Hi, beauties and gentlemen!
Over the years, I’ve developed a unique fashion identity, much of which includes comfortable, classic pieces, pops of color, well-fitted menswear, and a splash of sparkle. In determining my fashion identity, I realized the value in creating an effortless look, looks I feel super confident in and that also don’t require too much thought. So, I thought it would be helpful to share my top seven tips for creating effortless style!
Value classic items: Choose quality, classic pieces for your wardrobe. Trendy items are great, but also keep in mind that one key to looking effortless is including essential items in your outfit. For example – well fit, basic t-shirts, fitted blazers, quality denim, and versatile sneakers (you know I was bound to throw that last item in there). Those items, when paired with other pieces, reflect a look that’s polished, chic, and effortless.
Don’t try too hard: Effortless is just that – effortless. So, don’t try too hard. Enjoy fashion and embrace your individuality. Just because some wear flashy statement pieces or sky-high heels does not mean you have to, too. Wear what feels good, wear what inspires you, and put the rest to the side. I know we are bombarded with tons of style pics on the internet, but that doesn’t mean you have to copy those styles to look effortless.
Don’t do the most: I’m all for glam and a bit of extra-ness, but to be effortless means not wearing everything in your closet. Less is more! You don’t need to match your purse to your shoes to your nails to your makeup. One attention-grabbing item, such as a statement necklace, glam sunglasses, or fun earrings, makes a much more effortless statement rather than wearing all three pieces at once.
Put some respect on your body: Let me tell you, your neighborhood tailor is your friend! If you find a piece you love, but it doesn’t exactly fit perfectly, maybe it’s too big in the waist or slightly too long, go to your tailor, spend a few extra bucks and get it cinched just right! Know your body, embrace your figure, and dress accordingly. Everyone has flaws, and we all have pieces that just don’t work for us, no matter how cute they are. Don’t force it. If it doesn’t work, move on to a piece that highlights your body instead.
Embrace color: Don’t be afraid to include a pop of color into your outfit, which is another great way to elevate your look while remaining effortless. So, bring your look together with an eye-grabbing accessory or garment, and don’t always rely on a monochromatic black look. Honestly, I don’t like the LBD (little black dress) unless it’s necessary. I believe in embracing the colors of the season, not because it’s trendy but because wearing different colors makes me feel good.
Take on a Marie Kondo mindset: Marie Kondo, the beloved queen of organization, suggests donating items that don’t “spark joy.” With that said, seasonally purge your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn something in a year, there’s a reason why, and if you force yourself to wear this item, you will more than likely feel uncomfortable. An effortless wardrobe equals confidence, so it’s important to wear pieces you feel good in and enjoy.
Plan ahead: I’m not suggesting spending hours planning your outfit, but rather than rush to get dressed at the last minute, set aside a few extra minutes and put thought into your look. Rushing to get dressed will reflect a rushed look.
BONUS TIP! Value a classic: Find a go-to piece. For me, my go-to piece is a blazer. So, when I’m in doubt of what to wear, I throw on a blazer for instant confidence and an effortless, put-together look.
Those are my seven tips, and I hope they help you achieve the effortless look you’re going for! Beauties, what makes you feel effortless? What’s your go-to rule or rules? At the end of the day, effortless equals confidence. Wear what makes you feel good. After all, if you’re uncomfortable in your clothing, chances are that you look uncomfortable, too, and that defeats the purpose of creating an effortless style.
Readers, don’t be shy. Contact me and share your thoughts. Until next time!