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In today's post, I will share with you my best tips and tricks on how to look classy and rich every day without going broke.
I have been working in fashion and retail for about 10 years now and I have been learning a lot along the way, so I am really excited to show you all the little secrets to look polished and refined at all times from the experts.
Now, looking rich doesn't mean showing off: what I mean by looking rich is to look sophisticated and effortlessly stylish. In other words, to be elegant and chic without even trying, like the French women do, even when they nip out to go to the bakery.
How to be chic is an art, but it can be taught!
I believe that appearance is a key element to make a good impression on others and being presentable when stepping out of the house is fundamental.
I don't seek perfection, which is quite boring, but I just like to feel confident when I go out, knowing that everything suits me and I am at my best.
One of my favourite quotes of all time says: "Dressing well is a form of good manners"- Tom Ford.
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1) Invest in no brainer basics:
How to dress simple but stylish?
The best practice to look always on point is to have a few simple lifesaver items that will never go out of fashion and they will do wonders to achieve a casual, elegant style.
They should be of good quality, so they can be used and washed often without problems and they also should be in neutral shades, without prints or patterns in order to be practical pieces that will match everything else that you own already.
What are those basics then?
Only to name a few: jeans, black and white T-shirts, white shirt and so on...
It is basically anything that will link your wardrobe together to make it more cohesive.
They are the core pieces that will work the most and that are vital to every capsule wardrobe.
Check the article below to know more about creating a curated clothing collection:
2) If you are tired or had a sleepless night and it shows on your face, wear a top that is paler than your skin tone to brighten you up.
3) Don't wear a blue top if you are making a video call: it is not a flattering colour on screen against any skin colour as it is too harsh topped with blue light from the device itself.
4) Functional & invisible underwear for every day:
A set of nude underwear is a wardrobe must-have to make sure you always have something appropriate to wear underneath every single item you own.
Lace, trimmings, weird shapes and bright colours are cute but they might show from your clothes, which most of the times is not sexy, it is only vulgar, especially on the bum.
Make sure to have at least 3 pairs of plain, footsies. They will match any shoe type and they won't show.
5) Jewellery is as important as your clothing:
A super simple set of matching jewellery in precious metal is the best accessory to elevate any outfit, even the most casual.
Avoid costume jewellery: it is wasted money as it doesn't last more than a week and it usually looks tacky.
How to choose the perfect metal for you:
if your skin undertone is warm, invest in gold or gold plated.
If your skin tone is cold, then silver will suit you.
Rose gold is suitable for neutral and cool skin tones.
Keep your jewellery away from water and spend some time every few months to polish them with a specific cloth to make them look always new.
6) Get to know your most flattering colour palette and stick to it:
Some colour suit you better compared to others, so I would recommend investing in a few key pieces in those bespoke shades.
The colour theory is fundamental to feel good with what you are wearing (no more wasted money on pretty items that don't suit you and you don't really understand why) because the right shades for your skin tone will make you instantly look more vibrant and healthy.
Knowing exactly what works for you will help you buy clothes that easily mix and match because they have the same chroma.
How to find out the perfect ones for you?
Check first which is your skin undertone.
Trick: under direct, natural light, check the appearance of your veins beneath your skin. If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone.
If your veins look green or a greenish blue, you have a warm skin tone.
If you can't tell whether or not your veins are green or blue, as they are a mix of the two, you probably have a neutral skin tone.
Warm team: choose warm tones such as red, orange, brown and yellow.
Cool team: you'll be gorgeous in navy, green, pink and all the cold hues.
The lucky neutral suits both.
Then, identify if you are dark, light or muted.
If your hair/eyes/skin tones are dark for your ethnicity, you'll therefore suit dark and rich colours from your warm or cool palette.
Example: Dark hair and dark eyes with warm undertones will be beautiful in rich, earthy colours such as rusty orange, mustard and so on, while dark hair, dark eyes with cool undertones will be amazing in navy blue and pine green for instance.
On the other hand, if your hair/eyes/skin tones are light for your ethnicity, you'll look great with light shades depending on your skin undertone.
Meaning: Blonde hair and brown eyes with warm skin undertones will look great in peach, camel, mellow yellow and so on.
Blonde hair with blue eyes and cool undertones will suit pastels perfectly.
Finally, find out how contrasted your overall colours are:
If your overall colours are bright and bold, for example, black hair and clear blue eyes contrasting with pale skin and cool undertones you will suit bright colours.
If your colours are muted, such as light brown hair, hazel eyes and neutral skin tone then you'll suit softer shades.
I am aware that it is not very easy to understand which category one falls into, it takes a bit of time and practice but it is totally worth it as the right colours for your you will make a striking difference.
Tip: if you love a colour that doesn't suit you, just use it far away from your face and in small doses, for example for shoes, bags, belts and so on!
The charts below will help you understand further what I just explained.
7) Find out your body shape:
Being aware of your body shape will help you to choose the clothes that suit you and highlight the part of your body that you are proud of while disguising the ones that you prefer to hide.
Shoulders and hips nearly the same and waistline not defined.
They are the opposite of the hourglass and the most athletic shape as the weight is fairly evenly distributed throughout the body.
Keep the volume on top or bottom. If you go for an oversized top shape, keep the bottom skinny or structured. With a more form-fitting top, pick an oversized pant style.
If you want to draw attention to the top part of your body:
Statement collars or embellished necklines.
Scoop & round necklines
To add some curve to your waistline, choose tops that can be tucked in.
If you prefer to highlight your bottom part:
Skinny jeans or leggings
Stretchy jersey and super fitted fabrics will draw attention to the lack of curves.
Shoulders broader that your hips. Full bust but usually flat rear and slim legs.
Keep your upper body clean and uncluttered.
Avoid wide necklines and cuts that broaden the shoulders such as:
Tight-fitted skirts and trousers such as skinny cuts
U and V necklines and fitted sleeves.
straight-cut and slim-fitting jumpers with a fine gauge.
Clothes that add volume to the lower body to widen the hips.
Baggy trousers, turn-ups, combat, palazzo, flares, culottes, wide legs, and harem pants
Bright or light colours to draw attention to your legs
Details - such as pockets, embellishments, patterns and prints, to add volume to the hips.
Pleated skirts and A-lines
Curvy, with shoulders and hips measurements, are roughly even but very well defined waistline.
Choose anything that will highlight your curves and stay away from boxy cuts.
Fitted shapes and stretchy fabrics.
High waist skirt and trousers
Belts are the perfect accessory for you
Narrower shoulders in comparison to your hips and waistline. Your bottom part is bigger than your upper body.
Fitted tops in prints and patterns or bold colours.
A-line and princess cuts
Waist-length structured jackets,
Any piece of outerwear that hits mid-thigh.
Any hemline that hits right below the knee will elongate your frame and slenderise the hips and thighs. Maxi styles are right up your alley as well.
Subtle and dark colours on the bottom.
Bootcut and flare denim styles are great go-to's.
Big jewellery will suit you
Your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips are fairly uniform—but your shoulders and hips may be slightly narrower. Carries a little more in their midsection.
As a good rule of thumb, if your top is very breezy, you’ll want to grab a more structured or skinny pant to balance your look.
Substantial fabric like raw silk, linen, tweed, gabardine and thicker cotton
Breezy A-line silhouettes
Relaxed, boyfriend button-ups
Skinny jeans and leggings look great on your shape
Stretchy, tight tops in jersey fabric
8) Well kept hand and feet:
Pretty hands and feet don't have to be colourful and expensive.
They just need to be clean, soft and well maintained and it is easy to do it at home.
Extra-long, pointy nails look very tacky and they need a lot of maintenance.
Chipped nail polish is a no, no, please.
A layer of clear coat is just fine and even bare nails are perfectly acceptable when tidy and clean.
Tip: find the perfect nude match for your skin (or slightly lighter) so it won't matter if it is a bit old and scruffy, nobody will notice it but they will still look kind of polished.
9) No more makeup stains on clothes:
Cut a square out of an old T-shirt and use it as a dressing cloth. Put it on your head so it can cover your face before wearing a top or a dress and then slip it on. Thank me later!
10) Learn which fabrics suit you the most:
Shiny fabrics such as silk and satin reflect the light therefore they will draw attention.
My advice is to wear it on the part of your body you are happy for people to see first or that you want to highlight.
Keep the rest of your outfit matte (wool, cotton and so on) as it is most slimming because it will absorb the light.
11) Maintain your clothes well
It might seem a rather obvious point but judging from the many customers I have seen in my job so far, it is not.
Clean and steamed or ironed clothes.
Nobody likes to iron, especially when it is hot and our busy lifestyle makes it hard as it time consuming, but some fabrics definitely need it (natural fibres such as cotton and linen).
If you really can't stand it, choose fabrics that don't require it, such as synthetic fibres and jerseys.
bobbly knitwear (if you don't have a bobble remover or a cashmere comb just shave it with a razor)
ripped and pulled tights
trousers with streaks from improper washing
Taking good care of your items will help them to last longer and to look always new, which will be beneficial for your pockets and it will make a huge difference in how you look.
12) Don't mix too many colours and patterns together.
It looks cool and fun on models and/or fashion influencers but let's face reality: behind it, there are tons of experiments and the work of an expert stylist.
Unless you are a navigate one, it is very difficult to get it right and not look like a clown.
My personal advice is to stick to a maximum of 3 colours in your outfit, including accessories.
If you like patterns, choose one print and add 2 complementing colours.
My grandmother used to say that the true elegant woman is the one that doesn't stand out in a crowd. It might seem a ridiculous idea nowadays where everyone wants to be the centre of attention but I actually agree with that.
13) Find a good tailor/dressmaker in your local area.
As I was mentioning above: we are all special and unique, we don't have mannequins bodies and therefore it's crucial to have garments altered that suit our bodies correctly.
A good tailor/dressmaker to adjust your clothes will be a huge help and you will actually learn many more tips and tricks on what is more flattering on you.
14) Stay away from logos
Nothing screams "tacky" more than a big logo or an outfit with multiple logos.
The true elegant woman is the one that you don't notice immediately in the crowd because she is wearing designer clothes, but it is the one that wears clothes that suit her perfectly; the right fit, the right colours, the right cuts for herself without the need of showing her wealth or where she likes to shop.
The most powerful women are rarely seen wearing logos and visibly branded accessory.
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