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It’s really hard to look put together! Remember that time you ran to the grocery store with your hair in a messy bun, wearing yoga pants and a baggy hoodie, when last night’s mascara is today’s smoky eye shadow? I know, right? I want to forget the time I did it too.
We can’t change the past but we can make sure we never do that again. Now I’m not suggesting we get dressed up with a full face of makeup just to check the mail. That would be ridiculous!
But, I can offer you some super easy, super doable techniques, effortless ways to help you look put together no matter what’s going on or how tired you may be. See, one thing I’ve realized in my 10+ years of adulthood is that no one really knows what they’re doing. We all kinda try our best and pretend we’re not just flying by the seat of our pants.
You know what? It’s ok, it’s ok not to know what you’re doing. Heck, it’s normal. The thing is, people get concerned when we don’t look like we know what we’re doing. As young professionals this is doubly so, they‘re concerned by our age and by our appearance – not a good combination. That’s what these tips are the most handy. In always looking confident and put together.
The goal is for people to remember you, not what you were wearing. The key is balance. We want to look good, not amazing. We want to be comfortable, but not Saturday morning cartoon comfortable. We want to be confident, to feel good in our skin and doing whatever it is we need to be doing. So how do you do that?
Simple Ways to Look Put Together At All Times
Take Care of your Skin
No matter what you do to hide it, skin and nails will tell whether you’ve been taking care of yourself or not. Wash your face, don’t go to sleep with makeup on, you can thank me in the morning. Moisturize every morning and evening. Skin damage is something that is much easier to prevent than correct. Plus, taking care of your skin will help on those days when you can’t make yourself put foundation on.
Don’t Neglect the Small Stuff
Ever been in the middle of a meeting and wondered if your breath smelt bad, or if your hair was cooperating? Suddenly your confidence plummets and the whole meeting goes downhill from there. Take care of those things right away, confidence is a secret weapon and conscious or not people notice when it’s lacking.
Pay Attention to your Hands
Keep them clean and moisturized. Regular washing and sanitizing is hard on your skin especially in the winter. Nail polish is a great way to look like you put effort into your appearance. Paint your nails a neutral color so you don’t end up with any weird clashes. Remember, no nail polish is better than chipped nail polish.
Use Basic Makeup to your Advantage
Thanks to a good skin care routine, I often get away with going to work wearing nothing but lip gloss and mascara. Just enough to look like I tried, but subtle enough I don’t look like I’m trying to impress anyone. That what I tell people, anyway. The truth is, I probably hit snooze 5 times and didn’t have to do anything else.
My favorite beauty hack. Perfect for those days when you skin just doesn’t want to cooperate. Plus, the added convenience of moisturizer and a light coverage foundation. It will help hide blemishes and under eye circles without feeling like you’re wearing face paint.
Don’t Forget your Hair
No matter how amazing the rest of you looks if your hair doesn’t look the part the whole appearing put together thing goes down the drain. Dry shampoo is an absolute lifesaver. As are the easy updo tutorials I keep finding on Pinterest. Some take 3 bobby pins and only 5 minutes!
Squinting into the sun will not do your future self any favors. Can you say wrinkles? They’re also perfect for hiding those under eye circles when you don’t have time for makeup. These are my absolute favorite, big enough to block the sun and any eye contact when I really don’t want to deal with people.
Choose your Signature Colours
Filling your wardrobe, or creating a capsule wardrobe with similar colours will ensure you never have to worry about your clothes clashing. This makes it especially easy if all you want to do is pull a couple of things out of your closet and go.
Accessories can make an outfit. Adding a scarf, a necklace, a pair of earrings or a stylish belt like this uber popular one from Gucci, not only pull an outfit together but send the message that what you’re wearing is intentional. A well-placed accessory can be the difference between thrown together and put together.
Fit is Important
You can have the nicest designer clothes but if they don’t fit right, they aren’t doing you any favors. The best way to do this is to forget about the number on the tag, no one looks good when they’re wondering if they can secretly undo the button on their pants or pulling on the too short sleeves of their shirt. You’ll look good and feel better and more confident wearing clothes that truly fit and others will notice that.
Don’t Forget Shoes
A pair of comfortable shoes that go with everything will not only save you time but you’ll hopefully be willing to wear them when you would rather wear your slippers. I often opt for these in the summer, easy enough to slip on and off yet they still look stylish and put together. These are perfect for the winter months, they’re warm and I don’t have to worry about the snow.
These are the shoes I wear at work when I have to look professional and put together. I usually just slip them on when I’m with a client and wear flats the rest of the time.
The way you’re standing, where you’re looking, what you’re doing with your hands can make all the difference. Open body language says you’re approachable and friendly. There’s a time and place for both, but in my experience people seems to respond better when a person appears approachable. If nothing else, simply standing up straight can make a huge difference.
Don’t get Caught Without a Smile
A smile conveys a whole wealth of information to people around you. Even if you have to fake it, a smile can boost your mood and impact the way you interact with the world.
Self care is arguably the best thing you can do for yourself. In its simplest form it’s your way of thanking yourself for a job well done. With proper self care you’ll find yourself more relaxed and less stressed. It’s taking a few minutes every day and doing something just for you, something that makes you happy. Whether you read a book, go for a walk, or drink a glass of wine self care is all about you.
Looking put together is a habit, a routine as much as anything else. Heck, sometimes I would even argue it’s a lifestyle. It’s easier to wash and moisturize your face every day, than to simply do it when your skin starts feeling dry. If you do your hair every day, you’ll quickly find you have a couple hairstyles you can pull off in under 5 minutes.
A Quick Word about Confidence
Confidence is another important part of looking put together. Unfortunately, there’s not a lazy girl’s guide to boosting confidence. But you can start here if you’re looking for a quick pick me up. A more medium term way to boost your confidence is to keep a list of all the compliments you receive. I bet there’s a lot more than you realize. Write them down, from hearing you have great legs to being told you’re awesome at closing sales, whatever it is you want to document it. Look at the list from time to time when you need a quick pick me up.
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