Some women are just born with an eye for style. Sure, it makes us a little jealous that they manage to pull off just about any trend with what seems like zero effort, but if there’s one thing we know about fashionable women, it’s that they’ve got their own tips and tricks to staying stylish through it all. Pick up a few pointers from these notable style setters on how to turn any outfit into a fashion-forward look.
Show Personality in Your Shoes at Work
Freshen up your workwear with an interesting shoe and a pant or hemline that shows it off. Jessica Alba's professional-chic look works because it doesn't distract us, but still shows personality.
Balance Out Skin Exposure
There's a right way and a wrong way to bare a little flesh. To start, keep it at a minimum and pick an area to show. The more exposed one area, the more covered up other parts should be to balance it out. Katharine McPhee shows a tasteful hint of skin with a crop top and sheer stripes, without showing off too much.
Maxi Dresses Work at Any Height
Rachel Zoe is on the petite side and has been spotted in more maxi dresses than we can count. In a 2011 interview with ABC News on style for moms-to-be, Zoe recommended column-style maxis as they're effortlessly chic and can easily be belted.
Trends Look Best with Confidence
Want to be able to rock a Pharrell-esque hat and look cool while doing so? Take a cue from style maven June Ambrose and trust that it looks good. Also, don't overwhelm the look with too many trends so that your main trend can shine, not clash.
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Monochrome Works in Any Color
Don't keep color strictly in the accent category. Monochromatic looks give off a clean, chic vibe that elongate the frame, be it red (as seen on Victoria Beckham), blue, pink, black, white or whatever shade you choose.
Transform Your Look with Accessories
Joan Rivers isn't new to the limelight or style. She's been designing for decades and you'll notice that Joan is rarely without either a statement necklace or scarf. In fact, many of her outfits are quite similar, but it's the accessories that make it look fresh and styled.
Wear Your Outfit, Don't Let It Wear You
Less may really be more as model Chanel Iman demonstrates. Clean lines and neutrals allow you to shine, not the outfit. After all, it's supposed to make you look good, not serve as a distraction.
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Keep It Classic
Want a surefire way to look good, not over-trendy or trying too hard? You can't go wrong with the classics.
Pair Neutral Makeup with Bright Styles
Designer Tory Burch models a look from her line with a nude lip and neutral makeup. Perfection.
When in Doubt, Opt for All-Black
Chic for wherever your day takes you, an all-black outfit fits almost any setting and comes in handy when you're not quite sure of the dress code. A good set of brows like Cara Delevingne's helps, too.
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