Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Five Ways to Instantly Dress Classier This Fall

{by Caitlin Muir}
~caitlin describes her style sense as 'classy with a twist'~

Fall. Football season. Mud season. And in Texas, just under 90 degrees season. It is finally the time of the year when layers are in style and there's a crisp feel to the air. So stand up tall and get ready for one of the best fashion seasons of the year!
There are five essentials you should keep in mind this fall if you want to avoid the "fashion don't" crowd. If Ke$ha or Lady Gaga are your fashion icons, you might as well just walk away from the computer now. 
1. Get a new pair of high heels. If you can walk well in heels, start pairing them up with long jeans, skinny jeans, leggings, and even the wide legged pants that are coming back in style. It's one of the easiest ways to dress up an outfit. Not only do heels make you look taller (which is always great!) but they make you stand up straighter, which instantly makes you look more confident.
2. Introduce yourself to menswear. Tailored jackets can take a dress from dinner table to board room in an instant. Invest in a nice blazer that you can wear with jeans, slacks, and anything else you might be inspired to try. Make sure that the blazer is lined - it will help keep your shirts from catching and wrinkling. Other details you need to pay attention to are if the shoulders fit and where the sleeve falls on your wrist. If those two details are off, everyone will know.
3. Learn how to wear a scarf five different ways. You can have all the scarves in the world and be in trouble if you don't know how to wear it properly. There are tutorials on YouTube that can help you out if you get stuck. The answer is as simple as a few keystrokes away. Buy as many scarves as you want, just make sure that you wear them!
4. Put a lid on it! Hats are back in style this year thanks to Kate Middleton (err...Princess Catherine). There's nothing classier in fall than a rich hat, glossy hair, and a scarf peeping out from under your jacket. You can keep the baseball hat for when you are watching the game with the boys, but branch out and try something different. I'm a huge fan of the line of hats Target carries. They come in all shapes and sizes and are always affordable!
5. Pull out the boots. Flat boots never go out of style. I'm not talking about Uggs, which make me cringe every time I think of them. I'm talking about brown riding boots that just skim the bottom of your kneecap. You can wear them with leggings, tunics, or even fun cable-knit tights like you probably wore as a little girl. Tuck your skinny jeans into them or pair them with a skirt. Instant class

The bottom line is to step out confidently and with class. A lot of women spend time agonizing over their clothes choices but you don't have to be one of them. Dress with dignity, take note of trends, and have fun!

What would you add to the list? 


  1. A great addition to any ensemble is a versatile, beautiful (in a simple elegance way) necklace. Particulalry great if you can find one that is both simple enough to go with everything yet eye-catching enough to add that extra 'sparkle'

  2. Haha the Ke$ha or Lady Gaga thing made me laugh! =) Andd I really like your advice "dress with dignity, take note of trends, and have fun!" Great way to sum up a wholesome approach to fashion!!!

    The only thing I might add to this list is a cool vest. Super versatile and can look really snappy too imho.

    ~ Rachel

  3. Love this, Caitlin!
    I would add a trench coat. The epitome of classy:) Looks good with everything, looks good on everybody. Instant chic.

  4. have to agree with you Caitlin - I LOVE the hats at target!!!

  5. uhhh, except that you shouldn't be dressing like a man.

  6. I think Caitlyn's point was to incorporating menswear-inspired clothing into your wardrobe, not to necessarily dress like a man. Often, menswear can accentuate femininity and provide an intriguing contrast, like wearing a blazer over a flowy skirt. Or a dress with boots. It can be a really neat way to refresh your style!

  7. Hey Anonymous!

    I didn't mean to suggest that you should dress like a man. It's gross - just like Lady Gaga has shown us once again with her alter ego.

    We're women. We should dress in ways that accent that. Menswear is a style. I'm not saying "what men wear" because that would be ridiculous and I know I wouldn't look as good in an Armani men's suit as George Clooney does. Menswear is tailored and it does provide the lovely contrast that Brittany alluded to.

    Hope that clears things up!