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Ivory Dress from Lulu’s (wearing XS no alterations) // Embellished Clutch // Nude Ankle Strap Heels // Rose Gold Pearl Necklace // Location: The Langham Chicago

One of the best things about being a woman is being able to express your femininity and elegance through the way you dress. But, a well put-together outfit can only take you so far. Here are a few tips for how to channel your inner-Kate Middleton and add elegance to any outfit. As Dianne Vreeland said, “The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”


10 ways to add elegance to any outfit

1. Simplify your look. Too many accessories and layers are a distraction. A single strand pearl necklace and a classic clutch will do the trick.

2. Look polished. When your hair looks nice, your nails are painted, and your makeup looks fresh – you’re already half-way dressed!

3. Wear neutrals. Soft colors and the basics look clean and sophisticated.

4. Elegant accents: soft curls, romantic lipstick, and dramatic mascara.

5. A couple sprays of your favorite perfume goes a long way.

6. Posture is important. No matter what you’re wearing, the way you carry yourself in it is what really makes the outfit.

7. Wear things that are a perfect fit – a perfectly tailored pencil skirt or a dress with a cinched waistline to accentuate your feminine physique.

8. High heels make an outfit a little fancier, your legs look longer, and your body slimmer, which also help with upper body posture.

10. The main way to look like a lady is to act like a lady. Speak softly, listen carefully, be gracious, make eye contact, move gracefully, accept compliments gracefully, remember silence can be stunning, be thoughtful of others, and always wear a sincere smile.


Elegance is the only beauty that never fades” – Audrey Hepburn

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  • Maddy

    So beautiful! You should check out
    I think you would really love their clothes.
    Love your posts!

  • Amy

    Love these tips and that dress is everyyyythingggg!
    I will be in Chicago staying at LondonHouse for the 4th this weekend – any recommendations on places to eat/go out/do/etc?! 🙂

  • manda

    I love the dress! I should focus more on my posture for elegance!

  • Kristie

    You look so gorgeous and perfect in this dress! I’m wearing the same dress for my engagement pictures this upcoming weekend but I need HELP! Are you wearing a sticky bra with this and if so, what kind/where did you get it??

      Olivia Rink

      Shoot I might be too late on this but I wore a sticky bra that dips in the middle! From Target or Victoria’s Secret has it too – let me know if it worked out for you!!

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