My style has changed recently, and I think that’s fairly obvious. While it may seem like a quick change on this blog, in reality it has been a few years in the making. I’ve always felt a divide between the way I dress as I find my wardrobe directly represents my personality – I have one side of me that loves the edgy and alternative lifestyle. I find the experimental clothing awakens the creative inside of me and inspires me so much while on the other hand I also have the side of me that adores everything luxurious. I blame an early onset obsession with Made in Chelsea and a mother that worships designer, but hey, I am who I am.
While I may wish my wardrobe oozed labels and luxe, unfortunately my bank balance doesn’t support that kind of lifestyle, so for the time being I try to ‘luxe up’ my outfits on a lesser budget (while filling my dreams with Gucci, LV and Burberry…). While I’m no expert on luxury styling, I thought I’d share with you my top tips to luxe up your wardrobe y’know, in case you ever get the urge…
1. It’s all in the accessories. Admittedly, in the photo above I am wearing a Vivienne Westwood handbag which is of course, designer, however it’s so easy to choose accessories that look more expensive than they actually are. I have a multitude of bags in my wardrobe that I reach for regularly and that are all from the likes of H&M, Topshop and Zara. I find that a plain black, structured piece can look just as sophisticated as something bought from Gucci or Givenchy with a much friendlier price tag.
At the same time, considering your jewellery choices can make a huge difference to your outfit too. I find that minimalist gold or silver pieces look understated and upmarket – you can literally buy pieces like this in Primark’s jewellery section and still enhance an outfit.
2. Add structure. There are very few outfits that the addition of a blazer or some kind of structured jacket can’t enhance. Joggers and fishnets? Yep. Jeans and a t-shirt? Of course! My blazer of choice cost me about £30 from Missguided and is a really versatile lightweight crepe material. The addition of shoulder pads adds the structure, but the cut of the rest of the jacket is super loose and casual. Essentially it’s perfect. At the same time, consider box fit t-shirts/shirts, or jeans/trousers with a tailored waist or widened leg.
3. Colour. While any colour can look luxe, I tend to find that keeping my outfits strictly monochrome satisfies my taste for all things luxury. This may not be to everyone’s taste however so I believe the trick to keeping things looking upmarket is to consider your colour blocking, clashes and patterns. Take inspiration from the colours that have featured in the recent runway collections and keep an eye out for the way the stylists have used pattern and texture to inform your outfit choices.
Do you have any tips for making a budget outfit look runway worthy? Let me know in the comments below.
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