Looking effortlessly cool on your street style doesn’t always mean wearing denim jeans and tee on your daily looks. Based in Sydney, Zanita Whittington is a fashion model, blogger, photographer, and a traveler, who is “armed with a camera and one overflowing suitcase” as she defined herself. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to look effortlessly cool on your street style without resorting to jeans, tees, sneakers, and baseball caps alone, keep on reading to scoop some of her tricks.
- Trade your sky-high stilettos with comfy footwear.
Comfy footwear doesn’t always refer to canvas sneakers that look sporty enough for your chic outfits. “I’ve become more practical and more into flats. There are so many amazing 70s style wedges out at the moment but they make me so tall, so flats are perfect for me. It’s almost cooler to wear flats now. It’s cooler to not try too hard,” she said. Like Zanita, you may skip those sky-high stilettos that you feel uncomfortable to walk in and resort to ballet flats, flat mules, chunky boots, wedges, Birkenstock sandals, loafers, oxfords and such to look effortless while wearing your feminine skirts and dresses. To avoid looking flashy on your street look, just stick to the elegant shades of black, white, and nude on your footwear like Zanita always does. This way, you’ll create a street look that seems so polished and sleek without looking trying hard to look stylish.
- Opt for loose denim jeans styles.
Skinny fit of jeans looks so dressy and chic, especially in the shades of black and white denim that can only take away the effortless look you’re trying to create. So like Zanita, stick to the loose fit of jeans like boot cut, boyfriend fit, or even flared style that looks comfortable and relaxed compared to form-hugging skinny jeans. Patchwork styles, cropped, frayed, and distressed ones also add the effortless cool feel to your style. Just be careful going overboard as it can easily make your looks sloppy. Like Zanita, team your loose jeans with a plain tee, denim jacket, or even a chic coat to balance your casual looks.
- Be a style chameleon by playing proportions with your silhouette.
“I thrive on change and evolution and trying something new. I can dress colorful, tomboy, retro, and feminine. I’m a bit of a chameleon,” she said. So like Zanita, opt for waist defining outfits like fit-and-flare dresses or loose blouses with skirts that define your womanly curves if you’re going for a feminine look. On the other hand, stick to loose and shapeless outfits if you wish for a retro and tomboy look.
- Go for effortless and cool prints.
Your choices of prints can say a lot about your moods and personality so be careful selecting them. “I love color and prints. My go-to party look would be an A-line skirt and a top with a floral print. I also love cut-out detailing,” Zanita said. So, go for abstract and cool prints that showcase your creative nature and artistic side. However, if you’re a fan of black-and-white stripes and polka dots, you probably have that classic fashion personality that demands a timeless look.
- Don’t be afraid of bright colors.
Bright and vivid colors can be fun to add some life to your street style. Think of hot pink skirts, cobalt blue pants, orange trousers, red pants, or even yellow hoodies that can make your looks unexpectedly fashionable. Those are some of Zanita’s pick that you may also opt for to create that effortless cool street style.
- Create an effortlessly chic look with minimalist outfits.
“I’ve been influenced heavily by Swedish style in that I’ve become a bit more minimalist, seeking out those solid basics,” she said. So, like Zanita, look for basic pieces on your wardrobe that can be mixed and matched with other trendy outfits to refresh your style. Turtlenecks, cardigan, button down shirt, little black dress, midi skirt, sweater, fit-and-flare dress and such can be great to look chic on your fashion style, especially on more formal events, without losing the effortless vibe to your looks.