6 Low-Effort Outfits That Will Help You Look Elegant, Classy and Put-Together

Putting together an outfit is an art form, one that can take a person—even a seasoned editor—years to master. However, like any other artistic medium, there’s always room for growth and to expand your skillset; it’s something fashion people analyse regularly. If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the process of assembling a stylish, expensive-looking ensemble, fear not, for I am here to demystify and simplify the process by sharing some handy tips and tricks I’ve learnt along the way. Through trial and error and a lot of Instagram scrolling, today you’ll see how to put together an outfit that works every time.

Regardless of your personal style, the colours you wear or the pieces that currently populate your wardrobe, I’ve assembled a handful of ways to elevate your looks starting now. From getting your silhouette just right to choosing accessories that tell the story you’d like them to, follow these suggestions and the thought of not having anything to wear will never again enter your mind. 

Let's dive in and unlock the secrets of putting together an outfit, no matter what your budget is.

1. Embrace Symmetry 


(Image credit: @rosiehw)

Style Notes: An easy step in creating a well-rounded outfit is balance. We'll talk about proportions in a moment, but another quick way to put together an outfit and make it look premium is to keep the clothes themselves simple, and to balance out your accessories on either side. Case in point: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's bangles

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2. Play With Proportions 


(Image credit: @sasha.mei)

Style Notes: Some clothes are designed to be worn close to the body, but any that are hugging a bit too close by mistake won't look the premium. If you're between sizes, I always suggest sizing up—the slight slouch to your pieces will always look more deliberate than something that gives off shrunk-in-the-wash vibes. In fact, deliberately relaxed silhouettes often look more expensive, as evidenced here by Sasha Mei. 

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3. Follow the 2x2 Rule 


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Style Notes: TikTok's 2x2 theory may sound triggering to those of you who, like me, failed A-level maths, however it's a much simpler equation to master. It essentially involves taking two more formal pieces—in this instance, ballet flats and a tailored miniskirt—and countering them with two casual items—here, a T-shirt and jumper wrapped around the shoulders. 

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4. Wear One Hue


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Style Notes: Probably the oldest styling trick in the book, wearing one colour or tone top-to-toe is the easiest way to put together an outfit, especially if looking sleek is your ultimate goal. 

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5. Centre a Statement Piece


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Style Notes: I'm all for statement pieces—wear as many as you like, clashing your colours and prints if it brings you joy! However, if you're tentative about wearing bold separates, a surefire way to integrate them into your repetoire is by wearing one bold item per outfit, and offsetting it with basics such as jeans and jersey. 

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6. Elevate With Jewellery


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Style Notes: Fashion people regularly finish their outfits with gorgeous jewellery and, right now, the addition in question is a sleek, oversize earring. Keep the rest of your accessories pared-back and let them shine. 

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Next Up: 9 Outfit-Elevating Basics That Are Well Worth Investing in

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. 

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.