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8 Casual Outfit Ideas for the Modern Woman
January 17, 2024


8 Casual Outfit Ideas for the Modern Woman

Because clothing trends are always rapidly changing, it can feel hard to keep up. But who says you have to? Don’t follow the crowd - create your own path forward.
Even over the last few years, with the rise of virtual and hybrid working models, women’s fashion has become less about playing the part and more about being comfortable in your own skin, while still dressing to impress.
Find your modern fashion niche with this guide to all things comfy and casual. From the office to the gym to a night out, P.E Nation has the casual outfit ideas you need to develop and showcase your unique sense of style.

#1: Elevated Legging Looks

Leggings are the ultimate casual clothing item. They’re super stretchy, breathable, and come in every colour under the sun, so you can match them perfectly to any outfit.

Even better? P.E Nation has a large selection of leggings for you to browse. In addition to florals, leopard, and tortoiseshell prints, here are just some of the colours you can find:

If you’re looking to take your leggings outfit up a notch, direct your focus to your top. Wear something over your outfit that’s a bit less relaxed (while still being comfy), like a button-down or another one of our women’s jackets.

For the perfect balance of casual and put-together, try the Ridgeline LS Shirt in Pesto or the Field House Shirt in Light Washed Denim. And, for those chillier days, opt for the Double Play Jacket in Chestnut or the World Tour Jacket in Optic White to complete your casual chic style.

#2: The Do-It-All Work Outfit

Office attire has gone through a major makeover in the last few years. With the rise of virtual and hybrid work models, most days, your office may just be your living room. In fact, in 2020, only 10% of people were putting on professional clothing to work from home.
Long gone are the days when the majority of people wore suits and starched blouses to work. Now, companies are much more lenient with dress code, making it more acceptable - and even expected - to dress casually for work.
For an in-office business casual look that perfectly balances comfort and productivity, try wearing a soft, oversized button-down with a trusty pair of denims. P.E Nation’s Dedication LS Shirt in Check Print goes perfectly with the Field House Denim Jean.
Of course, women’s leggings and a hoodie are staples for those cosy work-from-home days, too. And when you need to hop on a video call? You can always switch into something with a little more structure, like the Aventura Shirt in Pinstripe Print.


Women’s fashion has become less about playing the part and more about being comfortable in your own skin, while still dressing to impress.

#3: Dresses You Can Live In

At first glance, dresses seem, well, dressy. But there are tons of casual dress options that you won’t want to change out of at the end of the day. The “modern woman” is all about adapting to her surroundings and making the most out of what she has. Dresses make this task easy - you can effortlessly convert them from day to night and go straight from work to dinner with the girls without having to bother to change. Talk about versatility.

Experience the best of both worlds with the Reconnect Knit Dress in Print. This mini dress combines sporty and floral design elements for a unique look you won’t get elsewhere. Complete with hip cutouts and richly red, knit fabric, you’ll never get tired of wearing it.

For a dress that you can wear for any event, try the High Line Knit Dress in Multi. This slim fit, mid-length, two-toned dress features short sleeves and press stud centre-front fastenings. Plus, the deep V-neckline and centre-front keyhole cutout detail embody casual chic style. Elevate either casual style with layered jewellery and a pair of heels, or dress them down with some white sneakers.


#4: Energising Workout Fits

“Cosy cardio” is taking the internet by storm for its emphasis on joy and self-care.
It’s perfect for the modern woman because it can be anything you want it to be: a leisurely walk on the treadmill or through the park, a quick bike ride, or a relaxing yoga flow.
Find balance and renew your love of exercise by jumping on this exciting new trend. First, you’ll need some activewear to enhance these feel-good vibes.
Draw strength from the power of your one-of-a-kind workout set with these signature pieces from P.E Nation. For bottoms, try the:
Pair any of these casual and cosy bottoms with an equally comfortable top:
Whether you’re into leggings and fitted tanks or sweatshirts and track pants, choose workout gear that makes you feel comfortable and free to move.


#5: Tennis Outfits Without the Racket. Or the Ball. Or the Court.

Watching Wimbledon or the Australian Open and wishing you could be as stylish as the tennis players on your screen? You don’t have to be a pro to rock tennis skirts or dress like you own the court.

P.E Nation has the pieces you need to assemble sporty fits, including various tennis outfits, that you can wear to exercise any way you want.

Try the Volley Skirt in Cantaloupe with the Cypher Tee in Blur Print, or the Recalibrate Dress in Lavender Lustre. Both the skirt and the dress come with built-in bike shorts, so you can play hard without worry.


#6: Pants to Impress

There’s something special about getting compliments on your pants - they're often the key to unlocking that iconic look you’re trying to nail. At P.E Nation, we have pants that are sure to make a statement wherever you go.

Try any of these standout options:

  • Magnetic Pant in Print – High rise, baggy, tapered denim jeans in pure white with custom logo embroidery.

The great thing about these pants is that you can easily dress them up or down depending on your plans for the day. Wear sneakers or platform heels, a sports bra or a blouse - whatever takes your fancy.


#7: A Day at the Beach

What’s more casual than a relaxing day at the beach? Be prepared to soak up some rays in style with versatile swimwear you can take from the ocean to the boardwalk with ease.
The Bermuda One Piece in Scene Print is specially designed to be worn as part of your gym outfits, in the ocean, and on the streets. Each suit is made with random cuts of our custom scene fabric, ensuring you receive an item as unique as you are.

Then, keep the sun out of your face or tastefully pull your hair back with a signature baseball cap. Try the brilliantly white Immersion Cap or the cool blue Odyssey Cap in Tie Dye.

Finally, make the most of the day by bringing along a light pair of pants that you can throw on over the top when you’re ready to leave the ocean behind. The Volley Pant’s lightweight material and side seam snap fastenings make it the perfect option.


#8: Effortless Errand-Running Outfits

Grocery store runs and doctor’s appointments might not be what you may think of as prime fashion opportunities. Typically, you want to be able to just throw on something quickly and get out the door.

But quick, casual attire doesn’t have to be totally lacklustre.

Pick pieces that speak to you and your personal brand of self-expression. You’ll feel more confident in public if those comfy shorts and graphic tee mean something to you.

Add some of these staples to your wardrobe to take your errand-running outfits to the next level:


  • Velocity Legging in Black – These seemingly simple leggings feature subtle yet stylish gold zip details at the sides and ankles for a little extra flair and intrigue

  • Crossman Sweat in Pearled Ivory – An instant classic, this sweatshirt goes with anything and everything. The contrast piping on the arms gives it that signature streetwear feel along with all of the comforts of cotton.

  • Target Line Beanie in Grey Marl – Feeling chilly, or just need to cover up your day-three hair? Pull on this chunky and warm rib knit beanie to spice up any casual day look.

P.E Nation takes pride in designing versatile activewear and streetwear that doesn’t just get you from point A to point B but helps you make your mark and own your looks.


Be Your Own Trendsetter with P.E Nation

With the help of this guide and P.E Nation, you can discover your inner fashion icon and design a variety of casual outfit ideas that speak to your unique sense of self.

If you’re looking for more fashion-forward advice, check out the P.E Nation blog for posts that are sure to get your creative juices pumping, like Trending Now: Your Guide to Tonal Dressing and Edgy Active to Workwear Items to Elevate Your Work Wardrobe.