Effortlessly chic means looking our best without working too hard. But how to get this perfect look? Looking effortlessly chic means learning to quickly throw together stylish outfits yet still feeling confident and relaxed. You’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll be looking your best and heading out the door in 20 minutes instead of spending hours getting dressed.
Dressing in an effortlessly chic way shows confidence, independence, and self-awareness. Here are our top tips on how to look effortlessly chic so you can master this go-to everyday style.
To look effortlessly chic, choose to invest in timeless pieces instead of relying solely on the latest trendy items. Wearing classic pieces will always give a chic flair to your outfit, whereas trendy pieces can detract from the overall relaxed look. Although classic styles sometimes get a bad rep for being boring, we beg to differ. Try investing in high-quality, timeless pieces, such as leather boots, a good jacket, and well-made women’s blouses, that you can wear and style for years to come. Classic pieces are also super easy to mix and match, style together, and be dressed up or down.
Layering is a great way to master the effortlessly chic look. Layer relaxed pieces with classic pieces, fitted with looser pieces, and casual pieces with dressier pieces. Striking this balance of contrasts through layering will help you integrate chic into your look while also seeming relaxed, effortless, and confident in your style. For example, wear a tailored blouse under an oversized cardigan sweater with a pair of jeans and stylish boots. Layering the cardigan over the blouse and boots over the jeans will perfectly balance the contrast between dressy and laid-back for that perfect effortlessly chic look.
Natural fabrics aren’t just comfortable, but they also give off a breezy, effortless flair. Cotton, linen, silk, wool, and plant-based fabrics are inherently chic, comfortable, and give off a down-to-earth vibe. One of our favorite go-to effortlessly chic pieces is the classic women’s linen shirt, which can be worn with just about anything. The quality of the fabric dresses up something as low-key as a t-shirt, making a linen t-shirt a classic yet stylish choice.
While sets and suits are fashionable, being too matchy can undermine the whole effortless look. To look effortless, you want to show that you didn’t overthink your outfit. When you’re wearing too many matching pieces, it can look like you put a lot of thought and effort (the thing we’re trying to avoid) into putting your outfit together. Break sets up and try to style with three or more pieces instead of just two. For example, wearing a midi skirt with a tucked-in sweater under a blazer combines three seemingly unrelated pieces, yet the overall look is intentional and put-together.
Neutrals are always an easy go-to when trying to figure out what to wear. They are effortless to wear and style. Black makes anything look casual yet chic. Same with whites, creams, and beiges. Sticking to a neutral palette makes for easy styling since these colors go with everything. For example, wear your favorite boyfriend jeans with a white women’s t-shirt, a black blazer, and a pair of mules. The neutral palette makes everything look forever chic, while the laid-back nature of these garments takes care of the effortlessness.
Going all-out glam on your hair and makeup is great for a night out, but consider going a bit lighter on your hair and makeup routine to look more effortless without compromising on chic. Select just a few products that enhance your best traits and stick to them to strike a more natural, subtle look. Do you look great in a messy bun? A side braid? A pony? A simple swipe of mascara? Just a touch of lip liner? Find what parts of your hair and face you want to highlight and focus on just that without feeling like you have to touch up everything. Not only will you save money on products, but you’ll feel happier and more confident in your everyday look.
Dress up casual pieces with fancy pieces, or dress down fancy pieces with casual ones. For an effortlessly chic look, we want to strike the perfect balance between laid-back and dressed-up. Wear your favorite little black dress with a jean jacket and a pair of chucks to dress down your chic dress with casual pieces. Or, dress up your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans with a tailored blazer and heels.
The whole process of looking great shouldn’t have to be so complicated. Master some of these effortlessly chic looks so you can feel and look great every day.