Ever wondered how some people achieve their effortless style? Where they look like they’ve just rolled out of bed in the morning, perfectly preened and put together. They always seem to get it right no matter what the occasion, but look like they didn’t try at the same time. You may think it’s down to a team of stylists and make up artists but that’s not always the case. You can find examples of women and men in the celeb world who appear to have an innate ability to always get it right, in addition to the stylish individuals that are normal, everyday people. So I thought for this post I’d share some of their secrets in a playful take on Stephen Covey’s famous book.
1. Quality Counts
If you’re a regular reader you’ll be no stranger to my approach on constructing a quality wardrobe. It all starts with great investment pieces. The staples like a blazer or pair of jeans, bags, a great coat should all be items that you spend a little extra cash on. Build a solid foundation, with great quality pieces that you’ll wear everyday for years to come. Then seek out cheaper options if you want to get a lil trendy.
2. Signature Looks
I already wrote a post on how to create a signature look. Having a unique look you can fall back on in times of crisis means you don’t have to worry about looking great. Just looking at Victoria Beckham last year for example, she heavily relied on a monochrome uniform to give her a Parisian chic appeal.
3. Push Your Comfort Zones
I talk about pushing comfort zones a lot on the blog. But you have to sometimes take risks and try things that you wouldn’t normally consider wearing. Even if you don’t eventually buy it, at least start trying things you wouldn’t normally consider. Actually trying something on and seeing yourself in it will help you think up new possibilities involving that piece. So next time you’re out shopping try on something you’d never usually consider.
4. Clever ‘Re-Cycling’
I don’t mean the eco-friendly type of recycling, but the one that basically means re-using your clothes. Although I hate the word (even though I used it still!) the principle is solid. A wardrobe full of clothes doesn’t equal more clothes to wear. One of the main things I do with my clients is teach them how to get more from their wardrobe but also how to be a savvy buyer. The last thing you want is an item that can only be worn with one other thing. Make your wardrobe work harder, not your credit card.
5. Celebrate Your Best Bits
These style mavens know what looks good on them and what their best features are. If you’re hiding away your best assets then you’re not making use of what ya mama gave you! Great legs? Then show them off! Your clothes should always highlight what’s good about your body and celebrate it.
Use accessories with a bit of thought, they’re a great opportunity to add your own personality. Take something that’s pretty normal and transform the mundane by adding a bit of ‘you’ with your accessories. Make the accessories the star of the show for a change and tone down the rest of your clothes.
There’s no point wearing something if you’re worried about how you look in it. If you’re more worried about what others are thinking then you’re not going to pass and even the most stylish outfit will look odd. You need to strut your stuff! Walk with confidence, head held high like you’re a boss!
Let me know if I’ve missed any or maybe share some of your own habits for supreme style!