From Lively to the Olsens, 16 Style Lessons From Stars Without Stylists

Plenty of today’s fashion-forward celebrities didn’t become true trendsetters until they meet their celebrity stylist match. Need proof? Just try Googling “stars before they had stylists.” Of course, there are a handful of preternaturally stylish stars in a league of their own. From Kate Moss to Diane Kruger, these celebrities stay true to their sensibilities and always look comfortable in their clothes—no stylist required! Accordingly, we’ve compiled the most important lessons learned from our favorite stars sans-stylists.

Scroll down for the stars’ lessons and to see their styling skills in action!

Throw a blazer on over a floral frock to make it instantly evening-appropriate:

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Monochromatic pieces plus nude pumps is chic and slimming:

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Balance out a voluminous piece by showing some skin elsewhere:

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Dark color-blocking at the sides of the torso instantly whittles the waist:

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Wear a jacket with shorter sleeves over a fitted long-sleeve top to add interest and to look just plain cool:

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Take a white dress from simple to stunning with the addition of texture, embellishment, and/or ruffles:

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Want to stand out at the airport AND be comfortable? Wear a midi skirt:

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Sheer stockings make any outfit more feminine and evening-appropriate:

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A bomber jacket takes any outfit to cool-girl territory:

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A statement coat turns simple pieces into a special-occasion-worthy outfit:

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Wear neutral colors and simple shapes to let your accessories shine:

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You CAN carry a larger handbag at night. Just make it a ladylike top-handle satchel:

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Wear a jacket that’s slightly longer than your dress or skirt for a chic, borrowed-from-the-boys vibe:

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For a looks that’s fresh and unexpected, pair printed pieces with white shoes instead of black:

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Tie up a trench coat so that it looks like a dress. Just make sure you can see a peak of the dress, skirt, or top that’s under the dress, to avoid flasher connotations:

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Create cool contrast by wearing more delicate pieces with a more structured belt:

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Do you think these stars are successful at styling themselves? Are there any stylist-dependent celebrities that you think could style themselves? Sound off in the comments below!