Casual Cool Takes Center Stage This Fall

There’s nothing like an effortlessly chic, relaxed outfit to make the fashionistas squeal with envy. While many of us look great with hours of effort put in, it’s a much greater challenge to pull together a quirky, fun, but still relaxed look that’s perfect for everyday wear in a matter of minutes.

When you’re crunched for time, it always pays to remember a favorite piece or two that’s super flexible and goes with a number of other things, and to try to quickly build your cool and casual look around that. This week, I’ve stumbled across a stunning pair of Oxford-style black leather shoes at my local Goodwill, and I’m putting together a darling look around them. The leather has a bit of shine, which shows off their timeless style and pretty details well. These steppers have a little bit of a heel, too, adding a lovely feminine twist on this otherwise boyish style of footwear. And they are, of course, black – and no city girl can go wrong with a pair of fun, fashionable black shoes that could go with everything from suit to skirt to worn-in pair of jeans.

black high-heeled Oxfords These adorable black high-heeled Oxfords are a stunning thrift store find, because they’re a classic style that will never go out of fashion.

Play with creative pairings. As noted above, these sweet shoes really could be paired with just about anything, from your most casual pair of jeans to flirty dress or polished business suit. The androgynous style and simple black hue make them easy to match up with an array of other items – you really can’t go wrong. Here, however, I’ve chosen to put them on with a cool, laid-back look that still has a hint of personality – a nice choice for a casual Friday at the office or a relaxed weekend outing. The soft gray trousers, in a slim, form-fitting cut, are an easy, neutral piece to anchor this ensemble, but the gray will still contrast a little with the dark black shoes, allowing them to stand out a bit more than if I’d also gone for black bottoms. On top, a bright neon tank, with its vivid color toned down just a bit with a slightly sheer, pale gray sweater on top – the pop of cheerful pink gives this simple outfit just enough fun and quirkiness to keep it feeling light and playful, rather than weighed down by the darker tones.

add a bright element to your outfitPutting together an effortlessly cool, casual look doesn’t have to be difficult. Pull a few softer items, one brightly colored piece, and one pair of fabulously fun, go-with-everything shoes, and you’ve got yourself an outfit that can take you almost anywhere.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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