Top Style Tips for Five Occasions

While it’s always fun to go shopping for something new to wear, sometimes the best looks can be found in your closet already! It’s all in how you style an outfit. Classic pieces paired with fun accessories, or everyday items worn in new ways can completely shake up your look. Check out these fun ideas for dressing your best on five different occasions.

Date Night Dress

Who doesn’t love getting dolled up for a big date? This is the time to really let your personal style shine. Make sure you know what the occasion calls for–no sense in wearing a slinky dress for a trip to the ballpark! For your basic dinner date, give a dress a trendy layered look by wearing a loose-fitting button-down over the top and tying it at the waist. Leave it unbuttoned to show off the neckline of your dress, or add a statement necklace. Roll the sleeves to the elbow and accessorize with stacks of skinny bangle bracelets. If you love heels, now’s the time to break them out! If flats are your thing, go for a pop of color.

Weekend Warrior

You can still look fabulous even if you’re just heading out to run errands or grab some coffee with friends. Cuff your boot-cut jeans to show off a pair of peep-toe pumps. Slouchy sweaters are both stylish and comfortable. For pull-over styles, add a chunky belt to define your waist. Layer a cardigan over a patterned top (or even a graphic t-shirt) and accessorize with long necklaces. A messy bun or quick ponytail finishes off this relaxed and fun look, or, if you’re a hat person, now’s the perfect time to pull out that newsboy cap.

Takin’ Care of Business

An outfit for a night on the town obviously allows a little more flexibility than dressing to impress at a big interview. For a traditional business professional look, stick to the basics. Slacks or skirts in a solid, neutral color are always a good option. Business professional skirts should be at least knee-length, and keep your accessories to a minimum. Avoid large jewelryAvoid large jewelry and opt for solid colors rather than patterns. Once you get to know the environment at your workplace, you can liven up your wardrobe a little if it’s appropriate. Perk up a suit with colorful shoes, or roll up the sleeves of an unstructured blazer to wear over a pencil skirt and blouse.

Party Time!

Unless it’s the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Bash, a party is a great excuse to pull out something fun you don’t get to wear regularly. Don’t go too overboard for office parties, but with your friends and family, it’s all right to ditch the conservative style. If you have a dress or skirt with a bold pattern, keep your accessories simple and let the print do the talking. On the other hand, with your classic Little Black Dress, it’s a great opportunity to be bold and exciting with your accessories. Choose a colorful statement necklace or feather earrings. Layer on a bright scarf as a shawl or wrap (an especially good idea when the weather gets brisk!).

Chic on the Beach

Heading out for a seaside vacation? There’s no need to pack your entire closet! With the right pieces, you’ll have no trouble styling an outfit that can transition from an afternoon in the sun and an evening in a nice restaurant. For daytime on the boardwalk, loose, flowing skirts are comfortable and cool, or opt show off your legs with white shorts and Roman-style sandals. To dress up your look for the evening, trade your tank top for a colorful tunic. Cinch it at your natural waist with a skinny belt and add a few long necklaces and playful earrings. Voila! You’re ready to go.

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