Between career, family, finding time for ourselves & all of the things, stepping out the door with style every day can seem impossible. But, trust us, there are a few attainable things that fashionable women do to look painlessly put-together. Keep reading for 10 secrets from our Stylists to be your most effortlessly chic yet.
BE A PLANNER
You can’t plan for everything, but don’t let your Monday mornings catch you off-guard. Just like you’d plan a week’s worth of meals on a Sunday if you’re trying to stay trim, plan your outfits in advance for stress-free mornings & outfit-regret-free days.
An easy confidence booster is planning outfits in advance. You’ll take the worry out of what to wear when timing is tight in the morning, and know ahead that you’ll look polished all day.” — Tiffany, Stylist
FOLLOW STYLISH WOMEN
Browse internet trendsetters in your free time. Find a few fashionistas whose style you admire, then use their photos as inspiration to create daily looks. A good place to start? Check out our Instagram & Pinterest boards for endless style inspire.
Seeing other women, I admire try new (or reinvent old) trends gives me that extra push to be adventurous. Fashion should be fun; once I get out of my comfort zone, I feel instantly more stylish!
OVER DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
If you’re ever on the fence about what to wear, consider where you’re going and who you’ll see. When in doubt, always err on the side of being too dressy—it’s a big no-no to be the only person in jeans.
It’s ok to be slightly overdressed—you’ll make an amazing (and respectful!) impression on your host. I’m not talking about a ball gown, but showing up in a dress over jeans is never a bad thing. — Alexandria, Stylist
ROCK RED LIPSTICK
A well-known fashion “it-girl” hack: swipe on a touch of bright, cherry-red lipstick in a tone that best suits your skin. It’s an instant face brightener that screams “I took time for myself”—even if you didn’t.
Try to have at least one accessory on, whether it’s a statement necklace, a pop-color scarf or an elegant pair of earrings. And remember: sometimes less is more. You don’t need to get crazy at an arm party—minimal can also be memorable.
INVEST IN BASICS THAT FIT
Basics really aren’t basic—they can be the foundation of extremely fashionable (and simple!) choices. Ever wonder why a woman looks great in a white button-up, skinny jeans & heels? It took a minute to think of the look, but it took planning to ensure her pieces fit perfectly.
I didn’t understand the long-term value of perfect basics until I tried on my first pair of designer jeans. If it’s well-made, it’s worth the price since you’ll have it forever & it will never let you down. —Sarah, Stylist
WEAR COLORFUL SHOES
When it comes to footwear, color packs a huge style punch—and they don’t have to be sky-high heels, either (flats can make the same statement & your feet will thank you). Next time you’re in jeans and a tee, throw on cobalt or fuschia flats to make your outfit go from 0 to 100 instantly.
OWN ONE CONVERSATION PIECE
Every once in a while, you need that pure “wow” factor. Whether it’s an amazing pair of over-the-knee boots, a vintage dress that you borrowed from you mom’s closet or an enviable handbag, keep something in your arsenal for the days you need to really show up stylish.
CARRY A FASHION EMERGENCY KIT
The most stylish women are always prepared. Whether it’s a snag, stain or sandal-induced blister, be on your toes with a 911 carryall chock-full of Band-Aids, sewing kit & other essentials to (stylishly) save the day.
SELECT THE RIGHT UNDERGARMENTS
Stylish women know the foundation of a great look is appropriate underwear. Besides, nothing instantly throws off a look like VPL (visible panty lines). Be strategic about what you slip on & why—then do a quick mirror scan in natural light before you leave the house.
In my mind, the perfect outfit can be ruined by an uncomfortable bra. Get a professional bra fitting at your local department store ASAP. And don’t skimp on good-quality underwear—they always make you feel incredible.