pulled back from your face. Clean skin, bright eyes, and a glossy lip are all you need. You can carry your makeup in a Brahmin cosmetic case that tucks easily into your tote or carryall.

Mastering casual-chic style is easy when you follow these rules, and a great handbag can be a great starting point. Be inspired by one of the colors from your bag and pull pieces that complement or contrast that color or use a backdrop of neutrals. You’ll look stylishly casual, without making a major fuss.

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