...But more stylish—and feminine—without being frou frou. Try it, you'll like it:
1. Carry a bag that’s not black
This bucket style (unstructured) is less work-y, and navy is baby steps for the color phobic among us.
Dooney & Bourke leather purse, $268; dooney.com. Michael Kors tortoise sunglasses,$135; 866-709-5677.
2. Polish your look with a trench
Wear. It. With. Everything. The midlength and soft fabric make it weekend casual.
French Connection cotton blend trench coat, $198; Hemline, 504-592-0242. Lauren by Ralph lauren silk-cotton cardigan, $139; Bloomingdale’s, 800-555-7467.
3. Trade jeans for a dress
In cotton knit (and classic stripes), it’s as effortless as pants but more feminine. You could even throw this over gym clothes and appear “done.”
C&C California polyester blend dress,$88; candccalifornia.com.
4. Amp up the cool with moto boots
They’re rugged and comfortable but with attitude. Add black hose or leggings for coverage.
Franco Sarto leather boots, $119; macys.com.