5 Eternal Style Lessons Karlie Kloss Can Teach You

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From launching a new YouTube channel to helming an HTML coding scholarship to maintaining her beloved charitable cookie operation, megamodel Karlie Kloss has proven that she’s more than just a pretty face. But make no mistake—just because she’s in the process of expanding her empire doesn’t mean she’s spent any less time developing her killer sense of personal style (a winning combination of fashion-industry darling meets girl-next-door). In honor of her birthday, we count 5 fashionable lessons we’ve learned from this American sweetheart.

You don’t have to wear heels to look polished.

Tall girls, rejoice—Karlie exemplifies the notion that a great pair of flats, when paired thoughtfully with your dress of choice, can take the place of high heels (especially for daytime occasions).

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Athletic-inspired separates are daytime classics.

Whether you're heading to a tennis match or brunch, Karlie's spectator style proves that sportswear-inspired staples (plus cool aviator sunnies) are a classic choice.

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More isn’t always more.

Though we love a career-defining red-carpet moment, Karlie makes a case for the understated. Sometimes you just can't beat a chic shift dress with classic pumps and natural-looking hair and makeup.

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Daring necklines are worth the risk.

Karlie balances a down-to-there neckline with a maxi-length dress silhouette and demure red lip, confirming that it's A-OK to occasionally take the plunge.

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Layering is the trick to pulling off monochrome.

Rocking a single color from head to toe? Take one from Karlie's playbook and use layering to your advantage—a simple slip dress looks ultra-cool with a longline blazer and sleek tonal accessories.

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