Have you ever spotted someone’s outfit and thought, “Wow I love her style! I want to re-create that look.” In today’s post, I’ll outline a few simple steps on how to look stylish! You may also remember this post on building your wardrobe and creating a cohesive closet. If you haven’t yet checked it out, pop over to help master the fundamentals of style.
My personal style is a combination of classic and girly. I love blouses, the color pink, and feminine silhouettes. In a perfect world, my closet would be full of neutrals and have a nice variety of ruffles, lace, and pink. Yes!
How to Look Stylish: Part I
- What style do you most identify with? Boho, girly, trendsetter, etc. If you fall into multiple categories, that’s OK.
- Who are your favorite style icons? This may include celebrities, bloggers, or people you know and admire.
- What do you like about their style? Be specific and choose words that describe their unique style (e.g., preppy, effortless, high-fashion).
Step #2 – Call out specific items or accessories your icon wears — prints, brooches, oversized bags, killer shoes, hats, etc.
Step#3 – Now pull it all together. Here is an example:
Krystin Lee is my favorite style blogger, I love the way in which she wears classic pieces but is also very girly. The feminine touches Krystin incorporates into her outfits help define her signature “look” — such as a tie-neck blouse, chic heels, dress, skirt, and lots of blush. I also noticed that she likes to layer and tends to include classic prints like stripes, leopard, and florals.
Tip: If you don’t have a style icon that you identify with, you can search Pinterest for style inspiration and pin images that define your personal style or something you would like to emulate. Then, break down their outfit and style by performing the above exercise.
Step #4 – Review your list from step #2-3, and create several boards via Pinterst to curate the perfect wardrobe. You can do this on a public or secret board. In my example with Krystin, I would create the following board titles: tie-neck blouse, heels, day dresses, skirts, blush outfits, prints.
Tip: The goal here is to inspire a visual sense of what you want your wardrobe and style to look like, while teaching you how to wear those pieces.
Step #5- Make a list of items you currently have and identify areas your wardrobe is lacking. In doing this assessment, I realized I need more tie-neck blouses, blush-colored clothing and accessories, and additional skirts and dresses.
Steps #6 – Now for the fun part — shopping! Bring your shopping list when you’re out and start checking items off your list.
Tip: Make sure you have the Pinterest app on your phone so you can reference specific looks and items.
What tips do you have for being stylish?
Shop the Post:
Sweater: J.Jill (similar) c/o | Blouse: Loft c/o | Jeans: J.Crew | Purse: Marshalls c/o | Necklace: Lace & Pearls Jewelry | Ring: Nordstrom BP (old) | Hair Barrette: Ann Taylor c/o | Earrings: Ann Taylor c/o | Shoes: East Land c/o | Lipstick: Burberry c/o
*c/o: courtesy of or gifted
Photography: Nicholas Mercado