As the saying goes “Dress how you want to be addressed.” So here’s the question: How can we improve the fashion sense and really – dress and style better?
First thing first, it takes time to nurture your one-of-a-kind fashion sense so I’d say patience is key.
Slowly but surely, you will figure out your personal style.
Second, TAKE ACTIONS!
These days, there are a ton of ways to boost your fashion sense.
Below, I’ve gathered 12 tips if you wonder how to elevate your fashion style and dress better.
I can’t guarantee if you’ll be the next Anna Wintour but I’m sure you’ll find it useful! Enjoy!
1. Have a group of stylish friends
This one is huge but many girls underestimate how important that is. Yes, I’m saying your fashion mastermind group.
As Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
If you got five fashionista friends around you, well, guess who will be on the 6th soon?
Shopping together, ask for stylish advice 24/7… All these help with your fashion sense a lot in long term.
TIll now, I’m still thankful my bestie stopped me from buying that $6470 metallic stiletto heels that are not really my type.
2. Get inspired with fashion icons
How to dress better? Well, what about getting inspired by the fashion icons.
That can be literally anyone. To make things more organized, creating a Pinterest board and pinning all your favorite looks is always helpful.
When you get dressed and need some outfit ideas next time, you can easily dig those looks out.
Of course, you don’t have to copy their ensemble to the T.
Depending on your preference, you can set those looks like the foundation and sparkle a dash of personal style as a perfect blend.
3. Get yourself familiar with all kinds of fabrics
I know cotton is comfy, but ladies, it’s time to level up your fashion game.
Getting familiar with all different fabrics truly unblock a ton of new looks that you never thought you can carry.
Want to look expensive? The jacquard dress just makes you look like a million dollars.
A feminine classy lady? Silk, satin, and chiffon are here for you.
Artsy style? Colorful crochet tops just work wonders.
Chanel-inspired look? Tweed jacket.
Festive winter style? A wine-red velvet dress.
So yes, if you want to widen your styling choices, play with all fabrics and textures.
4. GET YOUR CLOTHES TAILORED
Really, owning a tailored dress is not a privilege for the rich.
Actually, it’s not actually as expensive as you thought and I would say that’s a good deal.
If you want to trick people your Zara blazer is a high fashion piece, just swap out the plastic buttons for the rustic vintage ones, get it tailored for the right fit, and that just instantly boosts your style tenfolds.
You don’t know why people are obsessed with the tailored dress until you give it a go – the fitting just carries you differently.
5. Make a twist out of the ordinary looks
Fashion sense doesn’t have to be something dramatic, rather, it can be something subtle. All you need is to take a step further and make some tiny changes.
Every girl is wearing blue skinny jeans out there? Well, what about looking all feminine and classy with dusty pink jeans and nude heels?
Or else, go for the asymmetrical dress instead of the off-shoulder one. This aesthetic piece just screams high fashion.
6. A STATEMENT PIECE
Can you dress simple but stylishly? Of course. All you need is to get a statement piece to spice things up.
A sleek white shirt dress looks too ordinary? What about adding an exotic brown corset belt that screams “I’ve got a style and I KNOW it”. Together with a nice pair of pointy heels, this look is a 10/10.
Seriously, making a statement is never about a Birken bag or brands. It’s all about STYLE.
7. Pick the cutting that flatters you
If you want to improve your fashion sense, figure out what clothes look good on you and what’s not. Here are some examples:
Broad shoulders: avoid off-shoulder tops that draw eyes horizontally
Girls with big head/ chubby face: switch round neck top to V-neck top – that truly make a difference!
Flappy arms: Short puffy sleeve makes your arms appear to look slimmer visually
Petite girls: (1) Wear pointy heels instead of round-toe shoes to elongate the legs (2) Avoid wearing a thick belt – that will draw eyes to the middle and make you look shorter
Related read: 10 ways to hide a big head
Hope that helps!
8. WEAR ACCORDING TO THE OCCASIONS
Fashion sense is all about knowing WHAT to wear and WHEN to wear.
Dressing accordingly is the basic tip but a crucial one. There’s nothing stylish about underdressing and overdressing.
I once saw a lady wearing a flamboyant floor-length dress for a cocktail event and she looks really uncomfortable.
9. WEAR CO-ORD SET FOR A FAILPROOF LOOK
If you want to trick people you’ve given a thought to your look, going for the co-ord set is the no-brainer.
It just looks naturally stylish and risk-free for beginners.
Finished off your pastel yellow puffy sleeve and skirt set with boho sunglasses, you’ll never feel anything missing from your outfit.
10. Play with texture for monochomre look
Fashion comes and goes, but a monochrome look is here to stay.
To look put together in a monotone look, playing with different textures and shades is the key, otherwise, that can end up looking like a uniform.
If you are wearing a nude pink cropped sweater, let’s not wear a knit dress with the same shade that looks too matchy-matchy.
Instead, glam up the look with a shiny satin dress just to give out the contrast.
Or else, play with different colors to create dimensions. Forest green top and olive green pleated midi dress just work wonders for example.
11. Add an extra pop of fun
I get it, experiment with high saturation colors can be stylish but intimidating.
But what about adding a pop of red to your all-black suit? It just makes things pop up but in a chic way.
Try it out!
12. FINISH UP YOUR LOOK WITH ACCESSORIES
How can we not mention accessories when it comes to improving fashion sense.
As Michael Kors said, “I’ve thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit”.
Despite the essentials like necklaces and earrings, perhaps it’s time to get experimental with belts, hats, and scarfs.
Seriously, you can look effortlessly expensive in any look when you wear a silk neck scarf – it just works wonders.
Last but not least, I’d say perfume is an invisible accessory. Go for a classy, high-fashion scent to make your style distinctive. Yes, they are correlated!
SIDE TOPIC: Is there possible to find high fashion-looking shoes on a budget?
If you are a loyal reader of ladyrefines, you will know I seldom recommend shoes and bags on a budget. Why? Because I just can’t find any that are cheap but look good at the same time!
But in 2022 , I’ve discovered a new brand Charles & Keith. Their bags and shoes just hold high quality at super affordable prices! No wonder it’s all the rage in the US now.
The best part is, that this brand was founded with a vision to empower women to express themselves freely through fashion. Fashion isn’t only for rich girls. That’s even better :)! Check out some of my favorites below!
Seriously, who needs Jimmy Choo if I can find this Leather Gem-Embellished Stiletto Mules from Charles & Keith?
This one is to die for. Perfect pumps for your birthday! Check these pink pumps here! (It got different colors and the black and white one just looks so EDGY!)
Charles & Keith has a ton of shoes from workwear to party look, make sure you check out HERE to view all. But let me tell you, that’s a rabbit hole…
So ladies, here are the 12 tips if you wonder how to improve your fashion sense and dress better. What are your thoughts on this? Please comment on which tip you will give it a go!
By the way, if you are interested in fashion style hacks, I’m pretty sure you’ll find the tips below useful.
See you there gorgeous!