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5 Easy Ways to Look Like You Know How To Dress

April 4, 2011

Ever wonder how all those girls in street-style shots make simple outfits look so damn good? I mean, who knew a tee, skinny denim, and flats could look so chic? I have several (and by several I mean 5) go-to and absolutely fail-proof “tricks” to put you well on your way to Sartorialist status (at least I think so!). Excited? Me too! Lets get started:

1. Layer like it’s your job

This is one of the easiest ways to achieve that “I-didn’t-try-at-all-but-somehow-look-like-the-future-editor-of-vogue” look. Simply pick out a variety of tops from your closet and put them all on. Throw on a scarf or two, and of course your coat/blazer/leather jacket, and you’re good to go. Bonus points if one of your layers is denim.

rasa zukauskaite blazer jean shirt vanessajackmanRasa Z. (can’t spell her last name) via Vanessa Jackman in a campus-perfect look

micol feed your styleMicol, editor of Feed Your Style via All The Pretty Birds

As a note, there really seems to be no limit to the amount of layering that is considered acceptable. Just stick to a limited color palette (definitely no more than three colors in one outfit!). Above you will find two layered looks from opposite ends of the spectrum – both equally chic.

One of my favorite fit for campus layering looks? A fitted hoodie, semi-sheer tee, and a jean or leather jacket. Casual cool at its best.

2. Wear a hat

People assume you need to have a certain amount of fashion know-how to pull off a hat. Not true (but we’ll let them think that). Just pick a hat, any hat, and put it on. Wide-brimmed hats are big for spring and fall, so these will really make a statement. If you are looking for something more low-key, go for a straw fedora – they look good on everyone and with pretty much anything.

hats wayne tippettsvia Wayne Tippetts

See that look above left? Wide-leg jeans and a yellow sweater? Without the hat this = boring, with the hat this = Fashion Week worthy.

3. Try a bright lip

Whether you go trendy (orange) or classic (red), a bright lip gives the simplest of outfits that extra oomph. You can’t go wrong with a white tee and a bright lip (see Elin Kling in 2nd picture below). Perfection.

stockholm-street-style-redhair-black-jeans

Fannina via Vanessa Jackman

elin kling white whiteElin Kling

Lipstick recommendations? For trendy orange lips I like Revlon’s Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Siren #667, which looks amazing on fair skin. My go-to pinky-red is Sephora’s Rouge in Valentine (R09)…use it full on, or smudge on lightly with fingers for a bright pink stain effect.

4. All neutrals + one HUGE pop of saturated color

Throw on a monochromatic ensemble, then replace one item with something in a shocking color. It can be your bag, a scarf, even your skirt. A solitary pop of color always looks well thought out, even if it’s not.

good day sunshinevia Style Sightings

rachel-bilson popRachel Bilson pumps it up with a coral blazer

5. Mix your prints

If you read this blog regularly, you know that one of my favorite things is print mixing. Whether it’s home decor or personal style, something about two prints in close quarters gets my heart beating fast. It’s a little bit risky, a little bit careless – and that’s what makes it look so stylish.

elle london's bestA peek-a-boo polka dot looks perfect when paired with a printed scarf

A few honorable mention tricks? Wear heels, add something thrifted or personal, and most importantly: be true to YOU! If you wear what you love (unless what you love is crocs and a cowboy hat), someone is bound to think your look is simply inspired.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2011 11:09 pm

    This list is so true! I’m really loving all aspects on this list, like the bold lip (hah, I almost wrote “bold lisp”– I’m sure that’ll get you on a fashion blog, too) and PRINT-MIXING. Yes. But seriously, a high (maybe chunky) heel casually paired with trendy sunglasses seems to get good mileage on those street style blogs, yeah?

    Speaking of The Sartorialist, have you seen this flowchart? http://www.refinery29.com/get-shot-by-sartorialist I think it’s hilarious because it’s true. :D

  2. April 6, 2011 11:52 pm

    HAHA! I had not seen that flowchart but it is SO funny. I like “are you old, rich, and european” for men….so true.

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