If you’re in the mood to change your style and add a little bit of class and elegance in your everyday look, you have to start investing in pieces that help you improve your appearance. The secret to sophisticated dressing isn’t in the price of your wardrobe, it’s actually just about key elements and mixing and matching them appropriately. Perhaps you already have some of these in your closet, either way, here are nine stylish pieces you need to look classy and elegant.

#1 Jewelry
According to Vanessa Rodriguez of Stylishlyme.com, simple jewelry is the best way to go when you’re aiming for a classy and sophisticated look. Small silver or gold earrings, pearl or diamond studs, long pendants, wristwatch, and silver or gold bangles are some staples that you need in your collection to add an elegant oomph into your outfit.

#2 Blazer
This is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you could ever own. Not only can you wear it on both formal and casual settings, you can also pair it with jeans, trousers, skirts and dresses. It’s a fashion staple that works on every outfit variation you can think of, all the while elevating your look and making it classier.

#3 Black Pumps/Heels
When it comes to investing on a pair of shoes, it’s better to forego trends and choose a classic pair that will carry you through every event and season. A pair of black pumps or heels will not only go with anything in your closet, it will also never go out of style. Wear it to work, lunch meetings or even on off-days when you’re just walking around for an added classy vibe to your look.

#4 Clutch Bag
A clutch bag — whether it’s a day clutch or an evening one — is another versatile fashion staple that will instantly make you look classier and elegant. Simple yet chic, it’ll go with any outfit effortlessly.

#5 Little Black dress (“LBD”)
The Little Black Dress. Classic, elegant and timeless, this is a dress that will transform you into a sophisticated lady once you wear it. Regardless of your age or body shape, it can be your go-to piece for any occasion — for work, nights out or even for casual days. This is a staple clothing that every woman should have in their closet.

#6 Midi Skirt
For days when you’re not in the mood to wear jeans or a dress, the midi skirt can be your best friend. Falling just below the knees, this skirt immediately gives your look a classic feminine vibe.

#7 Black Pants
The more chic and sophisticated sister of skinny jeans, black pants are perfect for both formal events and casual functions. Choose a pair that is flattering to your shape and it’ll easily transform you into a classy modern woman on the go.

#8 Red Lipstick
Often called as confidence in a tube, red lipsticks make women feel more empowered and beautiful. It also enhances your natural beauty and makes your teeth whiter. Perfect for every occasion, red lipsticks add a touch of sultry elegance to your look.

#9 Crisp White Shirt
The basic of the basics, a white shirt will never become passé in the sartorial world. It’s the perfect attire building block as it can be paired with anything from blazers to denim jackets to trousers to skirts. It also provides a polished look to your outfit, making you look classy and sophisticated without sacrificing comfort.

Ritchel Mendiola
Ritchel Mendiola

Ritchel Mendiola is a feature writer based in the Philippines. In addition to writing for Balikbayan Magazine, she is a news correspondent for Asian Journal News-Manila.

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