The other day, I received an email from my client asking how to make her casual outfits feel less shabby. She loves her laid back style, but just wants to spruce it up a bit.
Here’s what she wrote:
I saw this FABULOUS looking woman when picking up E’s eyeglasses the other day.
I had to go over and talk to her BECAUSE her style made her:
2. Look fun and approachable
And she was friendly, interesting and fun… just like the packaging promised! She had a short fur coat, leopard purse, and of course fabulous glasses. Interesting, but not overwhelming jewelry, and really great shoes.
I felt so shabby standing there talking to her… no makeup, jeans, old comfy north-face coat, UGGs, unwashed hair in a ponytail .. just out running an errand look. Yikes!
Can you relate to how my client felt? If yes, watch the video to see how I upgrade an everyday errand look to something more put together.
And read on for my stylist tips.
This is my number one style hack for any outfit upgrade. You can be wearing sweats, old jeans or even UGG boots. When you add a blazer to your look – preferably one that’s modern and well cut – you’ll instantly feel more chic.
This will require a little more planning which you may not feel like dealing with when only running out for errands. But a little effort in the style department can go a long way in helping you feel more confident. So whatever you put on, make it a monotone look. It’s okay if the shade of the same color varies slightly – like maybe it’s medium blue with darker blue. Or dark gray with lighter gray. Just keep it in the same palette and you’re good to go.
Accessories are the ultimate outfit finisher. Hats, scarves, jewelry, belts…they all do the job of elevating your outfit from shabby to chic. You can even pile them on if that makes you feel more confident. Over accessorizing is a myth. If you love it, wear it. Just look at yourself in the mirror before you leave the house. If your accessories look confusing, then start removing one by one until it feels right.
It may not be your normal errand outfit, but dresses definitely elevate a look. I love them worn with sneakers which makes running around more comfortable. And the more you get used to putting on a dress, the more comfortable this elevated style will feel.
So if you’re looking to take your casual outfits from shabby to chic, add a blazer, go tonal, accessorize, or wear a dress. Once you get into the habit of upgrading your everyday looks, the more polished you’ll look, and the more confident you will feel.