How to Look Polished All of the Time (Even on Days It Feels Impossible)

If you’re anything like us, your time in quarantine diminished your desire to look polished before leaving the house because, well, you weren’t! But now, many of us have returned to work, the classroom, etc., which means it’s time to look presentable again. Have no fear; we’ve compiled all of our best tips to easily look more put-together.


If you’re having a blah day, or you feel like your outfit is missing something, add earrings or a necklace – or both. This basic accessorizing can take your look from simple to statement-making.

Change Up Your Shoes

Shoes are often the missing link to completing an outfit. If you’ve been rocking the same pair for a while, see what switching it up does to your wardrobe. Shoes that always make a statement include classic white sneakers, Dr. Martens, patterned booties, pointed-toe loafers, and neutral block heels. These are comfy and stylish options that can update just about any look.

Do a Little Something With Your Shirt

Try a few different things with your top to get your outfit just right: Knot your T-shirt or button-down just at or above your waistline, tuck it in all the way, or French-tuck it. Each of these hacks will change how your shirt fits, polishing off your entire look.

Take Care of Your Things

This one is a no-brainer, but sometimes, we’re blind to the condition of our garments – especially if we love them. Making sure your clothes aren’t stretched out and are free from pilling and wrinkles can make all the difference.

Go Monochrome

An instant way to look super-chic? An entire outfit in one color. Whether that color is black, white, or lime green, you’re bound to look put-together. For example, pair black trousers, a black crewneck sweater, a black jacket, and black loafers with colorful statement earrings or a bright handbag.

Always Have a Fun Outerwear Piece on Tap

During the cooler months, an easy way to appear put-together is to throw on a jacket. We adore classic peacoats, trench coats, loud statement jackets, and blazers (which are coming back in a big way). Anytime your outfit feels a little “ehh,” add some outerwear, and we guarantee your look will feel complete.

Keep It Simple

Some days it’s best just to keep things simple, like wearing a white T-shirt tucked into some vintage Levi’s paired with neutral-colored shoes, a statement handbag, and vintage sunnies. These simple outfits are especially great on those “How do I have nothing to wear?” days.

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