Classy means something different for everyone. But it certainly doesn’t have to mean looking frumpy or old-fashioned.
To me, classy means flattering my figure without showing every curve and covering up enough skin for me to feel comfortable and look presentable. A few years ago, I made a conscious effort to dress with more feminine class, and I couldn’t be happier with this change. I started feeling more beautiful and carrying myself with confidence.
This isn’t a manifesto for how you should dress. But if you’re already a rebel against the "show as much skin as possible" culture like me, here are our favorite pieces for classy, feminine style.
Maxi and Midi Dresses
We love dresses for so many reasons. They’re feminine, classy, and comfortable. And as a one-piece, they’re easy to style. Pick a dress with a hem that falls between your knees and your ankles, and make sure it has a defined waist to flatter your feminine silhouette without showing all of your curves.
For Your Closet: Riverside Dress by JessaKae, $120
Skinny jeans are out, and wide-leg pants are in – everyone from French influencer Jeanne Damas to supermodel Emily DiDonato are wearing them. Wide-leg pants have a looser fit so they form an A-line silhouette, which is classy, timeless, and feminine. You can pair them with a bodysuit for a slimming silhouette. Keep the hem long and pair with a heel for extra height and longer lines.
For Your Closet: Straight Cut Culottes By Zara, $46
A statement blouse, with a fun pattern, puff sleeves, or lace detailing, adds a little oomph to your outfit. Choose pastels and floral patterns for spring, bright and bold colors and patterns for summer, and rich colors for fall and winter.
Loud tops can be hard to style. Sometimes they sit in our closet never seeing the light of day. But a statement blouse can be styled with simple and basic items, like a skirt or wide-leg pants in a neutral or complementary color. Or consider pairing your blouse with items of the same color for a sophisticated and put-together monochromatic look.
For Your Closet: Lauren Conrad Smock-Yoke Flutter Sleeve Swing Top at Kohl’s, $44
I feel like a broken record writing about A-line skirts, but this silhouette is seriously the best! It’s feminine, flattering, and never goes out of style (and they’re more versatile than dresses). Pair a neutral or solid colored skirt with your statement blouse, or a bold pattern on bottom with a neutral on top.
For Your Closet: LAUDE the Label Full Midi Skirt from Madewell, $158
Jumpsuits, like dresses, are easy outfits because you only have to pick out the shoes to go with them! You can find a jumpsuit in a material, color, and fit that you feel comfortable and pretty in. Pick one with a built-in waistline or pair it with a belt so you don’t feel lost in the silhouette.
Oversized Cardigans, Blazers, and Vests
Since the rise of the “boss babe” trend, blazers, especially oversized blazers, have made a return to “trendy” status. If you’re more the preppy type, then layer a vest over a button-up. One universal top layer is the oversized cardigan. Long or cropped, it’s a cute and practical item to add to your wardrobe.
For Your Closet: Anya Sweater from Aritzia, $178
Turtlenecks and T-Shirts
A turtleneck is a classic for a reason – it always looks good on everyone. You can wear a turtleneck on it’s own or as a base layer under a jacket. The return of ‘90s fashion means you can even wear one under a dress too!
For Your Closet: The Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck from Everlane, $50
In 2022, classy, feminine style is practically countercultural. However, when styled correctly, you will radiate beauty, class, and confidence. So don’t be afraid to go against the grain. Build your dream wardrobe with these feminine pieces.
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