How to Style 4 Classic Clothing Items With a Contemporary Twist

Silvana Patrick
by Silvana Patrick
10 Minutes

If you want to know how to style clothes, you’ve come to the right place.

There’s no denying that classics are a must in every woman's wardrobe.

However, I find that sometimes they can be a bit tedious, so today, I'm going to spice them up and show you different ways to style them.

White crisp shirt

1. White crisp shirt

Every woman has at least one white shirt in their wardrobe. To change things up, try a peplum shirt that flares out from the waistline.

You have the option of wearing it out, tucking it in, or putting a belt on it. The shirt I’m wearing also has dramatic, bat-shaped sleeves, which are also gorgeous.

For a more relaxed look, you can style the shirt with jeans. I’ve gone for a straight-legged pair of jeans that are cropped at the bottom. I kept the shoes neutral and added a brightly colored bag.

White crisp shirt

For a business look, I styled the shirt with a high-waist black fluted skirt and tucked it in. The silhouette gives me a cinched waist and helps to elongate my legs.

The fact that the skirt opens at the bottom balances out the volume of the shirt. A classic black bag finishes the look.

Denim dress

2. Denim dress

I love denim dresses, and I’ve had so many over the years.

Lately, I wanted to go for something different than the normal shirt dress, so I went for this dress in a flattering dark wash.

It has beautiful Japanese-style sleeves, which makes it great for layering with a turtleneck underneath in winter or fall.

I added a simple belt and bag to accessorize, but there is no need to accessorize too much because the classic dress is already the focal point.


3. Blazer 

Next up, we have a double-breasted blazer, but I went for one in beige instead of your classic black or navy.

The oversized male fit of the blazer makes it great for pairing with more feminine pieces such as this pleated skirt and cut-out top.

All the pieces are neutral, so they’re in the same family of colors. I went for a bright orange bag, which adds a pop of color and warms up the look.


You can’t go wrong with black trousers; I suggest opting for a fitted pair.

To accessorize, I emulated the color of the blazer with the gold and bronze necklace.

Pencil skirt

3. Pencil skirt 

I was never such a big fan of pencil skirts until I saw this one. This skirt has a tie at the front that falls beautifully.

To wear it on the weekend, pair it with a pair of flats and a simple tank top. The skirt really elevates this casual look.

Pencil skirt

To dress the skirt up for the office, pair it with a statement-sleeve top. To top off the look, you want to accessorize with a beautiful structured bag.

How to style clothes

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to style classics with a twist, and it has given you some new ideas.

A classic with a twist will really bring a lot of personality and interest to the completed look.

Next, learn 11 Easy Tips on How to Always Look Polished and Put Together.

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