I know you all probably follow blogs where the girls look chic, fabulous and put together every single day - with fancy jewelry, perfectly coiffed hair, sky high heels and 25 different layers of things. As much as I love these blogs and I pull inspiration from them, I don't aim to dress like that on a day-to-day basis. It's just not plausible for anyone that has a regular job or lifestyle where they are buying groceries, running errands, taking the kids to soccer practice, or getting coffee at Tim Hortons.
However, what these bloggers don't tell you is that you can absolutely look chic every day without spending 3 hours getting ready in the morning. Here is my recipe for pulling together outfits on regular (or lazy) days.
1. one piece of pattern.
Pattern is a godsend. It can take you from looking plain and unremarkable to looking chic as helllll. Having some go-to patterned pieces will immediately pull your look together - and if you're a newbie to bold patterns, feel free to wear them in neutrals. For example, I have a black/beige patterned scarf that I can throw over a white t-shirt and jeans and it looks like I really thought about it (which I didn't). This also works for cardigans, sweaters, or t-shirts - but make sure the pattern is noticeable. That's the key!
2. two pieces of bling.
Jewelry is the second key to looking put together. In my opinion, an outfit never looks quite right if there's no sparkle to it. Try purchasing some jewelry that's a bit funkier than you'd normally gravitate to - it's the interesting (and easy) jewelry pieces that will bump your outfit to the next level.
I recommend using the rule of 2 pieces of jewelry to pull together an outfit - typically for me this will be earrings and rings, or a necklace and rings. If you need more help with this, you can check out my rules blog posts about mastering the art of wearing jewelry:
3. one good (and easy) updo.
People can immediately tell how much effort you put into your appearance by your hair. But don't fret, my friends! My hair is very long and there is no way I'm going to wash, blow dry, and straighten (or curl) it every single day of my life. The truth is, some days I just want to sleep in late and spend 5 minutes throwing it up and getting it off my face.
Luckily, there are lots of tools that help us regular folk do that. My number one tool: www.thebeautydepartment.com. They have lots of easy updos, like The Fun Bun and the Fishtail, that make looking put together easy. I would be lying if I said I didn't rock the fishtail at least one or two days a week.
4. one pair of shoes.
I am a fashion blogger, yes. Does that mean I wear high heels everywhere? No. I do not wear heels to Superstore, to go shopping, to commute to work, or to meet a friend for coffee. But that doesn't mean I can't look as Put Together as someone in high heels.
The trick to this is making sure that your shoes have pattern and/or texture - they aren't just a flat colour. A great pair of patterned flats or black studded ankle boots are comfortable and functional, but also add those crucial elements of chic to your outfit.
5. one killer purse.
The bag is the last key secret to looking put together on a very short timeline. I have one bag that I use every day - a $40 black fringed bag from H&M. The trick to this bag is that it's neutral but textured, so it coordinates with all of my outfits but also stands by itself.
A plain bag is just that - plain. But a textured, funky bag in a simple colour will quickly add the "Wow She Really Thought About That Outfit" effect (which is exactly what you want, while not having to think about it at all).
BAM there you go - those are the secrets to looking put together on a regular day. High heels and 25 different layers of clothing aren't necessary - just a few key pieces and you're good to go in less than 15 minutes!