16 Easy Ways to Make Your Look More Sophisticated – M & S
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16 Easy Ways to Make Your Look More Sophisticated

Outfit Ideas

Fashion is meant to be fun, but sometimes the best way to put your seasoned style skills to use is by creating looks that feel smart and sophisticated. Here we break down the basics of sophisticated style, starting with how to style the classics—and work in fresh, statement pieces so your ensemble appears effortlessly polished and put-together wherever you're going. From paring back bold colors to smartly playing with proportions, these styling tricks ensure a sophisticated look without ever compromising your personal style. Whether you’re assembling the perfect interview outfit or simply trying a more grown-up approach to dressing, these 16 tips are sure to help you step it up.

We know the is a go-to for cool girls everywhere, but when push comes to shove, a tucked-in shirt is more sophisticated. 
Instead of wearing a jean jacket, upgrade your look with a minimal denim top.
No need to suppress your inner adventurist; just be sure you’re not going overboard (translation: no sheer tops at the office). We suggest a playful back with an understated silk suit and heels.
Nothing feels more grown-up than a beautiful A-line skirt.
If you’re working a bright, bold color, balance it with neutral pieces that elevate the outfit (and make the color pop).
Sometimes a fully buttoned shirt is all it takes to elevate your look.
If you love bright colors you can skip to the next slide, but there’s something about subdued colors that make us feel wise and confident.
Evenly distributing one color throughout your look reads polished. 
Three words: Less is more.
If you prefer less form-fitted clothing, balance proportions by tucking in an oversize sweater to accentuate the waist or opting for a cropped version of wide-leg trousers.
Though a killer pencil skirt is instrumental to the grown-up look, menswear-inspired pieces are equally as empowering.
A style savvy woman knows how to mix and match her favorite pieces.
To add more attitude to a look, choose a classic piece—like a mid-length skirt—in a leather fabrication.
The Olsens pair their long skirts with loafers, and so can you.
Sure, it’s a little somber, but it’s chic and it works!
Wear a crop top like a grown-up, and pair it with high-waisted trousers that only reveal a tiny sliver of skin.Keep scrolling to shop our favorite grown-up pieces!
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This story was originally published on September 29, 2014 and has since been updated.

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