October 09, 2008 06:30 PM

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If you’ve ever looked at Gwyneth Paltrow, and wondered how she’s always so perfectly put together, you’re in luck. In her latest GOOP newsletter, the star muses about being a fashion-conscious mom of two — and lets readers in on her style secrets. “I used to spend a lot of time looking at fashion, reading about fashion, generally being bemused by fashion,” she says. “Then one day I had children and it all kind of went out the window. For a few years I was basically in sweatpants and I didn’t mind it.” As much as she values comfort, “It’s a fine line,” she points out, “between being comfortable and being demoralized by being frumpy all the time.” The star developed her signature chic and easy look based on the idea of having a personal style uniform. The key? Stick with basics like black leggings, a gray tank, a blazer, heeled booties, a simple skirt and jeans, and build on them. You might start your day in “black leggings, [a] gray tank, and house slippers,” she says. And when you just “throw on [a] sweater dress over the leggings and tank, add boots” and your chicest sunglasses and you’ve got an entirely different look. Click here to sign up for Gwyneth’s next newsletter. Tell us: What are your own style secrets?

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