The Style Hack That Makes Any Outfit Look Polished in Seconds

February 3, 2017

“It’s Monday. I’m on my 3rd outfit change in 10 minutes. Nothing’s working. I need to leave my place in 5. I’m annoyed. I’m desperate. HELP!”

Allow us to introduce you to an outfit trick adored by the stylists at RTR HQ. Referred to as the balancing act, this principle is about creating a polished silhouette in seconds.

Here’s how it’s done. Think of your outfit as a triangle; there’s a slim point and a wide point, but never two slim points or two wide points. When piecing together your outfit, look in the mirror and imagine the triangle superimposed on your figure. The triangle can be right side up or upside down, depending on where you want the most volume.

A fitted top and wide leg pants, for example, would form a right side up triangle. An oversized tunic and leather leggings, on the other hand, would be an upside down triangle. Using this method to mix and match guarantees your finished look is balanced. It’s like makeup — if you’re going for a bold magenta lip, you might want to avoid a dramatic smokey eye and vice versa.

See how it’s done…

Right Side Up Triangle

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DRESS: BA&SH, COAT: GREYLIN, BAG: ELIZABETH AND JAMES

Upside Down Triangle

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SWEATER: JASON WU GREY

Right Side Up Triangle

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TOP: FREE PEOPLE

Upside Down Triangle

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COAT: GREYLIN, BAG: ELIZABETH AND JAMES

HERO IMAGE – TOP: PARKER, PANTS: NICHOLAS, BAG: ELIZABETH AND JAMES

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