We’ve all seen her: the woman that looks perfectly put together every day. You might look at her and think to yourself, “I could never pull that off.”
It’s true that fashionable women have their secrets when it comes to styling themselves, but they’re often willing to share them. Below are 15 of their best tips for looking your best. Put one, two, or all 15 into practice and you, too, can become the woman on the street with enviable style.
1 Plan Ahead
Only the truly gifted fashionista can throw together a perfect-ten outfit in a few minutes. Otherwise, the looks that impress you on the street have probably been plucked the night before. Getting into this habit allows you time to make a good match and try your look on in front of the mirror to ensure that it works. You can walk out in the morning knowing that you look great!
2 Be Inspired Perhaps you’re looking into your closet and only seeing the same old, same old. No need to go on a shopping spree to enhance your look: just check out places like Pinterest, Instagram or your favorite fashion magazine for inspiration. You can probably find similar pieces in your own closet to recreate your favorite looks.
3 Weather the Weather Unless you live in relentlessly sunny Southern California, it’s imperative that you check the weather each morning before you leave the house. You don’t want to be trouncing around in the sun in your rain boots, and you certainly don’t want to be shivering in the snow because you forgot your gloves and scarf. Again, planning is key!
4 Listen to Your Alarm How many mornings each week do you find yourself pressing the snooze button? Those extra Zs don’t do much to help you in your quest for fashionability; hopping right out of bed will give you all of the time you need to put on your outfit, spruce up your hair, swipe on some make-up and even add an accessory or two to polish off your look.
5 Shop Everywhere You might think that a well-dressed woman is only wearing designer labels, but that’s usually not the case… unless she’s a celebrity.
Otherwise, the stylish women you see on the streets often piece together outfits from all kinds of places: department stores, discount retailers, chain stores at the mall, vintage and consignment shops, and, yes, of course, designer boutiques.
Don’t limit yourself to the latter if you want the same effortless style!
6 If the Blazer Fits…
…Buy it! And, if it almost fits, don’t buy it — or take it to a tailor if you have to have it. The best-dressed woman in the room is probably rocking clothes that fit her perfectly. It’s amazing what proper fits can do to flatter your frame. Invest in fitted staple garments like polo and knit t-shirts so that you can flaunt your own features.
7 Pay Attention to What’s Underneath, Too Your undergarments are your fashion foundation. Yes, that might sound crazy, but it’s true: a pair of underwear with visible elastic or a bra that doesn’t give you enough of a boost can cause a good look to lose its luster. When planning out your look of the day, make sure to select the proper undergarments to go with it. This might mean investing in some new seamless underwear or bras, but consider it an investment that you’ll benefit from regularly.
8 Call on the Classics There’s a time and place for trends, and the fashionable woman is aware of this. However, she doesn’t waste much time or energy on revamping her wardrobe with each runway season. Instead, she most likely has a set of classic wardrobe staples that never go out of style. Then, she buys a few key trend pieces to spruce up her pre-existing canvas of clothes. A v-neck cashmere sweater never goes out of style, but the scarf draped over it — the scarf in this season’s hottest shade of pink — might not be fashionable forever. Invest wisely!
9 Don’t Overdo It Fashionistas have an enviable ability to layer accessories to spruce up any outfit, but proceed with caution: too many accessories can make your otherwise fashion-forward outfit look a bit forced.
Avoid overdoing it by wearing a single statement piece, such as a bauble necklace or a brightly patterned scarf. Let hems, necklines and sleeve lengths decide which accessories best accentuate the outfit you’ve pulled.
10 And Choose Your Statement Piece Wisely Whether it’s a bright-pink blazer or a set of turquoise chandelier earrings, your statement piece will be what draws eyes onto your outfit.
To make sure that you look your best, make sure your statement piece is something that looks like it’s of high quality.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money or buy something from a name-brand shop; just avoid relying on a statement piece that’s saying the wrong thing about your wardrobe.
11 Relax the Right Way Fashion-forward women treat their garments with respect. That’s why they probably change as soon as they get home from work or play. This keeps their high-quality clothes in good shape.
There’s no need to lounge around in an expensive pair of trousers or a dress that wrinkles easily; save on dry cleaning costs and slip on a pair of pajamas.
12 Heed Label Warnings Do all you can to take excellent care of the clothes in your closet. Read and follow the care instructions that come with your garments. If this means dry cleaning, so be it. You’ll be happier in the long run when you have a more robust closet full of items that look as good as new.
13 Treat Your Feet Most pages in a fashion magazine flaunt the newest, craziest and highest heels. Fortunately, not everyone wants to look as though she’s just stepped away from shooting a high-fashion editorial spread. Only wear heels when you need to. Flats can be just as snazzy, and they probably keep your feet a lot more comfortable as you power-walk to meetings, pick up the kids from school, or head out for a casual dinner with friends.
14 Stand Tall Want to really sell your new fashionable persona? Stand up straight and give us your best posture! When you stand up straight and tall, you look taller and clothes hang better from your elongated frame. You’ll probably exude more confidence, too, which will only further convince people of your new status as fearless fashionista.
15 Be an Original It’s easy to get caught up in the fashion world when you set out to update your wardrobe, but don’t let it consume you. Fashion magazines and fashion bloggers alike will provide you with all of the information you need to find an exact outfit that has been featured.
It might seem like a great idea to run out and scoop up everything that the model’s wearing in order to replicate a look that you love. Be careful, though, as what you see might not flatter your body type
The most important thing a fashion-forward woman does is to take trends and make them her own. She knows what looks good on her body and she knows how to adapt what’s in with what works. Find your own assets, flaunt them, and incorporate a little bit of what’s hot on the shelves and voila: other ladies will soon be looking to you for a bit of fashion inspiration.