We all know that one friend who rolls out of bed and seems to look effortlessly fabulous. And while some of it may be genes, a lot of it is a matter of strategy. It’s all about knowing how to piece the right elements together to look chic without looking like you tried. If your goal is to look polished and pristine without seeming like you’ve spent hours primping in front of the mirror, then here are the best ways to achieve that.
Invest in Quality Basics
Looking effortlessly chic is all about putting timeless basics together. Rather than having a closet full of low-quality patterns, textures, and styles, fill your closet full of timeless and high-quality fashion pieces. Think quality over quantity! You should have one black dress, a blazer, several solid-colored T-shirts, a high-quality purse, and a few pairs of jeans. Pair this with a couple of different slacks and skirts, and you’ve got yourself a timelessly chic and versatile closet.
Don’t Be a Fashion Victim
Some people are under the impression that you have to buy the most expensive name brands in order to be considered “chic.” However, in truth, only wearing name brands can come across as a desperate attempt rather than effortless. Don’t rely on name brands or high-end price tags to give your fashion sense credibility.
Truly chic dressers have mastered the art of pairing high-end pieces with affordable finds. Adding in a little bit of vintage with a little bit of contemporary can add a certain unpredictability and uniqueness to your look. The more you can keep people guessing, the more you can embrace nonchalance in your style.
Go For The Right Color Palette
Nothing says chic like monochrome tones like beige, black, and white. Not only do these neutral colors make it easy to mix and match a wardrobe, but it’s also the most flattering for your silhouette. Experimenting with monochromes and various textures can add an extra bit of flair to your look that makes it more interesting, without sacrificing sophistication.
Be Sparing With Accessories
Accessories can make or break your outfit, so it’s important that you choose carefully. Instead of going overboard and adorning yourself with every accessory in your closet, choose sparingly. Choose accessories that compliment your outfit rather than overwhelm it. Think classic accessories like a long necklace, or a silk scarf. If you’re trying to look chic, you have to remember that less is always more.
Ditch the Hairbrush
If you spend an hour blowing your hair out or meticulously applying a straight iron through every strand of your hair, then you’re going to look like that’s what you did. While this can be a lovely look, it’s hardly what one would call “effortless.” As the French have mastered so well, embrace that unbrushed tossed bedhead look. Simply run your hair through your fingers, and throw your hair up in a tossed bun— voila!