As a personal stylist, I hear time and time again “I’m stuck in a jeans and t-shirt rut” or “I want to look more put together everyday.” This doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s typically pretty simple and usually doesn’t require more than one additional step.
Today for the fourth installment of Styled by Erika, I’m going to share some styling tips to help you elevate your look.
The Half Tuck
How does one tiny little tuck make such a difference? I have no idea but this tiny trick will instantly elevate your look. I have longer legs and a shorter torso but am pretty short and petite in general. Adding that half tuck gives the illusion of about 6 more inches to my body and gives the look a whole new element of interest. Some clients of mine have reservations because they feel they’re not slim enough in the waist to pull this off but I promise you can do it! It all depends on the drape of the fabric and how you tuck your shirt. If you do it right, you can actually hide some extra weight in your midsection.
Tip: I usually tuck near a belt loop or the button of my bottoms (shorts, skirt, pants). I tuck the shirt down all the way into by bottoms and then pull the fabric from the top back out a little bit to create some slack and drape.
Upgrade Your Shoes
Sure sneakers are comfy, right now they’re even super trendy, but they instantly add a level of casual to any look. When paired with sneakers this look is perfect for carting the kids around, play dates, grocery shopping, etc. To quickly elevate my look to the next level all I need to do is swap my sneakers for booties. Wedges, heeled sandals or even nicer leather sandals (not flip flops) would also work.
Add a Statement Accessory
Statement accessories speak for themselves. That being said, use sparingly. Since this shirt is solid colored and has a higher, rounded/crew neckline this statement necklace compliments the look perfectly. For a patterned top it would probably be too busy. Statement earrings and a few bracelets or a hat could also work. This look instantly goes from coffee to cocktails just by adding a necklace.
Add a Third Element of Interest
This could be a vest, cardigan or a blazer. This helps to define your body shape and your waist. It also gives you that all around “pulled together” feel. Sometimes this can also be your statement piece or “wow” factor. For example, if I was wearing all black and added a bright pink blazer for a pop of color. I personally prefer thin and drapey or fitted and structured pieces for my outer layers. I feel they are the most flattering to every body type. For the most part, I like versatile pieces in my closet so I wear mostly neutral colors. Especially in outer layers and outerwear. Length is also important because for the most part, your outer layer should be longer except in the case of dresses or when pairing tunic length tops and leggings or very fitted pants.
If you have any questions I’m more than happy to help. You can email me anytime or comment below. Let me know what you’d like to see next.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and have a great weekend!