4 Steps to a Stylish Look

by Rachel

This step-by-step process will help you take your daily look from average to amazing. This is the exact process I go through when creating an outfit, whether I'm styling myself or my clients!


Swap your basics!

Trade your basics for an item with special details and textures that represents something you love.

In this example, I've swapped a plain black knit tank for a silky black camisole with a lace trim. I also swapped black thong sandals for studded gladiator sandals. Both of these pieces bring in the feminine, edgy vibe that I love to bring extra personality and style to my look.


Add a layer!

The more pieces or components your outfit has, the more stylish others will perceive you to be. Layers are a great way to get another component into your look!

In this example, I've now added on a lightweight leopard print cardigan because I love me a good animal print. This skirt is also a little short for my preference so it helps me feel more covered as well. Win win!


Stylize each piece!

This is the most important step! It's adding the flair that takes your look to a whole new level and personalizes each piece to be worn in a way that's uniquely you!

In this example, I've given a front-tuck to the cami as it makes the whole look appear more pulled together and also helps to define my waist line and even me out proportionally, creating the illusion of longer legs. I've also cuffed the sleeves of my cardigan. Again, this creates a more polished, pulled together appearance for the whole look.



The key to being stylish is creating more complex outfits. Accessories are how we do this!

In this example, I've added a necklace, bracelet, and earrings (which you can't see in this photo) along with sunglasses and a cute purse.

Here's the before and after again.

By keeping these 4 simple steps in mind the next time you get dressed, you can create a look that's stylish, put together and full of personality.

Let me know your experience if you try it by dropping a comment below!


I'm Rachel Michael, a style coach focused on creatively bringing the art of style to women who are ready to authentically STAND OUT. My focus is on building confidence in my clients by developing their signature style through wardrobe edits, personal shopping services and styling sessions. I specialize in bringing out the creative energy that lights my clients up on the inside to their outside appearance so they feel more whole and powerful than ever before!

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  • Very nice! You are providing a valuable service to your clients. It takes a good eye to layer and assemble a stylish outfit without it going over the top and a hot mess. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to see what other tricks you have up your sleeve!

    • Rachel Rachel on Apr 21, 2021

      Aw, thanks so much Naomie! I'm glad that you found this helpful and I can't wait to share more :-)