seen them, the seriously stylish moms at
the park or school drop-off. It's hard
to pinpoint exactly what makes them look polished on a daily basis, but if you
look closely it's usually something as simple as a tuck, roll or twist. Here are seven easy ways to take your common every day look up a notch with
some basic styling tips. It's time to upgrade your style without
spending a dime!
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All Tied Up: You've heard of arm candy, well now it's time to take that theory to your waistline. We're seeing it on celebs everywhere, a simple flannel or long sleeved shirt, tied around the waist. Think of it as the perfect accessory. It's easy, already in your closet and it creates visual interest. We love it with denim bottoms, but it's equally great with leggings because it provides extra coverage for your, um, assets.
Beyond Basic Rolled Sleeve: Anyone can roll-up sleeves like your mother used to do, but to create a sleeve that's eye-catching, start with your sleeve unrolled and unbuttoned. Then roll the sleeve up so the cuff is just above your elbow. Roll the bottom up one cuff length, then repeat leaving just the top of the cuff exposed.
Cardigan Cool: Turn your boring mom cardigan into a style-worthy layered look. The key is to use a cardigan and a button-down that are relatively thin. If the fabrics are too thick it looks bulky. Start by pushing up your cardigan sleeves up to just below the elbow, then proceed with the steps above in the "Beyond Basic Rolled Sleeve."
The Front Tuck: A casual front tuck can take a basic T-shirt from ho-hum to enviably stylish. Tuck the shirt, in the front, in two spots (to the left and right of your navel but before your hipbone). Then pull the sides down so they cover the waistband.
The Sweater Tuck: Think the front tuck is just for T-shirts and button-downs? Think again. Create that same casual cool look with your sweaters. Not only does it look great it gives you a more defined waistline.
The Denim Cuff: We're sure you have one pair of jeans that are your absolute favorite. You could wear them daily, and probably do. To make them look different from yesterday's outfit, take the hem and roll them up a roll or two. Warning: this does not work for flared pants.
The Front Tie: Create a waistline with a cute front tie. It adds a bit more flair than the front tuck, but accomplishes the same thing: elevated style status. Just be careful to keep it classy. The Daisy Duke look is not what you're going after.