When we see someone really classy, we can’t help but swoon over their impeccable sense of style. Some of us may even suffer from major wardrobe envy thinking that only rich people can afford expensive clothes and look classy. What if we told you that you don’t have to blow tons of cash in expensive clothes and accessories to look classy? Classiness is all about being refined, graceful and carrying your personal style with panache. Anyone, even those with limited budget can enjoy looking elegant and classy. All it takes is knowing a few tricks of the trade. So, here are some simple tips to achieve a classy look, without burning a hole in your pocket.
Review your wardrobe
Sometimes we tend to accumulate and hold on to things that we never or rarely use. The first step to being a classy girl on budget is getting rid of things that don’t fit your style. Go through your wardrobe and find out what fits your vision and what doesn’t. You may be having over 50 dresses in your wardrobe but if none of them makes you feel elegant, there’s no point in having them in your cupboard. Donate them!
Now that you have cleaned your wardrobe, time to know the basics of being classy.
Stick to basics
Always have good basics in your wardrobe that are truly timeless. Some examples include – black dress pants, LBDs (Little Black Dresses), at least one blazer, a white shirt, classic blue denims, and knee length pencil and A-line skirts in pastel colors. Get rid of clothes that are currently outdated and tend to make you appear larger. The key is to wear well-fitting clothes. Look for clearances, sales and wander through thrift stores to find good clothes on budget.
Fabrics matter - Organic is in and safer, anyday
Different fabrics suit different silhouettes and cuts. While, there are many fabrics available today, some fabrics, especially the synthetic ones scream tacky and can be clingy and unflattering. So, when buying your clothes, consider your fabric very carefully to ensure that it is the right one for you. Fabrics made of organic materials, like cotton, linen, wool and silk not just feel good but also look really elegant. A nice organic cotton shirt, paired with well fitted pants can instantly up your elegance quotient. There are many organic fashion stores in India that sell 100%organic clothes that too at amazing prices. So, the next time you want to invest in some good clothes, you know where to go.
Choose clothes that fit
The right fit is the most important aspect of classy dressing. An inexpensive garment that fits well will look far better than a designer piece with a poor fit. So, always choose clothing that you feel comfortable in and that does not hinder your movements. Also, be sure to always hem your pants, especially if you're on the short side. Hem of your pants can make a huge difference to your overall appearance.
A few style tweaks can go a long way
Sometimes, it’s not the brands you wear but how you wear even the most ordinary clothes that matter. Wearing the same clothes differently can make a huge difference to your overall look. For example: Draping a jacket over your shoulders instead of wearing it or layering on a stylish choker and statement necklaces can totally transform your look. Think about different and stylish tweaks that you can make to your regular look. You can also consider adding belts to your overall look. When you wear belt with an outfit, it adds more structure to your figure and makes you look effortlessly classy and chic.
Choose your accessories wisely
Whether they are earrings, shoes, bracelets, sunglasses, necklaces, scarves, belts or handbags find the ones that exude class and elegance. You can find many at low cost shops, clearances and sales. Accessories keep your wardrobe interesting by adding color, shape, texture and bling. While accessorizing is important, it is also important to maintain the right balance. The key is to wear a nice outfit with one or two accessories maximum, to add that special touch to your outfit. If you have some extra money, invest in an elegant watch or belt that can jazz up an otherwise low-key outfit.
Mix and match
Buy well-fitted staple pieces for your closet and pair them with up budget friendly, trendy items. This way you will be able to get more bang for your buck. Besides being strategic in what you buy, it's also important to choose the right time for buying them. Last minute purchases are often expensive and draining. So, shop off season. You will be able to scoop up great deals that way. Exploring thrift stores also give you the chance to score some major deals on high-end items.
Heels are love
When sporting an elegant outfit, it's always a good idea to bring out the heels. Heels can make a huge difference to your overall look and personality. If you aren't the best at walking in heels, try wearing wedge heels or platforms. They're easier to walk in and can still have you feeling your classy best.
Don’t always follow fashion trends
While, you would be tempted to keep up with new styles, you must avoid wearing clothes that look unflattering on you. Rather develop your own signature style. If you really want to follow trends, incorporate only those trends that look good on you.
Never show too much skin
There is a thin line between dressing classy versus trashy. Of course you should wear what you love and what you feel comfortable in, but if you are going for an elegant look, avoid exposing too much skin. When trying to look sophisticated, try not to pick something overly revealing. Pick one of your best features and work with it!
Groom yourself well
When it comes to looking sophisticated, it isn't always about the clothes, grooming yourself can go a long way. Little things like – putting a nice nail paint on your nails, removing chipped nail polish, or grooming your hair can automatically help you look put together. Also, always wear well ironed clothes. Ironing your clothes well will instantly make you look polished and your clothes more expensive.
Last but not the least, be confident because there is nothing classier than a woman who is confident and believes in herself!
Being classy is all about elegance, grace, style, sophistication, etiquettes and finesse. If you present yourself well, you send a subtle message to others that you are elegant and classy. So, use the tips presented in the article and we promise frumpy, disheveled look will never be an option again!