11 Ways to Look Stylish Without Trying Too Hard (or Spending Too Much)

How to look stylish is an elusive thing, as it's so personal. What makes one woman feel stylish might not feel organic to another, making her feel (and look) like she's trying too hard as a result. It's all about what you feel comfortable wearing when it comes to looking effortless, which is why we tasked ourselves with finding examples from the recent fashion month to help you achieve that goal. These fresh tricks are easy, subtle, and versatile (i.e., they can be tailored to fit your own personal aesthetic), but make a big impact when it comes to looking effortlessly stylish this season. And because being able to pay your rent is of utmost importance, we found wallet-friendly pieces to accompany each tip.

So if dressing like a girl who "gets it" (sartorially speaking) sounds more appealing to you than dressing like a girl who just wants to be trendy, keep scrolling to check out 11 ways to look stylish without looking like you tried too hard. 

Wear white shoes.

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This was the biggest shoe trend during fashion month by a mile.

Let your denim jacket fall off of your shoulder.

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Style du Monde 

The latest way to style your jacket is hanging off of your shoulders. To make it more effortless, keep it subtle and just to one shoulder.

Choose a classic style, like this Levi's option.

Choose a "normal" graphic tee.

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Collage Vintage

A graphic tee with a recognizable logo feels more accessible and unexpected than a specific "fashion" tee that people who aren't in the know wouldn't get. 

Everybody loves a '90s throwback these days.

Wear the latest sunglass trend.

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Collage Vintage 

Sunglasses are one of the first things people see (eye contact!), making them one fo the most impactful things you can wear. If you have a great pair of shades, there's no need to pile on the accessories. 

Oval frames are the latest must-have style.

Match everything.

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From your outfit to your accessories! As you can see, it's an easy way to look polished.

Put on a pair of big earrings.

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Even the simplest outfits will look stylish with the addition of a pair of statement earrings—trust us.

Because fashion should be fun.

Button just the top one or two buttons of your jacket (or shirt).

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Collage Vintage

Leaving things a little undone always looks cool.

Military-inspired pieces reign supreme this season. 

Wear stirrup pants over your shoes.

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Style du Monde

Yes, stirrup pants. They're back. Looping them over your shoes makes them look modern and fresh. 

Give the pants trend that fashion girls are wearing a try for cheap.

Pair raw-hemmed denim with loafers.

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Collage Vintage

This is the most stylish jeans-and-flats pairing around. It's cool, classic, and comfortable. 

Cropped grey jeans feel especially fresh this season (and just as versatile as blue).

We plan on wearing these black and white loafers with cool socks. 

Wear a long jacket.

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Collage Vintage

A long jacket or coat is a simple way to add interest and a little drama to any look. 

Throw this on over a graphic tee and leggings or cropped flares. 

Belt a blazer to wear it as a top.

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Style Du Monde

Wrap one side of your blazer over the other, secure it with a wide belt, and voilà! You have a new, flattering top.

If there were ever a season to wear pale blue velvet, this would be it.