Trying to figure out how to dress down an item in your closet? These are four simple formulas to do it.

Why would you want to dress down an outfit?

I have a very casual style, but I also like frilly or fun or feminine pieces. You can still totally wear these things, even if your style is casual! Here are four easy tips to dress down an outfit.

Four easy ways to dress down an outfit

1. Add casual shoes

This is one of my favorite ways to dress down an outfit – just add some casual shoes!

Three easy casual shoe options:

  • simple sandals
  • sneakers
  • flats

2. Add a baseball cap

I love wearing a baseball cap! It feels just like the right casual accessory as a mom. Try it with sweaters, dresses, skirts, and more!

I linked some of my favorites hats below.

3. Add light or mid wash denim

Lighter wash denim is more casual by nature, so adding it to an outfit automatically makes it feel more casual.

Easy light wash items you could add to your outfit:

  • denim jacket
  • light wash jeans
  • mid wash shorts

4. Add a casual bag

A casual bag can immediately dress down an outfit. And it works the other way too — a dressy bag immediately dresses up an outfit!

My go-to is an easy, leather crossbody bag because it still feels chic and nice, but the size and material keeps it casual.

I’m sharing a new episode of Get Dressed with Merrick today on my Instagram stories, with all of these tips in action…don’t miss it!

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4 Easy Ways to Dress Down An Outfit

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Trying to figure out how to dress down an item in your closet? These are four simple formulas to do it.

 

Why would you want to dress down an outfit?

I have a very casual style, but I also like frilly or fun or feminine pieces. You can still totally wear these things, even if your style is casual! Here are four easy tips to dress down an outfit.

 

Four easy ways to dress down an outfit

 

1. Add casual shoes

This is one of my favorite ways to dress down an outfit – just add some casual shoes!

Three easy casual shoe options:

  • simple sandals
  • sneakers
  • flats
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2. Add a baseball cap

I love wearing a baseball cap! It feels just like the right casual accessory as a mom. Try it with sweaters, dresses, skirts, and more!

I linked some of my favorites hats below.

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3. Add light or mid wash denim

Lighter wash denim is more casual by nature, so adding it to an outfit automatically makes it feel more casual.

Easy light wash items you could add to your outfit:

  • denim jacket
  • light wash jeans
  • mid wash shorts
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4. Add a casual bag

A casual bag can immediately dress down an outfit. And it works the other way too — a dressy bag immediately dresses up an outfit!

My go-to is an easy, leather crossbody bag because it still feels chic and nice, but the size and material keeps it casual.

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Here is a video with all of this advice in action:

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6 Comments

  1. Shauni Higley says:

    Do you have a link for the flats you’re wearing in the picture at the very top of the page? (grey, pointed toe)

  2. Siarah says:

    Would love a linK to the denim Skirt in cover photo!

  3. Richele says:

    Would you be able to share where you gotthe blue dress in Your instastoriEs for how to dress down an outfit?

  4. Camille Stohlgren says:

    Could you link
    The beige linen dress with sneskers?

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