Have you ever found yourself scrolling through street style photos when, all of a sudden, you land on a look that stops you in your tracks? If so, you know the excited feeling that comes with discovering a show-stopping ensemble that inspires you to race to your wardrobe and start trying to reconstruct what you’ve just seen. When it comes to the kind of style that sends street style photographers into a frenzy, it’s reassuring to know that these looks aren’t all about labels or wearing exactly “what’s in” at the moment. Instead, they’re based on big ideas, and, once broken down, they are easy to imitate on your own.
With a few key elements and helpful styling tips, Savoir Flair will teach you how to achieve show-stopping style in the gallery below.
Pop of Color
Savoir Flair recently went into detail about what a pop of color can do for a neutral outfit, but this emphasis is even more pronounced when you pit candy-colored accessories against an all-white ensemble.
A strategically placed cutout, like the arching curve on this stylish skirt, draws the eye to negative space.
This silky two-tone slip dress is perfectly complemented by a striped bag that not only reflects the monochrome details of the dress but also has a leather panel that matches her footwear. Genius!
While the crop top remains a popular option in 2016, we love the unexpected placement of a back cutout, especially when worn over a cool strappy bralette.
This intense dress, tights, and leather jacket combination is unexpectedly interrupted by a pair of plain sneakers.
Up the style quotient of a button-up and slit skirt combination by wearing a crop top over the shirt and pairing your look with colorful accessories.
Lace sleeves and a grid-patterned skirt add gorgeous surface detail to this playful, stylish look.
Bold striped accents and a statement necklace combine tribal style with polished professionalism.
When you’re planning your outfit, swap out accessories that match your color palette for ones that are the total opposite on the color wheel.
When you have a supremely stylish statement piece, the rest of your outfit plays a supporting role. We love how she wore a strappy bralette under this magnificent kimono-style cover-up for simple but show-stopping results.
A palette consisting of the interplay between two color families makes for a potent and eye-catching outfit combination.
Even a plain oatmeal-colored palette can be show-stopping when you select a piece that features dramatic proportions and cool details like bell sleeves or fringe.
If you want to attract attention to your look, try a face-print piece. This colorful version is literally eye-catching.
Humans are like magpies – we find it impossible to look away from shiny, glittery surfaces. Take advantage of human nature by donning a sequined layering piece for your show-stopping moment. A silver sequined turtleneck looks especially wow-worthy when paired with impeccably tailored separates and a chic clutch.
When you want a smart look, reach for pieces that are covered in rows of buttons. These create crisp lines along your clothes that draw the eye over the surface. Spring/Summer 2016 is an especially great time to try this look, because nautical style is a major trend for the season.
The tufted feathers that dot her coat offer visual stimulation and dimension at the same time, and she keeps her look completely on point by sticking to a monochrome palette. When you go for a monochrome show-stopping look, be sure that every element of your outfit is stylish on its own. No basics allowed.
You probably thought this look was kind of boring on top, until your eyes landed on the sheer, dark floral pants below. That’s the wow moment you’re looking for. An unexpected sheer element is a complete show-stopper, so try to strategically place your sheer so that the viewer is forced to take a second look.
Holy coordination, Batman! For a show-stopping look like this, every single detail of your outfit needs to be coordinated. If your bag has gold hardware and your shoes have silver hardware, you’ll get a B+ for effort. But in all seriousness, it’s the attention to detail that makes this look a stunner. We love how she matched her headband, fur coat, and bag to the stripe in her pants. Pull out an extremely cool statement piece from your closet and then experiment with different combinations to see which ones look the coolest.
Break the rules! In fact, forget them! Wear white in the winter, wear white to a wedding, wear white in a snowstorm. It doesn’t matter as long as your look is as impeccably pulled together as this one. How did she do it? She layered two pieces with sculptural hems together over a split-front skirt and polished it off with a seriously gorgeous pair of white heels. Show-stopping style can be achieved with a mantra as simple as “all-white everything”.
A neutral-toned outfit doesn’t sound like the stuff show-stopping style is made of, except when your look is as polished and perfect as Elena Perminova’s. What she did was mix different neutral tones – camel and tobacco – and select a really superb wool coat to finish off her look.
The Statement Maker
What you need to achieve this look is simply killer outerwear. Essentially, you’ll anchor your look on a single show-stopping piece, because if you find something like this, it almost doesn’t matter what the rest of your outfit looks like.
If you really want to make an impact, grab the most stylish member of your #girlsquad and coordinate your outfits. This doubles the impact of your look, and all but guarantees that you’ll be stopped on the street and begged to have your picture taken.
Like shiny things, humans are also drawn to bright colors and patterns. So, if you really want to get noticed, combine the two by reaching for pieces that offer eye-catching, multi-colored patterns. This look especially won us over when we noticed she had paired her amazing jacket with a seriously covetable “It” bag and bright sneakers.