Putting together an outfit is an art form, one that can take a person—even a seasoned editor—years to master. However, like any other artistic medium, there’s always room for growth and to expand your skillset; it’s something fashion people analyse regularly. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the process of assembling a stylish, expensive-looking ensemble, fear not, for I am here to demystify and simplify the process by sharing some handy tips and tricks I’ve learnt along the way. Through trial and error and a lot of Instagram scrolling, today you’ll see how to put together an outfit that works every time.
Regardless of your personal style, the colours you wear or the pieces that currently populate your wardrobe, I’ve assembled a handful of ways to elevate your looks starting now. From getting your silhouette just right to choosing accessories that tell the story you’d like them to, follow these suggestions and the thought of not having anything to wear will never again enter your mind.
Let’s dive in and unlock the secrets of putting together an outfit, no matter what your budget is.
Style Notes: An easy step in creating a well-rounded outfit is balance. We’ll talk about proportions in a moment, but another quick way to put together an outfit and make it look premium is to keep the clothes themselves simple, and to balance out your accessories on either side. Case in point: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s bangles
A racer tank is a layering essential.
A gorgeous addition to any jewellery collection.
The Mason Pant is a cult favourite for a reason.
Style Notes: Some clothes are designed to be worn close to the body, but any that are hugging a bit too close by mistake won’t look the premium. If you’re between sizes, I always suggest sizing up—the slight slouch to your pieces will always look more deliberate than something that gives off shrunk-in-the-wash vibes. In fact, deliberately relaxed silhouettes often look more expensive, as evidenced here by Sasha Mei.
The colour of this coat looks so expensive.
Pearls never fail to elevate a look.
These are high up on my wish list this season.
Style Notes: TikTok’s 2×2 theory may sound triggering to those of you who, like me, failed A-level maths, however it’s a much simpler equation to master. It essentially involves taking two more formal pieces—in this instance, ballet flats and a tailored miniskirt—and countering them with two casual items—here, a T-shirt and jumper wrapped around the shoulders.
A staple knit you’ll always reach for.
Our editors really rate Arket’s tees.
A versatile skirt you can dress up or down.
Wear with black tights during the cold months.
Style Notes: Probably the oldest styling trick in the book, wearing one colour or tone top-to-toe is the easiest way to put together an outfit, especially if looking sleek is your ultimate goal.
One of the best button-downs I’ve seen.
Wear for work and play.
So worth the investment.
Style Notes: I’m all for statement pieces—wear as many as you like, clashing your colours and prints if it brings you joy! However, if you’re tentative about wearing bold separates, a surefire way to integrate them into your repetoire is by wearing one bold item per outfit, and offsetting it with basics such as jeans and jersey.
The perfect way to add some trending pink into your wardrobe.
This T-shirt comes in a handful of colours.
These jeans get so many rave reviews.
Style Notes: Fashion people regularly finish their outfits with gorgeous jewellery and, right now, the addition in question is a sleek, oversize earring. Keep the rest of your accessories pared-back and let them shine.
These also come in a stunning 18ct gold plating.
Put a winter spin on Shloka’s look with a knitted skirt and jumper version.
This navy knit looks brilliant with the skirt, but could also add a “quiet luxury” touch to so many different outfits.
This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.