I go to a lot of casual events. Cottage dinners, lunch meetings, even what I do for a living invites mostly casual wear. But there is a huge difference between your 'couch' casual and a more refined, 'smart' casual. One of the most important rules is to dress (appropriately) for your shape. Wear clothes that fit you properly and if you want to start playing around with more 'stylish' casuals - pay close attention to what you gravitate to in life. Are you romantic? (Ruffles and girly details). Bohemian? (Play with prints). Classic? (More tailored pieces). Pick one statement piece and then build your outfit around that. Much like Jacey in the above photo, when in doubt - pair a pretty top with jeans and heels (with a pop of colour always looks great). Add a fitted jacket and a clutch and you're GOOD. TO. GO.
Till the next pair of shoes ... Kylie
Photo courtesy of Damsel in Dior