How to look fashionable all the time

Bobby Schuessler

By Bobby Schuessler

Beauty & Style | Feb 02, 2014 9:00 PM

Hilary Duff

Non-stop style

Break out of your style rut with these six foolproof tips to help you look fashionable at all times.

Let's face it, we all want to look great. But it's easy to revert to that basic jeans-and-tee look when you're not quite sure what to wear. Our guide below makes it easy to look your best no matter the circumstance — just like the most fashionable fashionistas around. These five tips will have you looking fabulous in no time.

1

Practice layering

An instant way to look effortlessly fashionable (just like those street style stars) is to layer. Pile on different types of garments to keep your look interesting and give it depth. When it's cooler outside, layer a chunky cardigan over a crisp button-front shirt for work or a long-sleeve top for play to create a visually interesting ensemble. When the temperature rises, try pairing a lightweight bomber jacket or denim vest with your go-to basic tee for Saturday brunch or a flowy blouse for the office.

Try these layers to pump up your look:

Denim Vest
Denim Vest (J.Crew, $98)
Trim Cardigan
Trim Cardigan (Mango, $70)
Mossimo Women's Faux Leather Jacket
Mossimo Women's Faux Leather Jacket (Target, $45)
2

Embrace the bootie

If you really want to blend into the fashion crowd, ditch your sneakers or clunky shoes for a sleek bootie. If you choose the right style, you'll appear instantly chic and sophisticated. A black option will go with everything in your closet. A higher heel will punch up your sexiness, but a low heel is just as stylish. The best part about a good pair of booties? You can literally wear them for any occasion. Wear them with a pencil skirt and tights for the office, with a flirty red dress for date night or with your favorite jeans and the layering essentials for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Whatever you choose to wear, a bootie will instantly amp up your fashion game.

Booties to try:

Rock & Republic Cutout Ankle Boots
Rock & Republic Cutout Ankle Boots (Kohl's, $60)
Shoe Cult Drago Ankle Boots
Shoe Cult Drago Ankle Boots (Nasty Gal, $110)
KG Kurt Geiger Saint Bootie
KG Kurt Geiger Saint Bootie (Nordstrom, $230)
3

Carry a statement bag

When fashionistas really want to get noticed, they carry a statement bag — that special purse that will stop anyone dead in their tracks. Try a candy-colored top-handle to liven up a more basic work wardrobe or a textured clutch to spice up a going-out look. Add one (or a few!) eye-popping bags into your style rotation to go toe-to-toe with your favorite stylish ladies.

Statement bags to try:

4

Make sure your hair is fabulous

Any fashionable look starts with good hair. In many cases, your hair is the first thing people notice about you. If you have healthy, well-maintained locks, you'll soar to the front of the most stylish pack. No matter your type of hair (curly, long, straight, short), ensure it's not damaged and that it's styled to frame your face. Highlight your beautiful features, and you'll look flawless at all times. Not sure how to style your gorgeous locks? We've got you covered.

Keep every hair in place with these products:

Agave Vapor Infusion
Agave Vapor Infusion
(Sephora, $20)
John Masters Organics Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer
John Masters Organics Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer (Beauty.com, $16)
S-Factor Creamy Molding Wax
S-Factor Creamy Molding Wax (Zappos, $30)
5

Rock sunglasses

If you're looking for a quick trick for an instant stylish look (you know, to look like your favorite celeb), grab a pair of sunglasses. Cute frames will glam up your entire outfit immediately. Try a wayfarer or oversize style for a look that feels so right now. And while we don't recommend wearing sunglasses inside, try wearing them whenever you're outside (taking a walk, heading to the grocery store or strolling an outdoor mall) and enjoy the envious looks thrown your way.

Sunglasses to try:

Ray-Ban Jr. Square Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Jr. Square Sunglasses (LensCrafters, $70)
Ralph By Ralph Lauren Square Sunglasses
Ralph By Ralph Lauren Square Sunglasses (LensCrafters, $80)
Coach Oval Sunglasses
Coach Oval Sunglasses (LensCrafters, $198)
6

Add a colorful scarf

A printed scarf instantly adds visual interest to any look — whether you tie around a silk option to punch up a neutral shirt for work or wrap up in a knitted stunner to make your winter coat pop. Plus, the vibrant hue around your neck will pull focus upward to your beautiful face. And what's sweeter than that?

Scarves to try:

Printed Village Penguin Scarf
Printed Village Penguin Scarf (Lori's Shoes, $27)

Tell us:

What do you think? Will you take any of this advice into consideration the next time you're getting dressed? Sound off in the comment section below!

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