If you normally spend a lot of time in the mirror finding the best outfit to make you stylish, you might need some inspiration to make your dressing routine easier. If you’re living in a big city and wish to show off your street looks, keep on reading for the 7 fashion hacks to make your everyday looks more stylish.
- Less is more.
Like fashion blogger Jessica Stein, a classy pastel yellow jumpsuit looks classy enough with a structured bag, so you don’t have to opt for sparkles and jeweled accessories just to get a stylish look. “I wish people understood that in fashion less is more. For example, if you are wearing an off-the-shoulder top, make that your focal point. You don’t need anything else. Huge earrings or a statement necklace will be overwhelming—the top is sexy chic as is,” says stylist Jennifer Berger.
- Investment pieces are actually a good deal.
“Many people think they can’t afford high-end style. But you’ll get more value if you spend your money on one good investment piece that you’ll use for years, like a cool bag, instead of wasting money on multiple pieces that aren’t classic,” says Ms. Halcro. Like fashion blogger Jenny Tsang, think of a classic gray coat that can dress up your casual outfits for the weekends while keeping it versatile for more formal dresses and suits.
- Pushing up sleeves always makes things look cooler.
“On a trench coat, if you don’t push up the sleeves it can look a bit ‘old lady’. That kind of detail makes all the difference,” says make-up artist Wendy Rowe. Also, it can give proportion to your silhouette, especially if you’re petite as long sleeves can make you look like a little girl playing dress-up, whereas a flash of wrist balances things out.
- If you don’t have a waist, fake one.
If you have a boxy or apple body type with no defined waist, the goal is to create curves and elongate your silhouette. “Stay away from boxy loose fitting shapes and monotone colors on both top and bottom. Instead select wardrobe pieces that have a strong emphasis on the waist and when in doubt wear a belt to give the illusion of a natural waist. An ordinary boxy sweater when paired with a thick belt can add instant curves to your body,” says Ms. Michniak.
- Don’t hide, but highlight.
Dress to show off your favorite areas and not to hide the ones you don’t love. “We all have trouble areas so choosing your outfit based on hiding behind your clothes is negative. Instead, focus on the areas you love then dress them accordingly. Not only will you look great but it will help you appreciate the good things about your body instead of worrying about the ‘problems,” says Ms. Brucker. Like fashion blogger Jenny Tsang, an off shoulder top can be enough to draw the eye up and distract the attention from your petite frame.
- Avoid cheap accessories like the plague.
Accessories like shoes, bags, sunglasses, scarves, and such are finishing touches to your looks. So, don’t forget the supportive accessories. “I don’t just mean investing in a nice watch and handbag. Ditch the old umbrella and cheap shades and upgrade already,” says Mr. Russell.
- Expensive jewels make every outfit better.
You’re not dressed without accessories as they add all the fun stuff that punctuates personal style. For women, jewelry is the defining path for creating your own look and vibe. “If you want a designer look, you don’t have to wear all designer items. For instance, I have a great set of huge Chanel earrings. I wear them with a $18 black dress and still look like a million bucks,” says Ms. Lowe. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to look more fashionable on your everyday style.