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Trends in fashion come and go, but style—the way you carry yourself and outwardly express your inner being—is forever. Living in New York City, the fashion capital of the world, I often see well-dressed women, but only a small few stand out. When I see a woman on the street who looks fabulous, I quickly glance at her complete outfit from head to toe. I instantly notice and often try to emulate several elements of her style. These women don’t look at clothing the way most of us do, but with a little practice their methods can become second nature. Here are seven habits of ultra stylish women that you need to adopt.
What Stylish Women Do
1. They Mix High-End Pieces with Affordable Ones
Being stylish isn’t about wearing the most expensive items you can buy. Trust me when I say, just because something is high priced, doesn’t make it cute! Create a stylish look when wearing pieces at different price points is what makes you a style star. Often you can find great inexpensive, seasonal items like sundresses, t-shirts, casual tops/pants, and denim to pair with your designer shoes, leather handbags, and other high-end clothing.
2. They Tailor Clothing to Fit Their Body
It can be tricky to find clothing off the rack to fit your figure perfectly, but it’s an essential element of being chic. Ultra stylish women understand their body and what works best for them. They also know how garments should fit—like, for example, that a blazer’s shoulder seam should line up with the edge of your shoulder, or that a skirt is too tight if it bunches and rises when you walk. When needed, stylish women take pieces to be tailored so they can always look their best.
3. They Keep an Organized Closet
Stylish women organize their clothes and accessories in a manner that allows them to see what they have. This helps them to utilize their wardrobe to its full potential. Think about how many times you have said, “Ugh! I have nothing to wear to [insert event or occasion here],” only to find the perfect dress buried under a stack of clothes or hidden in the back your closet. Check out my post, “How to Get Rid of Clutter and Organize your Closet,” for some excellent tips!
4. They Accessorize Accordingly
Wearing a killer outfit is only part of being stylish. Knowing how to complete your look with the right accessories is what makes the ultra stylish stand out. We all have our go-to jewelry and handbags that we put on/carry every day, but learning how to mix things up and pair your accessories with what you are wearing shows real style. Whether you opt for statement pieces with a clutch or minimal jewelry with a chic crossbody bag, just make sure it complements your look.
5. They Have a Beauty Regime
Skin, hair, and nails are just as important to stylish women as their outfit. When they leave the house in the morning, they don’t just get dressed and walk out the door. Ultra stylish women make sure their makeup is perfect, no matter how dramatic or simple it may be. They also change up their hairstyle to fit their look. You won’t find chipped polish and uneven nails on these women. Even if they aren’t into weekly manicures they make sure that their hands and toes look presentable.
6. They Invest in Staple Pieces
Investing in quality clothing is worth every penny! This is especially the case when you are buying wardrobe staples like suits, LBD’s, leather goods, and cashmere. Quality clothing is made to last: the fabric is nicer, the stitching is stronger, and it will not fall apart after a few wears. Stylish women know this and spend a little more on pieces that they can keep in their wardrobe season after season.
7. They Are Subtle with Trends
Women who are always trying to wear what is in “fashion” will have a hard time developing lasting style. If you are shopping every season, it is hard not to pick up trendy pieces here and there, but the ultra stylish don’t let these items overwhelm their wardrobe. They may mix in a fashionable color or style of clothing into their look, but these women shop for the items that look best on them. No matter what is trending, the ultra stylish stay true to themselves!
Are you striving to be ultra stylish? What habits are you following?