We often think that we would look great if we could only buy that fabulous dress, that amazing coat, or those show-stopping boots. Well, more often than not you don't need to buy anything to look more stylish. You can probably look more stylish today--maybe even right now--without spending a dime!
I thought of this during an outfit creation session when a client commented "tucking things in is a game changer". To my stylist brain, this is like declaring the sky is blue or that water is wet. And yet this client had simply never thought to tuck her tops in before. She recognized many of her outfits looked better instantly. Which brings me to my first styling tip--tuck things in.
Tuck it In
Whether you want to do a total tuck, a front tuck, or a half tuck, this styling trick helps to define a waist and elongate your legs. It will also help you look more professional when you're styling your work wardrobe.
Roll it Up
Rolling up your sleeves give you a more laid-back, stylish vibe. It's less stuffy and more fun. As a bonus, it also helps you show off watches, bracelets, and rings. It's also a great trick if you feel like you're getting lost in the fabric of a flowy sweater or loose-fitting top.
Cuff those Hems
Just as rolling up your sleeves allows you to show off a great bracelet, cuffing your jeans and pants lets you show off your fabulous shoes. If you have looser fit jeans, it's usually best to roll them up a few times in a smaller cuff. If you're working with tight jeans, one fold up should do the trick. You can iron the cuff (before wearing) to help it last a little longer.
Knotting a button-down top or any blouse that has excess fabric is another great way to define a waistline. You can also use this trick to turn a dress into a skirt--add a knotted top over your dress and it will look like separates.
Add a Belt
Belting your outfits at your smallest natural point can quickly make you look more polished, thinner, and (of course) more stylish. Belting a flowy, bohemian-style dress keeps you from getting lost in the fabric. Belting a cardigan does the same thing. Belting a bold, colored coat gives the eye a focus point.
Draping your outerwear over one shoulder or both shoulders is a great way to turn heads and look chic. While not entirely practical, you can look great walking down the street or for a few photos. I wouldn't expect anyone to sit at their desk or chase their kids with a blazer draped over her shoulders, but it does look great for the brief moments in time when it's possible.
Adding a statement necklace, an armful of bangles, or a gorgeous ring can breathe new life into an otherwise boring outfit. I prefer when the jewelry compliments the lines of the outfit. Pairing your statement jewelry with your basic pieces will add more interest and polish to your look.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.