Have you ever noticed that some women have a certain way of looking consistently chic and well dressed? The ones who always seem to have the ability to be put together under any circumstance, all done with the most effortless ease. While it can be natural to envy these women, there is no secret skill set they posses that you do not, but rather a set of style rules they routinely follow.

Achieving the personal image you desire doesn’t have to be a challenge, so long as you have a plan in place. Timeless women understand that by following style rules, the guess-work is removed from getting dressed every day. Like anything in life, having a strategy and knowing what you need makes you well equipped for any situation.


Scroll down for the 6 style rules all timeless women follow.


#1 Invest in Basics

Timeless women know that spending a little extra money on the basic wardrobe essentials means that they will always have access to good quality pieces that stand the test of time and trends. Basics are items that belong in every woman’s closet and can carry them across a variety of settings. We suggest investing in neutral denim and slack options, versatile coats, classic white button downs, fitted dresses, structured blazers and staple footwear. These pieces will be worn time and time again, thus making them worth the investment.


#2 Don’t Focus on Fads

Fads or trends are the items that gain overnight attention but have little staying power. A key style rule is knowing not to waste too much time focusing on these pieces and spending money on something that won’t be relevant for long. While we always suggest buying something if you truly can’t stop thinking about, make sure you keep these purchases to a minimum and focus on the classics. Timeless women know that getting distracted by fads just means they’ll need to continuously update their closet.


#3 Shop Your Shape

Understanding your body shape is a key piece in successfully achieving a timeless look. When you know which styles and cuts work for your body you eliminate countless hours in store change rooms and a closet filled with items that go unworn. Women who dress with ease know exactly what flatters their body and what to avoid, always enhancing their best assets. If you aren’t sure of your shape, do some research into the most common categories female body types are separated into and identify which one you fall into. Shopping for your body shape ensures you always look and feel your best.


#4 Recognize the Importance of Tailoring

Every well dressed woman has a go-to tailor on speed dial and understands the importance of properly fitted garments. Making a minor alteration on something too large or unstructured can have a major impact on it’s overall aesthetic. Shortening sleeve lengths on jackets and blouses, hemming the length of pants, and taking in the mid-section on blazers for example, can completely transform their look on the body. Understanding that one piece of clothing isn’t going to have a universal fit is key, and that adjustments where needed make all the difference, is a very important style rule to abide by.


#5 Establish a Personal Dress Code

The key to dressing with ease and always looking put together is to have a dress code or formula to follow. This rule really involves understanding what you like, what you feel comfortable and confident in, and shopping accordingly. This can also be the most challenging step for many women who aren’t certain what their personal preferences are. We suggest doing your research – scour the internet and social media to collect images of looks you feel suit you and celebrity style you aspire to attain. In time you’ll see the patterns and commonalities of what you like, which then becomes your dress code. Having a formal for getting dressed removes all the guess-work.


#6 Avoid Over Accessorizing

It’s easy to get caught in the accessory-vacuum, adding more and more until you don’t know when to stop. Timeless women know that too much of a good thing takes a classic look over the edge. While it can be fun to add the final touches on to a look, focus your attention on one or two key pieces, opting for a less-is-more approach. It’s good to have a go-to watch, bracelet, belt and pair of sunglasses on hand to serve as your accessory staple pieces, while occasionally adding an additional item just for fun. Anything more than that and chances are you’ve overdone it.

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