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The outfits not shown | Dressing down

One of the things I sometimes find about fashion blogging is that outfits posted by bloggers tend to be mostly the sort of outfits you would wear to dinner, or for a day out where you'd want to make a special effort. Understandable, as, if you are a fashion blogger (and I am not, though I do love reading fashion blogs and posting the occasional outfit) you want to keep up on trends and show your personality through styled and planned outfits rather than posting photos of the day when you sat scheduling blog posts in your boyfriend's hoody and trackie bottoms or the lazy Sunday when you didn't change out of your pajamas.  Nonetheless, I do sometimes like the more casual look and noticed how well some Americans do it when I was in Florida.  Maybe because I spent my youth hanging out with the boys at the skate park and enduring their skateboarding videos and magazines but as well as taking inspiration from some of the more dressed-up outfits around the blogosphere I equally think some girls look uber-cool in a pair of skinny jeans, Vans and a t-shirt and I love street style photos and blogs where you can see what people on the street are actually wearing.  I am somewhat jealous of bloggers who have such a specific personal style that they look immaculate every day but honestly, that's not me - I adore dressing up in dresses and heels (and wear that to work most days), but if I'm nipping to the supermarket or out to see a friend at short notice I'll more likely reach for skinny jeans and trainers.  I flit a lot between the polarisations of boy-ish casualwear (hoodies, jeans, sneakers) and super-girly dressed-upness (dresses, blazers and heels) and it frustrates me as I think because of that I don't have a distinct style (except for my tendence to wear anything with a nautical theme!)

I thought I'd post a couple of more casual outfits I've happened to take photos of recently and open it up for a bit of a discussion as I am genuinely interested in whether people have a distinct style (and would be able to blog about all of their outfits, if that's something you do), or if you have days off when casualwear is your weapon of choice.

One of the items on my shopping list in America was a pair of Converse as I think they're such a classic trainer and go with almost anything.  I love how Fearne Cotton dresses down smarter outfits and dresses with them and equally I love them with turned up skinny jeans or even little shorts (not at the moment mind you, it's flippin' freezing). I also managed to squeeze my hobbit feet into kids' Converse (despite the shop assistant telling me they were a UK size 2) so they were ridiculously cheap.  This is me dashing out the door to get my haircut...

jumper: glamour kills | jeans: tesco
low top trainers: converse | bag: claudia canova
hat: neff
I have also been trying to give my boohoo disco pants more outings so I've tried to make them more 'daywear-y' here with a t-shirt and my new much loved beanie.  My shoes are also new favourites from Spartoo, they are a brand I've never heard of before (Eleven Paris) and they do awesome canvas boots in loads of different colours - mine were £36 and I wore them on the plane they were so comfy.

disco pants: boohoo | t-shirt: topshop
shoes: eleven paris
This weekend I was away for the Leamington Spa Blogger Meet which was absolutely amazing and I'll have all my photos from that up over the next few days, I also have a post almost ready to go about inspiration and creativity which has been really fun to write and I hope you all enjoy.  Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on whether you have a personal 'style' and whether you like to dress up all the time or have a place in your life for jeans and a t-shirt!


24 comments

  1. I generally wouldnt fit into any category of style, the only constant is that I dont wear trousers or jeans. (but do wear shorts!) I like pretty girly 'traditional' dresses and I also like to wear leggings (not real trousers so dont count!!) and a bodycon dress or a short bodycon skirt and top. However the moment I am in the door I am in 'loungewear' (as primarni calls it) which is normally a paid of fleecy PJ bottoms and one of Sams T shirts or shirts. possible with a woolly hat. I am a great fan of converse and comfortable casual shoes, and I rarely wear heels (dreading even starting to wear in my wedding shoes, with a tiny 2 inch (if that!) heel from irregular choice!)
    After typing all that I don't really have a conclusion other than converse are amazing and even 'dressed down' you look lovely! Oh, and It wouldn't bother me in the slightest if someone I knew saw me at tescos in holey leggings and one of sams shirts, it often happens and as my local tesco is the middle of Brighton if I need milk for tea then ima go get it whatever I am wearing, whether is is saturday night or not! I have also been know to go to the 24 hour convenience store in actual PJs. No shame at all.
    x

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  2. Awhhh u look so cute,ok I'm aware that's probably a weird thing to say as a non USA type!!I love ur casual style and have actually started wearing similar things recently!my "style" since aged 15,as described by my friends is usually defined by simply a dress and usually converse or vans or boots.last winter I sometimes wore shorts a line sleeved top and xreepers.Recently I've worn my trousers,cons and blouse with jumper.I hardly post outfits tho as I never think they're interesting/I don't have a camera!!

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  3. I always feel that sometimes my outfits are bordering on more casual and there are definitely some I've discarded in the past in fear of them being too casual, and therefore boring? I have no idea if I have a certain style or not, but I seem to reach for skinny jeans or a skater skirt the most, I think. Love your Glamour Kills jumper by the way! xx

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  4. I favour a more casual style when I'm not at work or going out somewhere special. Some "trendy" outfits just look so damn uncomfy!

    You look lovely :)

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  5. Love that sweater :) too cute! I definitely don't have a personal style, although I wear a lot of simple shapes and bolder prints rather than floral-ly things and layers (oh, how I wish I could layer!) I love when bloggers show their real everyday outfits - so many talk about how they spent the whole day doing chores and then show pictures with 5 inch heels in, that can't be true! xoxo

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  6. I love your comfy outfits, particularly the first one. I think we all must have days we simply can't be bothered to make a fuss with clothes - I don't understand how anyone can dress up smart ALL the time! It depends where I'm going - when I'm at home I'm mainly in my pyjamas to be fair, and if I'm only popping to the shops then jeans and a tee will do. But for dinner/drinks etc I like skirts and dresses :)
    Looking forward to your post on inspiration and creativity - sounds interesting! x

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  7. I think you look perfect missus! Love that style, and I've got vans and a hoodie on 99% of the time too <3 xx

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  8. love this post <3 totally with you about the skate park days, and have tons of converse and they're the comfiest shoes ever. i have dabbled in some outfit snaps on my blog, but i definitely dress casually so think most people found them boring! i still take snaps occassionally, but not in the way that fashion bloggers do i guess. i'd love to see more casual outfits around the blogosphere- you look amazing!! xx

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  9. You can't beat jeans and a t-shirt! Sometimes they are just the most practical choice.

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  10. I adore my multiple pairs of converse and you're right in the fact they ca be worn anywhere! I'd describe my style as a bit granny chic. I like to take my tips from 80 year olds ;)
    Sophie
    x

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  11. i really love casual outfits, and i wish more people would do them. my kinda casual is literally my pyjamas or jogging bottoms. i don't really own a pair of jeans to do the casual dress down.. i think dressing down for me, goes about as far as some shorts, tights and a big knit!
    you look lovely, and the jumper colour looks fab. so lovely to see you on saturday too. you're a delight in real life.xx

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  12. I've definitely become less casual since getting into fashion/blogging but this is if I'm planning on venturing outdoors. I wouldn't sit in my flat with a brew and my macbook in anything other than slob wear!

    xx

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  13. I used to read almost every fashion blog going, but it drove me mad how immaculate these girls all were: didn't they ever go to the supermarket or the park?! Did they spend their lives drinking coffee in chic, trendy cafes? And they can't possibly ever have relaxed at home (in full make-up, heels, skirts, etc). One day I just shook myself a bit: I work in a university, I like to climb and run and play with all the messy little people in my family and I actually very rarely dress up. Very rarely. But then, I love blogs for inspiration on those occasions that I do want to look nice, so it's a balance, and a tough one! But I think it's super that you highlight that fact, as most bloggers would more happily ignore it, which is something that puts me off the blogging world altogether. A tough debate!

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  14. You really suit dressed down, and I love the jumper! I definitely don't envy some fashion bloggers, where they have to worry about their outfit every single day to take pictures. My personal style is very mish-mash, I rarely wear trousers and I guess I'd call it quite girly with nods to my emo days of the past (I tell myself it's all in the past...!). I also don't have much differentiation between day and evening wear, I wear a lot of my 'day dresses' to go to the pub/out at night!

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  15. You look so amazing! That jumper is fab XO!

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  16. I love the dressed down outfits. I'm not sure what kind of style I fit into really. I don't wear trousers or jeans, and dress a bit more 'casual' at the weekend, whcih usually means more clashy, more crazy outfit elements.

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  17. I wear dresses every day, but if I could get away with wearing pyjamas every single day I totally would. Especially ones like these: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BCtTBtT0JQE/T5-ksE8OWEI/AAAAAAAADdw/wJnt-SV4waY/s1600/primarkbananapjbottoms.jpg

    I buy them two sizes too big so they're super big and baggy. The first thing I do when I get home from work is put them on. Bliss. xx

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  18. On fashion blogs I like to see casual outfits as well as more dressed up outfits... It gives me ideas and inspirations sometimes of what I can wear. I have started posting on what I wear because I feel that I dress too casually and want to start exploring new outfits and styles that I wouldn't usually try.
    I like how that jumper looks with the jeans!

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  19. You've mad me want disco pants even more!

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  20. you really reallyyy make me wanna have short blonde hair. <3

    devorelebeaumonstre.com xx

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  21. I love both of these casual outfits. My dress style is constantly changing, at the moment I'm a jeans and baggy tees kinda girl, but who knows what I'll be in next month! x

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  22. I'm usually in a pair of jeans, the same pair of jeans until they rip by the crotch, a tee/sweater (I get cold easily) and a ratty pair of new balance sneakers. Slowly I've been dressing nicer more and more. Like 3 times a week now.

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