How to Look More Polished: 8 Easy Tips

Valentina Arjona
by Valentina Arjona
5 Minutes

Here, I’m going to give you some tips on how to look more polished.

These tips can help you get out of a rut and feel more confident about yourself. Let’s jump on in!


1. Do something that makes you feel good

Do something that can uplift your mood without too much effort, and start from there.

I know this doesn’t have so much to do with fashion, but if you start by putting on a playlist that boosts your mood, or something else that you like, it’s going to be easier for you to get styled up.

Music always helps to lift me up when I’m feeling a bit down!

Rolled sleeves

2. Roll up your sleeves

Especially if you’re petite or you’re curvy like me, rolling up your sleeves is always going to make you look more put together.

In this picture, you can compare how the same jacket looks when you have your sleeves rolled up versus when you have them down.

I think that rolling up your sleeves also helps to make your outfit look more intentional and thought-through.

Rolled sleeves

When rolling up a shirt, you only need to roll the sleeve once and take it a little bit further than your elbow and then roll your sleeves again on top of that.

You will still see the cuff of the shirt poking out the top. This is really simple, and it can change your outfit entirely.

Mixing basic and tailored pieces

3. Mix basic pieces with tailored ones

My next tip is to use a combination of basic, classic pieces like a t-shirt and a body suit and combine them with more tailored pieces.

Wearing a basic piece will give you a more effortless look, and adding those tailored pants or something more structured like a blazer will instantly elevate your look and make you look more put-together.

Mixing basic and tailored pieces

Tailored, wide-leg pants are very in right now because they’re so easy to wear.

You can pair them with whatever you want because they’re always going to make you look elegant. They’re super easy to dress up or dress down.


4. Tuck in your shirts and tops

Doing this will elevate your look completely.

I have written a lot about tucking in your shirts and tops before, so check out How to Properly Tuck in a Shirt: 4 Easy Methods and 4 Sleek and Super Easy Shirt Hacks to Look Polished.

Tucked shirt

Tucking in your shirt will accentuate your waist and also help you to look taller.

If you are petite and you’re not tucking in your shirt, definitely try it out.


5. Accessorize your outfits

Put on those finishing touches and pay attention to the small details. Adding accessories is so simple to do but it will make all the difference.

You don’t even need tons of different accessories, just a few little things will do. You can even wear the same jewelry and accessories every day.


Accessories give the impression that you took time to put your outfit together and you didn’t leave your house in a rush.


6. Take care of your nails

In line with paying attention to the small details, pay attention to your nails and don’t go out with your nails chipped.

If you don’t have time to get your nails done, just make sure that they are clean and that your fingers look nice.

Applying makeup

7. Hair and makeup

Another thing that acts as an accessory is your hair and makeup.

Make sure that you brush your hair, and if you’re wearing makeup, you can choose colors that will complement your outfit.

If you don’t like wearing makeup, you can simply brush your eyebrows and curl your eyelashes.

Steaming shirt

8. Clean and iron

The last tip is to clean your shoes and iron your shirts. If you don’t have time to iron, then buy clothes that don’t wrinkle as easily.

It’s all about making the right choices when you buy the clothes, don’t just buy something because it looks pretty.

How to look more polished

I hope you enjoyed these eight tips for dressing effortlessly chic and put together. Let me know if you have any more top tips of your own in the comments below!

For more fashion tips, check out this lookbook on How to Style Jeans.

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