The Everyday Things Ultra Chic Fashionistas Do

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The good — and sometimes frustrating thing — about working in fashion is the fact that you’re constantly surrounded by really well-dressed women. It can be awe-inspiring and downright infuriating, but that’s the truth. As such, I’ve spent a lot of my time in the industry studying their looks and, well, just asking a lot of questions about their outfits and their sense of style. The conversations over the years have led to one fundamental truth. It doesn’t matter the age of the woman, what she does, or even how much money she has to spend on her wardrobe. The most stylish women in the room have one thing in common: they always stay true to their personal style.


STAY TRUE TO YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

It sounds simple, but your personal style is what distinguishes the best dressed women in the room from everyone else. It’s not the trends and not the expensive handbag they’re carrying, but how the outfit highlights the woman who’s wearing it. These women have a keen sense of what looks good on their body types, what colors highlight their complexion, what shoes are cool but also practical, and what look best suits the occasion. They’re thoughtfully in tune with their fashion sense daily, and that strong sense of idenity guides them when they’re choosing an outfit for everything from a weekend getaway to a high-stakes business dinner.


If it sounds out of reach, it doesn’t have to be. There are simple steps you can take regularly to help tune into your own fashion sense and build your own perfect wardrobe.


1. TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR CLOSET

Take stock of your wardrobe while paying attention to the pieces that are worn the most and the pieces that still have the tags on. Are there big gaps in your closet? Essentials you’re missing or need to be refreshed, like the jeans you’ve worn to death or the little black dress you keep telling yourself to buy but keep forgetting? Make a list of the items you need to buy or replace while removing the pieces you haven’t worn and placing them in piles for donation or consignment. Just the act of taking inventory will give you a more concrete idea of what your style looks like and what areas you need to invest in (or maybe stop buying) for a more complete wardrobe.


2. DRESS FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

Dressing for yourself also means dressing for the body you have. Sure, we have insecurities and not every trend is meant to celebrate every body type. But don’t get bogged down in the stuff you can’t wear and don’t try to make it work if you know in your heart that it just doesn’t — or worse, makes you uncomfortable. Focus on the assets you want to highlight and let that become your signature. Dress an hourglass shape with a waist-cinching full skirt or show off your stems with slim-cut denim. These pieces will show off your shape and define your style.


3. DRESS FOR THE OCCASION

Being dressed for the occasion is just as important as dressing for your body type. Think about how funny it looks when you wear clothes are that noticably big or too small; being inappropriately dressed is just as obvious. Remember who and what the occasion is about, and let that guide the dress code. If it’s casual without too much restriction, focus on the pieces you feel really great in and keep fit and condition of the garments top of mind, i.e. avoid anything too tight or too baggy and watch for holes, stains, etc. If all else fails, wearing something clean that fits well is always a win.


4. DON’T BE A SLAVE TO THE TRENDS

It’s tempting to live by the trends, especially since they’re more accessible than ever. But iconic style isn’t built on blindly following what’s in and what’s out. Stick to what you know about yourself (revisit your closet inventory if you have to), your body type, and your lifestyle, and remember that what works on the pages of a magazine or on a runway doesn’t always translate — and that’s perfectly OK. Find the trends that align with what you already love and incorporate them in small ways with the classics you already have.


5. PLAN YOUR OUTFIT IN ADVANCE

If there’s a single action item to take from this list and start tomorrow, it’s this. I’ve often wondered how the best dressed style insiders and bloggers survive a month traveling for Fashion Week and still manage to look so chic. The secret isn’t that complicated: they plan for it. They lay out their outfits and photograph them before their trip, knowing exactly what goes with what when they unpack their suitcases. The more realistic version of this is to lay out your outfit the night before. Think about where you’re going and what the weather will be, and let that guide you. Not only will you have time to be thoughtful about your outfit choices, but you’ll also save yourself from the panic that ensues when you realize the blouse you threw on has a massive stain on it. A little advanced planning helps you present your best outfit.


The fact is great style doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of well-stocked wardrobe and a woman who really knows herself — but you don’t have to be a fashion blogger to get it. Just start simply with these everyday rituals and make everyone else wonder how you do it.

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Queen Maxima: The Dutch Trendsetter 

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A good Queen Maxima outfit consists of a dress in a bold, daring silhouette, along with very chunky jewels. While the Dutch royal has already proved her trendsetting status in bell sleeves, she’s now making a case for peplum. When she attended the Financial Inclusion Forum in Mexico City, the queen let the frills on her floral knee-length number take center stage.

Opting for a classic quilted Chanel bag, neutral pumps, a seasonal brooch, and matching jewels, she certainly gave off that glow — the kind you emit when you know you’re up on your style game. Queen Maxima encouraged us to shop, and that’s when we started to see peplum in a whole new light. Read on to get inspired, then scoop up a similar design.

Gigi Hadid Dazzles In Tangerine

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Before Gigi Hadid hosted the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Toronto, she played it totally cool on the red carpet. Tying her hair back into a low, messy braid, the supermodel let her scarlet suit and diamond jewels do the talking. Her look — though flashy in all the right ways with its slit trousers and eye-catching, metal studs — was actually quite simple. Gigi showed just how comfortable her coordinates were as she bent down to strike a pose with fans. Read on to see how Gigi accessorized with Versace heels and swirling silver rings, leaving us in awe of yet another flawless outfit.


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Hailey Baldwin Sizzles In Gold

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Hailey Baldwin wears leggy looks well — she’s a catwalk queen after all. But when she stepped out at the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards, she appeared more confident than ever. Maybe it was because Hailey’s Kayat design fit her like a glove, hugging her curves and boosting her glow thanks to its sequins. But we’ve got a feeling the supermodel’s just found her go-to silhouette: a short cocktail number with a modest turtleneck and sleeves. While plenty of ladies opt for a classic LBD for a night out, Hailey benefits from a little extra shine on the red carpet. Read on to see her strappy pumps and matching jewels, and try to tell us you don’t agree.


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Michelle Obama Was Ravishing At The Womens’ Summit

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Michelle Obama invited women like Oprah Winfrey and Kerry Washington to Washington DC for the United State of Women Summit. As they all took the stage, it was clear they brought out their finest looks to talk about a very important topic. But from Oprah’s quirky printed heels to the colorful embroidery on Michelle’s Hugo Boss dress, there was definitely room for playful little details on stage.

The FLOTUS chose one of her go-to silhouettes, an A-line midi, pairing it with simple black pumps so that the chevron appliqué on her design could better stand out. Her jewels were golden: an of-the-moment chunky bracelet complemented double hoop earrings and a handful of shiny rings. Read on for another reminder that Michelle’s one of the most stylish first ladies to walk through the White House, then shop for a Summer dress just like hers.


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Wynter Beauty: How Kylie’s Lip Kits Look On Every Girl

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Kylie Jenner is a marketing genius. After slowly revealing teases about her much-anticipated Lip Kits, Kylie then challenged her fans to share photos of how they wear the products on Instagram using the hashtag #lipkitbykylie. And if you did a fantastic job, like the folks here, your face could appear on the @lipkitbykylie Instagram feed.

To recap: Kylie created three lip kits in Baby K (neutral pink), Candy K (mauve), and True Brown K (chocolate). Each set contains a lip liner and gloss so you can make your pucker look just like the reality star’s. While the launch immediately sold out, Kylie restocked the kits ($29 each) on Dec. 14 at lipkitbykylie.com.

Whether you snagged a Kylie Lip Kit or not, you can certainly draw inspiration from these beauties showing off how to wear neutral and brown pouts. Plus, they prove the ’90s pout trend works on all skin tones — and even looks fabulous on men! And don’t be surprised when you see familiar faces like model Hailey Baldwin and big sister Khloé Kardashian.


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Styled By Wynter: Sabrina Fairchild

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Styled By Wynter: Sabrina Fairchild

James Perse high neckline dress
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Hermès enamel jewelry
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Ippolita pink rose earrings
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Chanel brown lens sunglasses
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