Today at STYLEanthropy, I’m sharing tips on how you can look elegant and classy without breaking the bank. Seems impossible? Nope. If you think only the luxury brands can make you look classy, think again. Most of the time, it’s all about how you combine pieces together or how you wear them. You’ll look like you paid a fortune. But in reality, you only spent a couple bucks. Let me share with you some tips.
How to Look Elegant and Classy without Breaking the Bank
Before I give you the tips, I know what you might say or think – this is superficial, old school, OR just being pretentious. I’m sharing these tips to help you look your best when the occasion calls for it. There are certain situations when you have to look your absolute best. I don’t mean wearing a suit or a formal. What I’m talking about is wearing a casual or day-to-day look, while still looking dressed up. Think about meeting an important person – perhaps a potential investor or boss. Or how about going to the bank to get a house loan approved? Surely you don’t want to look like you can’t afford the house. Or maybe you’re getting interviewed on TV and you need to look decent. Perhaps you’re meeting the future in-laws for the first time and want to give a good first impression. OR just maybe, you love luxury items but can’t afford them at the moment. Who says you can’t get that look for less? So how can you look elegant and classy without breaking the bank? Below are my tips.
- Go with neutrals. Black and white are always great neutral pieces to wear. But if you want to add color, think tan, caramel, taupe, gray, pastel/blush colors, forest green, and navy blue. There’s something about these colors that look so elegant. Monochromatic looks also always look so classy. Think white on white, or an all black look. Also, white jeans with light colored tops always look so elegant.
- Stay away from prints. While I love wearing prints from time to time, prints can get too loud and busy. There are certain prints that look refined and elegant – like stripes and polka dots – but plain fabric is best for keeping an elegant look.
- Quality of fabric is important. Certain fabrics can look cheap. Silk and cashmere are always great options, but can be on the expensive side. So if that’s not possible, go with cotton. There’s something about 100% cotton that makes the clothing not just comfortable, but also looking good.
- Steam or press your clothes. Avoid wrinkled clothing. So make sure to steam or press your clothes to make that outfit look fab. An added step into preparing your clothes goes a long way. I’m guilty of not steaming or pressing regularly. But if I’m going to an event or somewhere important, I make sure to do the extra step!
- Go with neutral accessories. Again, keep your accessories like bags and shoes, neutral. Avoid prints. Not only will they match a lot, if not most, of your wardrobe, they look classier than printed ones.
- Invest on accessories. If you have to choose which piece to splurge on, invest on accessories like a nice handbag or shoes. This Gucci bag is a great entry level designer bag because it’s under $1k! But if budget doesn’t permit, a designer belt, scarf, sunglasses, or costume jewelry are great alternatives that are more affordable or attainable. Wear a $20-top and $20-jeans with a designer belt or scarf, and you’ll look like you paid more for the whole outfit.
- Opt for refined/delicate jewelry. Even if it’s just costume jewelry, opt for sleeker pieces instead of chunkier ones. If you love to layer, go with thinner bangles and bracelets. Same goes with necklaces. If you absolutely love statement pieces, then go with statement earrings instead.
- Wear oversized sunglasses. You know how celebrities hide behind their oversized sunnies? Get that “celebrity-hiding-from-the-paparazzi” look by wearing oversized sunglasses too. If you have a small face, just wear something a little bigger than your usual to get that effect. I know this sounds funny but clearly there’s something about big sunglasses that look so chic.
- Keep nails clean. If you don’t have the time or budget to do regular manis/pedis, just make sure they are trimmed/even, clean, and moisturized. They don’t have to be polished all the time. Just make them presentable.
- Well-kept mane. You don’t have to style your hair all the time. But just make sure they look clean, fresh, and healthy. If split-ends are starting to show up, get a trim. Dry scalp? Make sure to use the right hair products or do an at-home treatment. You can find really good hair masks and oils at the drugstore. But good ‘ole coconut oil can do the trick. Massage into your scalp and let it sit for an hour before you rinse and wash your hair.
- Spritz on perfume. In my humble opinion, smelling good is part of the whole look. You don’t have to buy an expensive perfume. Just wear a scent that smells clean or fresh, and you’re good to go.
- Posture/looking confident is important. Finally, all of these tips won’t do you good if your posture is bad or if you look insecure or awkward. Stand tall and look confident. It makes a whole lot of difference!
Gia Sandals c/o Vionic Shoes
Love these tips? Then make sure to pin the image above for reference when updating your wardrobe or heading somewhere important! Happy weekend guys! Xo.