You don’t have to break the bank to look polished and chic every day. You just need to be well-prepared and have a sense of style. Small tweaks to the wardrobe you already own can take your outfits from basic to head-turning in a matter of minutes. These 25 secrets are well-known by stylish women everywhere.
They help them look put together every day without much effort.
These are 25 simple and effective ways of getting the most out of your clothes and looking like a fashionista every day of the week.
1. Pick Clothes Out The Night Before
Every stylish woman knows how important it is to lay out their outfit the night before to avoid wasting time.
When you’re in a rush in the morning, you may end up sacrificing a great outfit opportunity just to get out the door on time. Planning your outfit the night before gives you as much time as you need to make the right decisions.
Lay your accessories out by your clothes and keep your shoes nearby. You’ll be able to get ready faster and allow yourself more time for things like your skincare routine and makeup.
Every stylish woman is always thinking one step ahead to ensure a put-together appearance.
2. Style Appears Effortless
Stylish women understand that less is more when it comes to a great outfit.
Just like for a gorgeous makeup application, you don’t want to overdo it. If you choose to wear a basic outfit with jeans and a t-shirt, add a simple accessory like a watch, a necklace, or a hat. It will instantly pull your outfit together and make you look more fashionable. The goal here is to not look like you tried to be so stylish. When you add lots of accessories and colors to an outfit, it starts to look cluttered and flashy. Having too many colors or too many accessories gives people too much to look at and you end up getting lost behind the chaos.
Whether you’re going out for a night on the town or simply getting ready for your day, keep it simple. A good guideline to follow is to have at least one accessory and up to 3 other accessories or 4 at the most. Your shoes don’t count as an accessory so choose something to doll up your outfit.
3. Understand How to Work With Patterns
You can be sure to catch stylish women rocking a few great patterns while seamlessly doing so. A fashionista understands how to wear her patterns the right way to avoid looking clashy and chaotic.
There are many different ways you could rock your patterns, but a good guideline to follow when you’re just starting out is sticking to 2 patterns at the most in an outfit. This includes any accent pieces such as a purse or a scarf. Mix prints that are the same colors, or prints of different sizes like a small print with a large print. You could even go with 2 pieces of the same print, but both different colors.
Make one pattern your focus point while accenting with another or stick to a general color scheme within your entire outfit so all colors blend.
If you’re looking for an easy-going, not-so-bold look for workdays or running quick errands, mix your patterns with some neutrals! Keep in mind that stripes can also be considered neutral when mixing prints. They go great with everything!
4. Keep an Emergency Kit On Hand
Even the most stylish women have bad days. Days where they’re running late to an important meeting and accidentally spill coffee on themselves. They might even find themselves sprinting across the street and breaking one of their heels! But these women don’t sweat the small stuff because they still always arrive prepared.
If you see yourself as a stylish woman, then you should definitely keep an emergency fashion kit in your purse at all times. It should be small enough to fit in a medium-sized bag or in the glove box of your car. What you put in your kit should be items that will be useful for your wardrobe. Don’t go out and buy something that you’ll never find yourself using because you don’t own items that would need them!
A basic fashion emergency kit for everyone should include core items like safety pins, moleskin, a lint roller, deodorant remover, a wrinkle releaser, Tide-To-Go Pen, stain remover wipes, and a small sewing kit. You can include other items that you see necessary for your wardrobe.
5. Her Shoe Game is on Point
Stylish women love their shoes. Like really love their shoes. Look at most fashion bloggers and you’ll see their wardrobes contain a library of different styles and colors. But a stylish woman also knows when, where, and how to rock each pair.
When piecing an outfit together, your choice of shoes can either make or break your entire ensemble. Sure, you can wear your favorite sandal heels with a casual outfit, but should you really be wearing ballroom heels to work? A good place to start, just like with clothing, is with the basic necessities. If you’re going to own anything, have a nice sturdy pair of neutral pointed pumps, neutral ballet flats, a pair of white sneakers, and a good pair of black suede or leather boots. These options can go with just about anything so don’t be afraid to invest a little more into these classics that you’ll get a lot of use out of.
It’s key to pick shoes that pull together your entire outfit, but you must also dress for the weather. If it’s pouring rain outside, your best ankle-strap heels just aren’t gonna do the trick. Nor are your nice sneakers that will eventually be destroyed from the elements. Have a good pair of rain boots for rainy days, and winter boots for those living with snow.
Find neutral pairs you can wear with most outfits while the weather’s less than pleasant outside. Not only will you look chic and well-prepared for whatever the weather brings, but you’ll save money by taking care of your things.
6. Wear Jeans with Heels
Who said you can only wear sneakers with jeans? Stylish women know how to kick their outfit up a notch with a good pair of heels to complement their favorite pairs of denim.
There’s just something about a great pair of heels that instantly makes your outfit more chic and amazing. Try pairing your favorite boyfriend jeans with a cute pair of ankle booties.
Or wear your leggings with some black heeled boots, a long sleeve shirt and a gray poncho for a casual date night.
7. Stick to a Neutral Pallet
A stylish woman’s wardrobe consists of many neutral tones. Neutrals go with almost anything depending on the shade and make putting together an outfit a breeze.
You’ll never run out of outfit ideas again if you have lots of neutral pieces to work with. Neutral pieces allow you to look stylish yet easy on the eyes. You can pair neutrals with a bright color to make it pop without overpowering the overall look. Pick shades like gray, white, black, peach, and beige.
8. Don’t Follow Every New Trend
Stylish women aren’t trend chasers! They also know that a lot of the runway’s trends should stay on the runway. Instead of running out and buying all new clothes that are trending, they choose a few trends they feel go with their personal style and find a trendy piece that matches who they are. They keep their closet full of the essentials and add a few fun trendy pieces throughout the year.
Don’t follow trends that aren’t your style. Don’t buy trendy clothes that are just a fad that will be out of style as fast as they came in. You will end up either hating what you bought or barely wearing it which means wasted money and wasted closet space.
It’s okay to buy clothes based on current trends, but make sure you choose pieces that you love and will last you a long time.
9. Balance Tight-Fitted Clothing with Loose Pieces
Sometimes you just need to wear a super-sized knit sweater with leggings and throw on some boots for the chilly weather. Other times you want to wear a cute crop-top to compliment your torn boyfriend jeans. These outfits are great because the pieces are of different sizes. If you go with something tight or short on top, wear something larger on the bottom and visa versa.
Wearing a top and bottom that are both tight-fitting or short will make you appear skimpy. Wearing both an oversized or larger top and bottom together can hide your figure and actually make you appear larger.
10. Rock the Classics
Stylish women have closets full of staple pieces every woman needs for amazing outfits every day of the week.
You should have about 20 core pieces in your closet to mix and match for endless new outfits. These core wardrobe pieces can go with almost anything and can be worn in many different ways. Your imagination is the limit with what you can do with them!
Some of these pieces are white button-down, nude heels, jeans, and an LBD.
11. Invest in the Classics
It’s not only a must for stylish women to have the classics fill her closet, but she also splurges on these important pieces.
Your classic pieces will ensure you always have a great outfit to wear for any occasion, and they’ll also be clothes you get a lot of use from. You want to buy good quality pieces that will last you for years to come.
12. Stay Comfy Yet Stylish
This is one of the most important things stylish women follow. They never sacrifice comfort for style. But they also don’t sacrifice style for comfort.
You don’t have to stick to a wardrobe of baggy sweatpants and oversized sweatshirts to stay warm during the winter. You also don’t have to wear yoga pants year-round to stay comfortable.
Sure, these outfits are fine to wear around the house or a quick trip to the store, but they’re probably not appropriate to wear to work or an outing.
It’s important to stay comfortable in every outfit you decide to wear.
If you’re uncomfortable during the day, you won’t be able to focus on things you need to get done, and you’ll also look uncomfortable to others around you. You’ll be less inclined to wear uncomfortable clothes often and they’ll end up sitting in your closet until you finally get around to purging.
13. Visit the Local Tailor
Stylish women are on a first-name basis with their local tailors. They know that most pieces don’t fit right off the rack and bring these pieces to get resized to fit them perfectly.
Most clothes are standard sizes that will fit the majority. They’re not fitted to your specific body. If you want all your best pieces to fit your form perfectly, bring them to your tailor.
One big mistake women make is not having the right pant length for their shoes. You’ll need to decide what type of shoes you’ll be wearing often with your pants (either flats or heels) and have them hemmed appropriately.
14. Consider Size
Size is everything to stylish women when shopping for new clothes. She never buys clothes that are too small or too large.
No matter what size you are, always buy clothes that currently fit you. Don’t buy clothes that you hope to fit into one day or clothes that are too big for your silhouette. Smaller sizes will sit in your closet untouched and large clothes will make you look larger.
To best figure out the perfect size for you, bring a few sizes within your range to the dressing room and try them all on to see what fits best.
15. Stay Classy Yet Sexy
Stylish women know when and where to show skin while staying classy.
The trick here is to strategically show skin, but not too much at once. Decide on an outfit that will show skin in one spot. If you decide to wear a crop top, don’t pair it with short bottoms.
If you wear a skirt with a slit or a mini-skirt, stay modest on the top.
16. Spend Money Where it Matters
All stylish women invest wisely in all their pieces. This means splurging on the classics and shopping the clearance racks for other items.
Not every piece of clothing you own has to be expensive. Aside from the classics, splurge on whatever you really love and want. If there’s a purse you’ve been wanting for some time now, by all means, buy it! But shop the clearance racks for as many pieces as you can. You can make a $20 outfit look like a $200 outfit if you style it correctly.
The more you shop the clearance racks, the more clothes you can buy! You can find a lot of really great pieces and accessories when shopping the sale items.
17. Visit the Dressing Room
Every time a stylish woman goes shopping, she steps in the dressing room to see what looks good and what to toss.
It’s so important to stop in the dressing room before you make any purchases to ensure the size you have fits and the piece actually looks good on you. Sure, you could always return the item if you aren’t happy with it, but that means actually getting around to returning it which might not always happen.
Spend your money wisely and invest a little time trying things on and avoid wasting money or gas making second trips to the store.
18. Dress for the Weather
A stylish woman is never unprepared for the weather. She always keeps her summer shoes and sneakers kept away during the snowy and rainy months of the year and knows the right pieces to wear in the elements.
To get the most mileage out of your clothes, shoes, and accessories, it’s important to wear things according to their season. You don’t want to ruin your best pair of heels in the rain or destroy your sneakers in the snow.
Don’t find yourself freezing in the cold because you wanted to wear a mini-skirt in December. Of course, you could always try winterizing some of your summer clothes by adding layers. Create some depth in your outfits.
19. Own Great Sunglasses
Every fashionista knows that no look is complete without a great pair of sunglasses!
If you’re trying to start a sunglasses collection, start with some basic pairs that you can wear with anything.
My go-to sunglasses are aviators or a pair with a big round black frame.
20. Dress for the Occasion
Stylish women always make sure their outfit matches the occasion or event they’ll be attending. They know what to wear to a friend’s wedding and can give a unique spin to a casual outfit for a house party.
It’s key to dress appropriately for whatever the occasion. If you’re going to work, a blazer and pencil skirt is a great combination. But that same outfit probably isn’t the best option for a family Christmas party.
Some questions to ask yourself when choosing an outfit are will you be standing all day or night? Will you be walking a lot? Is it going to be hot or cold? Do you need certain items easily accessible? What’s the weather like?
Make sure you dress correctly for every occasion and you won’t stick out or feel unprepared.
21. Tweak Their Outfits
Every great fashionista knows how to create a uniqueness to her looks. Whether it’s a half-tucked shirt or rolled-out cuff, she knows how to take her looks to the next level.
When you’re deciding on a great outfit to wear, think of a new or unusual way to wear a piece to give it your own touch. Tie a jacket around your waist or wear a baseball hat backward. Get creative with your clothes and you’ll always have a new look to wear.
22. Layer Up
Fashionable women always layer up their pieces, and they do it well. They know how to layer one piece in multiple ways to get a different look out of the item every time.
Layering your clothes isn’t only for staying warm during the cold weather. You can try styling all your wardrobe pieces in many different ways to get the most use of your clothes and never run out of new outfit options.
Try layering your favorite denim jacket under your winter coat for an extra cool factor during the colder months. Or drape it over your favorite dress for a touch of chicness. A denim jacket is a great item to layer in many different ways.
Pair your ankle boots with long socks that peak right above the shoe for more dimension to your look and for added warmth during winter.
Have fun with your wardrobe and play with your clothes to see what layers make for great outfits!
23. Have Great Outerwear
During the winter months, stylish women have a great coat to wear all season long to stay stylish while staying warm.
Your fashion statement during the winter will be largely based off your winter coat when it seems to be all you’re wearing. It’s a good idea to find a great versatile coat that will go with the majority of your outfits.
Just like it’s important to wear a nice warm outfit underneath, it’s important to pull your outfit together with the right coat.
Find a nice long coat to keep your legs warm as well as your top when you’re outside. Furry hoods are great for the cold weather and add an extra pop to your ensemble. Find a coat with pockets for quick access to your phone or gloves when you’re in a hurry or getting chilly.
24. Have the Right Accessories
Look at any great fashion blogger and she’ll tell you that accessories can make or break an outfit.
It’s all about balance when wearing accessories so you don’t crowd your body making you look chaotic. No matter what you’re wearing, you want your personality to shine through not just through your clothing but through yourself. Don’t get lost behind your outfit.
When choosing accessories to wear, keep in mind the size of the accessory, the color, and the style. Also, keep in mind the event you’ll be going to. Keep it to simple pieces for the workday and go bold for a night out.
If you’re wearing neutral tones, add a pop of color with one of your accessories. Make a statement with your LBD by adding a red handbag to it. Wear understated accessories like a small necklace and watch with your work attire to look stylish without taking the focus off your outfit.
Stick to 3 colors total throughout your entire outfit to avoid looking tacky. Keep in mind if you have a loud outfit with sequins or any other embellishments to tone it down with simple accessories. Or amp up your basic outfit with brighter, louder pieces.
Just like with your clothes, buy core accessories that can go with many different outfits and find different ways to style them.
25. Extend the Life of Clothes
Stylish women have a way of always looking crisp and polished. So what’s their secret?
They know how to take care of their clothes.
It’s vital for your wardrobe to read the tags on all your clothes before washing them. Certain fibers such as cashmere require hand washing. Others like cotton, which is the most commonly used fiber in clothing, can be machine washed.
However, most garments will contain a blend of different fibers, including cashmere or cotton products. Some cashmere products may be okay to wash in your washing machine, while some cotton pieces may not.
It can get confusing and you don’t want to end up with your favorite shirt getting shrunk in the dryer or end up with faded clothes (or all pink clothes due to a red shirt getting washed in the mix). But all clothing items should have a tag on them to guide you to keep your clothes looking brand new for longer.
Make sure to fold your clothes correctly and hang up as many of your pieces as you can right away to avoid creases and wrinkles.
Always follow the tag when ironing clothes as well.
If you remember to follow these 25 style secrets every day and always care for your clothes, you will become more stylish, be well-prepared for any fashion emergency that comes your way, and never run out of great outfits to wear.
What are your favorite pieces to wear? Let me know in the comments below!
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