Looking sophisticated on your street style may involve careful thoughts of putting together an outfit, time and money. The mind behind the Cupcakes and Cashmere blog, Emily Schuman is a California fashion blogger known for her simple, streamlined, and sophisticated street looks. According to her, figuring out your style involves paying attention to what you’re drawn to, and wearing comfortable and flattering for your shape. If you’re looking for simple ways to look sophisticated without looking overdressed, keep on reading to scoop some of her tricks.
- Keep your outfit simple but with a touch of sophistication.
While Emily is inspired by fashion trends, her look centers around the idea of mixing classic pieces and only take those trends with sophisticated touches. Oversized clothing, unexpected color combinations, print mixing, and denim-on-denim may be trendy, but since they’re not sophisticated and chic, Emily skips them. Like her, you may opt for your classic pieces like knitted cardigan, cashmere turtleneck, silk skirt, chic jumpsuit, tailored pencil skirt, simple dress, and even dressy culottes that look chic. This way, you’ll look “effortlessly glamorous” like Emily without looking overdressed in sophistication.
- Add some pretty touches like a chic blazer, coat, or jacket.
Having a sophisticated style doesn’t mean throwing away your casual and casual-chic pieces. A casual-chic shirt dress can instantly look sophisticated by wearing a trench coat, wool coat, or even fur vest with them. Like Emily, invest in chic outerwear that’s versatile enough to dress up your most basic outfit. Neutral colors are more versatile that bright and cheery ones, but you can still look for sleek blazers with puffy sleeves to bring a more polished look while being playful in lively shades.
- Keep the balance and proportions in mind.
Emily’s signature look has been a high-waist skirt and blouse combination that balances her figure and proportions. When you’re planning to wear a fitted pencil skirt, wear something voluminous on your top. On the contrary, if you plan to wear a fitted top, go for a full skirt to give some shape to a fitted top.
- Add some interest to your simple outfit by contrasting textures.
To make a simple ensemble more interesting, mix and match different fabric textures like lace, suede, chiffon, fur, leather and such adding some dimension to your overall outfit. If you’re planning to wear an edgy leather skirt, pair something feminine on top like a lace blouse or chiffon top. Stiffer fabrics generally look edgier over softer and lightweight ones.
- Complete your looks with chic accessories.
Apart from heels and structured bags, Emily adds sophistication to her outfit by wearing statement-making accessories like hats, sunglasses, scarves, headbands, elegant jewelry, and belts. Just don’t overdo your accessories like layering your necklaces or piling your bracelets as they may look trendy, but definitely not sophisticated. Remember, less is more!