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.
This story was originally published on September 29, 2014 and has since been updated.