Envious of Amal Clooney and Olivia Palermo and how they look glamorous as if they #wokeuplikethis? Granted that most of us cannot afford thousand dollar-clothes and stylists at our beck and call, you can be as chic as these lovely ladies! How, you ask? Well, all you just need to do is follow these 10 insider tips on how to look chic AF.
1. Plan Ahead
You might be a busy bee who has to juggle deadlines, yoga, and what not, but if you want to look effortlessly chic, then you need to devote some time for wardrobe planning. Allot 30 minutes to an hour every Sunday night so you can assemble a stylish wardrobe for every day of the work week. Apart from looking chic AF, wardrobe planning will help you save a great deal of prep time every morning – say goodbye to your tardy clock-ins!
2. Insta-Stalk Fashionistas
Let’s face it – women are great social media stalkers. Instead of stalking your boyfriend’s ‘unbelievably friendly and chatty’ female co-worker, you can take this talent to good use by following Instagram fashionistas instead. Browse their feeds whenever you find yourself stuck in a fashion rut. Who knows? They might even have tips on how to achieve stunning looks for a fraction of the price.
3. Be Over the Top
Better to be overdressed than underdressed – that’s what fashion insiders say. There will be times when you will be clueless as with what to wear. For these cases, it’s better that you rise above the rest – rather than be the ugly duckling in the pond.
4. “Put on Some Red Lipstick and Live a Little”
Gwyneth Paltrow once said “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” True enough, the chic mother of two knows the importance of bright red lips – and you should, too. For days when you just want to be simple – but still striking – swipe on a rouge bullet that flatters your skin tone. This will make you look like you’ve got everything under fashion control – even if you woke up late for work meeting!
They say simplicity is key, but it does not hurt to accessorize every once in a while. Whether it’s a pair of statement earrings, a bib necklace, or a tribal cuff, a great accessory will make you stand out. Do remember this though: don’t go ga-ga on the accessorizing. One is enough, two is too much, three and you’ll look like an accessory stand at Claire’s.
6. Be Basic
Millennials may deem the word basic as negative, but when it comes to fashion, basic is best. These basics, in fact, make for the foundation of an effortlessly chic outfit. No matter what style philosophy you embrace, you need to stock your closet with must-have staples, such as a black blazer, a striped shirt, a little black dress, a classic trench coat, flared jeans, and ballerina flats. Whenever you find yourself blanking on what to wear, start with any of the basics and work your way from there.
7. If the (Colorful) Shoe Fits
Let’s face it – there may be times when you just want to wear your favorite top and jeans. Whether it’s for comfort or if it’s just one of those ‘down’ days, you can still create an air of elegance simply by wearing colorful shoes. Mind you, you don’t need to punish yourself in sky-high heels (though you can if you want to!) A vibrant pair of ballerina flats is just as essential in transforming any basic outfit into a blog-worthy one.
8. Give in to your Whims
So you see a unique dress and over-the-knee boots that really look good on you. Sure, the question of practicality comes in: when can I wear these things? How often can I wear them? Are they worth all the money? Well, if the dress and boots fit, then go for it! While a basic-filled wardrobe is best for your daily needs, you need to invest in a head-turning piece should a fashion emergency arise.
9. Be Ready for an Emergency
You will never know when a wardrobe emergency might occur – do you remember Janet Jackson’s face when J.T. exposed her boob to the world? While we are hoping that such a grave incident would not happen, it’s best if you are prepared with whatever fashion faux pas life might throw at you. Keep a handy emergency kit in your purse – one filled with safety pins, a needle, thread, band aids, and what not.
10. Underwear should be Barely There
What is a good wardrobe if your bra strap or panty line is there for the world to see? Before you get out and about in an outfit you have carefully prepared for, check yourself in the mirror, ideally in the bask of natural light. Are your undergarments peek-a-booing unintentionally? Perform the necessary touch-ups and save yourself from an embarrassing underwear blunder.