Believe it or not, looking 'put together' is not actually all that hard, and a few ladies have proven that by sharing their simple, yet effective tips for looking like you're polished to Reader's Digest.
Tip #1: Find your colours.
Of course you can wear whatever you want, but if you really want to look put together, do a bit of research into what your colours are, and try and stick to making them the priority in your wardrobe.
For example, according to InStyle, people with cool skin tones look best in bright blue, emerald, deep purple, lavender, ruby and bright rose. Favourite neutrals for them are grey, navy and white. People with warm skin tones look best in orange, yellow, gold, warm green and olive. The best neutrals for them are taupe, creamy white and chocolate. And those with neutral skin tones look best in light peach, dusty pink, jade green and camo green. Favourite neutrals for them are creamy white, taupe and grey.
Plus of course, red suits everyone.
Tip #2: Shoes can make an outfit.
A great shoe is a necessity! In RD, they described a great shoe as, " the period at the end of the sentence. If it’s done correctly, it’ll blend in with the rest of your outfit seamlessly. And if it’s not, well, it’ll stick out like a sore thumb."
Shoes can add a pop of colour to an ordinary outfit, or they can completly tie a look together.
Tip #3: Go get a manicure!
Well-manicured nails show that you pay attention to detail. But this doesn’t have to mean hitting the salon every five days. A drop of cuticle oil and clear shellac goes a long way toward polishing your look. Or make your manicure stay put longer with a gel manicure, which can last up to 20 days.
Tip #4: Have a piece that makes you feel expensive.
RD suggests having an awesome piece that makes you feel like you're a Hollywood A-Lister is crucial. The monetary price of this item doesn’t really matter; it’s how it makes you feel that counts. For example, slip on a chunky watch to prep yourself for that big meeting, a pair of pearl earrings to feel like a million bucks at a cocktail party, or a luxurious perfume to pump yourself up for a night out. Wearing a piece that you’re proud of can change the rest of your demeanour and get you ready for your day.
Tip #5: Practice good posture.
When you see a woman on the street whose style you envy, take note of what she’s wearing, but also take note of how she walks. It’s probably not only her outfit that looks put together; she is put together. Make an effort to consciously work on your own posture every day. When standing, keep your head directly over your shoulders. Square your hips and shoulders by engaging your core and pulling your shoulders down your back (focus more on your stomach muscles if you tend to have a swayback, and more on your back muscles if you tend to hunch over). At your desk, sit with both feet flat on the floor, with your knees even with your hips; you might need a footrest to help you with that.
See the full fifteen tips here: Reader's Digest.