18 Fashion Lessons We Never Expected to Learn From Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian may be known for her ultrasexy looks, but behind her body-baring outfits is some surprisingly practical fashion savvy. Even if you aren't interested in trying Kim's latex dresses, there are still solid lessons to be learned from her sleek looks.
Kim has spent the last few years streamlining her style with help from her husband, Kanye West, and her makeover has inspired us to take a closer look. We know there's a reason behind every sheer dress or floor-dusting coat we've spotted Kim wearing, and we're doing our best to study up. So, before you write off her look as simply sexy, step back and take a second to admire the 18 things this trendsetter has taught us about fashion.
Leather on Leather Works
Wear your leather leggings with a leather snakeskin halter crop top and you'll be ready for a night out!
Match Your Accessories to Your Outfit
Kim showed her legs in this Dior midi skirt with a newspaper print design. She paired the skirt with a matching Dior bag, a plain white t-shirt, and Yeezy flip flop heels.
Pair Your Hoodie With a Choker
Kim wore her an oversize hoodie with a pair of chunky diamond-encrusted chain-link chokers for a sporty but chic look.
Use Accessories to Dress Down Your Outfit
Pair your gymnastics-costume-inspired minidresses in groovy prints with simple heels.
A Leather Jacket Is Always a Good Idea
A leather jacket slung over the shoulders à la Kim can add a final touch to any outfit. The buttery, black wardrobe staple adds the perfect mix of edge and sophistication.
Heels Dress Up Even the Most Basic Outfit
Transform the ultimate casual combination — jeans and a t-shirt — into something surprisingly sophisticated by throwing on a pair of high-fashion heels.
Playing With Proportion Is Easier Than You Think
Wide-leg pants and a duster vest? If Kim can combine the two, so can you. Keep your pieces simple and make sure to balance out anything wide or long with something more fitted when trying out this look.
Always Wear the Right Underwear
As the queen of see-through dressing, Kim knows a thing or two about her undergarments (or lack thereof). Since even the chicest outfit can be spoiled by uncomfortable undies or an accidentally flashy bra, make sure to factor in what's under your outfit.
Try Head-to-Toe Coordination
If you're really looking to stand out from the crowd, choose one color and wear it head to toe. Kim's maxi dress, white choker, and strappy white sandals didn't feel matchy-matchy; instead, they came together for a cool monochromatic combination.
A Suit Can Be Just as Sexy as a Dress
Don't be intimidated by menswear trends; a sleek, formfitting suit is ultraflattering for a fancy occasion.
Never Fear the Crop Top
Kim's no stranger to rocking the crop top, and we can see why. The subtle hint of stomach offers just the right amount of sexy when paired with something high-waisted.
Sneakers and Sweatpants Are Totally Acceptable
Workout clothes can work for way more than just a trip to the gym. Cool accessories like sunglasses and a covetable bag help elevate the look for (slightly) less casual occasions.
Just Add Jewelry
Any great outfit can benefit from a little extra bling. Don't underestimate the power of necklaces or bracelets when throwing together your next look.
Print Mixing Works When Done Correctly
Mixing prints may seem intimidating, but with the right touch, it's a great way to change up your signature style. Playing with colors and styles of print can help unify the look.
Neutrals Don't Have to Be Boring
This soft suede dress may not be immediately eye-catching, but the luxe texture and pretty sweetheart neckline make it a look worth remembering.
Take a Chance on Trends
We all know trends come and go, but you don't have to blow your shopping budget on every fleeting style. Find a single seasonal trend — like Kim's devotion to fringe — that really works for you and own it.
Be Sexy Yet Sophisticated
Skintight skirts and cleavage-baring tops can still feel sophisticated when paired with more demure pieces like a structured coat.
Refresh Your Dress
For a fresh way to rewear a dress you love, add a belt or vest to make it feel new all over again.