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The 3-Word Rule Fashion Insiders Use When Getting Dressed

Bobby Schuessler

We've all been there—in a hurry but totally uninspired by the idea of putting together a fashion-forward outfit that feels true to our personal style. In moments like these, it can be easy to revert to the same old, same old. But there is actually a simple way to ensure you always look on point. You just need to get in tune with your always-fashionable self.

If outfit planning isn't your forte, there's a straightforward rule we discovered a few years ago that will prove to be a game changer for your daily style and save you so much time. In the April 2016 issue of People StyleWatch, we came across an interview with one of our favorite bloggers, Chriselle Lim. In it, she explains her go-to fashion formula: "Think about your style in three words. Mine are clean, polished, and feminine. When I don't know what to wear, I just go back to those." We love this style mantra and actually follow it, too.

Interested in testing out this idea? Well, if you're not quite sure how you'd describe your personal style, we're going to help you out. Below, we crafted a cheat sheet for you to pin or save to your camera roll. Whether it's cool or elegant, polished or relaxed, determine which adjectives resonate with you the most. As you go down the list, check off these words that best capture your fashion leanings. Eventually, you'll discover the lexicon that defines your personal style. 

Once you've come up with your list, consider these keywords when you're standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear. Think of combinations that reflect these powerful adjectives, and don't be afraid to experiment. As you continue to think about it and play with your wardrobe, you'll ultimately narrow down the top three words that truly embody you.

Below, we've come up with the three pillars we think most resonate with the Who What Wear girl. Using these three words—elevated, trend-driven, and cool—we've curated a selection of some of our favorite market picks that we believe showcase that dynamic trio.

While you should always wear whatever you love and what makes you feel the most comfortable, we tend to go for ensembles that fit within our own personal styles but are inherently elevated, trend-driven, and cool. 

Levi's Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Ankle Jeans ($98)

Fashion editors love these classic straight-leg jeans.

& Other Stories Cardigan ($89)

Love the idea of tucking this cardigan into jeans.

H&M Faux Leather Skirt ($35)

This skirt seriously looks far more expensive than it actually is.

Pixie Market Turtleneck Cape ($129)

Bring extra dimension to your look.

All in Favor Ribbed Long Sleeve Midi Sweater Dress ($55)

You can't go wrong with a cozy sweaterdress.

Frankie Shop Blazer ($265)

Don't forget about the shorts for a fashion-forward, tailored vibe.

Staud Sasha Shoulder Bag ($350)

Zebra print is here to stay.

Leith Square Neck Long Sleeve Bodysuit ($23)

Why yes, this just might become your new wear-on-the-regular bodysuit.

AllSaints Tyla Trench Coat ($550)

All about the trench coat this spring.

Mango Heel Loafers ($120)

Heeled loafers matter right now.

Eloquii Square Neck Top ($50)

Square-neck tops are the way to go.

Falconeri Down Jacket ($517)

Functional and fashionable.

Lou & Grey Rollneck Sweater ($90)

This sunny hue is one of the biggest spring color trends.

Re/Done High Break Flare Jeans ($295)

Can't go wrong with flares this season.

By Far Diana Slingback Pumps ($562)

Perfect for work or play.

Ann Taylor Faux-Leather Short Trench Coat ($189)

Bring a luxurious element to your everyday look.

Le Specs Situationship Sunglasses ($69)

You can never have too many pairs of cool sunglasses.

Treasure & Bond Long Knit Blazer ($59)

That perfect black blazer does exist.

Club Monaco Polo Sweater ($289)

Retro and so right.

This story was originally published on May 16, 2016, and has since been updated. Next, check out stylish outfit trends to try now.

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