50 Fashion Secrets Personal Stylists Won’t Tell You for Free

Ridofranz/Getty ImagesTimeless staples instead of oversaturated trends

Before you rush out to buy new style essentials to add to your weekend look, work wardrobe, or date-night ensembles, you’ll want to read what these professional stylists have to say about nailing the perfect look. Their suggestions might surprise you—and land you with more compliments than ever. Read on to see which key pieces you really need, how to update and wear the looks you already own, and try new things without spending a bundle. Use this information wisely and you’ll not only understand the style secrets of women who always look put together—you’ll actually be one of those women!

Getty Images, via lifestride.comHaving style doesn’t have to mean dresses and heels

“Fashion doesn’t mean having to be super girly. I am a tomboy at heart, so I like to encourage women like me to experiment with menswear or more casual pieces. One tomboy demam isu I love is a trench coat with cute sneakers!” —Olivia Pierson, TipTalk fashion expert and the star of ‘Relatively Nat & Liv’

Try this: To nail the look, try a slip-on shoe that has both sneaker-like comfort and attitude. These cushy-soled LifeStride Zaza Loafers will do the trick! Find out what your favorite shoes say about your personality.

rd.com, Getty Images, via soma.comDon’t believe everything you see on Instagram

“Social media doesn’t always show the whole picture. For instance, as glamorous as I appear on social media, I wish people knew that not only am I most comfortable in sweatpants and a sweatshirt but it’s also when I feel the sexiest!” —Natalie Halcro, TipTalk fashion expert and the star of ‘Relatively Nat & Liv’

Try this: Opt for confidence-boosting athleisure that’s cute enough to wear out and comfortable enough to sleep in,like these Soma Sunday Pants.

Getty Images, via francescas.comSpending too much time choosing your outfit can ruin the rest of your day

“Not enough people have heard of decision fatigue. Decision fatigue is the result of making too many decisions during the course of the day. All of these little decisions add up and actually drain the brain of decision-making power later on. So don’t waste your brainpower in the morning trying to get dressed. Get rid of things you can’t or don’t wear regularly and simplify your wardrobe to pieces you like. Keep your clothing simple so you will have the energy to tackle life’s tougher problems.” —Dan Moyer Jr., stylist and national director of social media for Closet Factory

Try this: You should finally get rid of these articles of clothing and accessories in your closet, and then invest in core staples like this Dangela Embroidered Denim Jacket from Francesca’s. You’ll find yourself wearing it with everything from flouncy skirts to colorful pants, and even over little black dresses for a polished weekend look.

Getty Images, via nordstrom.comThe hottest clothing item isn’t clothing

“There are so many trend pieces, online articles, news snippets, and magazine blurbs about what the next ‘it’ things are or what things you ‘should never be seen in again.’ All that is propaganda. True personal style is that which looks great to the outside world but makes the wearer feel even greater inside. If you are confident in your style, it will project beauty no matter what you’re wearing.” —Stephen V. Hernandez, a personal stylist based in New York City

Try this: These figure-flattering Liverpool Los Angeles Ripped Ankle Straight Leg Jeans look expensive, but they’re actually affordable and just as comfortable as loungewear. Here’s how to find the best jeans for your body type.

Getty Images, via nordstrom.comSave money by combining expensive items with sale-rack stuff

“It’s perfectly OK to mix expensive items with cheaper pieces.” —Pierson

Try this: This discounted Rosamonde shirt by Bobeau offers a twist on a core classic that can just as easily be paired with denim as it can with a work-appropriate skirt. And no one would ever guess that you paid just $17 for it! Here are more simple fashion upgrades that can make you look expensive.

rd.com, Getty Images, via amazon.comDon’t be a slave to trends“Regardless of what’s trending at the moment, try to stay true to yourself. Know what you look good in and what you like and stick to that.” —Halcro

Try this: Timeless basics like this Lulu Dharma scarf are musim-resistant and always look elegant. Don’t miss these other fashion rules you should know by the time you’re 40.

Getty Images, via parkerclay.comInvestment pieces are actually a good deal

“Many people think they can’t afford high-end style. But you’ll get more value if you spend your money on one good investment piece that you’ll use for years, like a cool bag, instead of wasting money on multiple pieces that aren’t classic.” —Halcro

Try this: High-quality materials like genuine leather often cost more than fast-fashion pieces, but they’ll add sophistication to your wardrobe for years to come. Try this Parker Clay Layla Satchel in an eye-catching rust-brown color. Here are more classic handbags to add to your wardrobe.

rd.com, Getty Images, via amazon.comFashion rules exist for a reason

“Your personal style should suit your lifestyle, mood, and resources, but don’t feel like you have to break the rules to create a unique personal style. The classics are called ‘classic’ for good reason.” —Kylen Moran, stylist and fashion blogger

Try this: Versatile pencil skirts stand the test of time and are easily paired with blazers, sweaters, button-downs, and even tees. Try this Esteez Charlotte Pencil Skirt with slimming panels, which offer a more comfortable solution to shapewear. That said, depending on the piece, you might need another smoothing solution. Make sure you own the best shapewear for every type of outfit and you’ll be all set.

Getty Images, via nordstrom.comDon’t forget who’s the boss! (Hint: It’s you, the one with the wallet)

“The most important thing to remember about personal style and fashion is that you are the client. Fashion is here to work to fit you, not to make you work to fit fashion!” —Hernandez

Try this: Don’t be afraid to make an unusual silhouette, print, personal statement, or color part of your signature style. Ease into your personal expression with a fun take on the classic tee, like this affordable Desert Dreamer Raw Edge Oversize Tee. It’s fun paired with denim or loosely tucked into a smart, Boho-inspired maxi skirt. Next, check out these fashion rules you can break without guilt.

Getty Images, via thredup.comYou are not too good for secondhand stores

“Whether you’re buying or selling, consignment shops can be your best friend. Sell last season’s key pieces and you’ll have a bigger budget to pick up some fun pieces for next season!” —Halcro

Try this: Not sure where to start? Online thrift stores like ThredUp offer pieces as inexpensive as $1 each, and they let you make extra cash by trading in your own wardrobe, too. Don’t miss these shopping tips for finding hidden gems at thrift stores.

Getty Images, via nordstrom.comStop trying so hard

“It’s important to find the staple pieces to make up the core of your wardrobe and then build on them, using the foundations to explore fashion trends. When paired with white leather booties, key jewelry, and a fur vest, classic ripped jeans and a white T-shirt that you have owned forever becomes high fashion. This required very little effort or expense, with big results.” —Chaya Milchtein, a plus-size fashion influencer and style blogger at Mechanic Shop Femme

Try this: Elevate any little black dress, jeans with a tee, or other treasured look with these Sterling Forever silver hoops. The braided look adds a layer of expensive-looking lebih jelasnya, and recently back-in-demand silver makes a timeless style statement that’s easy to coordinate.

Getty Images, via whitehouseblackmarket.comWrap-style shirts and dresses are flattering on most body types

“If you have an hourglass body type, look for styles and fabrics that reduce bulk and showcase your waist. Tailored pieces and stretchy fabrics that hug and accentuate your frame will bring out the natural lines of your hourglass shape. Look for blended knit fabrics and slimming neckline styles such as V-necks and scoop necks. A simple wrap dress is the one go-to piece a woman with an hourglass frame should have in her closet.” —Kristina Michniak, stylist and dunia apparel manager for Spreadshirt

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