Look effortlessly fabulously stylish all the time!

This is my favorite quote ever when it comes to dressing up or dressing down…”it is better to be overdressed & looked over than be underdressed & overlooked”

There is nothing worse than sliding out of the house to do a quick errand, straight out of bed (not even a brush through your hair). Even if you don’t bump into someone you know, chances are you will skulk around with your head down trying not to be noticed. I find my day always goes so much better if I take a few minutes in the morning to plan my outfit, do my hair and put on the bare minimum of makeup. Groomed and accessorized I can face the world!

Wondering how to look stylish with minimal effort? It’s entirely possible to make even the most basic of outfits look exceptionally stylish. As well as wearing flattering clothing, the details of an outfit play a huge part in helping you look your best (so sorry no trackies here)

Take a look at the following tips for how to look most stylish in an instant.

Its nicer when your polished

You don’t have to make it complicated, but you will always look stylish (no matter your personal taste) if your look is polished. Simple day makeup (bronzer, mascara, lips) brushed hair, clean crinke-free clothes instantly say ‘ I care about my appearance’ and are an instant style booster.

Fabulous shoes

In case you hadn’t guessed by now, I am shoe obsessed! If clothes maketh the man, then shoes maketh the outfit! The need to be comfortable (and by comfortable I mean you can comfortably walk in them), clean, un-scuffed. When it comes to high heels, generally quality helps. Better made shoes are usually more balanced and therefore there will be less pressure on any one part of your foot. The most simple outfit in the world can be made fabulous with a great pair of shoes

Flattering fit

As hard as it is to accept some times…the number on the label doesn’t really matter…at the end of the day it is all about the fit. We all know that dress size can vary…I can be an 8, 10 or 12 depending on the brand! Too tight or too big, both are equally as unflattering and instantly make you look slightly unkempt. To look your most stylish, no matter what style of clothing you’re wearing, it’s important that you’ve got the right fit. The most on-trend clothing can look drab if they’re not fitted or flattering to your silhouette. Always try on clothes for the right fit, making sure they suit your body shape. If you are not sure what shapes and styles will fit your body its a great investment to employ a personal stylists to help you get it right.

Accessorize

If shoes maketh the outfit, then accessories come a close second. This is an instant way to boost your outfit. I friend of mine who is one of Auckland’s best personal stylists once told me an outfit is not complete without 5 extra accessories…a colourful clutch here, a statement ring there, belt, necklace sari….it can all add up to a new and stylish look. Your accessories really personalize the outfit…if we took 12 women and put them all in the same basic jeans & tee combination but invited them to add their own unique touches with shoes, bags, belts etc…there would be a multitude of different looks!

Gorgeous hair

Its not really the kiwi way…as a nation we get out hair “done” when we go to the salon (every 6-8 weeks) and most of the rest of the time it does not get much more than a passing glance. We tends to be a ‘practical’ lot, not really indulging in statements of fashion like you would see in London, New York or even Melbourne.  Around the world the majority of major cities have a ‘groomed’ culture amongst the urban dwelling women and a regular weekly salon blow dry is a natural part of life.

Your hairstyle can have a huge impact on your overall look. If you usually wear it out and loose, try pinning it up in a loose bun for a stylish change. Alternatively, wearing it in braids is another on-trend trick you can use to update your look this season. Keep up with hair trends and see what can work with your look.

Metallic detail

Metallic clothing and accessories is one of the biggest trends right now. Get in on this look by adding some metallic goodness to your wardrobe. Be daring by slipping on a metallic jacket over your everyday outfit, or stick to simpler things like a metallic bag or nail polish.

A pop of colour on the lips

Even if you don’t usually wear much makeup, its amazing how much better groomed you are with a little bit of lipstick! It’s simple and effective, and only takes a few seconds to pull off.  A bold red lip or hot pink hue is perfect for adding some drama to your look. Even if you do nothing else…pop a little lippy on before you leave the house!

A fabulous bag

A bag can change the look of an outfit and without spending a fortune you can easily update your style with a couple of interesting handbags. There are plenty of good quality options (personally I love Topshop for a affordable quality option) If you’ve been using the same handbag day in and day out for the past few months or even years, it might be time to consider a change. Switching your old handbag for a new one is a simple and effective trick to a stylish new you.

Belt it In

Belts are the ultimate accessory for changing your look or for taking something casual and giving it a great twist. Belts can add a touch of your own style or personality to an outfit  and adding a belt to your look can have great outcomes. A slim, patent belt worn with a shirtdress can give it an instant style lift. Similarly, a sleek leopard print belt worn with your jeans can add a cool twist to your everyday look.

Colour

Oh how us kiwi women love our black. We are known in the fashion industry around the world for our single minded dedication to the colour black!. When it comes to how to look stylish however, colour can play an important role. Black might seem like a simple stylish option but it is amazing what a bit of colour can do not just to your style but also to your mood. With each season comes an array of new ‘it’ colours. Recent examples include tangerine, mint, and yellow (not worn all at once, mind you). Take note and incorporate such colours into your outfit accordingly, be it with a piece of clothing or statement accessory. One rule that I have tried to incorporate into my style is not to put colour with black, but to pair it with another neutral (navy, grey, beige) or if I am feeling adventurous to match it to another colour.

Stand up straight

I’m sure we’ve heard it countless times before: “stand up straight, shoulders back”. But taking this advice and paying attention to posture can have an effect on your overall look. Good posture exudes confidence and makes your clothes look better as well. Hunched shoulders and a rounded back make you look older, tired, unsure of yourself and shorter…and that is generally not the look you want to portray. A great little posture test….take your shoes off and stand with your heels pressed to the wall. Push your shoulders back until your shoulder blades touch the wall and pull your abs in. Now without relaxing your posture, take one step away from the wall. How far is this from your natural posture? If you don’t feel comfortable or you notice a difference…its off to pilates for you

Pretty nails

Nails don’t have to be long to be pretty…they just need to look like you have paid them some attention! Good grooming plays a key role in how to look stylish and paying attention to every little detail is a must so make sure your nails are in good condition. If you’re nails are painted, make sure that they’re not chipped. If they’re bare, keep them filed and in good shape. Recently crazy manicures have been a huge fashion trend, but this kind of statement look is not for everyone…you can still look stylish with naturally buffed nails.

Wear it your way

We all have our own sense of style, our own taste and own own image…and this is where true fashion comes from. When it comes to looking stylish it’s important that you are comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. Trends act as a great guide to what’s ‘in’ at the moment, but the key is to wear what you like!

Smile

A smile is one of my favourite tips for how to look most stylish. It shows you’re confident and happy. What’s not to love about that?