Not that we've ever pretended not to see an acquaintance...
You've seen the movie: Recently single heroine sees ex in the grocery store. She ducks behind a display of mayonnaise jars, because being single is SAD and makes you wear a lot of fleece, which young women should be ASHAMED of. Whatever. Here, 15 dressed-down outfits that are still presentable enough for unexpected encounters of any kind.
This is great and almost like still being on your couch, but only slightly less comfortable. No matter—you are wearing an oversize hoodie with no trousers but maybe a dress underneath if you're classy.
Did you know it's pretty easy to pull on a sweater and your stretchiest pair of jeans to go outside, even if it is to slink to the corner store for an iced coffee and egg sandwich? Groundbreaking!
I believe Karlie Kloss really was working out before this photo was taken, which means an outfit consisting of jeans, hoodie, and varsity jacket might work for you too, even though our culture doesn't really care where you wear workout gear anymore.
Another pair of leggings, but these are elevated, see, because they have a light-reflective coating. Same goes for the hoodie, because it's Gucci.
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We're nearly at business casual, whoa. But because it's so slouchy and worn with a T-shirt and sneakers, it's just as chill as a matching set made from velour, ahem.
One trick celebrities know is that if you've got a nice bag and sunglasses, it doesn't really matter what else you're wearing.
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AHEM. (Shoes, too.)
Andre Assous, $145
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A bit of color coordination can go a long way toward deceiving people into thinking you didn't leave the house 10 minutes after you said you were on your way there. Diabolical.
The secrets to looking perennially put-together? The aforementioned matching, which extends to accessories, and the crucial sweater over the shoulders, which can help mask dirty hair (if left tucked) and is fun (cape).
Great book title, eh? I know. It means that if you happen to own a rare item people recognize or simply one that is distracting in its loudness, that visibility will outshine whatever else you've got on.
Therefore, making it possible to hide your laziness in that one piece's spotlight.
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No bra needed either.
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Just treat it as a normal top. Easy enough.
Another form of trickery comes in outerwear. Close the buttons, and nobody will know what's under there. A pajama top? A Mickey Mouse T-shirt? Nothing?? A mystery.
Taking a second to tuck it in can work wonders.
Shop similar: Bat Gio by Giovanna Engelbert, $175
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