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Style guide cheat sheet: How to dress casual

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Casual chic

Whether you're getting ready for a non-formal workday or are on the hunt for the perfect outfit for a lazy Saturday afternoon, selecting the perfect laid-back outfit is key. Not sure what to wear? Here's how to rock the casual dress code.

When you're dressing for a casual event (not something formal), you want to make sure you look chic but don't appear too dressed up. Otherwise, your outfit may seem inappropriate for a casual setting. Not sure if your outfit makes the cut? Follow our simple casual outfit dos and don'ts below!

1

Do wear jeans

Nothing screams casual more than denim. While a darker pair totally works, opt for a style in a lighter wash (or even something with slight distressing) for an even greater casual vibe.

Do wear jeans
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Do wear jeans
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2

Do slip into sneakers

If you really want to dress down a look, slip into a cool pair of sneakers. You'll look instantly chill and not the least bit fancy.

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Do slip into sneakers
Don't

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3

Don't wear a dress

If you're really afraid about being too formal at an event, skip the dress — even if it is a casual sundress. Your jeans and simple sweater will be much more appropriate.

Don't wear a dress
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Don't wear a dress
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Naked And Famous Skinny Jeans (Farfetch, $140)

4

Don't wear heels

Even if you're wearing heels with jeans, your look could skew a little too dressy. When in doubt, always go with flat footwear, like the sneakers above. A basic pair of ballerina flats could also work.

Don't wear heels
Don't

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Don't wear heels
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Reel Simple Flats (ModCloth, $30)

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