The Ultimate Styling Cue

Even the most novice fashionista has her go-to styling cues. They’re those easy tips and tricks that end up scoring outfit compliments on the days when you’d honestly rather be in bed— but no one has to know that, right? I’m sharing my secrets for achieving a put together look through these three styling cues that can surely be replicated with pieces in nearly anyone’s closet.

Here’s the catch— even though these are three completely different cues, they have one underlying theme: juxtaposition. By combining two elements that don’t quite seem like they’d fit together, you’re actually creating major outfit magic. Trust me, it will seem weird at first, but I’m sure you’re rocking the look. Take some chances, have some fun and always snap some photos along the way.

Business x Casual

Hands down, this is my all time favorite styling tip. I would go as far as to say it’s the mindset I used to build majority of my closet. I like to start with one item —whether it be a statement or just a favorite piece— and build the rest of my look around it. For example, let’s say you’re feeling cozy and want to stay in that oversized sweater you haven’t taken off all weekend. Throw on a pair of trousers and kitten heel sling-backs to weigh it out. It’s all about balance.

H&M Leather Jacket, Booties & Pants, Boohoo T-Shirt

H&M Leather Jacket, Booties & Pants, Boohoo T-Shirt


Edge x Feminine

I think the most universal way to paint a picture of this cue is with leather and lace. We all know the trick of throwing on a leather jacket over our “going out” look for a bit of an edge (and warmth). You can use that cue just as easily for daytime for “edging up” a lace top, ruffle tank or satin dress— just to name a few. This can even expand into mixing in more utility-inspired pieces and denim throughout unexpected combinations.

H&M Pleated Dress and scarf, Nasty Gal Motto Boots

H&M Pleated Dress and scarf, Nasty Gal Motto Boots

Oversized x Fitted

As I mentioned earlier, it’s all about balance, my friends. Most of us take this cue into consideration without even realizing it, but it’s an absolute necessity to stay polished and presentable, no matter the occasion. Find that balance by pairing an oversize top with a more streamlined bottom or vice versa. I’ll be the first to admit, there’s some drop dead gorgeous girls out there who can pull of a double-oversized look, but I am for sure not one of them (hello, 5’4). But, I do have good news— you can utilize a French tuck (slightly in the front to showcase the waistband/button), full tuck or tie-front to create some shape.

Zara Sweater, Bershka Jumpsuit (Pants), Nasty Gal Booties

Zara Sweater, Bershka Jumpsuit (Pants), Nasty Gal Booties