March 7th, 2016 at 2:10am

Whoever said that causal and comfortable can’t be chic was severely misinformed. This Fashionista proves that you can be both with her relaxed yet fashion-forward ensemble. To be chic and casual are not mutually exclusive. You won’t always have the time nor energy to dress up every single day of the week, and frankly, it is not always appropriate to do so. This does not mean that your default outfit must be sweatpants, UGGs and a sloppy T-shirt, quite the contrary. The right statement pieces and accessories coupled with basic staples can transform a fairly unassuming outfit into a well-crafted finished but casual look. The cohesive casual look was created through the fine details of an oversized anorak, honey tortoise sunnies and red New Balance shoes that this Fashionista selected.

This Fashionista is sporting an oversized army green military anorak, a plain loose fitting white tee, black cuffed skinny jeans, black and gray patterned wool gathered scarf, red New Balance sneakers and honey tinted tortoise squared off sunnies. The basic elements of this Fashionista’s outfit are quite simple and quick to throw on for class, a quick bite to eat or a stroll around Lincoln Park on an easy Sunday afternoon.

The smallest and simplest detail can make all the difference in setting your outfit apart. The red New Balances are the defining detail in this Fashionista’s ensemble and it is what makes this outfit pop. Not only are sneakers practical for comfort and support, but if paired well, they can be extremely chic. This Fashionista perfectly executed the sneakers to work in her favor. The electrifying red transforms this Fashionista’s simple outfit and ties the entire look together to create an overall casual but chic vibe.

How To: Don’t get bogged down with attempting to pull off a grandiose ensemble every day of the week. Allow yourself on some days to achieve a casually-chic look by wearing basic staples and pairing them with statement pieces to make a lasting impression with half the effort and time.