Achieving an effortless style is something many of us aspire to but may not know where to start. Looking like you just randomly threw a few things on, while still looking put together is not as hard as it seems when you have the right tools in your closet. Below are five tips to help guide you.
Invest in quality, classic pieces
Quality pieces almost instantly make you look more put together. When you pair that with classic pieces you get something that won’t be out of style next season and lasts longer as well. Some of my favorite staple classics are a white button down, well-fitted jeans, a wool sweater, a black and patterned blazer, a cashmere scarf, and a pair of loafers.
Be picky when it comes to trends
As tempting as it might be to chase every fun trend, and effortless style means having a signature style. Trends are fleeting and if you want to start developing a personal style that looks effortless, avoiding trying every trend. Maybe you want to try out the leopard print trend, if so, instead of buying a pair of leopard print pants that might be off-trend come next year buy a leopard print scarf that is a more chic and longer-lasting option.
Keep minimalism in mind
A key to keeping your style look effortless is ensuring you don’t look overstyled. Matching your shoes to your bag and your nails might look a bit too thought out. Wearing too many statement pieces that take attention from each other can look very busy and overdone as well. Coco Chanel had it right with her famous quote saying, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” The key is keeping things simple.
Be polished but practical
An effortless style means dressing for your lifestyle. It means being appropriately dressed for any occasion or situation. This is my favorite as it’s about dressing to be practical and comfortable. Pay close attention to weather and activities so you don’t end up wearing high heels to a beach wedding or forgetting weather-proof shoes on a rainy day.
Pay attention to fit
How your clothes fit is so important to having your style look effortless. Ill fitting clothes, ones that are too tight or too big can be very unflattering very quickly. You want your clothes to look like they were made for you. My favorite perk and one I don’t use enough is Nordstrom’s complimentary alterations services for any full-priced item you buy from them. If you are part of their rewards program you also get $100 of alteration credits every year that can be used at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. Getting a perfect fit has never been so easy!
Oversized pieces to look like you just “threw this on” is also synonymous with effortless. Think boyfriend jeans or boyfriend t-shirts. Doing this in the right way means paying attention to balance. If you’re wearing an oversized dress shirt pair it with skinny jeans or an oversized blazer with a fitted dress.
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