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Simple Ways to Elevate an Outfit for Class

Here are some tips on how to elevate your outfit and look more put together for class. Feel confident and ready to start your day!

By Manuela Garcia-Quiros

Do you ever feel underdressed, or pass by someone who looks so put together it is almost intimidating? We all wish to be that person, someone who looks like they have everything in order just by their outfit. Or, maybe, you wish that you had the confidence seen by the way they wear their outfit?

Here are some tips you can incorporate into your dressing-up routine to make you feel like the best version of yourself!

1. Jewelry.

Let’s start with a simple one that you've probably heard way too many times: JEWELRY! This is an essential step to give that chic/put-together touch. Add a pair of statement earrings, a watch/bracelet, layered necklaces, or rings! Not only is it complementary to the clothes, but for the overall look as well. Jewelry brightens up the face and will make you stand out. Make sure not to overdo it, though; It’s easy to start piling up rings and necklaces. The real skill lies in keeping it simple and elegant.

2. Bags instead of backpacks.

Secondly, switch up your backpack for a bag of any kind! My favorite options are usually thrifted, but really any kind is perfect! They are a great complement which you can match to your outfit. I have several totes and thrifted bags, giving me options to match with any outfit.

3. No sweatpants and leggings.

Comfort is important, but there are many comfy options that help achieve a more academically appropriate and stylish look. Long skirts are my favorite, but loose pants and stretchy jeans are also great options. If you have a hard time building outfits, just add a white or black tank top and you are all set!

4. Easy cover-ups: cardigans and scarves.

For chillier days, or just with the moody Boston weather, it comes in handy to have a cute cardigan to throw on. My favorite addition for warmth is a pashmina or scarf. There are SO MANY ways to style it, which can elevate any outfit tremendously.

5. Go monochrome.

Lastly, if you lack inspiration, just throw on a monochrome outfit. All white, all black, or all green monochrome means one color or varying tones of one color. Putting together a monochrome outfit couldn’t be easier, and it will always look as if you've put in lots of effort that morning.

Combine or take these tips separately, and there’s a high chance that you will become the person that you admire when walking to an Econ class on Comm Ave. I would even dare to say that you will feel more productive and ‘in the zone’ throughout the day.


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