I want to start by saying that I’m not a guru on all things cool, as proven by my collection of Hello Kitty dolls and having watched every episode of Gilmore Girls… twice, but I have been a stylist for a while now, and I have loved fashion since I could walk. Along the way, I have picked up a few things about how to look cool. Recently, I styled two outfits for a getaway weekend in Sedona, Arizona, which is so beautiful with its red rock cliffs, exquisite art boutiques, and fine dining. Of course, a girl has to look casually fabulous while sightseeing and traveling.

For the first outfit, I selected high-waisted, dark blue skinny jeans and a striped crop top, showing just a hint of skin. One of the pointers about being cool is to come off as laid-back with just a touch of allure. You know that popular saying, “I woke up like this”?  Such a lie, but some guys love it when we keep that fantasy alive. So, some form-fitting jeans with a simple striped crop is an excellent combination of comfy chic and on-point trends. Add delicate jewelry, a handsome black bag, and high-heeled combat boots for a perfect ensemble. Again, the combat boots with a high heel have the casual, more boyfriend appeal combined with a feminine accent. The outfit is flattering, with a hint of intrigue, and yet seems effortless–just plain cool.



The second outfit has the element of chic with the distressed, cropped skinny jeans but also the casual, relaxed look with the espadrilles and button-up tee.  Adding a great hat and a fringe purse shows you to have confidence and a little bohemian attitude. I totally recommend having fun with accessories. Contrary to what a lot of non-believers say, hats are not just for bloggers. All girls should express themselves and experiment with accessories from head to toe.



Being cool mostly involves confidence. Break free from any rules and wear what makes you feel good. Leave a comment and let me know your style of cool.

Xoxo,  Shelly

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