Giving your look a more refined touch is actually much easier than you think. From repeating a signature jewelry piece you already own to simply hemming your jeans, there are plenty of things you can do to give your appearance an element of sophistication—without sacrificing your personal style.
Scroll through for our tips and to shop our favorite refined pieces!
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Once you’ve mastered the best silhouettes for your body and lifestyle, start focusing on luxe fabrics when you shop—suede, velvet, and silk-chiffon are just a few to start.
Zara Suede Shirt-Dress ($199) in Light Camel
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While from a utility standpoint watches aren’t considered necessary anymore, they do add a classic element to a look.
Larsson & Jennings CM Silver-Plated Watch ($350)
A structured bag (as opposed to a bucket or hobo style) will do just that for your outfit: make it look structured.
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Mastering the belt is an important element of refined dressing. Whether it’s at your lower or upper waist or somewhere in the middle, be sure to wear your belt wherever is most flattering for you—not where you see other people doing it.
Madewell Skinny Leather Braided Belt ($35) in Desert Camel
Whether you wear it with flats or heels, a midi dress (or skirt) is a sophisticated yet flattering alternative to your go-to mini or maxi.
Tibi Techno Faille Open Back Dress ($320) in Ivory
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The easiest way to make your outfit look like, well, an outfit is to wear a matching set. When shopping, always keep your eye out for these, and if you find a single piece that you like, ask the salesperson if it comes with a coordinating item.
Yes, kitten heels are cool, and wearing them with a skirt, dress, or cropped trousers will not only give your feet a break but also add a ladylike touch to your look.
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A structured jacket can, of course, take the place of a blazer for work, but if you want to take your off-duty outfits up a notch, you can also swap one in for your moto jacket, denim jacket, or bomber.
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Properly tailored pants are crucial to looking put together and refined. Most people think of this when it comes to trousers, but don’t forget your jeans!
Repeating jewelry will give your everyday look an element of continuity and thoughtfulness. Just be sure to opt for some something simple that goes with everything—such as a delicate choker.
Swapping in a collared shirt for your usual T-shirt or tank can instantly polish up an outfit—just make sure it’s wrinkle free!