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Low on Effort, High on Style

February 4, 2010

It’s six o’clock and your alarm is blaring. Bleary-eyed, you get up and turn on the lights. You’re exhausted and don’t feel like putting much effort into getting dressed, so you reach for the nearest pair of sweatpants and your Northface jacket. Sound familiar? Here’s a quick guide to effortlessly putting together stylish looks.

Look #1: Jeans + Tank + Cardigan


Casual
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Don’t be fooled by the polished appearance of this outfit – it’s surprisingly easy to recreate, even after you’ve pulled an all-nighter to study for an 8 AM test. The base of the look is simple: jeans and a tank top. I chose black skinny jeans, but any well-fitting pair in any wash could work. This Topshop tank is my favorite part of the outfit – the magenta polka dot print and bow detail add a feminine flair and helps make the look pop. Next, throw on a cardigan for warmth. The dolman sleeves on this Forever 21 cardigan add interest and are extra cozy. The accessories are the final touches: suede over-the-knee boots (surprisingly warm and deliciously comfortable – I own these boots and wear them everywhere!), a headband to pull back your hair and add a touch of Blair-inspired style, and gold earrings complete the look. This outfit isn’t fussy or complicated – no itchy fabrics, no short hemlines to tug down throughout the day, no precariously high heels. It can easily be adapted to any color scheme, style, and weather. Yet, it instantly looks polished and put-together, creating a much better impression than throwing on the first pair of sweats you see.
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Still not sold?  Check out another take on casual, effortless dressing.
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Look #2: Leggings + Tunic


Casual #2
If you prefer an outfit that focuses on cotton basics – a closer alternative to sweats, perhaps – this outfit is for you. Kick leggings up a notch with a striped tunic. This Topshop tunic (I can’t help myself – I’m truly obsessed with Topshop!) is shirred around the waist for a comfortable, feminine fit. The ruffles up the front add to it’s charm. I chose to layer the tunic over a long-sleeve tee for a pop of color and to add some warmth. The striped tunic and the red tee create a slight nautical vibe, a perennial trend that’s always chic. To complete the look, add cozy moccasins and a darling pair of earrings. Don’t forget a coat of mascara to keep you looking wide-eyed and awake!
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Next time you’re too tired or rushed to put together a wild outfit, remember that dressing simply does not mean boring or sloppy! As Paris Hilton once said, “The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute. Life is too short to blend in.” While I’m not a big fan of Paris’s partying or serial dating, she had it absolutely right with this quote. So put down those sweatpants and don’t even think of reaching for your Uggs. Instead, turn back to basics (jeans, tanks, cardigans, leggings), opt for a color palette that focuses on neutrals, and get ready for a high-style, low-effort look.
Mademoiselle Hannah
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2010 7:23 pm

    Considering I was actually PLANNING to wear sweatpants tomorrow, this post definitely makes me feel guilty. It’s nice to know there are people out there who can pull off looking nice all the time though. :)

    • February 4, 2010 7:32 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Ari!

      If you were planning on wearing sweatpants, isn’t it just as easy to plan on wearing something else? ;)

  2. February 9, 2010 6:11 pm

    I just bought the first cardi you pictured! good choice :)

  3. Sari permalink
    February 22, 2010 3:14 pm

    These looks are so cute! I definitely need more tights/cardigans for my wardrobe.

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