To be elegant is to exemplify grace in everything that you do, especially in the way that you present yourself. Believe it or not, only a few style tricks separate the elegant woman from her less chic counterparts. Scroll down to see easy ways to look more dressed up and sophisticated.
Tuck your shirt in.
A well-tucked top can instantly transform a seemingly casual outfit into a more polished one. This works especially for simple combinations such as tees and jeans, blouses and skirts, and sweaters and cigarette pants.
Cinch your waist with a belt.
Take your tucked shirt a bit further and put a belt on it. Not only does a belted waist highlight your midsection in the most flattering way possible, it also helps keep your posture in check.
Make sure your clothes are pressed and crisp.
Starch keeps clothing smooth and crisp, but it also holds another purpose. It keeps dirt such as sweat and other stains from sticking to your clothes, instead of going on top of the starch—keeping your clothes fresh and clean down the line.
Take a few tips from menswear.
Let's face it, men know a thing or two about style considering how many of them manage to look polished 24/7. Add blazers, long-sleeved shirts, and loafers, to name a few, into your wardrobe and you'll look sophisticated in no time.
Don't forget to inject ladylike touches.
Iconic women such as Coco Chanel and Katharine Hepburn were all heavily inspired by menswear but they all injected their femininity into each look. Coco Chanel often favored boxy silhouettes, but she used feminine accessories to balance the whole look. Meanwhile, Katharine Hepburn truly borrowed from the men by donning suits and shirts but she used loose fabric and cuts.
The little black dress should be your go-to.
The LBD is a tried and tested style. You can dress it up or dress it down however you like. Pick up a number of them in different lengths, cuts, necklines, and sleeve lengths.
Black and white never fail.
There's something about wearing black or white pieces that just conveys an understated sophistication. Both colors make the wearer look slimmer and make everything look effortless, but always remember to pair your look with statement accessories.
Tonal dressing makes a statement.
Wearing all black is an extremely easy way to cheat style. Take it further and experiment with monochrome looks that use gray, camel, and other neutral colors.
Opt for structure instead of busy prints.
It's easy to follow the next big trend when it comes to dressing, but choosing exquisitely tailored and structured pieces pays off in the long run. A boxy top will pair nicely with most types of bottoms but a neon floral one will look dated in just a couple of months.
Keep the embellishments at bay.
Many women may think that dressing for special occasions means picking up a heavily embellished dress, but the last thing an elegant woman wants is to look flashy. As with casual clothing pieces, it's best to rely on sophisticated dresses that focus on details instead of beading.
Structured bags are always sophisticated.
What do the Hermes Birkin, Hermes Kelly, and Chanel flap have common? They're all structured nicely and present maturity. A boxy bag is perfect for work, and one in a smaller size will be perfect for nights out.
Wear gold or silver toned jewelry.
Instead of flamboyant accessories, opt for classic-looking pieces that are perfect for every day. Simple earrings, thin bracelets, and minimal necklaces in gold or silver will always do the job.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.