Contrary to popular belief, really chic women aren’t superhuman – they’re just well prepared. While there’s no universal code or to-do list, that stylish women adhere to, there are a few attainable things that fashionable women do, to look painlessly put-together. The good news? It is achievable – and here’s how they do it.
1. They understand what flatters them physically in colours, shapes and proportions
Knowing what flatters your unique body shape, proportions and variations. The colours that make you look alive and vibrant and how to wear them to enhance you is the first step in dressing more stylishly.
2. They dress for the occasion
No point in wearing a ballgown to a football game, nor wearing your gym clothes to a job interview (unless that interview is at a gym).
Wearing clothes that are appropriate for the occasion, express to those you’re around that you understand what is right and tell the world that you understand just how your appearance communicates and that you know what you wear is speaking before you open your mouth.
3. They know what really matters, their 3-5 essentials
There is no one formula that works for everyone. And in fact, as the style puzzle involves around 10 different elements, this can sometimes get overwhelming. Knowing which 3-5 of those 10 elements of the style puzzle are the most important, means that whatever you put together will work for you.
4. They express their personality through their outfits
Understanding how your personality influences your style and your choices so that you always feel like “this is the best version of me” will give you confidence as you feel right in your clothes.
5. They take the time to groom each day
Grooming says to the world that you are in charge of yourself. That you are in control of your mind and body. It says you can organise your time to have the time to do your hair and make sure that your clothing is clean and wrinkle free. That you have a good level of self-care.
6. They aren’t afraid to try something new
Stylish women don’t get stuck in a time warp or style rut. They move with the times and are prepared to try on new fashion trends. They only buy the ones that suit them, but they like to stay fresh and updated.
7. They know that accessories matter
Accessories are the icing on your sartorial cake. They can make an outfit. Take it from bland or boring to fabulous or funky.
Stylish women know that we take in the whole of you, from your feet to your head and that accessories create focal points. Accessorizing says that you appreciate the power of your shoes, that you add interest to your outfit so you get more value from the basics
8. They know their body shape
“The golden rule of stylish women? Fit first. With that, getting to know your body shape is key. Consider yourself a petite pear shape and prefer to highlight your shoulders? Build your closet with clothes that put the spotlight on your shape and favorite features.” —Stylist, Crista G.
9. They step out of their comfort zone
“It never hurts to try something new. Whether that includes a bright new hue that stands out from your usual neutral palette, or shifting from skinny jeans to a boyfriend silhouette, great style is built from trying new things. Who knows what trends you might discover you love!” —Stylist, Jennifer M
10. They own at least one conversation piece
“Every once in a while, you need that pure “wow” factor. Whether it’s an amazing pair of over-the-knee boots, a vintage dress that you borrowed from your mom’s closet or an enviable handbag, keep something in your arsenal for the days you need to really show up stylish.” —Stylist, Chelsea T.