Let’s start with a disclaimer: I am not claiming to be cool, and if you saw my collection of Hanson band tees, the subject wouldn’t even be up for debate. Rather, through my daily perusal of countless street style sites (nobody said I don’t have a cool job), I’ve come to notice some signature styling nuances common to a crop of women—editors, muses, It-girls—who are definitely considered cool. Just what are their secrets?
Scroll on to find out, as I try out seven of their go-to tricks.
Front-back earrings are definitely having a moment. They’re the kind of accessory that make you do a double take.
Shop My Earrings: Pamela Love Five-Spike Stud Earrings ($275) in Rose Gold
I adorned my blazer with vintage pins I found at the flea market, but I also love the idea of embroidering your initials on a jacket in a discreet spot.
Shop A Similar Pin: Karl Lagerfeld Vintage Initials Brooch ($504)
Nothing looks more laid-back than a pushed-up sleeve.
Shop My Blazer: Zara Striped Blazer With Belt ($100) in Ecru/Navy
The majority of a cool-girl ensemble should look insouciant and slightly tomboyish, but a hint of allure, achieved by my lacy camisole, keeps the look intriguing.
Shop My Camisole: Cami NYC The Racer Camisole ($138) in Black
Similar to tucking your hair into your shirt, wearing your bag as a layer beneath your outerwear is an unexpected touch that adds a lived-in feel to your look. Bonus: The look is also an effective anti-theft technique.
Shop My Purse: Elizabeth And James Cynnie Micro Cross Body Bag ($295) in Pink Beach
While heels certainly have their merits, a flat looks unforced, especially when it’s an of-the-moment slide.
Shop Similar Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals Thais Pony Sandals ($270)
What I Wore: Zara Striped Blazer With Belt ($100) in Ecru/Navy; Cami NYC The Racer Camisole ($138) in Black; Citizens Of Humanity Premium Vintage Corey Crop Jeans ($274) in Renegade; Park Lane Cross Strap Slide Flat Sandals ($46, similar style here); Elizabeth and James Cynnie Micro Cross Body Bag ($295) in Pink Beach; Knockaround Mile High Sunglasses ($30) in Silver and Polarized Smoke; Pamela Love Five-Spike Stud Earrings ($275) in Rose Gold; Catbird Classic Hammered Ring ($64) in Yellow Gold; Bing Bang Heart Ring ($58); vintage pins.
Citizens Of Humanity Premium Vintage Corey Crop Jeans ($274) in Renegade
Elizabeth And James Cynnie Micro Cross Body Bag ($295) in Pink Beach