Updated On: November 03, 2023 by   Salma Ihab   Salma Ihab  

Have you ever opened your wardrobe and realised you have nothing to wear? Or did you get the impression from looking through your wardrobe that you need to change your look and go for a more classy look? Let us assure you that you are not alone because most of us have been there, and most women struggle to style their clothes because they have so many clothes that it is confusing for us to decide what to wear.

You got a wake-up call or felt like you needed a change of style but needed help figuring out what to do. You want to spice up your work wardrobe a little bit, or your style in general, to look a little bit more put together and give your style a bit of a wow factor. However, you are concerned that you will need to devote a significant amount of time and money to achieve a classy look. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve the desired classy look; the bad news is that it will take some practice.

Your confidence begins with what you wear. Let us let you in on a little secret: you can easily achieve the classy look that you desire with what you have; you just need to declutter your wardrobe and get to know your body shape a little better in order to know what works well for you. Remember that dressing classy does not require a lot of money. It’s all about putting together a sophisticated and refined outfit. 

Let’s start with the 10 tips that will transform your style and possibly lead to you becoming a fashion blogger.

Tailor Your Clothes To Fit You Better

So the first step towards achieving the classy look you desire is de-cluttering what you have. If your clothes do not fit you, have them tailored because wearing clothes that complement your beautiful body shape is always best. Remember that well-fitted clothing can completely transform your look. And it is always preferable to have a wardrobe full of clothes that actually fit and that you can wear rather than a wardrobe full of clothes that you have to adjust or that no longer fit. 

For example, if you have always worn very long trousers that drag the streets, it is best to have them adjusted to your height. Alternatively, if you have something that is very small and no longer fits you, see if you can adjust it to fit you better. If adjustment won’t work, it is time to say goodbye.

Remember that just because an item has your size on it and it does not fit does not mean there is something wrong with your body. Sizes vary from one brand to the other. What matters most is how you feel about what you wear. 

Always remember when buying new items: “if it doesn’t make you feel great, don’t buy it.” This will make your shopping trips much easier and make you reconsider the items you purchase.

Go for Neutral Colours

When choosing a colour palette, first, you need to narrow down your options. To achieve a classy look, go for timeless pieces, which means choosing clothes in neutral colours because neutral colours are chic and everlasting. They never go out of style, and you don’t have to go through the hassle of ‘what colours do I wear’ in every season because they simply work for all seasons.

You may wonder, what makes neutral colours better than any other colour palette?

They are easy to mix and match, whether you are going for a monochrome look or using them as the base for a stylish look. Neutral colours will easily help you in achieving the desired classy look you wish for. 

We previously stated that changing your style should not take up a large portion of your paycheck; however, if you want to invest your money in something you will not regret, invest the majority of your fashion budget in neutral basics. You’ll most likely use these items often, so they should be of high quality. A classy look is defined by its quality, cut, and finish.

Make Your Wardrobe More Colourful

You’re probably wondering, didn’t we just say it’s best to use neutral colours? Yes, we did, but if you can’t stand the earthy tones and prefer something a little more colourful, you can still achieve the desired classy look with a dash of colour in your outfit.

First, we must clarify a common misconception: wearing colours does not make you less elegant or classy. Colours can be equally as sophisticated and elegant if styled correctly, and here’s how to style a bright colour with a neutral colour to completely transform your look. They can serve as a foundation for your wardrobe. Timeless options that will never go out of style include bold reds, striking blues, and colours that make your outfit pop.

We can put together an outfit: you have this bold blue shirt that you want to wear to your next outing; the question is, how will you style it? You can easily make your shirt the centre of attention, but you don’t want to overdo it and lose the classiness of your look. You will basically go for a nude monochromatic outfit, with the blue shirt being the only thing in colour, and it is that simple to achieve a classy look with a splash of colour.

Less Is Better

Fashion is all about taking risks. There is one rule you must follow to achieve the classy look you desire: three colours per outfit. Let us explain further. Wearing too many colours can be distracting and not as classy as you would like; however, if you style three very chic colours, particularly neutrals, you will appear more stylish and will be on the right track for the classy look.

The classy look is minimalistic, effortless and chic. You can wear minimal colours and style, such as going for two neutrals and a statement colour. This could be a classic white, black, and red ensemble. So wearing all the colours and patterns in your wardrobe is not the style you want; this is another eclectic style, which we can discuss another time. So, when choosing an outfit for an outing, remember that less is more, and stick to three colours always.

Incorporate Multiple Textures

Try this game-changer tip to elevate your style to a classy look: mixing and matching different textures. What do we mean by this? First, you should know that there are summer textures or fabrics and winter fabrics. Linen, for example, is typically worn in the summer, while velvet is typically worn in the winter; silk/satin, on the other hand, can be worn all year.

The question is, how do you mix and match textures? Consider this: incorporate a light fabric with a heavy one, such as a satin blouse with a light fabric paired with leather, which is a heavy fabric. Still confused? Let us give you another example: corduroy with cotton or wool. 

The thing is, in fabric language, each fabric says something different. For example, leather says edgy and bold, while satin/silk says sexy. Linen, on the other hand, has a more relaxed appearance.

When dressing for a classy look, consider the texture or fabric you want to wear, what you will incorporate it with, and the type of look you want to achieve. Consider when and where you’d normally wear a texture, then combine it with a different material. Pairing different textures and fabrics really takes your outfit to a whole new level making it more contrasting and vibrant.

Incorporate the Traditional Patterns

Styling a patterned item can be difficult for two reasons: first, it can be difficult to know what to pair it with, and second, anything patterned quickly goes out of style, so what is the solution? Stick to classic patterns like stripes, houndstooth, minimal florals, and animal prints.

You may have noticed that wearing patterns are known to be not so minimal. The question is, does it follow the concept of less is more? Yes, if you want to add a bit of a wow factor to your classy look, go for traditional patterns. Such as a simple black and white outfit paired with a black and white houndstooth coat. This is still minimal but has a bit of pattern and the wow factor you are looking for.

So, the trick to wearing patterns for a classy look is to keep it simple by wearing only one patterned item and the rest solid colours. Do you think it is difficult? It really is a piece of cake once you get the hang of it. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Apply the Rule of Thirds

We all know that fashion is all about breaking the rules, but this rule cannot be broken and should be followed to help you style your outfits and achieve the classy look you desire.

A well-balanced outfit is essential, and in order to accomplish this, you must stick to the rule of thirds. Allow us to explain that your outfit’s proportion should be one-third to two-thirds. This means that the top should be 1/3 of your total outfit, and the bottom should be 2/3, or vice versa. If your outfit is half and half, you’ll look unbalanced and out of proportion.

To avoid confusion, let us give you some more examples. If you are wearing high-waisted trousers, what will you pair them with? A crop top or tuck in a blouse to obtain the desired balance. Is the crop top a classy piece? It all depends on the neckline, material, and how you style it.

If you’re going to wear a dress or a jumpsuit, how will you wear them? Choose a style that will accentuate your waist and help you achieve the rule of thirds, and avoid any straight silhouette that does not complement your curves.

To be clear, this is a general rule that applies to everyone regardless of body type; it is simply a rule that helps you understand more when it comes to styling your clothes and achieving a classy look because if you have a balanced look, you will be effortlessly chic.

When in Doubt, Go for a Monochrome Look

The simplest trick in the book is to go for a monochrome outfit because they never go out of style, they are very easy to put together, and most importantly, scream a classy look.

So, what is a monochromatic ensemble? You’re only wearing one colour, but each piece may be a different tone or texture within the same colour family. In fact, once you’ve built a solid wardrobe of neutrals and solid colours, putting together a classic monochrome look will be the simplest way for you to put together a classy outfit. Remember that an elegant all-white outfit will never go out of style if you don’t know what to wear.

Replace Trendy Items in Your Wardrobe With Timeless Basics

We are not saying that you should not buy trendy clothes, but it is best to invest in basics and have a few trendy pieces because trendy pieces quickly go out of style. That is how you get to the point where you feel like you have nothing to wear and question whether this style will give you a classy look or not.

Simply put, classic basics make it much easier to get dressed in the morning while still looking stylish, which is exactly the goal of decluttering your wardrobe with clothes you only wear and helping you achieve a classy look.

If you’re not sure what we mean by timeless basics, here are a few examples to help you narrow down what you’ll put into your shopping cart:

  • A little black dress is a must-have in any wardrobe. 
  • A chic silk blouse that can be worn to work in the morning and to a party in the evening. 
  • We can’t forget about the white button-down shirt, which can be worn in many ways, from tucked in to tied or even just flowy. 
  • A pencil skirt because you never know when you might need one. 

The list could go on, but you already know what we’re talking about.

Choose the Right Accessories

Last but not least, the accessories. Keep in mind that accessories are the final step in your outfit. You either make or break it. 

Think of it this way: the right pair of earrings or a statement bag can completely transform even the most basic outfits and give your style a classy look.

When it comes to choosing accessories, keep two things in mind: where you intend to wear the jewellery and whether or not it matches your skin tone.

In terms of bags, structured bags can stand on their own and outlast unstructured bags. This is because of their ability to retain their shape over time, as well as their classic appearance, which allows them to be easily paired with the majority of the items in your wardrobe. Get a matching pair of shoes as well! Matching your purse to your shoes is the simplest and most effective way to look classy.

Sunglasses, especially those in classic styles and colours, can make an outfit stand out. It’s fun to experiment with different sunglass shapes, but sticking to classic styles will give you that more refined edge you’re looking for.

To summarise how to accessorise correctly, invest in good pieces because they are the finishing touch in your outfit, and you don’t want to ruin the whole outfit with the wrong accessories, after all the effort you put into creating a classic look. So choose wisely, and remember that at the end of the day, wear what makes you feel comfortable while remaining classy.

3 Quick Tips to Always Maintain a Classy Look

The right undergarments are an important part of your outfit. Always go for the following: seamless, nude underwear and a well-fitted bra with no bra straps showing.

Avoid large logos or fake designer pieces because they can draw attention away from the classy look you want. Instead, stick to one or two brand names in your outfit.

Details are important. Remove wrinkles from your clothes, steam or iron them. Before leaving the house, clean up any lint and pilling. Never wear damaged, dirty, or stained clothing.

Stay Classy

Finally, we hope these tips have helped you achieve the classy look you desire. Remember, don’t spend the majority of your budget on items you will only wear once, such as a cocktail dress, and instead spend it on items you will wear every day. Fill your wardrobe with timeless chic styles that will never go out of style and will always make you feel classy and luxurious.

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