With so many fashion trends and so much style advice out there, it can be difficult to find a simple, timeless, and classic look that’s fuss-free and looks great, too. Use the handy guide below to find your unique style and get the look you want every time!
The Three Color Rule
For fabulous and effortless style, stick to the three-color rule! It’s as easy as it sounds: simply choose three colors to incorporate into your outfit – including shoes and accessories – and don’t use any other shades than these. You’ll be surprised at how this tactic will result in a put-together, stylish look that also removes the stress of trying to figure out which item of clothing goes with which; using this approach means that you can fuse different patterns and fabrics, as long as you limit your ensemble colors to no more than three.
As an example, if you’re heading into work for an important meeting and want to wear a navy trouser suit but would like to inject some personality into your look, then add coral pink shoes and a chunky necklace in the same shade and a cream-colored shirt and clutch. For a laid-back drinks evening with some friends, you could go with dark-blue jeans, gold wedge heels and handbag, and a teal top and accessories.
You may wish to use a color wheel to help you select the three colors, and these can easily be found online, including printable versions. Choose three colors that are at equal distances from each other on the wheel for a vibrant, unique, yet cohesive ensemble.
Choose Timeless Jewelry
Another key way to achieve a simple but stylish look is by choosing your jewelry carefully. Go for classic, timeless pieces that are suitable for everyday wear or that equally look the part when worn to a party or special event. Pearls are the big fashion news of 2022 and fit the bill perfectly: opt for a simple, mid-length necklace and matching stud earrings and bracelet for a vintage and classy look.
A personalized name or letter necklace are beautiful choices, too, and ones that will never go out of style. Opt for a necklace in sterling silver, yellow, or rose gold for an accessory that will pair equally well with jeans and a top or a ballgown.
You can also go with some trendy enamel pins, which can add a bit of fun and personality to your look. Enamel pins are very versatile and can be worn on a jacket, bag, or even in your hair. You can find them in a variety of designs, from cartoon characters to abstract shapes. Just make sure to choose a design that you won’t get sick of quickly – remember, this is a piece of jewelry you’ll be wearing for years to come!
When it comes to bracelets, select a simple, wide copper or bronze band or a small stack of silver bangles; charm bracelets are en vogue right now and offer another opportunity to add some personality to your accessorizing.
Create a Capsule Collection
One of the best ways to put together a plethora of effortlessly stylish looks is to have a thorough wardrobe audit and, once this is complete, to create a capsule collection that represents your personality and design preferences.
Set aside a clear couple of hours, and get started. Begin by considering each item in your wardrobe, and be really honest: do you wear it, does it suit you, do you actually like it? Unless you can answer in the affirmative to all of these questions, then it’s time to send it on its way. If you haven’t worn an item for a year or more, then it’s unlikely you’re ever going to wear it. Start a pile to donate to a charity store or collection and add it.
Once you’ve been through your clothes and have a slimmed-down collection, pay attention to the colors, cuts, and styles of the attire that’s left. This will give you an idea of your own personal style and the cuts and designs that work best for you. This task also allows you the opportunity to see where there are any gaps in your wardrobe: for example, do you love the look of a bright pop of color in an outfit, but your current clothes are mainly in monochrome shades, or do you currently lack a pair of classic black tailored trousers?
Next comes the fun part: shopping! It’s important to go out with a list of items and a set budget that you don’t deviate from. When writing your list, think of clothing that will go with the items already in your wardrobe and can be worn as part of a multitude of different looks. For example, a brightly colored, well-fitting shirt can be worn with the denim skirt in your wardrobe for a casual look or paired with those black tailored trousers and a statement belt for an evening style.
Go For Style Over Trends
And finally, always opt for what suits you, and flatters your body shape, skin tone, etc., than what is currently trendy. Trends and fads come and go, but timeless, quality, classic styling will always look good.
Take some time to work out which cuts of clothing look good on you, and make you feel fabulous. Perhaps an empire-cut gown makes you look fabulous, while a shift dress isn’t as flattering. Try on the clothes you already own or enjoy a fashion evening, and clothes swap with friends to get a good idea of the designs and styles that make you shine!