As a stylist for over 18 years, it is my job to notice what all the best dressed and timeless style icons incorporate into their looks day in and day out. Jennifer Aniston, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Rosie Huntington Whitely all have impeccable style and dress incredibly chic with very little effort. What do these women all have in common? They follow some simple rules that exude style and confidence into their every day looks. Today I’m sharing 8 easy fashion rules that you can follow to look stylish and confident on the repeat.
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8 Fashion Rules Every Stylish Woman Follows
Rule #1: Have A Go-To Outfit Formula:
You’ll never hear a timeless woman complain that she has nothing to wear. The reason? She has a go-to outfit formula that works for a variety of occasions and always makes her feel confident. Your go-to outfit formula is your ‘signature style’ and that look that makes your feel most confident and comfortable. If you aren’t sure what your ‘signature style’ is, please check out the post I did on How To Find Your Signature Style In 4 Easy Steps. It is important that your signature style is one that flatters your figure. If you have great calves, you might feel best in dresses. If you have a small waist, you might like form fitting clothes. If you are a younger mom, your signature style might be a great pair of leggings and a tee,
My signature style is a great blazer and a pair of pants or jeans. I tend to wear a version of this almost every single day. Whatever it is that makes you feel like the best version of yourself, wear that, and your confidence will shine though!
Rule #2: Focus On Classic vs. Trendy
All stylish women have the closet basics vs. a closet full of the latest trends. Wearing pieces and outfit combinations that never go out of style (e.g., a black turtleneck, straight-leg jeans, and ankle boots) ensures you’ll never look like you’re trying too hard. Investing in classic closet staples means you will have countless outfit combinations, long-lasting clothing, and you can pretty much dress most basics up or down. Effortless is key for timeless style. I’ve alway said it is much better to invest in really good basics than over indulging in the trendy items that you will tire of the next season. Every woman should own a black blazer, a crisp white button down and a great fitting jean. Spend a little bit more on these items and you’ll be wearing them for years to come.
Rule #3: Invest In Shoes
A great shoe (and handbag) immediately takes the most casual look to the next level. I would suggest changing your mindset when it comes to purchasing these accessories if you are over 40. Invest in your shoes…less is better and simplicity is key. It is better to have fewer, higher quality shoes that are timeless, elegant and beautiful rather than a closet full of cheap, inexpensive, uncomfortable shoes that won’t last. A good pair of shoes will up the wow factor on any outfit and all stylish women know this.
Look at any timeless woman’s shoe collection and you’ll find an array of chic, classic footwear like loafers, chelsea boots and block heel pumps.
Rule #4: Don’t Over-Accessorize
Wearing too many accessories at once can ruin a look, but timeless women stick to a select few sleek options that will only enhance their outfits. Layering just a few necklaces is an easy way to accessorize and be on trend without looking too trendy.
I can usually be found only wearing stud earrings, my wedding ring and perhaps a ring on my right hand, perhaps a bracelet or two and recently some layering necklaces. Sunglasses are a must when I’m out and about and add that chic factor to any look.
Rule #5: Pay Attention To Your Hair & Makeup
It’s not worth the risk of overdoing it with your hair and especially your makeup. Try using some bright lipstick and bronzer and a good, slicked back ponytail is always a great option over a big ‘do’.
Rule #6: Stick To Flattering Looks
Timeless women know what works for their body and wear only pieces that will flatter it. Avoid sloppy looks and stick to tailored pieces to achieve polish.
Rule #7: Find A Great Tailor & Use Them
Having styled women for so long, I cannot stress the importance of this. One of the secrets that stylish people all over the world rely on is the power of a great tailor and I encourage you to do the same! if you find a great tailor that you trust, they can help guide you toward the tailoring that suits your style and wardrobe and the more you know, the better you can shop. By knowing what can and can’t be adjusted on a garment, you can shop more strategically and avoid purchasing items “to be tailored” when they actually can’t be.
Rule #8 Dress For The Life You Want
Next up is to dress for the life you want. Often times we’ll hear this applied to our careers when we’re advised to “dress for the job or promotion that we want,” but I think we should apply this mentality to our lives as well. By dressing the way we hope to be perceived, we can control how the world sees us and ultimately stay true to who we are. Let’s say for example that you live in a very casual environment and everyone around you dresses very casually. Even though there’s certainly nothing wrong with dressing casually, deep down you prefer a more dressed up look. Well, don’t let that stop you! Wear what you want, when you want and do so with confidence. Try not to let anyone else dictate how you dress and always stray true to yourself because I think you’ll be happier in the long run, and happiness is one of the major cornerstones of a life you truly love.
Lucy Paris Ivory Faux Leather Pants– Currently 25% off making these under $75 and these pants are divine! Perfect year round dressing. I have them in black as well. Wearing a size small.
Ivory Cami – This cami is so good! I own it in black and wear these on the repeat. Currently 40% off PLUS an extra 20% off making it less than $25! Wearing size small.
Paris TX Lamè Python Mules – Currently over 50% off (Originally $480, now $180). These mules are gorgeous and literally go with so much!!!! Can be worn year round.
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