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9 Style Secrets of Women Who Always Look Put Together

Create a well-edited wardrobe and hold your head up high.


Have a two-minute hairdo

Master at least one hairstyle that takes five minutes or less. If you’ve got time to spare, go all in on curls, braids, or the latest trend you saw on Pinterest. If not, pull your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck or a polished topknot. These styles generally last longer and look best on textured slept-in hair, so add some dry shampoo and you’ll be good to go. (You can probably get away with showering less than you think). Don’t underestimate the power of a low-maintenance haircut. Tell your stylist about any concerns you might have about fixing your hair each morning, and listen to what she has to say. These are the secrets your hairstylist wishes she could share.


Buy clothes that hold up

Iron? What iron? If this sounds like you, invest in clothing that does some of the work for you. Many brands offer non-iron dress shirts and T-shirts that will look polished even if they’ve been crammed into the bottom of your drawer (or smushed in a suitcase during a business trip). Additionally, cashmere, wool, polyester, and lyocell are more wrinkle resistant than fabrics like cotton, rayon, and silk. Well-made clothing can also shave seconds off the time you spend on outfit prep. This is how to spot quality pieces before you leave the store.


Pay attention to your nails

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 with a clear shellac goes a long way in polishing your look. Or make your manicure last longer with a gel manicure, which can last up to 20 days. If you do plan on adding color, this is what your polish reveals about you.


Develop a quick makeup routine

Practice getting your everyday makeup look down to 15 minutes or less. For days that you hit snooze one too many times, have a condensed version you can complete even faster. Makeup artist Sonia Kashuk told InStyle that she recommends finding a go-to eye and lip combo in a pretty and modern color that’s not overly trendy. A smoky brown eye and sheer rose lip is Kashuk’s makeup equivalent of a tailored blouse and slim pants. Hit your local beauty counter to find the best shade for your coloring.


Take care of your things

Even the most expensive blazers and bags can look rundown if you don’t care for them properly. Follow your clothing’s care instructions and determine how each item should be stored (silk, for example, might become wrinkled when folded, and sweaters can stretch out on hangers.This is how to make sweaters last longer). Additionally, take the time to do a once-over of the outfit you plan to wear. Snip off any loose threads and wipe off any shoe scuffs.


Collect the classics

Some fashionistas call it a capsule wardrobe: a closet full of classic pieces that are simple to mix and match. Start by collecting outerwear. A belted trench, black leather jacket, raw denim, or a navy, camel, or black pea coat can add polish to any outfit. From there, focus on everyday basics, such as a white button-down, dark jeans, navy and black blazers, shift dresses, and the like. Know your closet like the back of your hand so that you have at least three no-fail outfits that always look good.


Have a piece that makes you feel expensive

The monetary price of this item doesn’t really matter; it’s how it makes you feel. For example, slip on a leather 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 demeanor and get you ready for your day. Check out these other fashion tricks that make you look expensive.


Develop a skincare routine

Gorgeous skin can help you look put together no matter how much time you spent on the rest of your beauty routine. You already know to never sleep in makeup and to eat a balanced diet of fruits and veggies to keep your skin looking fresh, but there’s always room for improvement. Add an eye cream (preferably one with peptides and antioxidants on its ingredient list) to your skincare routine, and always rinse your face with water after using makeup remover wipes. These tips from dermatologists will give you amazing skin in no time.


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). Try these tips to perfect your posture.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest