Do you ever miss the way we used to dress in middle school? Jeans and tee-shirts were suitable for every occasion, and most of the time we didn’t even have to pick out our own outfits. But now, in our 20s, we don’t have those same clothing luxuries we have in our elementary years. Bummer, right?
Between work and your 20s life, it might be time to dedicate some closet space to a classier, more polished wardrobe. And dressing in your 20s can seem like a whole new world. After all, we can’t strut into work rocking jeans and a crop top every day. With growing up comes a grown-up wardrobe, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Dressing classy in your 20s is different, but it doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. On the contrary, introducing a classier wardrobe can inspire you to experiment with your style like never before. After all, being polished doesn’t have to sacrifice being stylish.
Read on to learn our tips for how to dress classy in your 20s!
Tip #1: Invest in a blazer
Blazers have made a comeback. Not only are they super stylish, but they also have a way of adding a bit of class to any outfit in your closet. For a casual but classic look, layer your favorite blazer over jeans and a quality t-shirt. However, for a night out, you can add a blazer over a chic dress and heels.
Versatile and stylish, blazers are the perfect finishing piece for any ensemble. This simple item alone is enough to add a bit of class to your wardrobe!
Tip #2 Fit is key
One of the best ways to achieve a classic look is to wear clothes that fit. While we all love an oversized, baggy shirt and sweatpants that are two sizes too big, it’s not exactly the chicest ensemble. That’s why, when it comes to dressing in your 20s, it’s important to wear clothes that fit your body properly.
But remember! This doesn’t mean that skin-tight clothes are the only option. When you’re looking for clothes that fit, it means finding pieces that flatter your body type. For example, curvier body types should find pieces that flow, but cinch at the waist to create a smaller silhouette. And for thinner frames, it’s best to look for pieces that create the illusion of curves, like peplum and a-line hems.
Tip #3 Accessorize always
Accessories are the best way to finish any outfit with class. Whether it’s a great pair of earrings or a statement necklace, accessories can absolutely make an outfit.
To achieve a classy look with accessories, steer clear of costume or plastic jewelry, and invest in quality, everyday pieces. A chic pair of gold hoops are the perfect earrings for any outfit, and a minimalist necklace can add a bit of shine to any look. And, in terms of statement jewelry, try to find timeless pieces that catch the eye: like pearls or gemstones. Wearing jewelry with any outfit is a great way to finish it off with class—and sparkle, of course.
Tip #4: Neutrals are your friend
There’s a common misconception about neutrals: they’re boring, uninteresting, and have a tendency to wash out your complexion. However, neutrals are a great way to class up your wardrobe!
For example, a simple white shirt is an essential basic to have in your closet. Paired with well-fitting jeans or slacks, this simple outfit is amazing for any occasion. However, this isn’t to say that you should only wear neutrals. Neutrals are a fantastic starting piece, but you can add a bit of fun with colorful statement pieces. By adding a cute, colorful jacket to a simple ‘fit, you’ll have a polished and timeless look that’s still fun and trendy. Voila!
Tip #5: Avoid fast fashion trends
Fast fashion trends are just what they sound like: quick trends that tend to fade in a few months. For this reason, you should try to avoid these trends at all costs. Not only do they tend to be cheaply made, but they go out of style very quickly—wasting your closet space and paycheck. These trends aren’t timeless and, therefore, tend to lack a classier vibe.
Tip #6: Modesty = class
Away from the crop tops and short dresses of your teens and early twenties, your late 20s are a time to become a little bit more modest with your clothing. However, this doesn’t mean you can no longer rock a sexy mini or even a crop top! Wearing what is most comfortable, confident, and true to yourself is the most important. Yet, it’s important to understand that there is a time and place for certain types of dress. And, in your every day, modesty is the key to class.
But don’t get it twisted! Dressing modestly doesn’t necessarily mean dressing boring. If anything, dressing modestly opens the door to being creative with fashion. Instead of wearing the basic crop top and jeans, you can put together a look with basics and a chic statement piece instead. Modesty doesn’t mean turtlenecks and covered ankles but instead dressing with a classy and polished flair. So, try it out!
Tip #7: Stay true to you
Finally, away from all of the rules and regulations that come with fashion, it’s important to remember to be one thing: yourself. While dressing classy is a definite style choice, there are ways to dress like you and achieve the classy look, without sacrificing what makes you. After all, the least classy thing you could ever do is be anything but yourself.
Adjusting your style for a classier feel can be challenging at first. Finding the balance between dated and classic can seem like a tightrope, but remember that your comfort comes before all. So, if you’re a jeans and tee-shirt kind of girl, you can elevate your look by introducing some more tailored pieces! Dressing in a classy way doesn’t have to sacrifice your comfort, only elevate it.