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How to look effortlessly stylish

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Perfecting the casual-chic look

Stylish clothes don't necessarily have to be expensive designer dresses or business suits. Some women always look effortlessly stylish, even for casual occasions. With these fashion tips, you can perfect the casual-chic look and look fabulous all the time.

Perfecting the casual-chic look

Invest in the classics

Though it's a good idea to keep up on the latest fashion trends, you shouldn't blow your wardrobe budget on trendy clothes that are going to be out of style next week. Instead, invest in classic pieces that can form the foundation of your wardrobe. In addition to tanks and tees, casual staple pieces include two pairs of dark wash jeans (one to wear with flats, the other with heels), khaki flat front pants, a white button-down shirt, a black turtleneck, a cashmere cardigan, ballet flats, tall boots, a scarf, a statement necklace and a neutral mid-size handbag. Select pieces that are timeless and versatile.

Wear clothes that fit

Many people look sloppy or tacky because they don't wear clothes that fit. Contrary to what you might think, wearing oversized clothes won't make you look smaller. They'll actually make you look bigger than you are. No matter your size, wear clothes that fit properly -- skimming the body, not hanging too loose or binding too tight. Check out our style guide to find the perfect clothes for your body shape.

Establish your signature style

To make your look unforgettable, you need to develop your signature style. You can focus your look on a particular item (like Anna Wintour does with her sunglasses), a specific color, a hairstyle, a type of jewelry, etc. Whatever your focus, your signature style should reflect your personality. It shouldn't feel like you're wearing a costume or make you look out of your element. Your signature style should be uniquely you.

Don't over accessorize

Your style won't look effortless if you overdo it with accessories. With each outfit, pick one key accessory piece and keep the rest to a minimum. Don't overdo it with your makeup or hairstyle either. You want to look beautiful and natural, not ultra glam.

Don't be afraid of color

Sure, black flatters everyone, but wearing all black all the time won't make you look chic. In fact, it will just make you look gothic. Start embracing neutrals like camel and gray, both fabulous choices for fall. If you aren't used to wearing bright colors, ease yourself into it. As an alternative to wearing trendy turquoise jeans, pick up a glossy blue bag and add it to your neutral outfit instead.

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