How to Dress Classy – 6 Tips to Ensure You Look Chic

For those wondering how to dress classy, you’re in the right spot. As a website dedicated to high-end fashion and timeless style, dressing classic and classy is one of our favorite subjects.

Whether you’re heading to a job interview and want to put your best foot forward, are spending the day at a county club and need an outfit, or you simply want to elevate your style, following the key rules, below, will help your ensure you outfit looks elevated and chic.

How to dress classy

At the core of classy dressing is choosing timeless, high quality pieces. The goal is to look sophisticated and elegant.

Keep it simple

A simple look from Vince

Simplicity is at the core of a classy outfit. Instead of flashy colors, trendy silhouettes and a ton of pattern, classic outfits lean on quality construction, impeccable tailoring, and timeless design to stand out.

Look for simple and elegant silhouettes that flatter your body shape, such as a well-tailored blazer, a crisp white button-down, a sleek pencil skirt, or a classic pair of trousers.

Invest in quality pieces

Linen pants from Banana Republic

Classy pieces are always good quality. That doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune, just pay more attention to things like the fabrics you choose and the integrity of the stitching. To find high quality clothing, choose materials like linen, cotton, silk, cashmere, or wool. In other words, natural fibers. Not only will these pieces look more timeless, but they’ll last longer from a quality standpoint, making them a worthwhile investment.

In addition to luxury department stores, you can also find classy and timeless pieces at classic style clothing stores like J. Crew and Banana Republic.

Pay attention to fit

A well-fitting item will always look more expensive and classy than one that fits poorly, so make sure that the clothes you buy fit well, and if they don’t, take them to a tailor. Tailoring is surprisingly affordable, and can make a fairly inexpensive item look like a luxury one.

Also important to note: well-fitting doesn’t necessarily mean fitted. A garment can be loose and still look classy. It’s more so a matter of making sure the overall look suits your proportions. Pay attention to thing like pant length, sleeve length, any gaps at the waistband, extra fabric under your arms, and the length of your shirts.

Stick to a neutral color palette

It’s no wonder the little black dress is an icon in the fashion world, and a closet essential. Neutrals, like black and white, are always timeless, as are shades like camel, beige, gray and navy.

For a classy look, try to avoid bold prints and bright colors, and opt for a seasonally appropriate neutral instead. If you love color, add it in with an accessory, piece of jewelry, or a bold lipstick color, instead.

Accessorize wisely

Speaking of accessories, it’s a good idea to follow the conventional wisdom of Coco Chanel, which says “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” The fashion icon’s rule ensures that your outfit is balanced, not busy.

Choose accessories that complement your outfit and add a touch of sophistication, such as a statement necklace or a pair of elegant earrings. Keep it simple and avoid over-accessorizing.

Don’t overlook the details

Image via Vince

Make sure your clothing is clean and wrinkle-free, and your shoes are polished. Pay attention to small details like your hair, nails, and makeup, and make sure they complement your overall look.

What to wear to look expensive?

If your goal for learning how to dress classy it to look expensive, there are a few must-dos.

First, is to make sure that whatever you wear is well-fitting. Items that are tailored to you (or look like they are) always look more expensive.

Second, avoid materials like polyester, modal, and anything with a slinky quality. These fabrics look cheap.

Third – if you’re on a budget, opt for simple basics and a pricier accessory. Investing in a timeless, but expensive handbag, like the Louis Vuitton Neverfull or a Goyard tote, will make the rest of your outfit look more expensive. Pair your high-end accessories with well-fitting sweaters, button-down shirts, jeans, and tees, and you’ll give off the air of affluence.

Fourth – don’t buy fakes. One of the quickest ways to look cheap is to buy fake luxury items. People who own the real thing will always be able to tell the difference. Instead, buy the nicest “real” handbag you can afford.

Other surefire ways to look expensive:

Wear a monochrome outfit
Wearing one color head-to-toe is instantly chic. Just be sure to choose a neutral, especially in the winter. In summertime, brights and pastels can work in some instances

Wear a timeless outfit combo
Certain outfits are classic. Things like a trench coat paired with skinny pants and loafers or ballet flats, or a button down and wide-leg pants always look chic. Stick to the basics. Check out our list of classic outfit ideas for inspiration.

Invest in a good pair of sunglasses.
A quality pair of classic sunglasses always makes an outfit look more classy and expansive. RayBans are the perfect pick, since they’re classic, and higher-end but affordable.

Make sure you’re comfortable.
Dressing in a way that’s classy and expensive should look effortless, so make sure you’re comfortable in whatever outfit you choose.

How to dress classy – where to shop

It’ll make it easy to figure out how to dress classy if you know where to shop. These stores always have quality basics that’ll help you pull off the look. You can also check out our post on the best classic style clothing stores.