While 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Burberry Trench | Similar Burberry Scarf | 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
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.