What is casual?


You are attending an event and the party dress code is casual, but what is casual actually? The casual dress code gives you a lot of space in deciding what to wear. The idea behind this is that the casual dress code represents comfort and personal expression. This sounds easy but it might be harder than you think. Apply our tips on how to dress casual and you will look at your best on your upcoming party!


Jessica Biel looks cute and sophisticated in this blue pants and black blazer. Great for a casual event!

  • Clutch: Christian Dior
  • Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  • Earrings: Bob Bijoux
  • Bangles: Kendra Scott  

What is casual?

In principle everything is possible to wear when you have a casual dress code. The dress code is being used for all kinds of events and the key is that you have to adapt your casual attire to the kind of party you’re attending. If you’re going to a party in a chic hotel your outfit is supposed to be more formal than when you’re for example go to a party on the beach.

How to dress casual

  • If you're attending a party with a casual dress code this doesn't mean that you don't have to put effort in your outfit. Do your best to look pretty but do not wear formal clothes like evening gowns. If the party is at a more formal location go for a hot pencil skirt with a cute top, or wear trousers with a stylish blazer or a fashionable blouse. For a more informal party you can wear a summer dress (for example to a beach party in the summer), trousers or jeans. For inspiration check out what the latest fashion trends of the season are.
  • Always dress for your body shape if you want to look good.
  • Even though you're wearing casual, you still attending a party, so pimp up your casual attire with some hot high heels and you will look ultra feminine!
  • Don't forget to wear some cute accessories like earrings, and a bracelet or a watch.
  • Go for a cute but simple hairstyle and put some pretty make up on. If the party is an evening event your makeup can be more dramatic than during the day when your make up has to be more subtle.

Some incredible examples of casual outfits

Kim Kardashian is wearing a cute green dress  with a waist belt. A dress like this can be worn to any casual party.

  • Waistbelt: Isabel Marant
  • Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  • Bag: Zara
  • Earrings: Miso
  • Bracelet: Mango

We just love this fashionable outfit that Miranda Kerr is wearing! This brown oversized jacket with a printed skirt and ankle boots is a perfect and sophisticated outfit for a casual party!

  • Bag: Zara
  • Boots: Isabel Marant
  • Earrings: Beaverbrooks
  • Sunglasses: Mango
  • Bracelet: Technibond

Relevant tips and ideas on how to dress casual:

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