6 Editor-Approved Tips For Looking Put Together Without Even Trying
As much as we strive to exude that easy, breezy vibe when getting dressed, sometimes, mastering effortless style is actually anything but effortless. Luckily, here at POPSUGAR, our editors have a few ideas for crafting a polished and comfortable outfit that's so painless to put together, it makes mornings something to look forward to. Their secret? Casual essentials that do all of the work for them. Whether it's opting for an oversized blazer with straight-leg jeans to achieve that urban model off-duty look or relying on a relaxed tee for that easy, lived-in feel, keep reading to discover their tips and shop their picks. Now, when someone inevitably compliments your outfit, you can confidently say "Oh this? I just threw it on" — and actually mean it.
Opt For Something Classic
If mornings are a struggle for you, you can't go wrong with something timeless and tailored, like a crisp button-down.
"It takes me a solid 15 minutes to figure out what to wear each day, so I try to have it all good to go the night before. But on days when I'm running behind, an easy option for me is a structured button-down ($79). I love that it works with virtually everything in my closet and helps me look put together in an instant. The tailored fit and menswear inspired stripes are the perfect manifestation of my style — classic with a masculine edge."
Center Your Outfit Around a Blazer
There's a reason the blazer and jeans combo is the go-to uniform of choice among street style stars and editors. It takes no effort to put together but makes you look like you know what you're doing.
"I always reach for a blazer ($99) when I want to look and feel my best, but don't want to put too much thought into my outfit. Worn with jeans (I love a vintage-inspired straight-leg), and some white ankle boots, the piece offers just the right amount of casual-cool. Plus, opting for such a timeless silhouette allows me to play around with more current textures or statement prints, like plaid."
Finish Your Look With a Long Cardigan
Layering with a long, slouchy cardigan is an easy way to make an understated statement. The piece may be simple and uncomplicated, but takes even the most basic of outfits to the next level.
"There's something about a long cardigan ($99) that always makes my outfit feel more dressed up. Whether I'm wearing jeans and a t-shirt or booties and a dress, adding it instantly elevates my look. Its versatile style is great for the office or out with friends."
Start With a Pair of Classic Skinny Jeans
Medium-wash, high-waisted skinny jeans are a true wardrobe workhorse due to their endless versatility and easy wearability. Use them as a base layer to make any outfit, casual or dressy, look fuss-free.
"Whether I'm running out the door to work or to meet friends for happy hour, I always reach for a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans ($79). Even though denim in general tends to make an outfit more relaxed, when combined with stilettos, a silk tank, and a leather jacket, these jeans give off a sophisticated vibe."
Go Easy in a White T-shirt
To achieve that laid-back and lived-in vibe, a white tee does the trick. With just a few quick styling tweaks, this pieces can look brand new with each wear, making it the perfect grab-and-go choice.
"I'm no stranger to dressing up on the daily, but I also really love a good white tee ($39). It's such a versatile piece that can speak volumes about your style with almost no effort at all. Personally, I prefer to buy mine a size up so that it's baggy, comfortable, and easy to style different ways. With high-waisted jeans, I opt to tuck in the center of the shirt for a casual look, but with less structured bottoms, I usually prefer to tie a side knot for a cropped look. All that's left to do is accessorize!"
Rely on a Timeless Piece With Standout Detailing
Even the smallest details can make the biggest impact. If you're in a rut, fall back on a versatile classic, like a button-down shirt, with an eye-catching or unexpected feature, like a ruffled placket.
"When I don't know what to wear, a classic piece with a twist automatically takes my look from basic to chic. My go-to is always a relaxed, striped button-down shirt ($69). It's easy to style because it truly goes with everything from my favorite boyfriend jeans to a polished miniskirt. Plus the ruffle gives it a playful edge. It's the most reliable piece you can have in your closet."
More From Treasure & Bond
Treasure & Bond, available exclusively at Nordstrom, is a denim-led, socially conscious brand created for the cool and casual style enthusiast. Rooted in an effortless, modern, and urban vibe, the brand features reworked essentials and washed casual favorites for women, men, kids, and home. Compelled by a core mission to partner with charities to give back to communities across North America, the brand donates 2.5 percent of net sales to nonprofit organizations that support youth empowerment. In 2018, Treasure & Bond has partnered with WE to provide youth access to leadership opportunities and mentorship programs. With every purchase, you can track your impact and follow the funds with the garment's assigned code.