You know I like my casual vibes and my uniform currently exists most days of a pair of jeans with a thick knit sweater. But there are plenty of days where I like to make more of an effort with my outfit and feel like looking more put together. And there are a few tricks I always use whenever I get in that mood. There are a few pieces I like to keep on hand so I can scale up any outfit within minutes.
How to look put together
Personally I wouldn’t put all of these items together in one outfit. Not because they don’t go together but because it rings too much ‘corporate business wear’ to me and not: cool and sophisticated. No matter the situation, I always like to add a bit of interest to my outfits and so I would generally take one of these items and use it to build an outfit around it.
The Pencil Skirt
Black pencil skirt | H&M
Nothing says chic like a good pencil skirt. I love this H&M number I bought years ago. It has just the right length and the material makes it comfy and easy to wear too. So if you’re afraid a pencil skirt might be too constricted, then looking for one that has a comfortable fabric is key. I like wearing this with blouses, sweaters, and more fun tops. The skirt will instantly lift up any outfit.
The Sensible Heel
Indigo heels | Tango
Heels are of course a must have! A good pair of heels can take any outfit from casual to sophisticated in a heartbeat. Don’t go for too high a heel as that can make your overall look seem much cheaper than it actually is. Hence the ‘sensible’ in the heading. My preference goes to a pointed heel in a dark color. Black or navy are always winners if you are trying to go for a look that is more put together. Wear them with jeans, skirts, dresses, well anything really and you’ve got that spruced up look.
The Structured Blazer
Black embroidered blazer | H&M
I like my blazers structured rather than flowy. I also like them cropped and without lapels. As I tried many blazers over the years, I have found that in order for a blazer to look flattering on my body type it simply has to meet those requirements. No matter what’s on trend, if I wear a blazer that doesn’t fit those criteria, I end up looking like a sack of potatoes. And that’s exactly what we’re not going for. So find a blazer that suits you and you can chuck it over any outfit for that sophisticated vibe.
The Floaty Blouse
Navy blouse | Primark
You know I love a good blouse and I have very many options to choose from. A blouse with a floaty texture in a soft material and a solid color will again get the job done. As it is plain it can be combined with many other jackets and bottom choices. A navy blue is one of my personal favorites as it goes with nearly everything. From slacks to jeans and from skirts to short: a good solid blouse is an all rounder that can’t be missing from your wardrobe.
The Tulip Dress
Printed tulip dress | H&M
Tulip or wiggle dresses are my go to if I want to look put together in one simple easy go. Since it’s a dress, you don’t have to worry about top and bottom combinations and the shape of it will add to the overall sophisticated look you’re going for. I would still opt for a fun print to keep the outfit from being boring, while pairing it with an oversize cardigan for some warmth and comfort.
How do you elevate your look?