Everyone can put together an outfit (jeans and a tee, and you’re done). But what separates outfits from outfits is the way they’re styled. And when we’re looking for those cool, not-trying-too-hard tips, we always turn to our favorite celebs for inspo. From the jacket style that Bella Hadid repeatedly turns to for a touch of cool-girl edge to the Alexa Chung–approved tip for ensuring that outfits always look effortless, these are style rules that will always endure. And with the upcoming shift in seasons, there’s no time like the present to assess your own outfit styling.
Whether you’re looking to majorly update your style for fall or just want some fresh new ways of wearing the pieces you already own, below, we’re highlighting the dos (and don’ts!) of It-girl style, along with inspired goods to shop.
DO LEAVE A DETAIL UNDONE !
That slightly disheveled vibe isn’t sloppy; it’s actually extremely high concept and shows you know what you’re doing.
Do: Alexa Chung
On Alexa Chung: Simone Rocha dress.
DON’T LOOK LIKE YOU’RE TRYING HARD !
Remember, there is such a thing as too much. Just a slightly off-kilter detail works; no need to look like you’re falling out of your clothes.
DO ADD ACCESORIES !
The simplest way to make your outfit a real outfit is to adorn your basics (like jeans and a blouse) with smart add-ons like a hat, bag, sunglasses, and heels.
Do: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
DON’T WEAR EVERYTHING !
As Coco Chanel said, before you walk out the door every day, take one thing off. We couldn’t agree more. If you’re opting for the accessories game like Rosie above, skimp on something else, so you don’t look come across too flashy.
DO MIX AND MATCH !
It girls (like Chrissy Teigen!) don’t stick to one look; they mix and match—pairing structured, more professional pieces like a blazer and pointed-toe pumps with casual finds like distressed jeans and a tee.
Do: Chrissy Teigen
DON’T IGNORE THE BALANCE !
You need to remember the balanced-outfit rule. If you want to try mixing and matching, ensure you have enough of each style of clothing—not too many professional pieces, for example, versus casual pieces.
DO ADD A LITTLE EDGE !
There’s nothing an It girl loves more than adding a moto jacket and tougher pieces to an ensemble to look instantly cooler.
Do: Bella Hadid
DON’T WEAR A COSTUME !
If you’re going for the biker look, don’t go all-out, or it may look like you’re wearing a costume. For example, don’t pair a moto jacket with leather pants and studded boots and a band tee. A few pieces go a long way.
DO GO FOR THE EXTRAS !
It’s the smallest accents that matter most and separate you from the pack. Case in point: Olivia Palermo’s accented Tibi pencil skirt here.
Do: Olivia Palermo
DON’T THINK STANDARDS !
If you can go for a piece that has a little something-something (think a fringed accent on a skirt or subtle print on a blouse), go for it! It’s all about the details, people.