Top tips for how to dress to impress

Whether you’re making an impact in the office, or heading out on the town, here’s how to dress to impress.

What makes an outfit stand out?

Clothes that impress are different for everyone. The magic formula is being unique, wearing clothes that fit and suit you, and developing a signature style. It pays to look after your wardrobe properly: a well organised closet, filled with clean garments, is more important than spending money on new clothes.

Beyonce wearing her signature sheet dress.Beyonce wearing her signature sheet dress.


Don’t be a slave to trends

While it’s good to have up-to-date knowledge on the latest fashion trends, avoid wearing anything just because it’s in vogue. Look for the styles that suit you – your personality, your body shape and your lifestyle – above all else.

Fashion Bloggers assisting Milan Fashion WeeksMilan Fashion Week – Fashion Bloggers wearing the perfect combination of trends and their own style.

Comfort is key

When you feel good, you look good. Worrying about your skirt length, or a too-tight top or jeans, isn’t going to impress: fashion anxiety can be obvious. To radiate impressiveness, look for clothes that fit like a glove. Test-drive an outfit before wearing it to a special occasion, making sure it’s comfy to sit, stand, and dance in.

Chriselle Lim wearing trainers with dressParis Fashion Week 2019 – Chriselle Lim wearing trainers with dress.

Widen the net

Don’t shop at the same old stores; search for statement clothes in new and unexpected places, on eBay, in vintage shops or at independent boutiques. From the quintessential little black dress to a retro jumper dress, you can find a host of impressive pieces without stepping foot on the high street.

Vintage Outfit
Vintage Outfit

Reinvent old pieces

Nothing’s more impressive than upcycled evening dresses or reworked maxi dresses: reinvent old clothes by customising, dyeing, embellishing or wearing your old wardrobe staples in new ways. For example, slip a cardigan and flats on with an old evening dress = instant office eleganza.

Party dress with cardigan

Party power

Party girls need a dress to impress – but everything depends on the season, the guest list and any theme ideas your host has. The more pre-party research you do, the stronger and more exciting your outfit is likely to be. Ask lots of questions and chat to other guests about their outfit choices. To avoid sartorial disaster, never choose a dress at random, without thinking the event through.

Dusty pink maxi dress
Maxi dresses are the best choice for Spring parties

Crisp, clean and ready to impress

There’s no point picking the best dress to impress from your collection if it’s creased, stained or musty. A well-loved dress is a well-kept dress, so cleaning clothes is crucial. Whether you’ve had a white dress disaster or you need to refresh your trusty glitter midi dress for the next social gathering, take advantage of Laundrapp’s Dress 2 Impress bundle: you can have two dresses collected, cleaned and returned to your door from £20.


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