We all love wearing outfits that are easy + comfortable, right?
But it can be tricky to blend comfort + style. In fact, I used to think I could only have one of those two things — definitely couldn’t have both, right?
Turns out I was wrong. It just takes a bit of observing (the fashion world around you) + translating (those crazy fashion trends into something you can wear).
Let’s take the example of this oversized sweater.
I’ve been noticing a lot of fashion-forward gals wearing shapeless, oversized coats on Pinterest lately. (Olsen twins, anyone?) Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the look. But it does tip me off that oversized layers are in. Cool. I’ll file that away in my brain and see if it ties in with anything in my real life later.
Hint, hint: That’s the observing part. :)
Cue to the moment when I pulled this sweater out of storage from last year. It’s oversized, it’s got a full shape to it — so it could play as one of those oversized layers I keep seeing. Cool!
But … how can I style it to fit my non-Olsen life?
This is where the tricky translating part comes in.
Hm. Well, it’s a short sweater — as opposed to the long coats I’d seen on Pinterest — so that’s a good thing already because I can wear something form-fitting on the bottom + keep some girlish shape + not look like a walking blob.
I’ll pair it with skinny jeans. My fav. (I could have also paired it with leggings.)
So I’ve got my full-on-top Olsen-ness + form-fitting-bottom Caroline-ness.
A beautiful blend.
Here are a couple Q’s to ask yourself when you’re trying this whole observing + translating thing:
What have I been seeing around lately (in stores, on Pinterest, on people, in magazines, on blogs)? How can I take a piece of what I’ve seen and work it into an outfit?
Maybe you’ll get it right the first time, maybe not. I almost never get it right the first time. But I’m learning how to do this more and more with every outfit — which is fun. And I also get to laugh at whatever failed outfit I made too — that’s also fun.
Sweater: old from Zara (similar)
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Necklace: Handmade (similar)