Looking “put together” doesn’t have to be difficult
Here’s the thing: It’s impossible to always have it all together. Sure, you can try to look your best at the office and dress to kill on date night, but there’s no one (seriously, not anyone) whose hair is always coiffed and whose loungewear always matches. But despite that, you can still look amazing with lustrous hair, flawless makeup, and a pulled-together outfit. Really. It takes a little advance planning and strategic buying when you’re in the right frame of mind, but not much – and you’ll be so grateful on those less-than-stellar days that you took the time to do it.
Ahead, you’ll find the easiest ways to look polished and put together without spending a fortune, whether you’re going to work, brunch, or even just the supermarket. From finding your style uniform to developing a quick makeup routine, these tips will help you get out the door quickly and look your best doing it.
Develop a style uniform
One of the easiest ways to look put together every day is to have some go-to outfits that always look good. The best way to do that? Develop a style uniform. For example, your style uniform for the office might be straight-leg jeans from Levi’s, a blazer and a T-shirt, or a neutral-coloured dress, statement earrings and heels. On the flip side, your style uniform for running errands might be jeans and a turtleneck, or leggings and a tailored jacket. Whatever it is, your uniform is a stylish outfit you can fall back on with minimal effort. It should also be something you can adjust for a range of dress codes and seasons.
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Find your colours
Of course, you should wear whichever colours you love and make you feel happiest. But if you’re building your style uniform around a particular palette, it’s a good idea to include the colours that flatter you best. For example, according to InStyle, people with cool skin tones look best in bright blue, emerald, deep purple, lavender, ruby and bright rose. Favourite neutrals for them are grey, navy and white. People with warm skin tones look best in orange, yellow, gold, warm green and olive. The best neutrals for them are taupe, creamy white and chocolate. And those with neutral skin tones look best in light peach, dusty pink, jade green and camo green. Favourite neutrals for them are creamy white, taupe and grey.
The one colour that tends to look great on everyone? Red – which is why we can’t recommend a dress in the fiery hue enough. Something simple and super easy to wear can make a big style statement, too.