1. Start from the bottom and work your way up.
I always start with my shoes. Most days during the winter I end up wearing my boots and during the warmer months I wear flats or sandals. Its great to start from the bottom because I always choose shoes depending on what I am going to be doing that day.
2. Legs, Legs, Legs!
Next, figure out what to wear on your legs. You could choose a pair of jeans that look great with the shoes you just chose. Or a pair of tights or leggings depending on whether you go with pants or a skirt/dress.
3. Don't be boring!
Now, don't be boring. Wear a fun top or a printed dress. If you are wearing jeans and boots wear something cheerful on top to stand out among your basic bottoms. If you are wearing colorful shoes or tights try something a little more tamed. But, of all things I try to not be boring. I love wearing basics and comfortable looks. But, everyone can be creative in their own fashion.
4. Accessorizing is a must.
Next, decide if it is appropriate to wear a necklace, bracelet, rings, etc. If its cold choose a fun scarf. If it's warm try a simple bracelet or a statement ring. You can go two directions either wear simple accessories and let your look stand out for itself. Or, accessorize like crazy to help a boring look more chic.
5. Double check.
Last, double check what you are wearing. Do all the components go together. Do you wanna make a last minute change and go for a bright shoe, or add a watch or bracelet. This is where you can edit your look to make it truly yours.