You’ll be more relaxed if you wear the right clothes for the right situation. Luckily, there aren’t so many rigid rules as there used to be, but always think about where you’re going and who you’ll see when you’re out.
- A simple, neutral style in simple, neutral colours will work for most situations. Your basic wardrobe should give you most things you need.
- You can normally wear trousers even on the most formal occasions
- Accessories and jewellery can turn an outfit from casual to smart
- Dark jeans can look smart with a more ‘dressed up’ top and shoes, but if you’re going somewhere special, first check that jeans are allowed (some places don’t like them)
- If you’re going for an interview, wear suitable clothes for the job you want. If you’re not sure, it’s better to be too formal than too informal
- If you’re invited to a wedding or formal party, check whether there is any particular dress code; most hosts will be more flexible with codes for younger guests, but it is polite for you to fit in as far as you can.
- If you’re going to a school prom, you don’t need to dress like a millionaire celebrity and spend a fortune to look exactly like everyone else. But if you want to fit in, and don’t have much money, try sites like Missguided or Boohoo.