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You’ll say ‘merci’ for these chic tips.
You’ll say ‘merci’ for these chic tips. / PNC / Getty Images

Being stylish doesn’t have to mean spending hours getting ready.

“It’s all about paying attention to a few details,” says Jennifer Scott, lifestyle blogger at The Daily Connoisseur and author of the new book Lessons From Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris.

Women, try Scott’s real-world tricks to look perfectly polished.

Create a core wardrobe. “Clear out the clutter in your closet and donate clothes that do not suit you,” says Scott. “When you create a small capsule wardrobe, you’ll be able to orchestrate several polished outfits that you can pick at a moment’s notice. It means you’ll no longer stand in front of your closet, wondering what on earth to wear.” Your capsule wardrobe may include interchangeable go-to items that form the backbone of your outfits, such as a pair of skinny jeans, wool pants, blazer, pencil skirt, fitted cardigan, silk blouse, ballet flats and trench coat.

Organize your accessories. “Spend one afternoon playing with the accessories in your wardrobe to find out which scarves work best with which blouses, and do the same with jewelry,” says Scott. “Knowing which accessories work best with various outfits makes it easier to finish your look the next time you’re in a hurry.”

Perfect a simple hairstyle. “If you pull your hair back into a ponytail,” Scott says, try this embellishment: “Hide the elastic band by wrapping a few strands of hair around it and securing with a bobby pin for a thoughtful touch.” For a quick and easy style for short hair, try an off-center part; smooth flyaways back with gel. It looks sleek and neat dressed up or dressed down.

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