Embarrassing Question Time: Just How Do You Actually Look Cool?

Hannah Almassi

There are certain girls (like sisters Cipriana Quann and TK Wonder, pictured above) that always leave me in awe of their innate coolness. It happens with Phoebe Philo. Chloé Sevigny. Solange Knowles. Debbie Harry. Kate Moss. Joan Didion. And a whole lot of French women. How do they do it? Where does it come from? Can it be achieved with clever clothing choices alone, or are some people just born cool while the rest of us are doomed to a life of mediocrity?

The fact is that coolness is ephemeral, hard to define using any other words and definitely comes from a confidence within, but I reckon you can hack your way to a certain point. This month we're focused on your personal style journey and the ways fashion can lead to or support your happiness—so above all else, let's remember that being joyful about what you wear is probably the best way to start. Whilst I'd love to offer up a one-size-fits-all formula for you to take away and use on those days where you've woken up on the wrong side of cool, here are some suggestions I've mused upon.

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