While there’s no universal code or to-do list that all stylish women adhere to, there are a few select habits that aid the process of crafting a good outfit every single day. From checking the weather to selecting the right undergarments, here are the daily routines that keep the best-dressed women on top of their style game.
They Keep Their Closet Organized.
Hanging, folding and putting away your clothes instead of throwing them around your room will speed up the process of selecting your outfit and help you edit your look and see exactly what pieces you’re working with.
They Know the Basics – And Stick To Them.
Cover your bases with a well-fitting white T-shirt, an elegant blazer, classic black pants, quality wool overcoat and some ballet flats.
They Check the Weather.
Make The Weather Channel app your best friend. You can be wearing the greatest outfit ever, but if it’s not fit for the temperature or rain, then it’s not a good look on anyone, i.e. suede shoes in the middle of a torrential downpour or layer upon layer on a day that turns out to be 80 degrees.
They Don’t Plan Obsessively.
Unless you’ve got a strict uniform or dress code to adhere to, dressing with spontaneity is most likely to result in outfits that you feel comfortable in and that will suit your mood. Some of us might need a bit longer for such free-styling, so having a few favorite backup combos is always a good thing. Just make sure you run through what your day looks like while you’re picking something out so you choose something that’s flexible enough for meetings or an after-work event.
They Don’t Ignore Care Labels.
There are few things more irritating than discovering that new sweatshirt is dry-clean only. Or having to devote precious weekend minutes to hand-washing your more delicate knitwear. But caring for your clothing could be the difference between subpar and outstanding style. If you buy right, a jacket you buy now will still fit with your style in 10 years. Use the correct cleaning instructions and take care of the garment – it’s worth taking the time to do it right.
They Mix High and Low Fashion.
You don’t need to wear head-to-toe designer to put together a good look. Know when to mix and match both high and low fashion. Invest in a few classic pieces and find your trendier pieces at a lower price point.
They Only Wear Clothes That Fit Properly.
Squeezing into a pair of too-tight jeans is not a good look on anybody. Buy the right size for your body and always have a tailor on speed dial to tweak your pieces for the perfect fit.
They Have a Go-To Uniform Always Ready for Back Up.
Hone in on a signature look that you can always rely on. Whether it’s jeans and a blazer or head-to-toe black, find a style and make it yours. It will come in handy on those days where you have “nothing to wear.”
They Select the Right Undergarments.
Exposed bra straps may have worked on Carrie Bradshaw, but in real life, the look is a no-go. Visible panty lines and ill-fitting bras will distract and divert attention from even the most put-together outfits.
They Own a Steamer.
Fact: Wrinkled clothes look cheap. Using a steamer instead of an iron works better on most pieces. Plus, it’s more controllable for even the trickiest of silhouettes and fabrics.