Simple Ways To Look Chic & Put Together This Summer

By: Olivia Marrone 

Everyone knows the feeling of confidence you get when you put on an outfit and love what you’re wearing. This feeling can really boost one’s self-esteem and set the tone for the rest of their day. Besides just an outfit, there are other factors that can help create this feeling. With this summer being deemed on Instagram as the #summerofselfcare, I wanted to share some things I’ve been doing to help me look and feel chic, put together, and confident!

  1. Maintain Your Mani/Pedi

Photo Courtesy:  InStyle.com

Photo Courtesy: InStyle.com

There’s something about having a fresh manicure & pedicure (whether you do it yourself or go to the salon) that makes me instantly feel put together. Something that I am working on is maintaining my mani/pedi, so if they chip I touch it up until I feel like changing the color again. Doing this simple task makes me feel more put together and adds something extra to my overall look. Additionally, I love having my manicure and pedicure match, whether it’s black for an edgy-chic look or an orange-toned red to enhance your tan, having your manicure and pedicure match is something simple but can help take your look to the next level.

2. Thinking Of Going For The Chop? Do It!

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I’ve always had my hair long, and although my current haircut isn’t a drastic change from what I normally do, it’s the shortest I’ve ever gotten it. With it being hot outside I wanted to get a significant amount of hair taken off, and although I was a little hesitant at first I’m so glad that I did it. If you’re debating on whether or not to cut your hair this summer, I say do it. Getting a haircut can help give you a fresh, new look, and with it being summer why not try something different? You may end up being pleasantly surprised and if you’re not as satisfied, it’ll always grow back!

3. Make Time For Skincare, Makeup & Styling Your Hair

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Photo Courtesy: cosmopolitan.co.uk

Personally, I find that if I’m not feeling my best, doing my skincare routine, putting on a bit of makeup, and styling my hair can really boost my mood and confidence. After taking care of my skin, I put on a little bit of concealer, blush, and mascara, which instantly makes me feel more awake and ready for the day.

For hair, I typically flat iron it, which makes me feel very sleek and put together, but depending on my mood I do also enjoy curling it. By making time to do these things, much like with maintaining your manicure & pedicure, they can pull your entire look together and elevate your mood.

4. When In Doubt: Wear Monochrome

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I got this idea the other day when watching I Covet Thee’s recent video on how to style all-white outfits, and it reminded me of how great monochromatic looks are. In whatever color/color palette you choose to go with, monochromatic outfits are effortless, cool and an easy way to look chic. One way to add dimension to a monochrome look is by wearing different shades of the same color!

Despite my love for the current neutrals trend I also love when people wear monochromatic looks in bold colors because I find them to be so different and unique with all of the ways the chosen color can be styled. Whether you’re a neutrals lover or all about the bold and bright, turning to monochromatic looks in a time of need can make you look super chic and effortlessly cool.

5. Find What “Style” Works For You

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Photo Courtesy: fromluxewithlove.com

Personally, I believe that being chic is all about knowing what works for you. This comes through trying different styles, silhouettes, colors, and patterns. Once you find the type of “look” that you like, it’ll make shopping so much easier because you’ll know what to be looking for.

If you’re trying to find your style (which of course can be a multitude of things and doesn’t have to be defined by or confined to one aesthetic) look for inspiration from your favorite YouTubers, bloggers, editorials, paintings, interiors - anything that you enjoy! If you want to do some research and find out what silhouettes, styles, and colors typically work well for your complexion & body type before going shopping, there are plenty of videos on YouTube breaking it all down (Audrey Coyne has some great ones!). Additionally, I’ve found Tumblr to be a huge source of inspiration for me, as well as magazine editorials, and Pinterest.

These are just a few simple tips I’ve come up with to help aid you in feeling more put together and looking effortlessly chic, but in the end, what matters is how you feel about yourself. Wear and do whatever makes you feel confident, and with that confidence, you will automatically be chic and ready to show up as the best version of yourself.