How to Dress Up: A Style Guide to Die For

How to Dress Up: A Style Guide to Die For

Style refers to a particular way someone expresses themselves. Personal style often refers to their aesthetic choices such as clothing, accessories, hairstyle, and how they put it all together. However, someone who is stylish doesn't expressly follow trends or fads. In, fact classic personal style is a look that never goes out of fashion. For this post, we'll discuss getting dressed up while keeping your aesthetic authentically you.


Experiment with Accessories

Don't be afraid to venture out and try something new that may not fit your mold. Experimenting with style is how you came up with a personal look. So, what if you never added new and unique pieces to your wardrobe? Your style would go stale. However, experimenting with something fresh doesn't mean abandoning the look you worked so hard to attain. We suggest starting with bold accessories as a step to experimenting with fashion. When finding a more dressed-up look for a special occasion, begin by adding an oversized statement necklace, out-of-the-ordinary belt, or a large print scarf. The addition of these unique pieces takes a staple garment like the little black dress from day to night and adds a wow factor.



Get Inspired

Before shopping for a dressy look, get inspired. Take to social media and seek out that killer look. Platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are chock full of influencers ready to show you how to dress up. YouTube is another avenue to finding a style. Fashion-forward pioneers like MissAlex take to YouTube and create instructional fashion videos like "How To Dress Up A Basic Outfit." Of course, there are everyone's favorite fashion publications out there, such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Haper's Bazaar, and Elle. But, don't be afraid to go off the beaten path. The Sunday's Wall Street Journal contains an exciting fashion insert. You can also find inspiration in men's magazines like GQ and Esquire for a more structured yet still dressed-up ensemble.

Create Fashion Vision Board

A fashion vision board is a great way to work toward developing your dressy style. After you've amassed your fashion inspiration from the resources mentioned above and compiled some images, you're ready to create your board. You can do this the old fashion way by buying magazines or printing images, mixing, matching, then cutting and gluing separates to a piece of the foam core board. Or step into the twenty-first century and use any number of vision board apps. These apps are the digital version of the vision board, a simple and easy way to take your board with you when shopping for your new dressy look.

Here are links to a few vision board applications to download:


Raid Your Own Closet (or a friend's)

You don't have to go broke getting dressed up. Believe it or not, you can achieve a look to die for by closet raiding. The closet in question can be yours, your mom's, friend's, sister's, and even your boyfriend's or husband's closet to find dressy additions of fashion. Closet raiding for amazing dresses is so in style; there are podcasts, YouTube videos, websites, blogs, and television shows dedicated to the process.

If you have a special event or night out, don't bankroll a whole new outfit. Buy one staple dress in a color that's easily paired with many different accessories. Opt for dresses that are wearable season after season with simple designs in muted multi-colored prints, beige, black, and white. However, stay away from busy patterns and complex dress designs with too much detail. Keep it simplistic, and you have a dress you'll wear over and over just by adding and subtracting different wardrobe pieces.



Guest Contributor- 

Reggie Moore

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