There are certain staples that every woman should have in her closet at all times because they build the foundations of a fantastic wardrobe. When you have them, no matter what the occasion, or what kind of look you’re going for, you’ll be able to make it happen without having to rush out and buy a completely new outfit (unless you really want to, that is). So, if you don’t already have the following items in your closet in good condition, now might be the perfect time to change that…
A Black Blazer
Never out of style, a simple black blazer can be used in so many ways, Pair it with jeans and heels for a smart casual look that’s also pretty sexy, wear it with a fitted skirt and blouse for a simple professional look or wear it with torn jeans and a band t-shirt for a laid-back rocker look – the options are quite literally endless. So, make sure you have at least one black blazer hanging in your wardrobe at all times.
Speaking of jeans, you should always have at least one good pair – a pair that fits you perfectly and makes your butt look amazing in your closet. Why? Because jeans are pretty much the one staple that most people wear all of the time and which you can quite literally pair with almost any kind of top and shoes to create a look that works.
A Crisp White Shirt
The white button-down shirt is another classic. It works great in professional settings when you want to look professional and clean cut, but pair it with a humble pair of jeans and Converse hi-tops and you’ll look effortlessly casual. Ideally, your white button down should be made from natural fibres, and you should buy the most expensive one you can afford because this is one item of clothing where it really is easy to spot quality.
A good quality pair of black heels, the likes of which you will find at Billini Shoes are, of course, essential for any woman’s wardrobe. Why? Because black will go with pretty much any other colour and because a good pair of heels will make your legs appear more shapely and again because heels can be dressed up or down – wear with jeans and t-shirt for a casual look or a perfect fitting LBD for a smart, sexy and sophisticated look.
A Little Black Dress
Speaking of the LBD, you know that your wardrobe needs one. Try to go for a classic shape, like a shift or skater, because it’s unlikely to go out of fashion, and consider having it tailored so that it fits you completely. Then, whenever a formal occasion calls, you’ll have a go to. You can make it look different by adding brooches or a statement piece of jewellery, adding a cardigan or switching up your shoes, for example, as long as you have the foundation of the LBD, there are millions of ways you can wear it.
How many of these pieces do you already have in your closet?
We all want to look out best, and that can be quite challenging for those of us who are on a budget, but it really doesn’t have to be. It is perfectly possible to look very much put together, and even more expensive than the cost of our clothing and accessories might be, by doing a few simple things.
Sound good? Here are some little ways to look more expensive:
Invest in a Quality Handbag
Even if you have to save up for it, buying a quality handbag ( it doesn’t have to be a mega-expensive one) is a good investment because it will immediately elevate any outfit you pair it with by association.
What represents a quality handbag? One which is made from quality materials and has a highly-precise level of detail – there are plenty of handbags that fit the bill without breaking the bank. Just make sure that you choose a bag in a neutral shade so that you can use it with any outfit, and take good care of it, and you will always look a bit more expensive when you carry it.
Have Your Outfits Tailored
Most of us can’t afford to buy bespoke designer outfits, but we can probably stretch to paying a few bucks to have our clothing tailored by a company like House of Astor, so that it fits us perfectly. Doing this will immediately make you look more expensive because your clothes will fit better and this will also enhance your figure too.
Have Clothes Professionally Laundered
This is more important when you’re dealing with dry clean only clothing, but having your clothing regularly laundered is a good way to ensure that they’re as clean, crease free and well-cared for as possible, and this will make them appear more expensive and ensure that you look very well presented, even if you only paid a modest sum for them. So, find your nearest Master Dry Cleaners locations, and take your clothes there. Sure, it might cost a little more than home laundering, but you’ll soon see that it really is worth it.
Find Your Signature Scent
It isn’t always the clothing, the hairstyle or even the designer bag that makes you appear more expensive; sometimes it’s the fragrance you choose to wear. Finding your signature scent – one that enhances the way you naturally smell – and using it sparingly on your pulse points will give the impression that you’re a sophisticated, well-groomed woman and this impression will extend to your appearance as a whole.
Choose Accessories Wisely
As you will probably know, accessories can elevate any outfit, but they can also bring them down. It’s perfectly possible to make even cheap costume jewellery look more expensive, but only if you make the right choices. First of all, you should avoid any very fake looking plastic gemstones, choosing clear, crystal styles instead. Secondly, when it comes to metals, the darker, the better – cheap, shiny jewellery can look tacky. Other than that, you can basically do what you want jewellery-wise.
Pay More for Your Coat
Depending on the weather, you might not wear a coat very often, but if you live in a place where wearing a coat is a necessity a lot of the time, it’s worth spending more on one or two quality ones because, a good coat, when it’s buttoned up can hide a multitude of sins and make a pretty standard outfit appear to be way more expensive.
Keep Your Shoes Clean
It doesn’t matter whether your shoes cost you $50 or $500 if you keep them clean and you regularly polish then to get rid of any scuffs and scrapes, they will look more expensive and they will add to the whole aura of your outfit instead of detracting from it in a big way.
The Devil is in the Detail
Sometimes, it’s the little things that make outfits look cheap and worn out, such as loose threads, missing buttons, stains and bobbles, rather than the fact that the clothes were inexpensive in the first place. So. if you want to look more expensive, it’s a pretty good idea to learn some basic sewing and clothing care skills and to get diligent about removing any small imperfections as soon as you notice they’re there.
Steaming your clothing instead of ironing them will not only ensure that they are even more crease free, but it will take up less of your time, and it will damage your clothing far less so that they look better for longer too.
Bold or Black
Instead of going for earthy shades of brown, beige, green etc., if you want your wardrobe to look expensive, vibrant and luxurious, you should invest in jewel colours first and foremost, with a few pastels thrown into the mix for good measure. If, however, you are in any doubt as to what works, go for black because it’s much easier to make black look expensive than it is most other colours.
Keep Prints to a Minimum
In terms of prints, stick to the classics, like leopard print and polka dots because other patterns go out of fashion pretty quickly and they can make your outfit look a lot cheaper when that happens.
Get a Good Haircut
A good haircut will instantly make you look more expensive. Find a style that suits your face and matches the kind of fashion you’re into and go to a reputable local salon to have it cut. Keep on top of maintenance and always have a stylist dye your hair – box dyes almost always look cheap – and you will be amazed by the results.
Bag and Shoes Should Match
Matching your bag and shoes is a great way to add a subtle touch of class that need not cost you very much at all if you are smart about what you buy.
If you do as many of these things as you can, and you hold yourself with grace, you will look more expensive, fashionable and sophisticated than you ever have before, and it won’t even have cost you very much in the great scheme of things – what’s not to love?
Okay, confession time. The 90s never ended for me. My high rotation playlist consists of the Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack and the Hottest 100 from 1996.
So to know that overalls are back in the fashion mix (along with flannel and Docs) is great news and I need to get hunting something in a style that fits and suits my no-longer-15-body. Of course I’ll look great, but since Kmart and Katies couldn’t help me on my latest shopping trip despite satisfying my need for blouses to stop my upper arms getting burnt at work- I’m off to the Donkey Sanctuary tomorrow!, I’ll have to go further afield.
Enter Lyst.com.au, a collation of many many online sellers, from Forever 21 to ASOS, to $2000 catholic primary school uniforms from Nordstrom. Just enter your search term, and wow, the options (that ship to Australia!) are all but endless (okay they tell me they list about 11,000 stores and designers… so pretty wide ranging!). And no, none of the cheap Chinese bulk sellers that i normally resort to.
So, I first went looking for overalls and had so many things to click on! These ones above from Forever 21 are cute as, but then I started to realise that that’s not my style. I’m a dresses and skirts ladie. so off to try the term overall dress… and yay! Look what it came up with?!
How cute is this ASOS dress? This one goes up to an 18, but they also have a plus-size version that starts at size 18 at the same price! At $70, this may or may not be bookmarked for next week’s payday ;) (I knew I worked Sundays for a reason!)
How about you? Got any tips for hunting down the items you want and need? Or are you happy just to chill out to #1 Crush like me, no matter what you’re wearing? ;)