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The Question Is,
Can Practical Also Be Fashionable?

(Last Updated On: October 22, 2019)

Can practical also be fashionable?

What do you think about that question? As women, do we have to sacrifice comfort and practicality for the sake of looking trendy? At this stage of my life, my answer would be a resounding “no!” I’m much too old and wise to wear anything on my body, or my feet, that is going to make me feel uncomfortable or cause me pain.

So practical fashion sense is what I’m all about. Let’s take a look at some of the fashion choices we can make that will be considered a stylish choice, as well as feeling comfy and looking great!

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Give Yourself a Dressing Down

flowing ribbed long sleeved tee

No, I’m not talking about giving yourself a stern talking to. Let’s interpret this phrase another way, and say that we’re going to dress a bit more informally in our quest to be fashionable yet practical.

Dressing down doesn’t mean being boring and dressing like an old lady, it simply means going back to basics and taking a simpler approach to our wardrobe choices.

Many of us are entering a cooler season of year, so we’re going to talk about some stylish choices that can keep us warm, and also be quite practical.

A long sleeve t-shirt can be a stylish, attractive look, with an almost endless array of colors and cuts. I’m quite enamored of the  drapey look T-shirt at the moment, like the one shown above. I think it is an effortless and stylish look, yet it’s still practical.

Push the sleeves up if you fancy it, or add a belt if the style of T-shirt offers that option.

How about color? Black is always my go-to choice, but a bright, bold T-shirt as the foundation to be paired with a blazer, cardigan or jacket can take you from day to evening without missing a beat.

Creative sleeve treatments and hem finishes also make a simple but stylish fashion statement, like these examples:

can practical still be fashionable? Of course!

blush t-shirt | red t-shirtnavy blouson sleeve t-shirt

So, can practical also be fashionable? When it comes to the long sleeve T-shirt, I think it’s a resounding, yes!

What better to pair with a casual long sleeved tee, than a cardigan? I love the variety in length, color and style in these suggestions from Target. Use it to layer, cozy up when it’s chilly outside, and know that you can always shed that top layer and still look casually stylish. Always practical, never boring. πŸ™‚

Complete your outfit with jeans, slacks, cropped pants or a skirtyou choose. Dress it up a bit with a beautiful scarf and statement jewelry pieces, wardrobe essentials for all of us.

cardigans from target

Clockwise from top left:  tan long cardigan | gray button down cardigan  |  gray cardigan with hood  |  ivory long button down cardigan

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The Bend in Your Step

vans shoes plaid slip on

A comfy slip on or tied shoe is definitely in the world of practical, but today that means anything but boring, and definitely fashionable!

There are so many trendy choices in footwear that sport a lower, or no heel, so if we choose to keep our feet closer to the ground (that would be me), we don’t sacrifice style.

After all, what good are the spikey heeled shoes and boots if they leave us screaming in pain at the end of the day. No thanks…those days are long past for me. Actually, I never wore the really high heels, even in my younger days. I guess I have always been more for comfort than fashion.

The tried and trusted shoes from Vans are the solution when you want footwear that will feel great and keep that stylish look. You can view here the different styles and the  discounts available. Vans shoes can be worn with jeans and dresses, making them one of the more popular choices for all age groups.

Socks and Boots, Please

booties as a practical fashion statement

What comes to mind when you think of knee-high socks?   If you are anywhere near my generation, I think of two things. First, knee high socks with plaid skirts and loafers…the 60’s for sure! Fast forward to today, and that same age group is probably thinking, “we wear them under our slacks when it’s cold outside to keep our legs warm, silly!”

How do the younger generation use these types of socks for today’s style? They’re usually worn with denim shorts or a short skirt, with the socks being an integral part of the outfit’s style. You’ll also see the length of the sock extend past the knee, as a style statement. I know…definitely a generational difference in the interpretation! It’s all good, though.

The tall boot is another great example of practical fashion. Not only does the tall boot provide great protection from the rain and cold, it can be worn both in winter and summer, depending on where you live.

I grew up in the Midwest, and boots up to the knee were almost a necessity to make our way through the snowdrifts. Ugh.  Now, these boots are much more of a style statement, similar to the knee high socks.

If we’re going to respond to the question, “can practical also be fashionable”, I think we need to give a nod to the Bootie! I’ve got one of my favorite pair on in the photo above.

These versatile little friends can be useful as protection from the elements or strictly to make us look really cool. The suggestions below from Dillards offer both!

booties from Dillards

So what do you think? Have we answered the question, can practical also be fashionable? I would vote, yes. We can look good, feel good, be comfortable and always be stylish women!

practical can be fashionable


  • Sarah

    Candi – I always love the pictures of you in these outfits! I love this look and definitely think it’s fashionable! Long cardigans are my thing, and those ankle boots – I wear mine as often as I can!

    • Candi Randolph

      Thank you Sarah! I love the long cardigans, too, they’re so versatile. πŸ™‚

  • Nina

    Loved this! Super cute stuff!!

    • Candi Randolph

      Thanks Nina!

  • The Journey of Janet

    I love the style suggestions!

    • Candi Randolph

      Thank you, Janet πŸ™‚

  • jodie filogomo

    Of course it can!! I think we live in the day and age that we have so many great choices with online shopping as well!! It’s the perfect time to enjoy fashion!!

    • Candi Randolph

      I agree…online choices expand our fashion horizons tremendously. Thanks for stopping by, Jodie!

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