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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!

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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.

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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!

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How do you exude effortless style?

Photos by David Potter

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78 Comments
  • Jaishree
    February 26, 2018

    Nice. Quick. Saves so much of time. We are always in hurry to move.. thanks πŸ‘πŸ»

    • Sharon Wu
      February 26, 2018

      Gotta love some good time-saving tips especially when it comes to fashion right? πŸ™‚ Enjoy your week!

  • MaLee @ This Blue Dress
    February 26, 2018

    I love this! I hate getting up early to get ready in the morning and I think several of these tips would help me save on sleep and STILL look even more fashionable than I do right now. Thanks for the great post!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 26, 2018

      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!

  • Becca
    February 26, 2018

    I am the laziest person when it comes to my appearance. I love these simple tips to help me out! Thanks for sharing, I will be implementing these into my routine.

    -Becca
    http://www.basicallybeccasue.com

    • Sharon Wu
      February 26, 2018

      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˜‰

  • Denise Fry
    February 26, 2018

    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!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 26, 2018

      Thanks Denise! I know that feeling. Glad you find these tips helpful!

  • Mariann Yip
    February 26, 2018

    I love this post because I would describe my style as effortlessly chic and I definitely can relate to all your tips!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 26, 2018

      You are always looking effortlessly chic, Mariann! I love your style! <3 xo

  • Miranda Sterling
    February 26, 2018

    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!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 26, 2018

      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!

  • Samantha Mariko
    February 26, 2018

    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

    • Sharon Wu
      February 26, 2018

      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

  • Short Girl Long Jacket
    February 26, 2018

    Love these photos and great tips! I like having one statement piece so you can keep everything else super simple.
    xx

    • Sharon Wu
      February 26, 2018

      Thanks lovely! I totally agree with you. Statement pieces can make all the world’s difference in elevating a look!

  • Briana
    February 26, 2018

    Great tips! These really do make a difference for everyday looks!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      February 26, 2018

      Thank you Briana, I’m glad you think so!

  • Julia Comil
    February 26, 2018

    Love all these tips! Perfect to get an effortless style!!

  • Kait Elizabeth
    February 26, 2018

    Love the tips in this post! Great photo location too!!! Hugs, Kait
    http://www.baskinginburgundy.com

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      Thank you Kait! My car got broken into while we took these shots πŸ™ not exactly the safest place in the desert but it is definitely pretty!

  • Stephanie
    February 26, 2018

    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!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      Thanks Stephanie! I’m sure you’d pull off that low bun just as well, along with a cute little hat hehe πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  • lydia
    February 26, 2018

    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

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      Thanks so much Lydia! Means a lot xx

  • Whit
    February 26, 2018

    less is always more is my moto! Stunning picks!

    love,
    Britt+Whit

  • Justine @ Little Dove
    February 26, 2018

    These are some great tips, and you look so amazing! Totally pulled together but like you said, effortless!

  • Renee
    February 26, 2018

    Love the tips and love the look!

  • Katie H
    February 26, 2018

    Great tips! I love the part about adding a statement piece! It’s such a fun and easy way to polish your look!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      Thanks Katie! Statement pieces really do elevate any look!

  • Helen
    February 26, 2018

    Such a cute outfit! The place looks stunning too! I also enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Christine Kong
    February 26, 2018

    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
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      Thanks Christine! I am obsessed with these ripped leggings too and wish I got another pair while it was on sale. Sigh haha maybe next time!

  • Kileen
    February 27, 2018

    I love this post babe! You always look so effortlessly chic, love that your outfit is simple but chic.

    Kileen
    cute & little

  • Enele Ogah
    February 27, 2018

    Great post, pictures and blog you’ve got here! 😊

  • Valeria Chizhova
    February 27, 2018

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! Photos are amazing!
    http://www.leraseyo.blogspot.com

  • Maria Benn
    February 27, 2018

    Nice pictures! I really love such leggings, they are just super comfy! <3 Your hat is also very cute πŸ™‚

    Greetings!

  • Nataly
    February 27, 2018

    Great style! I love an easy look like this one! Those leggings are also on my list to pick up next!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      Thank you Nataly! You’ll be HOOKED to these leggings — so soft and comfy!

  • Annette Dattilo
    February 27, 2018

    My kinda style. Great tips. Your photos are amazing.

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      Thanks Annette! I appreciate it! <3

  • Suzanne Spiegoski
    February 27, 2018

    I think either you carry style or you don’t. It’s that simple. And you sure do! πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      Awww you’re too sweet babe! Thank you so much!

  • Tonya
    February 27, 2018

    An everyday look is a must, something I can pair with sneakers and then switch to heels and GO! Love this look!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      So true! I’m glad you can relate darling!

  • Azanique
    February 27, 2018

    I definitely stick with the basics to stay on schedule most days. I love your kicks girl πŸ™‚

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      Thank you lovely! Can never go wrong with sneakers haha

  • Reilly
    February 27, 2018

    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!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 27, 2018

      I am totally the same way darling! I don’t like to overthink what to wear and whenever I can grab and go, that’s the best.

  • Amanda
    February 27, 2018

    Love these tips! Hopefully they will make it easier for me to get dressed in the morning!

  • Lavenda Memory
    February 27, 2018

    These are some great tips love! Great post πŸ™‚

  • Cori - Sweet Coralice
    February 27, 2018

    I love keeping things simple and quick! Great post and tips! πŸ’•

    • Sharon Wu
      February 28, 2018

      I am the same way! Glad you enjoyed the tips, Cori!

  • Lacey
    February 28, 2018

    I couldn’t agree more! I love lighter makeup! I used to go heavy and now I just want to keep it understated!

    • Sharon Wu
      February 28, 2018

      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!

  • the eye traveler
    February 28, 2018

    I love these photos! also kudos to this quick and chic outfit!

  • Jessica
    March 1, 2018

    This is such a great guide! Loving your look!

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 1, 2018

      Thanks beautiful! I’m glad you enjoyed the guide!

  • Heba
    March 1, 2018

    Statement pieces are my fav. I tend to go overboard with my statement pieces.

    Love these photos. Very engaging and colorful.

    Heba xx
    http://www.theheba.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 1, 2018

      Thank you Heba! I appreciate it. Statement pieces definitely add nice flair to an everyday look πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      March 5, 2018

      Thank you beautiful! I’m glad you enjoyed them.

  • Jo
    March 4, 2018

    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

    • Sharon Wu
      March 5, 2018

      Thank you Jo! I’m glad you enjoyed the tips xx

  • Jessica
    March 7, 2018

    Now this is a time-saver. Lovely tips dear, thanks for sharing. You definitely look fab on that classic sweater and leather jacket combo. Also, your photos are amazing. Well done!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Sharon Wu
      March 8, 2018

      Thanks Jessica! Means a lot coming from you xoxo

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