#1 Wear Items that are Made of Classic Fabrics

Classic, timeless clothing made of materials that will last well into the next decade is what you should be looking to add to your essential wardrobe.

Think cotton, wool, linen, and silk.

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#2 If in Doubt, Wear Solid Neutrals

Bold patterns and prints can definitely work in a sophisticated and classy look, but you may not be comfortable with such patterns if you are just beginning on your classy style journal. Neutrals are your friend in this case.

Solids are plentiful in the stores (and probably your closet), easily combined, and help to stretch your wardrobe.

Typical neutrals are white/beige/cream, navy blue, black, and gray.

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#3 Fit is Key

Classy and sophisticated clothing is typically tailored and form-fitting.

Skirts should hit just above or below the knee, as should your classy dresses. Classic trousers are straight, slightly wide, faintly bootcut, or menswear-inspired and should be ½-inch off the floor in the back. Wide-leg pants and skinny pants in classic fabrics are also acceptable, as are ankle pants. Blazers, blouses, and sweaters should follow the curve of your waist.

Do not hesitate to take items to a local dressmaker or tailor to be altered to fit correctly.

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#4 Never Overexpose

Dressing classy requires a bit of modesty.

Necklines are typically collared, boatneck, crew neck or V-neck. For more formal occasions, asymmetrical, sweetheart and halter necklines work as well.

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#5 Don’t Go Overboard with Accessories

Simple jewelry is the best way to go.

  • Earrings: small silver or gold hoops, pearl or diamond studs.
  • Bracelet: silver or gold bangles (one heavy or several delicate), watch (gold or silver with metal or leather band).
  • Necklace: Long pendants, pearls, diamond solitaire, cross.
  • Ring: Not necessary, but if you do, go either delicate or statement.
  • Scarf: Scarves are a great way to add color and visual interest to a any outfit.

And don’t forget your shoes. Yes, shoes are an accessory! Pumps , slingbacks , ballet flats , or boots in solid neutrals, such as cream, navy, or black, are your best bet.

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#6 Style Your Hair

Spend a little bit of time styling your hair.

If you’re short on time in the mornings or don’t like styling your hair opt for an easy haircut or a haircut that you can quickly put up.

Find a hairstyle that is easy for you to style every day and one that you love as well like a sleek bun or ponytail.

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#7 Makeup Makes a Difference

If you are don’t spend much time on your makeup, focus on these three things that will make a difference.

Eyes, cheeks, and lips should be what you focus on if you only have 5 minutes.

Put on some mascara to open up your eyes, add some blush to bring some life and dimension to a face, and wear a bold lip to add a pop of color.

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