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Can It Be This Easy To Look More Stylish?

By Sharmin Musca, Personal Stylist on October 29, 2015 in Other

Photo: Sharmin Musca, Personal Stylist

Photo: Sharmin Musca, Personal Stylist

While it’s easy to get hung up on the newest clothing trend or designer bag, style really isn’t something that can be bought; what’s more important is how a whole look is put together. Take Princess Kate Middleton; she’s a woman who can afford it all but often chooses high street rather than high fashion dresses, which she styles to royal perfection. What matters is not the garments, but how you style them. With that in mind, here are six tips to help you re-think the way you put your outfits together.

1. Roll It Or Push It Up. Long sleeves look so much better pushed up, revealing a little forearm. Button-up shirting can look and feel stiff, but rolling up the sleeves gives off an easy nonchalance that can inject a little cool factor into even the most traditional shirt.

2. Belt It. Often worn by waif-thin A-listers, skinny belts visually transform oversized shirts and tunics. When cinching in these voluminous pieces, skinny belts bring proportion to a tiny frame by highlighting a slim waist. Belts take a minute to throw on, define a woman’s shape and add polish to even the most casual ensembles.

3. Tie It. The easiest way to define a waistline without a belt is knotting your shirt or tee right at the middle. It lends a more creative finish than simply tucking it in and adds a playful touch. You can also turn a dress into a skirt by layering over a shirt or a tee tied at the waist to create the illusion of a separate bottom half.

4. Cuff It. Jeans’ hemlines can cover up the best part of an outfit – the shoes, of course! Instead of rolling up under the hem for a discreet this-isn’t-really-cuffed look, go with the visible cuff or outer roll. The result is cool, a little undone and perfect for showing off your heels. A single cuff works well with stiffer, straight-leg denim, while a double-rolled cuff goes well with a baggier, boyfriend jean.

5. Half Tuck It. Rather than tuck in your whole shirt or top, the half tuck conveys a more casual, current vibe that turns even the simplest outfit into more of a statement. Tuck in half the front of the shirt or the whole front and let the tail hang over the waistline.

6. Drape It. Nothing says ‘fashion’ like a draped jacket over the shoulders. Crazy, but true – it costs nothing using a jacket you already own and makes your outfit look infinitely more expensive.

On the streets this month I found:

Name: Virginia
Occupation: Freelance marketer/social media/photographer
Lives: North Bondi
Fave Item This Season: Black and gold vintage Christian Dior sunglasses.
Street Style: Virginia rocks animal-print jeans by Juicy Couture, a vintage jumper, jacket from All Saints and Pared sunglasses.

Name: Sally
Occupation: Jewellery designer
Lives: Woollahra
Fave Item This Season: A Sally Skoufis exotic leather cuff.
Street Style: Sally wears a top and sunglasses by Ellery, Helmet Lang pants, bag by Valentino and Sally Skoufis jewellery.