Simple steps to sophistication
There is more to sophistication than just visiting art galleries and drinking the finest glass of crisp Chardonnay in a French Bistro surrounded by intellectual friends. It’s a style, mindset and lifestyle. With a little grace, you are already on your way to look, feel and be more sophisticated.
Sophistication is all about presentation, but this doesn’t start with your clothes. In actuality, it’s all about body language. After analysing "sophisticated" individuals, there are a few mannerisms that send the right message. Sophisticated people are confident and collected. They don't get frazzled or stressed and never act insecure. Maintaining good posture is key!
Hair and Beauty
Mastering a sophisticated look is simpler than it may seem. Make sure to visit the hairdresser frequently, so that you look fresh and well-kept. Split ends or dark roots are not a sign of sophistication. You don’t have to follow every trend, but embrace something that fits your personalty - whether long or short, it doesn’t matter, as long as the cut is clean. Highlights may enhance your look, but also be aware that yay to the grey may seem even more sophisticated, as long as the color shines and the cut is sleek.
Your face should be just as fresh as your new haircut. Sophisticated women wear a little make up to enhance their features and show that some effort was made without hiding their natural beauty. All you really need is some light mascara, low-key eyeliner and a great color lipstick to look the part. Men should also look just as fresh. A little beard is allowed, but it has to be kept short, neat and tidy. A beard with a touch of gray can actually add even more sophistication.
Finally, you have to dress the part by looking classy at all times and dressing for the occasion. Aim to be slightly overdressed for any occasion, whether it’s a friend's birthday party or a business meeting. Better to have slightly over-dressed for an event than to show up feeling miserably under-dressed. I’m not saying wear a ball gown to the grocery store, but you should feel better dressed than most people around you. These things will help you achieve the look:
1. Tuck in your shirt/blouse.
Pretty basic, but instantly makes you look more polished and works equally for casual and formal looks.
2. Cinch in your waist with a belt.
Not only does a belt highlight your beautiful waist, but it helps you keep your nice posture in check.
3. Shirts must be pressed and ironed
In fact, everything should be wrinkle free! A freshly pressed shirt keeps sweat and other stains from sticking to your clothes, but you also look organized and instantly confident.
4. Get inspired by menswear
Men know how keep their suits looking polished all day long. Incorporate a blazer, a classic shirt or loafers into your wardrobe.
5. Keep your ladylike roots
Yes, Chanel and Katherin Hepburn took inspiration from menswear, but used feminine accessories to balance the look.
6. When in doubt, wear a little black dress
The LBD isn’t going anywhere and comes in every shape and size to fit your style. It will work for any occasion, because you can dress it up or down as much as you like.
7. Black and white never fail
This combo screams sophistication instantly. It makes you look slimmer and effortless in no time.
8. Go tone in tone
A monochromatic look is the easiest way to be sophisticated, whether all black, gray, camel or any other neutral tone is your pick.
9. Structure over prints
Instead of going for a trendy busy print, opt for a tailored structured piece such as, a boxy top, and can be paired nicely with most bottoms.
Accessories help to complete a sophisticated look and the trick is to keep to a few, simple pieces that elevate your outfit.
1. Don’t embellish too much
Only because you’re going to a special occasion, doesn’t mean you need an embellished dress. Rather go for something more elegant, because a sophisticated lady does not want to look flashy.
2. Structured bags are your friend
A Birkin, Kelly and Chanel flap are all structured and the most sophisticated bags out there.
3. Gold or silver is the way to go
Simple earrings, thin bracelets or minimal necklaces will do the trick.
Just a few of these tips can make you feel like your most sophisticated self. When in doubt, just sit up straight, wear a wrinkle free monochromatic look and act confident.
Remember: think like Charlotte York from Sex and the City, "I’m pretty, I’m smart, I’m a catch!“