Have you always wanted to change your style, maybe adding a bit of sophistication and class to your everyday outfits? Probably you have just landed a new job and need some new classy business casual attire or you’ve moved to a new city or maybe you just need a change to represent who you have become.
Are you wondering how to make that transition and how to dress classy? Dressing stylish doesn’t have to be difficult, but it will take some time to meld your personal style with a new sophisticated way of dressing. Don’t automatically discount the clothing you already have in your closet because you just may be able to integrate items in ways you didn’t think possible.
I’ll walk you through the ins and outs of styling yourself with a more sophisticated, chic, and classy style that you can wear for years to come. Between balancing career, family, and finding time for ourselves, stepping out the door with style every day can seem impossible, but it’s not if you follow our simple guide.
Plan It Out
You can’t plan for everything, but don’t let your mornings catch you off-guard. Just like you’d plan a week’s worth of meals on a Sunday if you’re trying to save time, give outfit planning a shot to make way for stress-free mornings and outfit-regret-free days.
Seek Out Style Inspiration
Find stylish women to follow, whether it’s your favorite Instagram style star or someone you know around you. Discover fashionistas whose style inspires you, then use their photos as inspiration to help plan your outfits. Not sure where to start? Check out Instagram and Pinterest for endless inspiration from stylish women.
When In Doubt, Overdress
If you’re ever on the fence about what to wear, consider your destination and whom you’ll see. When in doubt, err on the side of being dressier. If you’re worried about looking too done-up, bring along a casual layer like a jean or cargo jacket to give your look that effortless chic touch.
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
It never hurts to try something new. Whether that includes a bright new hue that stands out from your usual neutral palette, or shifting from skinny jeans to a boyfriend silhouette, great style is built from trying new things. Who knows what trends you might discover you, love
Try to wear at least one accessory, whether it’s a statement necklace, a pop-color bag or a great pair of earrings or even all of the above. A solid statement piece can take an ensemble from zero to a hundred in seconds.
Create A Capsule Wardrobe
A stylist’s not-so-secret secret weapon is a capsule wardrobe. A closet full of items that can be mixed and matched with ease can take the guesswork out of your morning. Invest in classics that will last a lifetime, like a great pair of jeans, a simple LBD, and timeless jewelry.
Try A Statement Shoe
When it comes to footwear, color, print, and style pack a huge aesthetic punch and they don’t have to be sky-high heels, either. Flats can make the same statement and your feet will thank you. Even if your look is casually thrown together, adding a printed flat or a pop-of-color wedge can make things appear more intentional.
Own At Least One Conversation Piece
Every once in a while, you need that wow factor, whether it’s an amazing pair of shoes, a designer dress, or an enviable handbag, keep something in your arsenal for the days you need to really show up stylish.
Know Your Body Shape
The golden rule of stylish women? Fit first. With that, getting to know your body shape is key. Consider yourself a petite pear shape and prefer to highlight your shoulders? Build your closet with clothes that put the spotlight on your shape and favorite features.
Have No Style Restrictions
When it comes to trying a new trend or rocking a piece that catches your eye, don’t allow that number to prevent you from trying something new. 62 and looking to rock a pair of boyfriend jeans? Try it. 22 and wanting to shift into a buttoned-up, business-first closet? Do it.
Culled from The Guardian Saturday Magazine.