Dressing well doesn’t have to take much effort — in fact, “casual cool” can be one of the easiest looks to rock. It’s all about knowing your personal style and what works for your body type, and then wearing the hell out of it with an attitude to boot. Dressing cool simply means you look and feel relaxed, casual, and confident. You might need a little help to get started. With the help of these seven tips, you’ll look effortlessly cool in no time.
1. Assess your closet
One of the first and most important steps you can take, besides having expertly tailored clothes, is to make it easy to find your clothes. Go through your closet piece by piece and assess what fits you, and if you feel comfortable wearing each item. Separate your clothes into four piles to expedite this process: keep, give away, tailor, and not-in-season. This gives you both closet space and brain space to think about garments that pair well together.
Nothing says cool and relaxed like being able to reach into your closet and feel confident in whatever you pick out. All of your clothes should go together. For example, you shouldn’t have anything that stands out like a sore thumb, be it the color or an outdated style that doesn’t work for you anymore.
If you need help assessing your closet, enlist a fashionable friend. Your goal is to eliminate what is unnecessary or outdated — think patterned jeans or juvenile graphic tees.