What Does Casual Sophistication Mean in a Dress Code?

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At first glance, casual and sophistication may not coexist together. Find out what casual sophistication means in a dress code with help from the chief style officer at StyleWorks of Union Square in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Carol Davidson, chief style officer at Style Works of Union Square. Today, we're here talking about what does casual sophistication mean in a business casual environment. At first glance, casual and sophistication may not coexist together. When we think of casual, we think of attire that's more relaxed and informal. When we think of sophistication, adjectives such as polished and chic come to mind. But you can achieve casual sophistication in the same outfit, here's one way to go about that. So, when we're looking at Vivian here, the first thing that we notice is a particular style, a little bit edgy, a little bit sporty. My first recommendation in achieving casual sophistication is that you pick items that authentically represent who you are. This is a style of clothing that Vivian feels most comfortable in, and it shows in how she wears it. Now next, what I would recommend is not picking the same manufacturer head to toe. By mixing it up, you add a little bit more spice, and a little bit more visual interest, and you create more of an individualized look. Now next, you want to incorporate elements such as color, texture, pattern and shine. Let's look at some of the examples in the particular garments that Vivian's wearing. We'll start by looking at the top. We see elements of texture here in the knit bodice and the leather sleeve detail. In terms of shine, what we've got is shine at the neck, and we've got shine in her patent stylish wedges. In terms of color, we see from top to bottom a dark green, so what we see here is a sophisticated monochromatic color palette. What I love about the dark green is it's every bit as chic as black, but a little bit more unexpected. Finally, you'll want to select accessories that are an addition to, but not an overwhelm to the outfit, and here we have a beautiful statement necklace that adds to Vivian's overall look. As you can see we have casual yet comfortable pieces that pull together in a stylish and sophisticated way. I'm Carol Davidson, and this has been what does casual sophistication mean in a dress code. For more image and style tips, visit me online at Your Style Works.


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