Some days I just don’t want to have to think about getting dressed. I want to close my eyes, grab what’s closest, and put it on. Am I alone here or does anyone else ever feel this way? When your to-do list is two pages single-spaced on a SATURDAY morning, sometimes less is more and simpler is better. So today, I want to provide some tips on how to look polished with minimal effort—because we all feel better when we know we look good.
HOW TO LOOK POLISHED WITH MINIMAL EFFORT
The look above is an example of my “close my eyes and go” outfit. Black skinny jeans, flattering white tank, simple cardigan, black boots. Boom. Done. Out the door. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good at this “get dressed quick” concept, so below, I’ve provided some tips on how to look polished with as little thought and effort as possible.
Tip #1: Invest in black jeans.
Invest in a pair of black jeans that do a couple of things for you. First, they need to be comfortable. The idea of getting ready in the morning with minimal effort will only become a reality if you have a selection of clothes that you know will work for you all day long. I know in the past you guys have slid on a pair of jeans KNOWING they’re going to be unbuttoned and uncomfortable as soon as you eat or drink something (I sure have). You aren’t going to look polished or put together if your face reads “These pants are squeezing the life out of me.”
Look for a pair of black jeans that have stretch. Denim with no stretch can typically only be worn once before it becomes super baggy (which in-and-of itself is not a good look), and having to wash your favorite jeans every single time you wear them is not easy or effortless! Also, make sure the jeans hit to about your ankles so that whether you need to tuck them in to boots or wear them with flats, you’ll know they’re going to work.
And why black? Black instantly feels a little bit nicer than a light-wash pair of jeans. They’ll still go with all of your tops, but it will look 100% more polished with 0% more effort.
The jeans I’m wearing above are my absolute favorites and only cost $75. Shop them here.
Tip #2: Invest in a nice versatile white tank or tee.
And I don’t mean the body-hugging camisoles that you wear as an undershirt. I mean a nice top that you can layer under cardigans, jackets, coats, chambray button downs, etc. The one I’m wearing from Free People above is on my body 4+ times a week. I love it because when I put it on, I know I’m going to be comfortable and it will look good paired with anything. The deep-V is flattering, and the light-weight material makes it perfect for year-round wear and days when the weather is tricky (cool in the mornings and hot in the evenings).
Here’s a selection of effortless white tanks and tees that can be added to your wardrobe:
Tip #3: Have a couple of cute and comfortable pairs of shoes in your closet.
The boots I’m wearing in today’s post look way more uncomfortable and expensive than they actually are, and when you’re trying to look polished with minimal effort, that’s EXACTLY what you want in a shoe. Think chic flats, boots with a thick heel, and trendy sneakers. These boots (nice, thick heel) and these flats are my “throw ’em on and go” shoes. Why? Because I know for a fact I can comfortably wear them for hours on end with no pain—and they’re still stylish. I recently did a post about dupes of a high-end designer loafer, which has a handful of cute, everyday flats you might love. See the post here.
It’s important to note that everyone is different, and “comfortable” may mean different things to different people. Find a couple of pairs of shoes that fit your definition of “comfortable” and keep them close.
Tip #4: Elevate your outfit with simple layers and accessories.
My fourth tip on how to look polished with minimal effort is invest in a couple of pieces that you know you can wear again and again. For me, I’m wearing the diamond necklace my husband gave me on our wedding day 99.9% of the time. It’s a timeless piece that I know goes with everything, so accessorizing isn’t something I think about at all. Below, I’ve linked a non-diamond version of my necklace:
I also have a rotation of three to four cardigans/jackets that I wear constantly this time of year. My favorite black Madewell jeans and comfy Free People tank are constants, but on any given day I might grab a different cardigan or jacket. Let’s be real, a lot of times I’m wearing the cardigan I see first. And that’s OK! The point is to have a selection of a few items you know you like, so when you’re in a hurry, you don’t have to think about it.
Bonus Tip: Swap your bra for a cozy lace bralette.
With the tank I’m wearing above, I always layer it over a lacy bralette. I have a couple of go-to bralettes (like this or this) that are super comfortable and can be thrown on, on a busy day. One of the main reasons I like bralettes is because if a little bit of pretty lace pops out of my shirt, it’s not a big deal. You can be comfortable knowing you’re covered, secure, and comfortable.
I know if you have a bigger bust this tip might not work for you for really long periods of time, but it’s worth a try. I hate wearing bras (TMI?), so any excuse to wear something that feels like a sports bra is a “yes” in my book.
What do you all think? Do you have any suggestions on how to look polished with minimal effort? Leave me a comment below!