My secret to shopping for casuals will come as no surprise - neutrals only! However this is a fail safe way to shop, I will walk through stores such as Urban Outfitters, H&M and Nike and pick up all of the neutral items. You will be pleased to see that when you get to the fitting room everything just goes. As I go to the gym regularly through the week I like to stock my wardrobe full of smart casual pieces as this creates a look that takes me straight from work to the gym without having to change completely. I also like to go make-up free most of the week when possible as this does wonders for my skin. See below my tips for the perfect casual wardrobe.
1. Pick up plenty of basic tee's. I love these grey and black soft t-shirts from H&M. I also loved this printed t-shirt from Whistles. If ever you are having a 'got up late and no idea what to wear day' grab your ripped black jeans and one of these tee's and you're good to go!
2. Having plenty of trainers isn't a bad thing. I used to HATE trainers and refused to buy any - when I joined the gym around 4 years ago I had the worst time trying to find a pair I liked. However these days there are so many brands creating cool, stylish, minimalistic trainers that I am now obsessed. I have a few pairs of black Nike's for the gym - the Roshe Run's and Flyknits are my favourite. Then I have white and cream New Balance's that give you that instant London 'street style' look paired with any outfit.
3. Get yourself a cool leather backpack - Zara have the best selection of faux leather black rucksacks/backpacks at the minute. My boyfriend bought me a drawstring bag last season and I don't go to the gym without it.
4. Match your look with minimal makeup - I pick up my favourite Nars sheer glow foundation in shade 'Santa Fe' from Space NK as this gives a coverage you can build up dependent on your look. While you are there I would also recommend picking up the Becca cosmetics Jaclyn Hill highlighter in 'champagne pop'. Trace a 'C' from your temple to your cheek bone for the perfect glisten to finish off your dewy 'sportsluxe' look.