Don’t know who needs to hear this, but ain’t nothing effortless about effortless style. Hear me out: Even the simplest, most straightforward outfits require some amount of effort. By no means am I saying that looking chic and put together should be a full-time job, but the reality, it absolutely can be, absolutely no one rolls out of bed looking polished and beautiful without any kind of effort.
As much of a facade as effortless style may be, there’s no denying that what we have come to label as “effortless style” is exactly what we’re always striving for—folks are forever channeling an understated yet head-turning vibes. Personally, when I think of effortless style, I think of my favorite celebrity off-duty, completely unbothered in the eye of paparazzi, sweeping the streets of New York City or Los Angeles looking elegant in the simplest outfit.
I’ve talked about this very recently on my YouTube channel. However, I’ve decided to continue the conversation and share five style tips will help you nail chic, beautiful, and fashion-forward outfits, hopefully without breaking a sweat:
1. Buy one-piece outfits and matching sets
One-piece outfits like dresses, jumpsuits, and matching sets are great solutions when it comes to throwing something on and feeling immediately stylish and polished. If putting together complicated, layered outfits isn’t your thing, opt for options that do the work for you. Whether you find a midi dress you love, a jumpsuit that gives off the ultimate cool-girl vibes, or a two-piece workout set that you can wear just about anywhere, you’ll look like your chicest self.
2. Create go-to uniforms
If we curate a perfect outfit but no one sees it and it’s not photographed, did it really happen? Time after time, we find ourselves wearing what we deem to be the cutest outfit we’ve ever seen, but by the works of the universe, it doesn’t get much attention at all.
Whenever you create an outfit that you love, take mental notes (or a picture of it, and add it to our “favorites” album on your phones). In general, whenever you create an outfit you like, make note of it and have it ready to go for the next time you’re in a rush or a time when you can’t be bothered to put much effort into looking nice at all. The truth is if it worked once, it’ll no doubt work again. This is one of the best style hacks in the game, I’m just sayin’.
3. Always remember that less is more
When it comes to looking effortless and refined, simplicity reigns supreme. Not only does keeping things simple save time and the hassle of matching far too many pieces, but it also ends up looking more put together.
4. Invest in quality over quantity
While I love a good trend here and there, the best pieces to rely on in your wardrobe are the timeless investment pieces that give you the elegance only high-quality fabrics and tailored, well-fitting silhouettes can offer. Instead of buying a bunch of inexpensive, “just alright” items that will clog up your closet, give you decision paralysis, and probably won’t last you too long, I suggest saving up and invest in pieces that you know you’ll always reach for and will stand the test of time.
Zara Dress (similar)
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