How To Look Expensive
Although restrictions haven't lifted for Alex and I in the UK, the introduction of bubbles and the easing of restrictions for certain groups of people means I have seeing my loved ones in sight. For now it's still walks to break up our working days and trips to the grocery store that's as far as we're venturing, but I'm starting to hope that I'll be taking the car for a spin to see friends safely this summer, which makes my heart happy at the thought.
With that in mind and 'How to Look Expensive in Your Loungewear Outside' my most watched How to in 10 yet, I thought it was time to revisit it and remind myself how to dress up the loungewear collection I've accumulated since February!
So with a few styling tips, ideas of ways to wear and delving into some of the favourite accessories I've added to my collection over the years, it might be easier than you think to take your loungewear from home to outside and still look super chic.
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How to Look Expensive in Your Loungewear Outside
1. If you're anything like me, you've added some gorgeous loungewear pieces to your closet over the last few months but when the time comes that we return to a more recognisable day to day routine, can you wear them outside too? Think about a chic and put together look when styling your loungewear outside and hopefully you'll realise your pieces are far more versatile thank you think!
2. Tonal Dressing - We all know that tonal dressing is a huge trend this season. It's one of the few trends that has emerged and been able to thrive in amongst the stay at home orders and alongside the trend for loungewear, it can be equally wearable. A matching top and bottom seems like such a simple thing to choose, but the results are far more refined than mismatching shades when it comes to cosy pieces.
3. Fit Styling - When choosing loungewear and cosy clothing, quite often you'll find the fit of your pieces are far looser than your normal wardrobe choices. This means a little extra care when styling the fit of your outfit, can work wonders. Pull that drawstring at the waist to draw the eye and lengthen the leg, French tuck that top into your waistband to create more shape and maybe even roll your cuffs slightly to create a more flattering arm length. Small touches with big impacts!
4. Layering - Definitely a tip more suited to English weather, as opposed to other more summery countries, but adding a tailored layer over the top of your cinched loungewear, can look incredibly chic. It can really add a trend led silhouette into your look and take your cosy two piece the next level. Go full tonal or add a contrasting jacket/blazer instead - either makes a stylish statement.
5. Accessorising - A pair of on trend heels have the capacity to really up your fashion game and a pair of sleek mules is the perfect choice this season. Simplicity is key and with a really great pair of versatile tan mules for example, a very relaxed look can become a super put together outfit, for more than a cosy night in. Similarly an on trend bag is a great way to elevate an outfit, whether you go for an oversized designer tote or a more toned down cross body from the high street, it'll work wonders for a more outdoors look.
6. Accessorising - I very rarely leave the house without a pair of sunglasses (I avoid the sun as much as possible as you know) but they also put such a great finishing look to any outfit and the same goes for jewellery too. I'm almost always wearing a pair of earrings, a couple of my favourite rings and at least one necklace and adding those same layered pieces to your favourite loungewear, will really make it perfect for that bestie date when the time comes.
7. Mix & Match - If you don't want to embrace a full tonal look with a relaxed top and bottom, then try mixing and matching two separates that you wouldn't normally style together. For example, taking one of your super cool loungewear bottoms and teaming it with one of your favourite fitted tops/bodies is a great way to elevate an outfit. The contrast between a more fitted top and a looser bottom is also a much simpler first step to styling your new loungewear outside if a two piece seems a little much!
8. Finishing Touches - For me, it doesn't matter how long I've taken choosing, styling and accessorising an outfit, if I'm not finishing my look with makeup that I love, then I won't feel put together no matter what I do. My top tip for bringing a look together is adding a lip colour that you adore, as it'll bring your confidence up tenfold. If I'm feeling it and it works I'll rock a red lip to really seal the deal otherwise I'll go for one of my favourite nudes.
9. Finishing Touches - And last but certainly not least, just taking a few minutes to create a low bun always makes me feel like I've finished my look off. My hair has been in a top knot or a messy bun pretty much constantly the last few months so just taking a minute to smooth any fly aways, pull my hair into a low bun and then add an on trend silk scrunchie, makes me feel ready to leave the house no matter the destination.
10. Happy styling guys!
If you have any tips for me, suggestions or even new topic ideas for episodes of How To in 10 I'd love to hear them! I'm still so enjoying mixing up my content over on YouTube so thank you for all of your help and feedback :)