It’s okay to admit that sometimes we want to look a little bit better than we do day to day. You know, those special occasions, public appearances, and those days when you’re just feeling a bit fancy. That’s why today’s post is all about how to look elegant in 10 easy go-to steps that use simple styles to accentuate your natural beauty.
Using good quality pieces, you can ﬁnd the perfect ﬁt for how to look stylish. Get a pen ready. You’re going to want to note down these tips on how to look elegant.
Sure, go ahead. Ask the big question. Isn’t that pretty subjective? It is. Yet, at the same time, it isn’t. Although nowadays classy means thousands of different things, there are still some simple tips on how to look elegant you can use towards the perfect outfit. One that agrees with fashion trends while also being one that will stand the test of time.
It’s a challenge to do, but here’s the good news. The hard work has been done for you and all the key insights you need have been rounded up into ten super-easy tips for you to follow. You may or may not turn into Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly, but you’ll punch fast fashion in the face, and go for the ultimate elegant look waiting on the other side of the road.
Before we jump into it below, keep in mind that elegant style as is about more than just an elegant outfit. It’s an attitude you carry to work WITH the clothes. So chin up, shoulders back, and let’s work it.
Learn how to look elegant with these simple style tips and tricks. It may be an art, but we have the paints and the brush right here.
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1. Opt for neutrals
It’s not only because my wardrobe consists of black, white, brown, and gray. It’s because neutral colors are a lot more interchangeable and easy to style. Although sometimes we hear that something is the new black, classic colors are classic for a reason – they are fashionable and go hand in hand with everything. I mean, I won’t blame you if you want a bright Fuschia button-down shirt, but try to pair it with tennis shoes. Hint: don’t. Just don’t.
2. The accessories matter
If there’s something that can make or break the outfit, it’s the accessories. I truly believe that getting a high-quality belt is a great investment, as you can make the cost per wear totally worth it. The same applies to earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces, and bags. However, it all comes down to your personal style preferences. It’s so easy to fall in love with Celine and Saint Laurent if you are into classic pieces. Gucci is your place for a bold color statement piece. Oh, wait, Alessandro Michele is leaving, so we don’t know what’s going to happen next.
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3. Coordinate accessory colors to your outfits
This is something that many people fail to understand. When wearing neutrals, it’s important to coordinate accessory colors to your outfits – at least if you want to be on top of your own style game. If you are wearing beige pants, for example, pair them with warm-tone accessories like gold hoops and matching rings. If you wear gray clothes, go for silver. That’s exactly what you need to do with belts, bag straps, and logos.
4. Stick to 3 colors in one outfit
Have you listened to Taylor Swift’s new album? Sure. Have you heard of the 3-color rule? Um, what’s that? Let me explain, it’s not rocket science. The premise behind it is that you should not wear more than 3 colors at once. This doesn’t include black and white, but it does include prints and the shades in them. Since you are here, I believe you already know that subconsciously, but yeah, don’t go in too many directions. Unless you are talking about A$AP Rocky’s Met Gala blanket from last year.
5. Invest in wardrobe staples
Investing in classic pieces is a great way to look sophisticated all the time. By wardrobe staples, I mean base layers you can build your outfits around. Think structured turtleneck sweaters or a white shirt that you can easily add a chic pair of sunglasses to. Faux leather pants, black pants, and a camel coat. You get the idea. The myth that you need a lot of money to build a capsule wardrobe is slowly fading away, so get ready to be a classy woman with a classy style. It’s simple.
6. The details make a difference
It’s like when you are in a restaurant. No matter how delicious the order is, if presented beautifully, somehow it becomes even better. When purchasing clothes, always look for details that make them more unique and special. We are not talking about flashy logos or prints here, but tiny details like buttons, shoulder padding, or seams. Adding a little bit of *extra* makes a huge difference. Yes, diamond studs are more than just fine.
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7. Add a structured piece to every look
Alright, I get it. You are into skinny jeans and ballet flats, but we’re not talking about how to look classy in jeans (even though you can). Try adding volume. That’s the best way to make your entire outfit look altogether and like you know what you are doing. It could be a blazer, coat, pants, or even a bag. It’s the simplest way to elevate your overall look. Don’t get me started on that.
8. Don’t neglect your footwear
Similar to bags and belts, footwear is essential. A key piece can make or break the entire look, so make sure you choose shoes that are not just pretty looking, but also comfortable. If they are not, you may find yourself going back to old pairs or worse – nervously searching for a place to sit 10 minutes after the event has started. No one wants that. Unless you want your social media to be full of pictures of you sitting down all night. Yes, very elegant *eye roll*.
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9. Follow the sandwich dressing rule
Have you heard of the ‘sandwich rule’ when it comes to fashion? The sandwich dressing rule is pretty simple. What you are wearing at the bottom half of your outfit should match what you’re wearing at the top half, with a different color in between. Shall I paint a picture? You can wear black ankle boots with a black sweater (top and bottom halves matching), as long as you have white *or any other shade of your choice* denim jeans in the middle. Or you can throw a camel coat on top with camel-colored pumps. Make sense?
10. Don’t forget your makeup and hair
It’s safe to opt for your go-to hairstyle. However, if there are special occasions on the table, you should pay special attention to those two components. An elegant outfit should have elegant hair and makeup to match. This doesn’t mean going OTT with a full-face Hollywood makeover. It means setting the tone with your makeup choices is a major factor when it comes to how to look sophisticated. Less can be more. A touch of lipstick, a whisper of blush, and just a stroke of eyeliner can really bring it all together. The simplest hairstyles match best. As long as they are tidy and styled with purpose. This is no time for #IWokeUpLikeThis.
Speaking of hashtags, find me on Instagram at @savinaofficial, and feel free to DM me with your favorite timeless pieces incorporated into different everyday outfits (classy outfits, I mean).
This guide will be your new best friend, whenever you’re wondering how to look elegant on a budget. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or too much time in front of the mirror, trying to figure all this out.
Leaving the dry cleaner with your little black dress as you are finishing up my ode? Good, take care of your clothes and get ready to be the IRL epitome of classy styling.
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