Street style looks at fashion week always make us envious of how fashionistas can put together outfits so effortlessly with even the simples of pieces. Every outfit you’ve seen on the best street style looks took lots of effort—but the key is good styling. Understanding what looks good consistently and what risks are worth taking. Click through the slideshow to see a few tricks we’ve learned over the years.
Think about where your day will take you and choose your accessories based off of that. If you know that it’s going to be a long day, go for a more comfortable shoe option and bring simple heels for later if you change your mind.
LULUS Remi Black Snakeskin Ankle Strap Heels, $26, lulus.com
TOPSHOP Ghillie Lae Up Flats, $45, topshop.com
Take off one piece of jewelry before you leave the house. If you wear the same personalized jewelry everyday that’s fine—but don’t add too many flashy bracelets and statement necklaces, it takes away from the outfit.
Golden Metal Collar Necklace, $45, whitehouseblackmarket.com
Balance Chain Necklace, $35, madewell.com
Look at your full outfit in the mirror—not just from a small mirror to make sure everything coordinates.
Faux Suede Knee High Boots, $29.95, kstoresusa.com
Double check for panty lines! It’s easy to forget but you don’t want to show your panty lines especially if you’re wearing a dress.
Double-Take LAce G-String Thong, $22, bergdorfgoodman.com
Sit down and see if you feel comfortable in your outfit—if not, you will feel uncomfortable throughout the day. Pieces like jumpsuits and midi skirts are always easy pieces to look to that don’t wrinkle too much and can be worn all day.
Old Navy Cross-Front Drapey Jumpsuit, $20, oldnavy.gap.com
Pack your bag with quick change essentials like light jacket, a lipstick for night and anything else you made need if you happen to change plans.
NYX Butter Lipstick, $6, target.com
Choose one focal point and work from there on days when you can’t find something to wear. If you’re wearing a printed dress, pair it with neutral accessories. Don’t overdo it!
H&M Patterned Dress, $20, hm.com
Zara Printed Dress, $129, zara.com
Mix your proportions right—if you’re wearing billowy pants, pair it with a crop top or fitted shirt on the top to accentuate your figure.
COS Wrap-Over Top, $99, cosstores.com
Zara Cashmere Poncho, $199, zara.com
If you’re wearing brand new boots walk around with them on in the house with socks the night before or the morning of to reduce any pressure or chance of getting a blister.
BooHoo Matilda Block Heel Chelsea Boot, $52, boohoo.com