Back in the good old days (I’m 21, so you can imagine how far “back” this actually is) casual used to mean jeans and a t-shirt. Point blank. Sweatpants were not acceptable in situations that didn’t include sports or middle school gym class and a girl could, for no reason, get away with wearing their boyfriend’s sweatshirt as a dress. But then Drake came along and not to mention the “Yeezy” craze and in result the famous song lyric “sweatpants, hair tied, chillin’ with no makeup on” has become the reality for fashion and trends, even amplifying rapidly as the years go on.
Casual in 2018
So what exactly does this SUPER casual look consist of and how do you go about getting one? First, you’re going to need anything that you can potentially sleep in; so sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts and over-sized anything. Next you need something to offset the bagginess, slouchiness, or bumminess of whatever super casual piece you’ve chosen. So if you go for an oversized sweatshirt, you’ll need something tight like leggings or skinny jeans on bottom. Or if you’re brave enough to rock the sweatpants you’re going to want to pair them with some kind of cropped top or tight tank. This gives the outfit dimension without overdoing its style.
I myself am a fan of everything oversized and loose, so I have taken a huge liking to the “new casual”. It’s given me an excuse to walk outside as comfortable as I want and to grow my legging collection much larger than it probably needs to be. If you’re interested, read on to see how I navigate the casual look without looking like I just rolled out of bed.
The Cropped Sweatshirt:
This is by far my least favorite out of the causal not causal trend. Sorry not sorry (ha, get it)? The idea that it could be cold enough to wear a sweatshirt but somehow you still feel the need to show your midriff is silly to me. But I do see its benefits. So, that is why opted for the semi-cropped sweatshirt. You know, that perfect crop that hits right at the top of your jeans? It still gives the cropped effect and look you’re looking for, but with a bit more coverage than the ultra cropped tops you see floating around. Obviously, sweatshirts like these come in all different sizes, and you can even cut them down to as tiny of a shirt as you want it to be. However, the reason why I’d opt for a cropped look over a full sweatshirt is because somehow, as if it were magic, not having the bottom end of the sweatshirt takes away the bulk and baggy look of the regular sweatshirt and makes it look like you actually tried, if only a little bit.
In today’s photos, I’ve paired a bright marigold sweatshirt (that I did in fact crop myself) with a jean skirt. I’ve also proceeded to wear this same sweatshirt with jeans, a black mini skirt, a skater skirt, and even sweats—but only around the house. So, it’s safe to say that the sweatshirt look is versatile. And for someone who’s in University or even just having a laid back weekend, its a choice that shows you’re not trying too hard but still managed to put a decent outfit together anyway.
My 2 Cents: I paired my white sneakers with all of these casual looks. I find that classic white sneakers look the best with a lot of different outfits and are hard to go wrong with!
This is one of the most interesting combinations that has recently come into style. Back in the early 2000s tracksuits were “all the rage”. Baby blue, baby pink, and bright green with the words “juicy” written across the butt were, for some reason, considered fashion. Although I can see the fun in these kinds of pieces, I can’t say I was ever into them. So you could imagine my skepticism when seeing how aggressively they have come back in style. But after seeing the 2017-18 version of the old trend, I have to say that they aren’t quite as cringe as they used to be.
What’s the secret? Flattering colors and fitted legs. Literally it is that simple. Usually, I would think better of walking out of the house in a hot pink clad velvet tracksuit. Actually, I would never think of doing it in the first place; but if the suit just so happened to be a nice pale pink or even better, black, I’ll consider it.
Here, I have a cool black velour tracksuit with the words CANDY written across the front in graffiti graphic letters. With a set like this, you are essentially wearing a sweatsuit, but you are basically the only person who realizes it. The trendy suit looks the best paired with the also trendy crop top or graphic t-shirt tucked under it and equally as trendy sneakers or slides.
The Oversized Top:
This is my absolute favorite style of the whole oversized, comfort, borderline pajama trend. As a young girl, I was always one to go up in size when buying my clothes, so when I found out that the super tight and mega short thing was in fact not a thing anymore, I was ecstatic. To pull this trend off, just steal your dad’s college sweatshirt and wear it with leggings, jean shorts, or simply nothing else at all. The top needs to be large and long enough to cover your butt and in some cases pass as a dress. The most successful wearers of this look often get the question “are you wearing pants?”
Here, I’m wearing a thrifted Detroit Pistons rain jacket and a light wash jean skirt. I love this outfit because the jacket is loose, the skirt is loose, and the sneakers are comfy. It is by far one of the comfiest outfits I have put together in a while and because of the dimension of the the outfit, I don’t look like I am in lounge clothes (but let me assure you, I am).
I hope that now you’re an expert on being casual and still looking presentable. Thanks for reading <3