Home > My Tips For Achieving Effortlessly Chic Status – Marley​lilly

My Tips For Achieving Effortlessly Chic Status – Marley​lilly

I’ve been feeling particularly “schleppy” lately and I blame that squarely on the weather. It’s been so cold for so long, my only priority has been thawing out staying warm. I’ll tell you though…when a fashionista’s fashion senses are suppressed for too long, they eventually come out swinging. I just needed a little push from Marleylilly to get my style mojo back.

My Tips For Achieving Effortlessly Chic Status - Marley​ Lilly | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

Fed up with heavy winter boots, a winter coat so stuffed and huge that it completely restricts movement, hats, boots…the whole nine yards – I was over it. You know what else I was over? My huge, boring workbag.

My Tips For Achieving Effortlessly Chic Status - Marley​ Lilly | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

You know the type: heavy, too big but you know…gotta hold that laptop, notebook, printouts for that 8am meeting (argh!!)…plus your wallet, phone, snacks and makeup. My stylish sensibilities and shoulder were begging for a change.

The Perfect, Effortlessly Chic Bag

My Tips For Achieving Effortlessly Chic Status - Marley​ Lilly | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

The Marleylilly website had so many great bag options, but I decided to get the classic Monogrammed Bucket Bag ($79.99) in black, with my initials of course (DDB = Dominique Deanna Baker). Made of genuine leather, but still light and soft, this bag was so perfect that I have yet to put it down since receiving it. This leather, by the way, is supple yet tough enough to withstand day to day wear, so feel free to wear it everywhere.

Deceptively large, it carries all of my essentials from my wallet to my iPhone to all 17 red lipsticks I really need. Despite its ability to carry everything, it still has a minimal, effortless look that I love that is so wearable with everything.

My Tips For Achieving Effortlessly Chic Status - Marley​ Lilly | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

Speaking of “effortless”, I’m serving up 5 great tips for how to look effortlessly chic right here:

  1. Get yourself a great bag! Great accessories such as a fine bag elevate any look. This is why I chose the classic shape of the Marleylilly Monogrammed Bucket Bag. It’s timeless and the gold monogramming lends an extra touch of class.
  2. Opt for neutral tones. Clothing in neutral tones looks more expensive and typically, more classic yet fresh.
  3. FIT!! Make sure your clothing fits beautifully. Perfectly tailored clothing shows off the best aspects of your body while hiding parts you want to minimize. And budget pieces from fast fashion stores that are tailored well look way more expensive than they are. Befriend a great tailor. That friendship is priceless!
  4. Red lips add an elegant “je ne sais quoi” to put-together look. You don’t need a full face of makeup, but a little black eyeliner, some blush, and a great red lip take you from “ok” to “WHOA”. Red lips look especially great with a navy blazer, a white blouse, blue denim, cute flats and a great bag.
  5. Easy, undone hair is an effortless look that transcends time. I’m thinking sexy beachy waves or a loose bun. These looks are romantic, pretty and suit everyone.

What are your best tips for achieving an effortlessly chic look? Let me know in the comments!

*This post is sponsored by Marleylilly. Photography by Salt & Streets Photography

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

Find me on: Web | Instagram


  1. Dorcas
    February 5, 2019 / 11:45 am

    I so love shift dresses, and dresses in general, when I think of effortless. All that’s left is just a shoe and bag, and out the door is go😊

    • Dominique
      February 5, 2019 / 1:07 pm

      Love that! I do love a good shift dress too. So classic and elegant in a Jackie O sort of way!

  2. February 5, 2019 / 11:59 am

    Chic is exactly what you are! Love this look. You are goals!

    • Dominique
      February 5, 2019 / 1:07 pm

      Ahhhh! Debbie! Thank you! You are too kind! You are sooo chic too. And that hair! You know how much I think you should be a hair model, girl! xoxoxo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.