Wardrobe Tips/ Fashion

24 Jan, 2019

The Styling Tips & Tricks I Swear By

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fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a white sweater and black faux leather denimWhile a well-edited wardrobe makes getting dressed easier, it certainly doesn’t take an outfit from feeling off the racks to effortlessly chic. I’m sure you all know by now that being well-dressed goes beyond a closet full of designer pieces. It’s not only about what you’re wearing – but how you’re wearing it. All you need is a few styling tricks to make it appear as though you didn’t even try when of course, you actually did. Over the years of documenting my looks and paying close attention to my favorite fashion stylists, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade that I rely on to look put together. Keep scrolling for the styling tips and tricks I swear by.

 

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a bcbg max azria black outfit from macy's for holiday 2018 Gucci Belt (read my ‘Gucci Belt Buying Guide HERE’) | BCBG Blazer (on sale now! wearing an XXS – runs large) | BCBG Faux Leather Pants (wearing an XXS – run large)

Belt your outerwear

Belting your outerwear is all about making a statement when you cinch your waist by opting for a belt that’s unrelated to your coat. This is a great way to create shape, break up a long coat, or add balance to a bundled look. It’s one of the styling tricks I rely on endlessly to look more polished. I love wrapping an oversized coat or longer blazer around my body, then securing it with a wide waist belt.

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a white free people sweater and black faux leather pants from shopbop Free People White Tunic Sweater (wearing an XS) | Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Givenchy Antigona Bag (medium size, smooth version) | Christian Louboutin So Kate Heels |
Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Try a shirt tuck

The way you tuck your shirt can also transform the vibe of your outfit. There are three kinds of tucks I use often. First is the full tuck, which is great for lace camisoles and fitted turtlenecks when paired with high-waisted pants. For oversized sweaters and basic tees, you’ll often see me using a front tuck with a belt. And when I want that undone, street style look, then I’ll do a half-tuck with a button-down shirt.

 

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing an H&M teddy bear coat and a pom pom beanie hat H&M White Teddy Bear Coat (wearing an XS) | Lovers + Friends Ivory Sweater (wearing an XXS) | Kyi Kyi Beanie | DL1961 White Denim (similar here, wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Revolve Suede Booties | Saint Laurent Envelope Bag (large size, similar here)

Match your jacket color to your top

If you’ve been following me for a while now, then I’m sure you notice that I frequently match the color of my coat or jacket to my top – especially when I’m wearing neutrals. It’s such an effortless move that always looks classic and fresh to the eye.

 

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a white balmain blazer and a mango sweater dress Balmain Blazer (better for budget here) | Mango Sweater Dress (wearing an XS) | Gucci Marmont Crossbody Bag (larger size here) | Mango Snakeskin Over-The-Knee Boots | Karen Walker Sunglasses (better for budget here)

Drape your jacket over your shoulders

There are so many different ways to style a jacket these days, but one of my favorites is draping it over my shoulders. This is a great way to show off clashing colors or textures, especially with a crossbody bag peeking out from underneath.

 

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a chanel double flap bag from ebay Lioness Blazer (under $100) | Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Chanel Bag | Celine Sunglasses | Similar Leopard Heels

Scrunch up your sleeves

Structured pieces, like a blazer and button down top, can often feel stiff and corporate-like. So when I’m wearing a blazer, I sometimes like to scrunch up the sleeves, and let the top I’m wearing underneath come through a little. It always feels a little more cool and less intentional.

 

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a work outfit from bcbg BCBG Lace Bodysuit (wearing an XS) | BCBG Wide-Leg Slit Pants (wearing a 0) | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Celine Sunglasses  | Christian Louboutin Heels

Play with volume and proportions

Since I am petite, it’s important to get my proportions right so that I don’t overwhelm my body. When I want to play with volume, I’ll wear wide-leg trousers with a fitted top. I love how this elongates my legs and makes me appear taller. And when I’m wearing a bulkier top, like a chunky knit, I like wearing skinnier pants and over the knee boots, which also adds length.

 

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a burberry scarf from nordstrom Burberry Trench | Similar Burberry ScarfBlank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Givenchy Antigona Bag (medium size, smooth version) | Christian Louboutin So Kate Heels |
Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Accessories prevent an outfit from feeling boring

It’s probably obvious that I’m not one to pull off the most daring trends or outfits. Most of the time, I’m dressing up and styling basics. One of the pieces I rely on to pull myself together is accessories. The finishing touches are always in the details like a wide-brim hat, designer bag, or understated jewelry.

 

xo, Maria

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