You may remember I proposed a hypothetical 4th of July outfit, here.
Somewhere around 7 o’clock the night of the actual 4th I grabbed my youngest sister, and said, “Oh, hey, would you mind taking a picture for me?”
So she did. We were down at my mother’s, in Santa Barbara. All the siblings, the grandchildren, some step-siblings. Crowded, awesome.
I love this UNIQLO tee with its Stephen Sprouse print. Not remotely figure-flattering but hey, Art! The boyfriend khakis are 100% cotton from J. Crew, and extremely comfortable, while the JORD watch has been one of my most successful accessories ever.
Havaianas, my Havaianas.
But I wouldn’t leave the house so attired. I’d change it up, slightly.
Add a jacket? No, we’d cross into Too Much Cloth.
Chandelier earrings? No, the print is as much vivid as I like in one outfit. I’m wearing pearl studs.
Heels? Decidedly no. Fie on Jenna Lyons.
Here we go.
Street Certifying Extreme Casual
- Take a flat or a curling iron to my air-dried hair, for either sleekness or a few intentional waves. Optional, but preferred.
- Put on red lipgloss. Probably “Medieval,” from Lipstick Queen. Still the best “red” I’ve found.
- Cuff a little higher.
- Finally, and here’s the key, add a non-neon chunky shoe.
The tee is dark and long, with a vivid stripe of print. The pants, voluminous. Shoes have to balance the visual impact. The Havaianas are too strappy, that orange too neon against the umber in the tee.
Gray suede Birkenstock Arizonas are my choice, at the moment. Which I had been wearing that night, until I started cooking. Suede is a poor material for the kitchen.
Extreme casual style requires impunity. You have to believe in your clothes, in your right to wear baggy pants and show your arms. And you’ve got to hew to an aesthetic far more disciplined than your get up.
(For anyone who follows me on Twitter, I know I just said something about feet and the Internet but I didn’t mean I wasn’t guilty myself;). Feet. We all have them.)
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