Another season rolls around and we can’t help but think of a wardrobe revamp. If you’re like us, we’re often thinking of ways that we can take our style to the next level by replacing certain items with something a bit more mature. Not matronly mature, just an improvement from college student, yoga pants and hoodies immature. We’re thinking items that instantly add elements of classic, chic, put-together style, which we’ve put together in this list of 5 ways to adult-ify your wardrobe this spring.
1. Replace your hoodie or windbreaker with a modern trench
Spring can be a weird time for outwear – too warm to wear your winter jacket but too cool for just a blazer or cardigan. A modern trench is the perfect way to go because it’s incredibly versatile. You can dress it down with jeans and sneakers or pair it with a skirt or dress. A trench is classic and chic, and a perfect and easy way to adult-ify your wardrobe.
2. Upgrade to a pair of leather or quality vegan leather ankle boots
Everyone’s been tempted by the cheap shoes available at places like Forever 21 and GoJane, but the difficulty with cheap shoes it that, well, they often look cheap. They’re also oftentimes poorly made and uncomfortable, so if you want to adult-ify your footwear collection and also make a smart financial investment, we recommend finding a pair of leather or quality vegan leather ankle boots that suit your style. You can go with a flat boot, a heeled boot, something in suede or patent, with bold hardware or without, just make sure that it’s true to your style and you’re sure to get tons of wear out of it.
3. Replace the cheap bodycon dress with a quality, figure-flattering cocktail dress
You know, the dress you wore out every weekend in college because you fell trap to the idea that tight equaled sexy. Don’t worry, you weren’t alone, but ridding your closet from the unforgiving bodycon dress is the first step in coming to terms with the error of your ways. Some occasions just call for dressing up, so every woman should have that fail-safe dress that they can throw on and feel and look amazing in. A big part of this comes from the fit and how well the dress is tailored to your size and shape. You’ll be surprised the difference spending a little more money can make.
4. Swap out the tshirt for a button up shirt
Wearing a button up in place of a tshirt is a really easy change to make that’ll instantly adult-ify your outfit. You can spend a pretty penny on a dress shirt, but you definitely don’t have to because you can find button up shirts basically everywhere. You can go with a classic white oxford shirt, or try something striped or printed, but we promise you’ll instantly smarter and put together.
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5. Invest in a quality handbag
Nothing screams chic, successful, killin’ it everyday woman like a nice handbag. Okay there are definitely other things, but the handbag is up there. Replace your backpack or messenger bag with a quality handbag and take your look to the next level. To get the most wear out of it, we recommend something mid-sized (not too big that you won’t want to carry it around and not too small that you won’t be able to fit everything necessary in it) and in a neutral color like black, brown or grey so it’ll match with everything. If you’re not a chic, successful, killin’ it everyday woman, at least you’ll look like it.
Hopefully these 5 ways to adult-ify your wardrobe for spring have given you some inspiration. They’re proof that dressing smart and put together doesn’t mean looking matronly, right?