“Dress to impress.” I often repeat this mantra before a night on the town with girlfriends or a cute, new crush. Needless to say, this phrase is easier said than done. How is it possible to look dressed up, but not too formal? How can a look be casual, without being bland? This Fashionista quickly answered my unsolved questions.
The University of Iowa sophomore put together a variety of trends without looking over the top. A cinched black belt help to add shape to the outfit. She layers chic black and white colors that create a classy look. Her blouse is made of a lightweight fabric that helps keep things cool in the summer sun. A unique feminine flower pin brings attention to her face, and makes the outfit appear out of the ordinary. While this outfit is dressed up, skinny denim blue jeans are a comfortable staple that encourage a fun and relaxed environment, rather than intimidating.
Hint: Wearing jeans are not the only option when deciphering casual date attire. Colorful flats can dress up denim or dress down a summer mini dress. Add in unique accessories that exemplify who you are. Colorful nail polish, Grandma's locket, or even striped toe socks. Whatever it be, your date will find that being yourself is more hip than any fashion trend.