Get to know your body shape
You probably don’t want to put too much energy into dressing every day, so putting some initial time into learning what your body shape is and what silhouettes are most flattering is the most effective first step to looking your best. Regardless of your style, knowing what outfits and proportions highlight your best features and downplay your flaws guarantees that you look your best always.
Edit your closet
Now that you know more about what works for your body shape, it’s time for a closet edit. If you want to start looking fresher and more put together, it’s time to toss or donate the following items:
Items that don’t fit you any longer
Items you haven’t worn in more than two years
Anything that is torn, broken or stained
Clothing that is unflattering for your body shape – too loose, too baggy or too casual (like oversized t-shirts, sweatshirts or baggy, old pants)
What’s your go-to look?
What do you love? Do you love a good pair of jeans? Or an easy, flowy dress? Choose your go-to look that you like to wear all the time and build a wardrobe around it.
Look at your jeans and button down shirt options in your closet. Are they flattering? In good shape? If not, it’s time to replace them with ones that work best for you.
Vary your go-to look by adding the jeans in a new color or choosing a couple of button down shirts with pattern.
Accessories are one of the fastest and easiest ways to add a little extra style when you’re on the run. They add a lot of mileage to your everyday outfits.
Accessories don’t have to be too fussy or uncomfortable. In fact, casual style accessories can be practical. Some ideas include:
A good, sturdy handbag
A nice watch
A lovely, low-key necklace
Add color or pattern
Busy women on the go sometimes get stuck in a neutral color rut. Doing something as simple as changing up your top’s color or going with a check, stripe or floral pattern can take your casual outfit (and how you feel in it) to the next level.
Layer your casual outfit
Adding a scarf or statement necklace
Adding a sweater or cardigan over your blouse or t-shirt
Adding a casual jacket or vest
You can even layer in the hotter days of spring and summer by choosing lighter-weight fabrics for your layering pieces. Remind yourself in the morning, when getting ready, to add just one extra layer than you normally would and see what a big difference it can make!
Add one unexpected detail
How can you set casual style apart? With something as simple as an unexpected detail to your outfit. If your casual, go-to outfit is a sweater and leggings, why not try to find a sweater with an extra detail, like a ruffle, special pattern or asymmetrical cut? Or add a layering piece like a jacket or poncho to change it up?
Maybe you’re a t-shirt and jeans woman. Adding a fun shoe or a colorful belt might be all you need to make the everyday look your signature style.