Classy outfits are always in style. Luckily, you don’t need to be super over-the-top fancy to dress classy. There are many ways to dress classy but still feel comfortable and look casual!
Are you wondering what classy outfits actually mean? Or how to dress classy to level up your look? In this article, I’ll go over how to dress classy. Plus, you can check out 50+ examples of classy outfits towards the bottom.
What Does Dressing Classy Mean?
When you think of classy outfits you might be picturing super uppity women modeling themselves after Kate Middleton. However, the word “classy” is a lot broader than you probably realize.
You can dress classy in just about every scenario! And this doesn’t mean that you’re always wearing perfectly tailored dresses and expensive jewelry. Actually, dressing classy is all about leveling up in small ways. Other people might not even notice, but classy outfits always leave a subconscious impression that shows you have taste.
Here are some tips to make any outfit a bit more classy.
1. Choose Items That Fit Well.
One thing that really changes your look is the fit. If you try on a new shirt and something just seems off about the fit, don’t buy it. To really have a classy look, you want each piece to fit you perfectly.
And this doesn’t mean you need to have a tailor on hand! Instead, just keep shopping until you find clothes that do fit correctly. When every piece fits perfectly, your outfit automatically goes up a level.
2. Find The Right Skin-To-Clothing Ratio
Dressing classy doesn’t mean that you should never show skin. Instead, you need to find the right skin-to-clothing ratio so your outfit looks balanced.
For example, if you’re wearing a crop top, you’ll want to choose mom jeans or looser, fabric shorts so that you balance out your bare midriff. Choosing skinny jeans is tricky because the outfit suddenly looks aggressively tight. Even if this isn’t the case, it’s all about how the clothing lines appear to the eye.
Or if you’re wearing a short skirt, consider wearing a long-sleeve top to balance out the outfit.
Keep in mind that your outfit proportions will all depend on the event. There’s more leeway on a summer afternoon than when heading to a black-tie event. But still, any outfit looks better (and certainly more classy) when you dress for the right skin-to-clothing ratio.
3. Choose Tasteful Accessories
Classy outfits are classy for a reason: they’re never overdone. Instead of going crazy with trendy accessories, choose a few key pieces.
For example, a good pair of gold hoops and a few classic rings always work for classy outfit choices. And I get it – the super trendy jewelry is fun, but it comes and goes. If you do want to add trendy pieces, then choose just 1-2 at a time so you don’t overload the outfit.
4. Work With The Trends
Classy outfits don’t have to be off-trend. In fact, you can work with just about any trend and make it classy.
For example, skinny jeans can definitely be classy when paired with the right top. Or an edgy blazer can up-level any outfit, but you should pair it with the right pieces and go for a monochromatic color scheme.
You don’t have to dress outside your normal style when you’re wearing classy outfits! Instead, work with your style to make your classy outfits suit you.
Classy Outfits For Inspiration:
Here are some of our favorite classy outfits. Browse through for inspiration!
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