We modern women have a ton on our plates: working, socializing, staying active, cooking, cleaning and maybe even raising a family. So when it comes to staying stylish, shortcuts are our best friends. That's why we've put together a list of our favorite style hacks – from strategic layering techniques to 60-second DIYs – essential for any girl on-the-go.
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S T Y L E H A C K #1
RESTYLE AN LBD.
If you think that your favorite slinky LBD is only good for going out, think again. Here’s a look that’s daytime-appropriate and really aces the French girl look. Just put on a striped tee, slip your black dress over it, jump into a pair of flats and you’re ready to take on the weekend.
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S T Y L E H A C K #2
WEAR LEGGINGS OUTSIDE OF THE GYM.
With the rising popularity of athleisure, wearing leggings about town has not only become acceptable, it’s been deemed on-trend. Ace this sporty luxe look by opting for leggings made from thicker fabrics that hit at or above the hipbones and feature cool details like zippers or mesh paneling. Pair with your go-to white sneaks (Golden Gooses or Stan Smiths keep the look street smart, while curbing gym-appeal) and finish things off with a prep-school approved sweater or moto jacket tossed over the shoulders.
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S T Y L E H A C K #3
WORK WONDERS WITH THAT AWKWARDLY-FITTING BUTTON DOWN.
You know the one. Maybe it’s too boxy, or the sleeves aren’t quite the right length. Simply roll the sleeves up above the elbows and knot the bottom - voila! A fresh silhouette! The key is knowing where to tie the knot: if it’s tied to high you’ll risk wandering into pin-up cowgirl territory, too low and it won’t flatter your figure. Aim for right around the waist. Best worn with high-waisted trousers or a pencil skirt.
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S T Y L E H A C K #4
LET A FUNKY PAIR OF HEELS DO THE WORK FOR YOU.
For those days when you’re up and out the door early and don’t have time to put an outfit together. Throw on a T shirt and cuffed jeans and then take your look from normcore to super stylish by adding a pair of colorful statement heels.
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S T Y L E H A C K #5
Update an old sweatshirt.
Sexify an old sweatshirt in seconds a la Karla Deras by snipping a new neckline, leaving the collar intact. Pair it with heels and trousers for an elevated, pulled-together look, or take it into the weekend with a pair of boyfriend jeans and slip-on sneakers.
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S T Y L E H A C K #6
Get more mileage out of your favorite dress.
Reinvent a dress by layering a chunky sweater over it, turning it into a skirt. This layering trick can work with dresses and sweaters of all kinds, but we're loving the proportions pictured here. A voluminous midi dress under a sweater that hits you at upper-mid thigh = perfection.
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S T Y L E H A C K #7
Greasy hair? Roll with it.
If you find your hair starting to get greasy by the end of the day, but you’re heading out to after work dinner or drinks with no time to shower in between, worry not! When life gives you lemons, right? Work a little pomade into your hair, starting at the hairline and working your way back to the crown of your head, and comb it straight back for a super sexy slicked back style. This model-off-duty‘do will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for a fun night out.
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S T Y L E H A C K #8
Dress-up your Pajamas.
Last spring’s pajamas-in-public trend is still going strong. The beauty of this style hack is that you’re already half-way dressed by the time your alarm goes off! Just roll up your silk printed PJ pants to show off a cute heeled boot, and keep things cozy with an extra soft oversized sweater.
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S T Y L E H A C K #9
MAKE GRANDMA'S TWEED JACKET COOL AGAIN.
Bring a classic jacket up to date by pairing it with a chambray shirt and jeans. A structured tweed jacket will break up a Texas Tux, making the denim-on-denim trend a little more approachable. It's a great go-anywhere outfit that'll take you from client meetings to volunteering at school and everywhere in between.
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S T Y L E H A C K #10
ADD A DIY NECKLACE FOR INSTANT COOL.
Easier than tying your shoes. Hunt down a length of black leather (around 5 ft should do the trick), casually tie it once or twice around your neck, and let the ends hang long. This bolo tie-inspired accessory is best worn with a deep V-cut top or unbuttoned shirt - take a cue from Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules.
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S T Y L E H A C K #11
Up your necklace game with a sexy 90s style choker.
Another DIY for the girl who doesn’t have time to mess with arts and crafts. All you need to partake in one of the season’s hottest accessory trends is some black ribbon (ribbed, or velvet if you really want to go full 90s), a pair of scissors, and 60 seconds. We love the look layered with contrastingly delicate gold chains of varying lengths as seen here.
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S T Y L E H A C K #12
TRY THE DRESS-OVER-PANTS LOOK.
Let’s face it, for a girl on the move sometimes a dress just isn’t practical. When you’re running from investor meetings to gallery openings, the last thing you want to worry about is accidental indecent exposure. Enter the dress + pants duo - the stylish solution you’ve been looking for. For such an unlikely combo, the right dress and pair of pants can pair so naturally. Layer a lightweight dress over slim fit cropped trousers and add a blazer, as Christine Centenera has done here. Having trouble finding the right dress to pull off with pants? A shirtdress is an excellent place to start.
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S T Y L E H A C K #13
TIE A SHIRT AROUND A SHAPELESS DRESS.
Have a shapeless shirt dress that's just not doing it for you? Steal this great style hack from Olivia Palermo and tie a shirt around your waist for a little added definition to your figure. This style is best worn with high heels that’ll make your legs look like they go on for days.
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S T Y L E H A C K #14
Knot a dress that's too long.
Fallen head over heels for a gorgeous maxi only to realize that it’s made for someone taller? Or maybe you’ve got a dress you love whose hemline has fallen out of fashion. Either way, all is not lost! Throwing a knot in the fabric at the bottom of the dress not only solves your conundrum, it adds a little drape and drama to your look.
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S T Y L E H A C K #15
Rock a messy pony.
This is our go-to way to tame crazy bed head (not the sexy #iwokeuplikethis bed head, we’re talking about the kind of bed head that makes you want stay hidden under your pillow all day). Make that funky, textured hair work to your advantage! Part face framing hair in the center and push the rest back up and over your crown. Secure it in a hastily gathered low knot at the nape of the neck. Quick and simple - no hairbrush needed! An easy way to achieve an effortless Parisian vibe. If the center part doesn’t seem to be doing it for your face shape, try a deep side part instead.
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S T Y L E H A C K #16
Wear sweatpants in public.
The key is finding a pair with a tapered fit. Front tuck a loose T shirt and add a leather jacket to give the look a little structure. Further embrace your sartorial chill by sliding into a pair of Birks or high tops.
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S T Y L E H A C K #17
Give your jeans a quick trim.
Because who has time to hem your jeans the old fashioned way? Besides, the added denim fringe is cute and fun. To make sure that you get the length just right, we recommend that you put the jeans on and mark where they hit your ankle bone for reference. Don’t worry about being precise with the scissors - if your cut is uneven, it’ll only add to the effortless appeal.
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S T Y L E H A C K #18
Bring back the bandana.
Try something cool with your old bandanas by embracing the neckerchief trend. A bandana tied around the neck adds a dose of chic to any outfit.
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S T Y L E H A C K #19
Streamline your look with a leotard.
We love a streamlined look - a fitted top tucked into high waisted skinnies, for instance - but for such a simple outfit, it can be surprisingly tricky to pull off. The top always comes untucked and needs readjusting and your shirttails often bunch up under your pants creating awkward lines and lumps. A leotard is an unbeatable solution. It stays put when you’re on the move and won’t create any odd lines under jeans or fitted skirts.
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S T Y L E H A C K #20
Do Masculine and Feminine.
Strike the perfect chord with a high contrast look that’s one part girly, one part masculine. Try layering a belted boyfriend blazer over a lace dress – and roll up the sleeves of the blazer for a pretty feminine reveal. If your dress is short sleeved or sleeveless, a few bangles or a classic watch is a great way to finish off the outfit.
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S T Y L E H A C K #21
mix your prints.
Mixing prints can seem pretty daunting at first, but once you’ve learned this easy hack, you may find yourself confidently mixing it up more often. All you need to know is this: make sure the prints you’re wearing together are of different scales. Wearing one big floral print on top of another won’t serve you well, but a splashy floral design paired with a delicately dotted piece plays ever so nicely.
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S T Y L E H A C K #22
Up the ante with a skinny scarf.
Loop a skinny scarf around your neck before heading out the door for an added measure of 70s cool. Try it with a tucked-in drapey tank and a pair of flared jeans or wide leg trousers to take your look to the next level.
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S T Y L E H A C K #23
PULL YOUR LOOK TOGETHER BY BELTING A SCARF.
Here's a fresh take on layering that's perfect for spring: Wrap a scarf around your shoulders, crossing the ends in front, and belt at the waist. How easy is that? This style is versatile, too. Layer a feminine silk scarf over a skirt and top (as pictured) for a polished look that's office-ready, or opt for an oversized blanket scarf with jeans for a great weekend look.
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S T Y L E H A C K #24
Belt an oversized vest.
This smart look is a snap to pull off. Leaving your vest unbuttoned, cross one side over the other in the front, and fasten with a belt. A classic carryall and a cuff bracelet complete the look.
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S T Y L E H A C K #25
Edge up an office look.
Headed out and about after a day at work? Look no further than the jacket of the moment: the bomber. A jacket with a bit of attitude will help transform your look from office appropriate to street style approved. Just pop it over a classic printed shift and you’re off.
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