5 Reasons You Might Not Look Put Together (and How to Fix Them)

It’s no secret that, when taken as a whole, the trends du jour—sneakers, slouchy trousers, oversize sweatshirts, athletic-inspired pieces—go for more of an “I’m too cool to care” vibe than “I’m polished and put together.” And yes, that’s part of why we love them. But, that being said, some might agree that there are specific places and times when these popular pieces just don’t cut it and the blasé vibe goes too far.

Why does this happen? And have you ever stressed over how to look put together without exerting too much extra energy? We have, and we came up with five things to avoid, as well as tried-and-true tactics for adjusting your look. The good news? It’s a relatively easy problem to remedy. Scroll down for five reasons you might not look put together, along with the pieces you can shop now to fix it.

We don’t mind a rolled-out-of-bed look one but. But there is a too-comfortable way to do it: wearing something with too many wrinkles, a piece that’s just too oversize, and tossing together too many pj-inspired pieces at once.

How to fix it: Make sure your messy-inspired outfit still looks crisp by only wearing pieces that look high-quality. And make sure you iron or steam any delicate fabrics before you wear them!

Instead, try slouchy basics that look high-quality.

Available in sizes XS to 4X.

It was the legendary Coco Chanel who said you should always remove one accessory before you leave home—and she had a good reason for saying so. Keep layering on necklaces and slipping your arms into bangles, and you could end up looking like you walked out the door through a bedazzler.

How to fix it: Stick to minimal jewelry. And yes, try removing one accessory before you leave the house. If you can’t bring yourself to do it, you should be all right as long as you steer clear of chunky, heavy jewelry.

Instead, try minimalistic jewelry in just the right amounts.

On the flipside, no one wants to leave a perfect outfit incomplete due to a lack of accessorizing. Choose them thoughtfully and personalize your look.

How to fix it: If you find you’re often under-accessorized, try out statement accessories like a wide-brim hat, colorful sandals, or PVC belt.

Instead, try punching up your look with statement pieces.

Available in sizes S to L. 

A stylish pair of heels is easily ruined by taking a tumble due to its spindly, unsupportive shape… and this problem is infinitely compounded when the shoes don’t properly fit your feet. Whether it’s too big or too small, an improper fit makes it really hard for you to walk confidently in whatever shoes you’re wearing.

How to fix it: Make sure you’re wearing the right shoe size. If they’re an especially challenging pair of heels, practice walking in them before you leave the house.

Instead, try making sure new shoes fit before ever leaving the store.

Available in Italian sizes 35 to 42. 

A handbag that doesn’t go with your outfit is another easy-to-make mistake. This doesn’t mean it’s matchy-matchy, but feel free to select something that fits the occasion (and can comfortably hold whatever you need for it) and the vibe of your overall look.

How to fix it: Try not to let your handbags be an afterthought. Either select something clean and classic that goes with everything or choose one that completes your look from head to toe.

Instead, try a bag in a boxy, structural silhouette.