Looking perpetually polished is challenging, especially when you’re in a rush or simply can’t be bothered to put together a creative outfit that day. But with a few tried-and-true combinations, you can look as effortlessly stylish and put together as some of our favourite bloggers. In fact, we asked 15 of them to dish their go-to styling techniques for an easy yet completely polished look.
Scroll through for their wardrobe secrets!
Her foolproof outfit: A cotton or cashmere knit, skinny jeans, long trench coat, and a pair of Vans.
“Less is more is my go-to look. I can wear it every day and I feel really comfortable in it; that's the point.”
Her foolproof outfit: A fitted black t-shirt, black skinny jeans, basic black boots, and Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses.
“All black, always. As a blonde, it makes me want black because it makes my hair stand out. I usually throw some sort of trench or blazer over this sort of look in the fall. This is my go-to because it’s simple and easy, and something about all black always looks chic. It’s really about finding the perfect pair of jeans and tee to make the outfit.”
Her foolproof outfit: A loose sweater, skinny jeans or leather leggings, and pointed-toe shoes.
“The one outfit that I keep slipping back into is as simple as it gets: skinny jeans or leather leggings, a loose sweater, and pointed flats or heels. Mixing the best basics in my wardrobe works every time, and always makes me feel good."
Her foolproof outfit: A dangerously unbuttoned silk shirt or t-shirt, peek-a-boo black lace bra, leather pants, and flats or heels.
“The thing with leather is that it makes you look like you have put some thought into something, when really you haven’t, and works both to impress a fashion audience (i.e. other women) and the boy you are trying to seduce.”
Her foolproof outfit: A big blazer or coat and a pair of classic, cropped black trousers.
“I like to go for this combination because I can wear whatever I like underneath as you won't be able to see much of it anyway, and the shoes don't seem to matter so much either. A big coat will instantly make any look more put together.”
Her foolproof outfit: A knit or blouse and boyfriend jeans.
“It’s super comfy and so versatile in terms of styling it further, like I did in this outfit with a silk shirt around my waist and pointed boots.”
“My go-to look is always something I feel comfortable in; it is essential for me to feel both chic and casual at the same time.”
Her foolproof outfit: Plaid button-down shirt, oversized vest, skinny jeans, and ankle boots.
“It's my go-to look because it's so easy, casual, and comfy, but the vest adds glamour!”
Her foolproof outfit: A simple coat, slouchy boyfriend jeans, black patent leather boots, and a newsboy cap.
“I always need a slouchy boyfriend jean with giant rips. I love them in a good blue or faded black. I swear they look cool with just about everything. With that, I keep the rest of the look simple. I'm all about the oversize jean; I've started to steer away from tight, tight jeans! They look easy, and they’re perfect for travelling. Here, I'm shot wearing it during Stockholm Fashion Week. At first, my outfit felt really plain and simple with a black skinny jean, so I spruced it up with this perfect shredded pair by Siwy… and it just felt way more me.”
Her foolproof outfit: Polo-neck top, button-down shirt, miniskirt, and a skinny belt.
“At the moment, I'm really into polo-necks and cinching everything. So a polo-neck under a button-down shirt, cinched in with a skinny belt, is a favourite silhouette, with an asymmetric miniskirt to sass things up. I hate tights, so bare legs is the last vital element! I love a slim-fit polo-neck because that ‘60/‘70s silhouette really appeals (hi, Edie Sedgwick), and I've always been into button-down shirts over t-shirts. It's a way to layer, without being remotely bulky, and I just feel like it's a good fit for my petite shape.”
Isabel Marant Etoile Wigston Chest-Pocket Shirt ($420)
Her foolproof outfit: A fantastically cut white shirt, high-waisted fitted jeans, and pointy loafers.
“I am very concerned with always looking professional, but in the same manner not too polished. It has to feel personal rather than like a uniform.”
Her foolproof outfit: Oversized sweater and leather pants, or a button-down shirt and distressed slouchy skinny jeans.
“No matter how busy I am, both outfit combos make me look pulled together and I can wear so many different variations of the outfit.”
Her foolproof outfit: A great bomber jacket or blazer, jeans, and heels.
“This outfit is my go-to look because it's comfy, but looks put together and cool. I love the combo of this lace cami with this gorgeous floral bomber, and pairing them both with edgier boyfriend jeans and ankle-strap heels complete the look.”
Topshop Moto Extracted Bleach Wash Hayden Jeans ($24) in Bleach Stone
Her foolproof outfit: Black jeans and a blazer.
“To be honest, I would wear black jeans and a blazer every day. I obviously have to spice it up but I think wearing black skinny jeans, a t-shirt/blouse, a pair of heels, and a blazer is such a classic statement look, very ‘a la Emmanuelle Alt.’ Whenever I don't shoot for the blog, this is my go-to outfit and it helps that I am obsessed with blazers, new or vintage, so I have been collecting a few for some time now. The key for me is to spice the look with a statement blazer (if it’s vintage, even better) and a cool pair of shoes. It always makes me feel comfortable without compromising style.”
Saint Laurent Wool and Cashmere-Blend Sweater ($725)
Christian Louboutin White Leather Air Chance 100’ Sling Back Pumps ($646) in White/Tan/Black
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