The Dos and Don'ts of It-Girl Style

Everyone can put together an outfit (jeans and a tee, and you’re done). But what separates outfits from outfits is the way they’re styled. And when we’re looking for those cool, not-trying-too-hard tips, we always turn to our favorite celebs for inspo. From the jacket style that Bella Hadid repeatedly turns to for a touch of cool-girl edge to the Alexa Chung–approved tip for ensuring that outfits always look effortless, these are style rules that will always endure. And with the upcoming shift in seasons, there's no time like the present to assess your own outfit styling.

Whether you’re looking to majorly update your style for fall or just want some fresh new ways of wearing the pieces you already own, below, we’re highlighting the dos (and don’ts!) of It-girl style, along with inspired goods to shop.

Do leave a detail undone

That slightly disheveled vibe isn’t sloppy; it’s actually extremely high concept and shows you know what you’re doing.

Do add accessories

The simplest way to make your outfit a real outfit is to adorn your basics (like jeans and a blouse) with smart add-ons like a hat, bag, sunglasses, and heels.

Don’t Wear Everything

As Coco Chanel said, before you walk out the door every day, take one thing off. We couldn’t agree more. If you’re opting for the accessories game like Rosie above, skimp on something else, so you don’t look come across too flashy.

Don’t Ignore The Balance

You need to remember the balanced-outfit rule. If you want to try mixing and matching, ensure you have enough of each style of clothing—not too many professional pieces, for example, versus casual pieces.

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