The Everyday Guide for Effortless Style in Under 10 Minutes

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There’s nothing more dreadful than waking up early in the morning and having no idea what to wear. For me, comfort is key. At the same time though, I like to maintain a level of style and sophistication without overdoing it.Β Want to look put together without spending too much time thinking about your outfit? You’re in luck!Β I’ve gathered the most useful tips and tactics that have helped me exude effortless style in under 10 minutes. Try them for yourself and walk out of the house looking stylish every time, without really trying!

EASY ON THE MAKEUP & HAIR

I couldn’t do without my “everyday no makeup makeup look,” which typically consists of foundation, subtle highlight, lip balm, lightly touched up brows, a neutral eyeshadow, and some mascara. On days I am too lazy to add waves into my hair, I like to tie it up in a low bun and let some of the shorter layers in front loose, to frame my face. Very effortless, yet elegant!

STICK WITH THE BASICS

The key to looking effortlessly chic is to have enough basics in the closet that can be worn on rotation. For starters, you can never go wrong with leggings, a classic pair of Nikes, and a simple top. A pair of ripped leggings is a great substitute for ripped jeans — they are much more breathable and easier to move in. They add an edgy touch to the look, too. Sneakers are easy to walk in, and pretty much fail-safe. No matter where I am headed — like brunch or errands, I can count on being comfortable and stylish in them.

LIGHT ON THE ACCESSORIES

There’s no need to go overboard with accessories, but some wouldn’t hurt. In winter, I love wearing hats. I’m usually not a huge jewelry person but sometimes I’ll adorn my look with my favorite rings or a simple go-to necklace.

BE MINDFUL OF PROPORTIONS

When it comes to tops, I tend to prefer cropped, loose-fitted items that allow me to get away with not wearing a bra. I mean, no effortless look is complete without letting my girls breathe, right? Haha! At the same time, it’s important to make sure that the top doesn’t “swallow” the body. This is especially the case if you have a smaller-framed body or are petite. If a tee is too long, for example, you may want to tie a knot or tuck it in so that the outfit appears less sloppy. In my book, high-waisted pants are always a good idea as they do a good job lengthening the legs!

DON’T FORGET THE STATEMENT PIECE

Adding a statement piece is a fun way to spice up any outfit without putting in too much effort. Weather permitting, I enjoy layering on a leather jacket, blazer, or casual coat. Not so much of a sneaker kind of gal? Perhaps you may fancy wearing booties instead. Upgrading at least one piece in your outfit can make you go from looking lazy to put-together instantly!

How do you exude effortless style?

Photos by David Potter

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    1. Thank you MaLee! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I also hate getting up early in the morning and love being able to save time for sleep anytime I can so I swear by these tips!

    1. I am too on most days! If it’s not comfortable, I won’t want to wear it, so I’ve been trying to pick out comfy pieces that I can easily throw on and accessorize, and not look too much like a hot mess πŸ˜‰

  1. Such great tips! I am super lazy when it comes to dressing up so these tactics are helpful to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am ALL about the basics girl! Obsessed with those leggings and you styled them so perfectly – doesn’t look overly athletic but has a touch of athleisure and girly. Love it!

    1. I’m glad you love your basics too! Sometimes they’re all you really need haha. And I love that they usually don’t break the bank πŸ˜‰ I have been living in these leggings — they’re so comfy I want to buy more pairs!

  3. These are really useful tips especially when you’re on the go. I can’t really copy the hair styling trick since my hair is cut short, but the other tips on good basics and proportions are spot on. Def gotta let the girls breathe, haha πŸ™‚
    xo Samantha

    1. Thanks Samantha! Short hair is even easier! I remember when I had short hair in college I would never really do much to it haha. Glad you found the other tips relatable though! xo

  4. You nailed these tips, Sharon! I agree with you on every single one. I wish I could pull off that low bun as well as you, though! It’s so cute! Everything about this is fabulous – just like you! Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing week!

  5. You pulled off the effortless style so well girl! Loving all the tips and couldn’t agree more! I have really been into adding more hats into each look!

    xo, Lydia

  6. I am all about everyday effortless looks since I am busy running around all the time. I love these ripped leggings (I need a pair)! And of course I love a good statement jacket as well. This is edgy but cool and chic all at the same time. The hat definitely adds to the look as well! Great outfit and tips! xoxo, Christine
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  7. Great tips! i am a grab and go type person that likes to be comfy, so these are perfect! My goal for my 30s is to be more “put together” now I can accomplish that easy!

    1. Same here! My boyfriend always tells me how he remembers how I used to wear so much makeup when we first met… LOL! Now I couldn’t be bothered to put on makeup everyday — only on special occasions or for shoots!

  8. Really great list of tips for exuding effortlessly chic style. I love the way you styled this look. The beret and leather jacket are fabulous additions!

    xo, Jo

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