Looking more fashionable isn’t always about wearing the trendiest, most expensive clothes, or mastering some complex styling trick. Sometimes it’s as easy as just tucking in your shirt or throwing on a pair of sunglasses.
1. Add a motorcycle jacket.
A good motorcycle jacket improves every outfit; it doesn’t matter if it’s jeans and a T-shirt, a formal gown, or gym clothest. Black leather is the classic choice, but it’s not a must. Colors, prints, embellishments, whatever! It’s all good.
2. Wear your jacket on your shoulders.
Don’t think of your jacket as a jacket. Think of it as a cape with sleeves. Sleeves you are never EVER to put your arms into.
3. Layers, layers, and more layers.
The more layers you have, the less likely any one piece is to really make or break your outfit, so go crazy — a coat, over a jacket, over a mesh shirt, over a crop top. With a belt. And leather leggings. Under a skirt. You’re an onion. A fashionable onion.
4. Wear the wrong shoes.
Whatever you would normally choose for footwear, choose the opposite. Trade your high heels for flat booties, your sneakers for high heels, and your sandals for sneakers. The more wrong it feels, the more right it is.
5. Wear something really small with something really big.
A crop top with a ball skirt. An oversized top with cut-off shorts. Looking fashionable is all about playing with proportion and contrast. Not just big with small, but also hard with soft, tight with loose, and heavy with light.
6. Add something Chanel. Anything.
Anyone can be stylish, but if you want to be “fashionable” you gotta play the label game at least some of the time and those little interlocking Cs are a fashionable win every time. Sure, you could wear another prestigious brand, but it’s not the same. Chanel is just hands down the most iconic fashion label there is. It can’t be beat. One Chanel bangle or pair of sunglasses has more fashion cred than many high-end designer handbags and will probably stay stylish long after those bags become passé.
7. Do a half-assed tuck job.
Whether it’s a sweater, a tank or a collared silk shirt, just grab that middle front piece, tuck it down, and watch your style cred increase instantaneously by a factor of 10 (at least).
8. Slap a hat on it.
Fashion is all about making a statement and creating a well-defined look and no other accessory does that quite like a good hat. Sure, they can be a little costumey, but that’s the point. Just steer clear of fascinators. No one looks good in those things. Not even at a royal wedding.
9. Always wear sunglasses.
Even when you’re inside. Even when it’s dark out. Your eyes will adjust eventually. And besides, sunglasses are way easier to put on than eye makeup.
10. Wear your cross-body bag in the front.
Pull that thing around to the front and show it off. You know it’s your favorite part of your outfit anyway.