Dress to kill, to impress, and to the nines. But with picture-perfect OOTDs scattered all over social media, strutting one’s wear is a feat. It’s a runway outside, and you lack the energy and time to come up with an ensemble that screams sophistication and style.
Throw decision fatigue out the window. You don’t have to lose your personal style, but you can still look classy in everyday T-shirt and jeans. It is not so much about what or who you wear; it’s how you wear it.
Fashion Is Fashion
As it is, fashion is fun and forever evolving. You can find the proof in some style trends that are so outrageous; they are hard to ignore. Who says you can’t wear your car mat to work?
So even if you were to end up toting a designer bag that looks straight out of a known Swedish brand, you know you can. The key is to wear your clothes elegantly and effortlessly.
These tips will make dressing up even in casual worthwhile.
1. Don Ironed Clothes
Run your shirt by the steamer, and see it transform from looking careless to presentable. No one has to know that you pulled out the first shirt you saw. For those clothes with creases and folds, take out the iron, and do the chore the night before. Crisp shirts, skirts, or pants can be your ticket to looking like a power broker on Wall Street. Polish your shirt-and-trousers combo with a belt.
2. Keep It Tucked
Chic and casual can go hand in hand. See that loose-hanging top? Tuck it in your jeans or shorts. You can tuck all the way in or partially tuck the front at the waistband. A tucked T-shirt gives off that streetwear vibe with a “formal” tweak.
3. Level Up Your Cutoffs
Who says your ultracomfortable, cutoff denim shorts are only for errands and lazy days? Get your white tee, and throw a posh-looking blazer or vest for it. Another fab combination is a tucked long-sleeved shirt and shorts. Kill the look with sunglasses and sandals or maybe thigh-high boots.
4. Stay Classic with Tapered Pants
Jeans are everyone’s go-to pair for their versatility. If there’s one style that survives the ravages of fashion, it is tapered jeans. The cut is a classic that can be worn with any shirt of mid to long sleeves and layered with coats. You can even go denim on denim.
Find the shoe that fits with your jeans. Depending on your formal, semiformal, or work-wear style, dress shoes, loafers, or the ubiquitous white sneakers can give you a dignified stance.
5. Go for a Snug and Breathable Fit
Don’t miss the opportunity to try on clothes before buying them. Clothing fit is as important as the style and the brand if it comes to that. Baggy clothes make you look bigger and shorter.
And the issue goes beyond sophistication. Wear your clothes too tight, and you run the risk of compressing your thigh nerves, not to mention the buttons that are about to pop.
6. Invest in One Key Piece
It can be a plush coat, a pair of dark-wash jeans, a pair of patent leather shoes, or a chain flap bag. Think of any of these pieces as an investment that can save you from buying for many winters or summers to come. More importantly, this pair of shoes or bag can elevate your look to “expensive” even when you are mixing and matching off-brands.
Keeping Up with Style
It’s a challenge to keep up with fashion given its cost and cyclical nature. Some people turn to flea markets and secondhand shops to score good buys and bargains. Others buy clothes, wear them, and resell them later.
You can emulate this fashion-forward thinking and sell your clothes online today. This way, you can keep your closet trendy without having too many clothes competing for your time and attention. These preloved clothes can go to your online shop. You may have to start brainstorming for the name of your store and brand too.