What to Wear to a Casual Chic Restaurant

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Casual chic mixes casual elements with a dressy item of clothing. When going out to a casual chic restaurant, you should display the style and look appropriate for this social setting. Represent your personality with your outfit, and remember to have fun and be creative.


Wearing a darker wash jean turns a casual piece of clothing into a more chic item. Adding a nice sweater, scarf or a shawl to an outfit dresses it up a bit, without being too much. Choosing flats with a little extra sparkle or detail instead of heels is more relaxed and comfortable, but doesn't look too casual.

A simple dress is appropriate for any occasion, and with the addition of boots, it's not too dressy. A casual leather or jean jacket pairs nicely with a sporty dress or a dressy top.


Button-down or dress shirts are appropriate, as well as sweaters, vests or blazers. You can wear jeans, but they should be in good condition and not have any rips or tears. Darker wash jeans are classier than stonewashed. It is recommended you skip the sneakers and wear a shoe or boot, though a sandal will work in the summer.

Accessories and Fabrics

For men, adding accessories like a bracelet or a watch can help pull the outfit together. Women can wear anything that isn't too elegant, such as silver jewelry or a headband. Mix up your fabrics; high-end materials like charmeuse can dress up a casual fabric like flannel.

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