This article features Fashionista Alena Alena whose style inspires the modern woman to always look put together. Go Glam!
Are there days you feel blue and not confident in your outfit? Well, dressing the part always makes you feel confident so if you want to always look put together, it’s time we look at how fashionista Alena Alena does it!
But before that, here is a quick tip that will get you out of a rut and make you feel much confident and ready for the day!
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Always Shop & Wear Quality!
When buying clothes, learn to buy clothes that hold up.
Shop for ready-to-wear pieces that have good quality fabric. And truly, a good piece will ensure you look so good without trying too hard.
When shopping for these pieces, consider finding style inspiration first so that as you shop, you can look for a similar outfit.
For example, I love how Rita Tesla wears here dresses so if I’m looking for a summer dress, I’ll go shopping with a screenshot of her picture and once I find a similar dress, I also find a matching shoe and bag.
That way, I’ll already be having a well-put-together outfit.
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Go for a classic wardrobe that consists of pieces that are simple to mix and match.
Essentially, create your capsule wardrobe so that you’ll have a couple of no-fail outfits that always look good without much styling.
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Take care of your clothes really well because even the most expensive of items run down over time.
Follow the washing instructions faithfully and determine how you’ll store away every item in your closet. If it has to be ironed, stretched out on hangers or folded, be sure to do just that to ensure the longevity of your clothes!
So, let’s already get into the tips on how to always look put-together like Alena Alena!
15 Tips to Always Put-Together
1. Dress the Code!
Before going anywhere, just be sure to check the details of where you’re going to! Is it to a high fashion tea event, a concert, shopping, to college, hotel, work or just a casual walkaround?
Knowing this ensures you match up the formality of your outfit with the ambiance of the place that you will always look on point. So, girl, know the code first then dress up!
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2. Mix High-End and Low-End Pieces
It is not always that you will wear high-end pieces together. However, this does not give you the chance to wear low-end pieces day in, day out.
Especially when your pieces are second-hand pieces, you don’t want to wear a full outfit every time- it never looks polished for sure.
To hack this, mixing high- and low-end pieces to create really good outfits. This always works than wearing head-to-toe Zara.
In fact, it makes you look instantly expensive. Try some Jimmy Choo over-the-knee boots with your Zara summer dress. You’ll love it!
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3. Match Your Clothes Well
In order to look put-together, you just have to pair your clothes well. To do this, create several outfits with the colors you have and create different looks.
Try them on and listen to your gut. If you feel comfortable in it, be sure to wear it out next time. However, when it comes to pairing your clothes, you must consider their colors and proportions in order to look great.
Some Quick Hacks…
(a) Find Your Colors!
Every lady must know what colors look best on her. It could be neutrals which are such an expensive-looking color palette. Neutrals could be white tones, beige tones, brown tones and black tones.
It could also be pastels which act as neutrals for lighter-skinned ladies. These are softer colors like pink and camel.
For other ladies like Folake Huntoon of the Style Pantry, it could also be bold and solid colors which she rocks gorgeously. Check out Folake Huntoon’s non-boring work outfit ideas- so bold and gorgeous!
Once you find the colors that work for you, make them your priority. Shop more of these colors you love and dress them more. Sticking to the colors you love will always make you feel super confident and put-together.
(b) Find your Uniform
While Marri Pazz always looks put together in her wide-leg pants, Maria Vizuatte of Mia Mia Mine always rocks her denim jeans.
Your uniform is your signature look; and with several of your signature pieces, you will always look put-together. It could be a dress cinched at the waist with a tummy belt or a black blazer atop your jeans pair.
Find your signature pieces and create more of these uniforms. You can also write it down or take a picture of it too for reference later when dressing up.
In order to look polished and put together, plan yourself in advance by having at least 3 suitable outfits that can suit each occasion perfectly.
For example: for meetings, formal events and parties, you can have cocktail dresses suited for the occasion or you can also have at least 3 casual sets for your street looks.
That way, you can always wear the outfit whenever the occasion calls for it.
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4. Wear Semi-Formal or Formal
There is something special about suits that everyone finds them irresistible! Wearing a good suit makes people take you more seriously and they also respect you.
If you can’t go all formal, try elevating your casual look to create a more business casual or semi-formal outfit.
A good hack would be throwing atop a well-structured blazer instead of sweaters, wearing a long-sleeved blouse instead of your normal tank top or skipping the washed-out jeans for some good work pants.
Other hacks would be to tailor your casual clothes, fold your skinny pants at the bottom, tuck in your shirt or do French tuck (at the front and leave the back to hang)
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5. Put Good Pants On
Let’s forget the gym and yoga pants for the streets! Just wear a good pair of jeans lady!
A good pair of pants go a long way to pull your look together. One can be paired easily and with most of the tops to create a formal or casual outfit.
Prefer the knee-ripped jeans, skinny work pants or wide-leg pants to totally distressed pants. And if you have to do pyjamas to the street, go for a pyjama suit particularly designed for the streets.
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6. Wear a Dope Coat
Every change in season brings with its common wardrobe conundrums. And since outerwear speaks, a dope one is all you need to look put-together!
In winter, your warm coat is a must-have while in summer you need a layer that keeps you cool and protected from the sun.
In spring, it’s about deciding whether it’s actually warm enough to swap your pants or skirts while in autumn, it’s about keeping a balance between overdressed and underdressed.
All in all, a wardrobe-winning coat is a practical investment that can be dressed up easily with simple touches such as hats, gloves and scarves. You can also throw it over your minis to instantly feel confident.
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7. Go Monochromatic
If you’re not good with colors, monochromatic outfits will never fail you! If you’re not convinced about dressing in one color shade, you had better try this classic gentlemen’s combination.
As long as you have tops, bottoms and accessories in the same color family, or in different shades of the same color, you can easily look chic dressing in all one hue.
Color coordinate your top and bottom or layers to create a perfect outfit.
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8. Belt Up Larger Outfits
While oversized fashion rocks and we love it here, it’s also true to say that not every lady can look put-together in oversized clothes. In this case, belt up your large outfit to look instantly posh.
In fact, if you have a gorgeous oversized sweater, try a tummy belt for it.
Apart from belting up these large outfits, you can also belt up your long blouses and coats to create a cohesive, well-fitting outfit. You’ll look so put-together!
9. Nail the Bag & Shoe!
If you need a piece to make you look all put-together, make your bags and shoes the statement of your outfit. Your pair of shoes and bags can really help elevate your look so don’t go drab with your shoes or bag.
10. Balance the Jewelry
Jewelry is important for basic looks as long as you’ve balanced them out.
Quality pieces of jewelry help to finish any look, casual, dressy or formal so try the studs for your formal wear or loop earrings for casual wear.
If you’re wearing a plain or really basic outfit, go bolder with your accessories while if your outfit is bolder, try muted jewelry.
Minimal and clean jewelry works! You can also layer your accessories or mix thicker and thinner jewelry and see what works for you.
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Have a piece that makes you feel expensive at all times! This could be a gorgeous watch, a quality leather bag or a stand-out pair of shoes. It could also be your favorite pair of earrings or a necklace.
Wearing this piece that makes you feel expensive can make you even more confident, ready to face the outdoors and also, change the rest of your demeanor.
And now that this beautiful accessory is already standing out, don’t go overboard with your accessorizing-just allow this piece to do the talking!
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11. Wear Your Face Effortlessly
Great skin can help you really look so put-together no matter how much time you spend on your makeup routine.
Thus, it’s even more critical to take care of your skin even before you think about having makeup to enhance your features.
Develop a quick skincare routine to take care of your skin. While you can visit the spa once in a while for some thorough pampering, you can always do some quick skincare steps regularly to look fresher right at home.
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Also, develop a quick makeup routine so that you can fix your face even in late mornings. To get started, find your go-to eye and lip combo that’s not overly trendy and can be worn from day to day.
Be sure to wear lipstick to feel instantly better! This is the quickest way to feel instantly polished and put together.
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12. It’s in The Eyes!
Indeed, the eyes are the windows to your soul. So, let not your eyes look tired.
Have them fresh at all times by keeping away from too much glare, having enough sleep and wearing sunglasses to cover your eyes for sun protection.
A good pair of sunglasses will always make you look fabulous especially if they are bigger.
13. Fix your Nails and Hair
Don’t underestimate the power of a good effortless hairdo or haircut.
Learn the type of your hair so that you can take care of it effortlessly; and also, find a quick hair-do that you can do even without spending much money.
That way, you can always rock it without hurting your pocket. Chic, effortless hair completes your look.
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Also, pay attention to your nails! Stop biting your nails and just have them short and well-polished. You don’t need to hit the salon every week for a manicure because just simple nude nails go a long way.
TIP: Choose a nail color that’s close to the color of your skin.
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14. Smell Great!
When someone enters a room, what is the first thing you notice? For many, your scent and look! Now that we’ve already fixed our look thanks to the tips above, let’s also fix our smell.
Find a signature scent or even layer scents in order to create a custom smell.
And when wearing your perfume or cologne, do not apply it on your clothes since they can get stained; instead, wear it on your skin’s pulse points for longevity.
Smelling great also includes your teeth! Brush and floss them to keep them white and smelling fresh.
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15. Carry Yourself Gracefully
First off, practice good posture!
Truly, any confident woman you admire on the streets not only looks great in her dressing but also how she walks and carries herself.
To get started, keep your head directly above your shoulders when standing, sit with both feet flat on the floor and walk with your head held high.
Also, don’t be a loudmouth and control your speaking. Also, learn to look at people in the eye as you speak to them and smile gracefully if you have to!
To change your mood to a joyful one, listen to your favourite music since this helps you to feel more confident and enthusiastic.
Be sure to wear what you feel great in!
And that’s it! How to look put-together and polished at all times! Follow these tips and it won’t be long before people start noticing how you make it look so easy!