7 Ways to Dress Classic Chic but not Boring


Who says that dressing chic has to be bland, boring, and dull? Dressing chic doesn’t mean that you have to stick to boring classic outfits already seen thousand times in your working place or all around.

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As long as you know how to do it right, you can dress chic with a twist without compromising on the sophisticated or professional look you want.

Here are 7 ways you can add life, uniqueness and freshness to any at your conventional classic chic and make any of your outfits looks more amazing.

#1-Add some denim

With the exception of some specific working environment, denim is widely accepted at work or in any « chic place ». Of course, I’m not speaking here about faded or washed denim, neither about ripped or patched ones… I’m only speaking about dark denim, the one who looks like navy blue.

 

 

Stay with classic cuts. If you wear pants, leave the skinny or the slim ones and prefer a straight cut (or a boot cut if you’re tall).

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If you choose a skirt, go for a straight one or an A-line one. But forget the mini…

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You can even wear a denim shirt if you add a classic jacket and the right accessories with it

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#2-Add some leather

Wearing something in leather will instantly add something bold and wild in your outfit. This is a very easy combination to try that will always stay chic if you keep few rules in minds.

Always mix it with classic cut clothes.

Like this straight black dress

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or this printed one

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If you wear a leather skirt, forget the mini and go for Midi or long cuts

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If you wear leather pants, leave the skinnies

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Keep it simple, leave the showy accessories (like large chains neckless) and stay with neutral colors: grey, burgundy, black, navy, beige, camel, dark green…

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 #3-Add thick or beautiful fabrics

Velvet (except corduroy), silk, wool, cashmere, linen… anything that escapes from the traditional plain polyester or synthetic fabrics usually used for working suits.

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       Silk

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Cashmere

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 Or wool

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#4- Add some prints

Not everywhere of course… (unless you stay in the same shades of colors like above)

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Animal prints, flowers, dots, stripes… prints are a very good way to give uniqueness to a classic outfit

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#5-Add a pop of color

Always in a small touch: a belt, a bag, a top, a pair of shoes… easy!

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#6-Add a cool or fun detail

Just one will do.

A pair of sneakers, chains, a studded belt, a brooch… anything that gives an unexpected twist to a too classical outfit.

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#7- Add an artcraft accessory

A jacket, a necklace, a belt, a bag… If it’s neat and comes in a good quality, it will add a great distinctive twist to any classic outfit.

 

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If you have any doubt, ask Iris Apfel: always chic, never boring!

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6 Comments

  1. Tres chic! Merci beaucoup! Many ideas I can use with things I already have. I always look forward to your posts, Cecile.

    • Thank you Lisa! ;) Et « Vive les femmes ! » (It’s our international day today, right?)

  2. Cecile – I am 62 yrs old – but I love the denim A line skirt – am I too old to dress like this and if so – what would you recommend ………

    Merci

    • Dear Denise, there is really no proper age to wear denim. If you want a classy look, prefer a dark or navy blue one; With or without a cane, an A line skirt will suit you perfectly + denim will give you a fresh and young look! I’m sure you can find a nice one on La Redoute.com or A.P.C website. Best

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