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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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.
Simple jewelry is the best way to go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting dressed for work is a nearly universal challenge.
An attempt to simplify dressing is by uniform dressing. It eliminates the element of choice and saves the wearer the problem of figuring out what to wear every morning. But the logical end of optimisation in fashion is one where personal style ceases to exist.
It's the idea that by owning less, we free up the time, energy, and money to get the most out of life. The more intentional we are about what we keep, the freer we are to seek fulfillment.
Minimalism encourages us to invest in things we love, instead of accumulating things we like. When you have fewer options, you force yourself into a positive mindset.
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