We’ve all been guilty of not looking our best every time we walk out the door – life gets hectic! But the whole process of looking great shouldn’t be that complicated. We’re here with tips on how to get dressed easily and look effortlessly chic. Take a look at how to put together your own chic outfits.
Let’s start with your closet. Looking effortlessly chic requires organization. Clear out the clutter and get rid of anything that’s permanently stained, torn or doesn’t fit any longer. Anything that’s out of style or doesn’t fit should be donated for someone else to enjoy.
Once the unused pieces are gone it’s time to edit out any items that aren’t attractive. Make it hard to put on an oversized, old shirt when going out by not having it hanging in your closet front and center. It’s just as easy to put on a pair of fabulous pants as it is to put on old sweatpants, so get rid of unfashionable, bad temptations!
Take a look at how to organize your closet and find lots of new outfit ideas for more ideas.
Once your closet is down to stylish clothes you like to wear, analyze if they’re versatile. To look effortlessly chic requires crafty mixing and matching of your wardrobe items. Keep only the pieces that fit the bill.
Hopefully you have now ended up with some open space in your closet! Be proud of your hard work and reward yourself with a little shopping. But, before you go fill your closet up again, here are some ideas to help you look effortlessly chic.
1. Embrace the classics
Classics don’t have to be boring. Invest in timeless pieces like a good jacket, a pair of boots or some tailored blouses. Classics mix and match easily and can be dressed up or down, helping you put together countless chic outfits.
Read our guide for the classic style personality
2. Incorporate essentials in your chic outfits
Jona @the50plusgirl above shows off an outfit made up of absolutely timeless clothes, shoes and accessories. You can see you could wear all of these items in so many different ways.
Take a look at these 33 wardrobe essentials. Once you have these in your closet, you’ll find it so much easier to put together outfits. You can start with these as the basis, and then add a few new items each season.
3. Effortlessly Chic Women are Masters at Layering
The next time you put pants and a shirt on, think about how you can layer the look. A good rule of thumb is to start with three layers: Your basic outfit + jewelry + a scarf, belt, statement shoe or handbag. As you get more confident, don’t stop at three layers. Add a cardigan, hat or belt.
A long sleeveless coat or cardigan is also fantastic for layering, and creates flattering lines. You can take a look at how to wear a long vest.
Nordstrom Two-Button Longline Vest – COS The Clean Cut T-Shirt – Halogen High Waist Wide Leg Trousers – J.Crew Dylan Crisscross Block Heel Sandals – Aimee Kestenberg Bali Double Entry Bag – Sterling Forever Isadora Layered Necklace
4. Don’t Be “Match-y”
Although a business suit is an essential wardrobe staple, mix it up sometimes. The same goes with jewelry or the old-fashioned rule of matching your handbag with your shoes. To look effortless means you didn’t overthink your outfit. Break sets up creatively. A great way to do this is by using the rule of three again: use three different colors or tones in your outfit and accessories.
Madewell Caldwell Blazer – Nordstrom V-Neck Tank Top – J.Crew Sydney Wide Leg Pants – J.Crew Dylan Crisscross Block Heel Sandals – Aimee Kestenberg Bali Double Entry Bag – Sterling Forever Isadora Layered Necklace
J.Crew Louisa Lady Jacket – Nordstrom V-Neck Tank Top – J.Crew Collection Ingrid Pants – Cordani Genesis Peep Toe Bootie – Tory Burch Kira Small Quilted Leather Satchel – Nordstrom Semiprecious Stone Molten Drop Earrings
One way to look chic is thinking not about what you wear, but how you wear it. For example, wearing your blazer nonchalantly over your shoulders can give you that haven’t-tried-too-hard air of chic.
5. Or if you do go matchy, add an unexpected element
Another way to make your look effortless is by not looking too stiff or contrived. Have your dry cleaner lighten up on starch and skip the stiff pleats some like to add to trousers and blouses.
You can also add a touch of the unexpected with the colors you choose. For instance, add a bright pop of red to you chic outfits.
M.M.LaFleur The Yiyan Wool Twill Blazer – M.M.LaFleur Eco Soft Wave The Lagarde Shirt – M.M.LaFleur Wool Twill The Smith Pants – Sam Edelman Meadow Ballet Flat – Marc Jacobs The Leather Medium Tote Bag – FLORAMA Natural Jewelry Tagua Necklace
6. add a little casual
Mixing formal and casual elements is a great way to look stylish and give all of your outfits a bit of an edge. For example, you can team an otherwise formal look with a pair of sneakers.
If you do need to switch things up for a more formal occasion, you could always wear a silk camisole under your blazer and a pair of heels.
J.Crew Long Parke Blazer – COS The Clean Cut T-Shirt – Veronica Beard Shilpa Floral Asymmetric Silk Skirt – adidas Gazelle Sneaker – Tory Burch Kira Small Quilted Leather Satchel – Madewell Tangled Huggie Earrings
7. or add a little formal
As well as thinking about how you can add a casual element to your formal outfits, think about the opposite and add some formal to your casual. For example, you could add a pair of heels to your jeans.
J.Crew Long Parke Blazer – COS The Clean Cut T-Shirt – AG Ex-Boyfriend Jeans – Sam Edelman Franci Pointed Toe Pump – Marc Jacobs The Leather Medium Tote Bag – Madewell Tangled Huggie Earrings – Tory Burch Kira Enamel Pendant Necklace
8. Choose to wear more natural fabrics that breathe and move
Not only do these look good, they also feel superb. Look out for silk, satin, linen and cashmere. All of these fabrics will add a luxurious, expensive look to your outfits. Elevate your favorite jeans by pairing with a silk shirt.
9. Add luxe-looking accessories
You can really dress up a simple outfit of jeans and a t-shirt or white shirt with the accessories you choose. Nora @juststylela above (read her style interview here) opts for a chain print scarf, stacked jewelry and pops of red. Also check our tips on how tow ear a scarf.
9. Stick to interesting neutrals
Choosing an all-neutral outfit can look very classy. Look out for different shades of the same color, and different textures to keep your look interesting.
M.M.LaFleur The Yiyan Wool Twill Blazer – M.M.LaFleur Eco Soft Wave The Lagarde Shirt – Halogen High Waist Wide Leg Trousers – Sam Edelman Franci Pointed Toe Pump – Aimee Kestenberg Bali Double Entry Bag – Madewell Tangled Huggie Earrings
10. Invest in quality over quantity to create chic outfits
Really think about each item you add to your closet, and how it will go with everything else. Rather than buying lots of different clothes that don’t work together, opt for quality and look after your wardrobe.
11. Go easy on hair styling and makeup
One of the best ways to soften your style and look effortlessly chic is through your beauty choices. If you’re wearing an updo, leave a few tendrils to hang. Or avoid too much hair product or makeup, especially during the day. As we age, too much make-up can make us look older rather than the opposite, so it’s best to apply with a light touch and choose products that are tailored for mature skin.
Your chic outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see the outfits from above together in one capsule. You can see how you could change them around to create many more looks. For example, wear the blue vest over the skinny jeans, team the beige blazer with the asymmetric skirt or wear the red top with the white pants.
shop the chic pieces above here:
Have fun being effortlessly chic. No one needs to know it took some planning to put together your chic outfits.
What are your favorite effortlessly chic looks? What chic outfits do you like best?
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