The Dos and Don’ts of Style Etiquette Today

Style etiquette might seem like the most obvious aspect on what to wear and what to avoid wearing on certain occasions. Remember, dressing well is a form of good manners so no matter what the occasion, you should show up dressed for it. So, whether it’s a normal day at the office, a fancy cocktail hour, or a dinner with a friend, keep on reading for out style etiquette tips to show up properly dressed.

Do wear chic flats and don’t wear heels you can’t walk in.

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Sky-high stilettos might look sexy and impressive, but if can’t walk gracefully in them simply opt for a pair of flats. A woman that can hardly walk in a pair of heels looks very unflattering, so better resort to a pair that feels comfortable at the same time chic. Parisian women, fashion bloggers, and street style stars look great in chic flats, and you can too. Just opt for a pair that looks great for your personality for wear a pair of ballet flats look perfect for women with a classic and romantic fashion personalities, while a pair of oxfords will look perfectly for women with trendy or edgy fashion personality.

Do play with silhouettes and don’t wear clothes that don’t fit you well.

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Though getting the right fit is the rule of thumb, you can still play with outfit silhouettes to make it look more flattering for you. If you’re a woman with wide hips, opt for a pair of flared trousers and skip those skinny jeans that will only accent your problem areas. Though wearing oversized with oversized sometimes look trendy, they don’t look polished at all so remember balancing what’s nice and what’s voguish.

Invest in nice basics but don’t feel limited to wearing only basics.

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Basic pieces must be the foundation of your wardrobe. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll limit yourself to basics. You can actually spice up your basic ensembles by topping it with a printed blazer, a catchy accessory, a flirty skirt, or an edgy jacket that will refresh your style. Also, you may think of wearing your classic pieces in fresh, creative, and unexpected ways to make them look fashion-forward.

Add a third piece to your outfit but don’t over accessorize.

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Accessories can make or break your look, so pick a few ones that will add some flair to your style but don’t overdo it. Arm party, layering necklace, and ring stacking might work for simple and muted outfits, but not in an avant-garde one. You may go for a color blocked back to add some pop to your neutral outfit but keep your shoes simple. Shine and sparkle are not the only elements that can add some flair to your looks as a blue bandana scarf and a cowboy belt can spice up your plain white dress. A striped hat, a metallic bag, a pair of shiny pumps and such can be enough to be your third piece.

Have a go-to uniform when you’re short on time, but don’t feel like you wear the same thing every day.

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Tee-and-jeans might be your go-to uniform but think of spicing it up with a chic blazer, a denim jacket, or a leather vest to make it more stylish. Tying a jacket around your waist can already refresh your yesterday’s outfit making it look fresh and stylish instantly. If you always wear your button-down shirt with your favorite trousers, think of refreshing it by layering your top with a crop sweater like fashion blogger Blair Eadie did. By paying attention to the style etiquette, you’ll be able to create stylish and functional looks on the streets.

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