If effortless style is something you’ve always aspired to, or a new direction for you, buckle in! Today I’m launching a series on effortless style: what it is and isn’t, and tips to help you achieve it.
The appeal of effortless style
But what does it really mean to have “effortless style?” To me, it means some combination of:
- uncontrived, unfussy, simple
- comfortable, not constricted
- in harmony with one’s lifestyle, environment, and personality
- never sloppy or random
- put-together without crossing the line into trying too hard.
I’ve been trying to parse why we are so drawn to the idea of effortless style. What I think is at the heart of it is that sense of ease with oneself and confidence that it conveys. Bien dans sa peau. To that end, what looks effortless can vary from person to person.
Just as important, I think, is how we FEEL in our clothing, and experience getting dressed. I’ve often referred to the feeling of wearing “someone else’s clothes,” and when I’m feeling that way, I know I’m not going to look effortless. The same is true when I’ve struggled to put an outfit together and walk out the door feeling frazzled.
The truth is that style, no matter how simple, takes effort. It’s just a question of how much and where we want to invest that effort. We can do the legwork of building a cohesive wardrobe and developing some go-to outfits or formulas. Or we can put in the effort on a impromptu basis as we assemble our outfit each morning. Or a little of both.
Strategizing or scrambling?
If you have a wardrobe full of random items, you may find getting dressed in the morning feels like a mad scramble. Looking and feeling effortless in what we’re wearing often requires taking a disciplined approach to wardrobe building. Look at those people whose style you’d describe as effortless: chances are they seem to stick to the same types of pieces or silhouettes season after season.
My preferred approach for effortless style is to do the legwork of building a cohesive wardrobe. One that suits my lifestyle & body, and expresses my style personality. And I’ve developed some formulas for a signature style. While I’m not reinventing the wheel on a daily basis, I’m able to get dressed in a way that pleases and works for me without a lot of faffing or frustration.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some tips and ideas that I’ve found help to make your style look and feel more effortless. If this is something that interests you, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a post. And check out more of my style tips and ideas at The Style Hub.
How do you define effortless style? Is it one of your style priorities?
Next up: How to build an effortless & chic capsule wardrobe
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