Like most people, I like to present a facade of self-maintenance. I usually try to appear reasonably kempt and put together when I’m out running errands, buying fake chicken at Target, or pounding away on my keyboard in a coffee shop.
If you, like me, want to trick people into thinking you’ve made an effort – but you’re not willing to actually change out of your leggings – this post is for you. Trying even just one of these tricks will make you look slightly less unkempt! And if you try two? Well, watch out now. The customers at Target are going to think there’s royalty among them.
7 Lazy Style Tricks
1. Slick on some bright lipstick
As I’ve mentioned about a million times, I’m obsessed with Revlon Lip Butter – particularly Candy Apple because it’s bright and makes me look like I tried!
2. Hide inside a giant scarf
Got a cold/hangover/hickey/allergies? Or just feeling anti-social? For me, wearing a big infinity scarf is the emotional equivalent to bringing a security blanket everywhere I go.
I can turtle down into it if the parking lot is blowy and cold or if I don’t want to interact with, well, anyone. And you can still wear scarves, even in the summer!
3. Put on a knit dress
One of the greatest tricks that womanhood has ever pulled is convincing society that dresses are ‘fancy’. They’re not that different from pajamas! Or onesies! And if you wear a cute, stretchy, knit dress in a print?
Everyone will think you’re super stylish when really you just pulled something over your head and walked out the door. This one looks cute and comfy.
4. Dry shampoo your hair/wash your bangs in the sink
What? YOU KNOW WE ALL DO THIS. I’ve been known to go four days between shampoos so dry shampoo has saved my hair on many occasions. Just spray the oily bits, backcomb it, wash your bangs and you’re good to go! This one costs $4 and has 2,000+ four star reviews!
5. Hair up + big earrings
Put your hair in a messy bun, tuck something dangly and pretty into your ears and allofasudden you look like you tried. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can add a fancy headband and people will probably confuse you with JLo. (I’ll be wearing these earrings for the next few months).
6. 10 seconds worth of concealer
I absolutely can’t be bothered to apply a full face of makeup to go buy vegan pepperoni at the co-op. But! I can spend 10 seconds smearing concealer around my nose, in the inner corners of my eye sockets, and on that one zit. I love this $4.50 highlighter + concealer wand.
7. Add a belt
Leggings and a man’s dress shirt? Add a belt and now it’s officially an Outfit. Knit dress and flip flops? Add a belt and you’re a fashionista. Adding a belt to anything defines your waist and adds an accessory – one of the keys to looking like you tried.
If you’re feeling really sneaky, get an elastic belt (this one is cute). Then you’ll look pulled together but you’ll still be able to eat that whole Chipotle burrito for lunch.
But I want to hear from you! How do you make it look like you, ya know, tried?