Looking put together doesn’t necessarily refer to how you look or the way you dress. Sometimes it’s more about how you carry yourself and your overall outlook on life. Many of us have very busy lives juggling careers, parenthood, marriage, friendships, houses etc., and honestly it can be a challenge to look put together on a daily basis. Though it may not be feasible to give yourself a blowout and put a full face of makeup on every day, there are some tips and tricks on how to look more put together effortlessly.
How to Look More Put Together
If you’re looking for a printable checklist, I have one for you at the bottom on this post! It’s a simple way to remind yourself daily how to look more put together.
dress appropriately for the weather
Check the weather to dress appropriately for the day. If you are dressed for the wrong season or conditions, it gives off the impression that you don’t have it together.
wrinkle free clothing
This is a simple step that makes a big difference on your overall look. And I swear it makes your clothing look more expensive, too! You can use a simple handheld steamer for quick jobs or travel, but I purchased this big floor steamer a few years ago and it’s been a lifesaver not having to change out the water tank constantly. If you’re in a pinch, you can hang your clothes in the bathroom while you take a hot shower for a natural steam.
dress for confidence
Your outfit will have a huge impact on your mood for the day, and therefore can have a huge impact on your day. I know when I love my outfit, I’m in a better mood, I feel more productive, and I’m more confident – and people can sense that! If you want to build a wardrobe you love, check out my series here!
Follow a Morning Routine
A morning routine doesn’t have to be hours long. Even taking 15 minutes in the morning can make a difference between having a chaotic day and a more relaxed day. Depending on what your interests are, there are several things you could do to get your day started on the right foot. For example, you could wake up before anyone else in the house, and drink a cup of coffee in the stillness of the morning. You could use this time to plan out your day and make a to-do list to be productive. Writing the things that are in your head that need to get done onto a piece of paper allows you to visualize your thoughts and generally doesn’t seem as overwhelming when you put them to paper. You can also write a quick note in a gratitude journal to set your mind up for positive thoughts at the beginning of the day.
Another easy thing to help you get a good start to the day is to always make your bed. It’s an easy step to help you feel like you’ve accomplished something right from the get-go in the morning. Take a few minutes, first thing in the morning to let your mind wander. This sparks creative ideas, makes you feel centered and ready to take on the day.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
This doesn’t mean you need to work out two hours a day, drink a gallon of water and eat chicken and broccoli. It simply means to be mindful of how you’re caring for your body. In the past I’ve been very much all or nothing when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, but I always get burned out. Now, I’m focusing on simple lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I recently started exercising again after having our daughter, Josie, and talked about it in this post HERE. I’ve also improved my diet a bit, adding in more vegetables and fruits where I can. I’ve realized it’s all about balance with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Maybe you don’t enjoy drinking water. Aim to drink one or two glasses more a day. Dehydration can make you feel and look tired, so getting the proper hydration is essential to your overall health. An easy way to monitor your water intake is to get a large size bottle to hold your water in. Set a goal to drink a certain number in a day to hit your water goal. Try adding freshly squeezed lemon, mint, or other fruits to jazz up the flavor. Or maybe you don’t enjoy fruits and/or vegetables. Try making a smoothie to see if you enjoy drinking them instead of actually eating them. 🙂 I included my daily smoothie recipe in this post too. I’ve found that it’s super easy for me to eat more fruits and vegetables by drinking a smoothie daily. Taking care of yourself helps put your best foot forward easier.
Simplify Your Skincare and Makeup Routine
Taking care of your skin is one of the easiest ways to feel confident. But you don’t have to overcomplicate your skincare and makeup routine to look and feel your best. If you’re just starting to get into a skincare routine, I’d suggest starting simple with a cleanser, moisturizer, vitamin C, and sunscreen. I’ve used this cleanser for a while and love that it removes impurities without making my skin feel tight and dry. One of the most important things you can do for your skin to prevent premature aging is to wear a sunscreen every.single.day, year-round. I love this clean sunscreen and use it for my daughter, too!
Having a great skincare routine not only improves your confidence but also allows your makeup to look better. You also don’t feel like you have to wear a lot if you take care of your skin, which is a bonus! I don’t wear a full face of makeup every day unless I’m shooting content or going somewhere. But most days of the week I wear mascara and keep my lips moisturized to feel more put together.
If I’m staying home, running errands or other similar things, I usually just pick and choose a few products from my full makeup routine that leaves me feeling put together. I usually start with my sunscreen and then apply my holy-grail primer. Then, I brighten my under eyes and cover dark circles with my favorite concealer. The concealer has this magical way of making you look well-rested and just brighter. Next, I put on a little blush to give my face some color and warmth. Then, I finish with a lip color like this lipgloss in the color beige.
Give yourself a manicure
That doesn’t mean you need to visit the salon twice a month if you don’t want to, but putting in the effort to keep your hands looking healthy and manicured will go a long way. I prefer to do my own gel manicure at home to save time and money (here’s what I use!). If the polish isn’t your thing, just simply buff and file your fails and keep them hydrated to look more put together. Once your polish starts to chip, it’s important to remove it
Have clean, styled hair
Essentially, your goal here is to not rock bedhead every day. Simply brushing out your hair to give yourself a sleek pony if you’re in a rush will do! If you have the time to style it, even better! Here are some of my favorite everyday hair products:
whiten your teeth
If you ask most people what they focus on first when meeting someone, the most common answer is the person’s teeth and smile. And you may be surprised how easy and affordable you can whiten your teeth at home! Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide with water, and swish around in your mouth after brushing every night for pearly whites! This is the toothpaste I’ve used for years and they keep my teeth looking white. If you’re new to using this, you get used to the taste, I promise 🙂
Wear Clothes that Fit Properly
Just like with makeup and skincare, proper fitting clothing starts with your undergarments. If I’m lounging around the house, I love this bralette. It’s comfortable yet gives you great support and lift. If I’m getting dressed for the day, then I wear these wireless bras. They fit like a dream and look seamless under clothing. If you don’t love thongs, this underwear is comfortable, yet hides the appearance of lines under your clothing.
Wearing clothes that fit you properly is an easy way for you to feel good about yourself. Be mindful of your body’s shape and play off that. Are you more pear-shaped with a small waist? Maybe a high-waisted pair of jeans are best for your body type. Are you tall? Shop for pants at retailers that sell tall lengths in jeans, trousers etc. to get the best fit for your height. Did your weight recently fluctuate? Don’t wait until you can get back into your jeans that don’t fit. Buy a pair that fit your body now, so you can feel confident in your clothes and skin. It’s so nice that retailers are carrying a wide variety of sizes and lengths to fit everybody, so you can feel confident to wear whatever makes you feel beautiful!
Improve your posture
When you carry yourself with good posture, you express confidence and self-respect. It’s easy to slouch over time, especially if you sit as a desk all day! The best way to improve your posture is self-cueing yourself throughout the day. You can set a reminder on your phone consistently throughout the day to remember to sit up tall, bring your shoulders and head back, and relax your shoulders. It’s also a great time to take a few deep breaths to relieve some stress!
If you sit a lot at work, I recommend trying a lumbar pillow in your lower back.
Be Mindful of Your Thoughts
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase mind over matter, but have you really stopped to think about what that really means? Our minds are powerful tools that allow us to create how we view different situations. No one has a perfect life. But if you decide that you’re going to look at every situation with the most positive attitude you can, you will feel happier, more in control, and at ease. And best of all, your thoughts are free!
Another easy way to feel more put together is to stand up straighter and smile more. When you mindfully decide to look confident, you will start to think more positively. Complimenting someone else on a daily basis is a great practice to get into to help boost others’ confidence too.
You also need to be mindful of who you associate yourself with. If you hang out with people who constantly talk negatively about other people or things, soon you may start to do the same thing. And that’s just no way to go through life. Be careful with the words that you speak, and surround yourself with positive people who do good. You become who you associate yourself with.
Improve your organization
Having your life organized and taking the time to plan out your days and week will make you feel more in control of your life, and that directly translates to feeling more put together. Another no-no when it comes to looking and feeling put together is being late, so improving your organization will also help with this!
I’ll share more tips on how to be more organized in a future post, but I love to use planners to be intentional with my time.
Use accessories to help make you feel put together. Try wearing sunglasses. Sometimes that’s all you need to jazz up your look. They’ll instantly make you look and feel more stylish. If you had to skip hair wash day, wear a cute hat. There are so many that I love to wear and an easy way to cover up your hair if you didn’t have time to style it. You could even do a side braid to elevate your look a little more.
If you decide to rock leggings and an oversized sweatshirt, wear some earrings and a stack of bracelets or throw over a chic coat. Simple things like adding accessories to a look create an effortlessly chic vibe with little effort.
What’s your favorite tip to look put together? Let me know in the comments below!