As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned looking put together helps add a layer of sophistication and puts some respeck on your name. Every person deserves to look like a million bucks, even on the tightest budget. The trick is finding what works for you, KISS (keep it simple stupid) and always own it..
In my jewelry collection blog post I shared that I struggle between two aesthetics, Harajuku ninja and sleek sophistication with the sleek side winning.
Over the past few years I’ve gathered various tips and tricks that have me looking as if I’m making 100k a year, even though I’m not!
In this post I’ll be sharing some of my fav tips to getting a luxe look on a limited budget. Even if you love a super girly style or you are actually a Harajuku ninja yourself (dozo yoroshiku!), you can apply a tip or two to your aesthetic. There’s nothing wrong with adding an element of “quality” to your look, no matter what that look happens to be.
Use these tips as a guideline and create the final look that works for you.
Keep it simple
All my clothes have similar shapes, structure and lines. I know variety is the spice of life but similarity is the spice of my luxe look. When buying clothes keeping things simple means it will look better for longer (especially if you’re buying from places like Boohoo or H&M) and it will be even more affordable You’re paying extra for a ruffle or a flounce – well, maybe you but not me.
Simple shapes that work for me:
- Midi dresses/skirts – I love the shape they give me and how they cut on my calf
- Button down shirts – This is one of those effortless styles that works dressed up or down
- Tailored pants – because they’re more fitted they really flatter my body and they look luxe
- Plain shoes – plain is best, they either elongate my legs or allow the rest of my outfit to shine
A limited palette has become my signature look; my claim to fame is my midi dress collection in an array of neutral tones. Neutrals are a super easy way to cheat yourself onto team luxe. They act as a foundation for your wardrobe and work with any skin tone or style. If you’re interested in minimal inspiration you should check out my Pinterest board!
TOP TIP: I know a minimal wardrobe is not for everyone; but it is a great option for those who are looking to go the simple route to achieve their luxe look. You can add an element of luxury without dressing in black head to toe. Add a designer bag (bought on sale of course) to vintage, eclectic outfit or select accessories that are bright but not poorly made – you can still have your character while looking luxe. Keep reading for more tips!!
Shop on sale
This might be a no brainer, but when I used to shop it was always on sale or only from outlet stores (and even then it was still only on sale). My top tips when it comes to shopping on sale/outlets are:
- The item must be at least 40% off (30% if it’s a really good discount); I don’t believe in breaking bank for a 10% savings.
- If an item costs over £/$30, I must wear that item that same amount of times. For example, my Fossil watch cost $60 and I have worn it way over 60 times.
- I will only buy things I need and not because it’s on sale no matter how good the discount is.
This is a great opportunity to include expensive/designer pieces into your closet. It’s how I snagged my Kate Spade and Coach purses at ridiculous prices and how I have a great pair of quality designer heels that never let me down.
Become friends with your iron
Having crisp, ironed clothing instantly elevates your look. A few years ago you would catch me in these streets with a wrinkled shirt that I put on looking a hot mess. Now I try to always pass an iron over my clothes; I can’t be out here looking that level of messy. Granted, I try to buy materials that don’t wrinkle but if something does need to be ironed best believe it’s getting the heat.
TOP TIP: Level up and invest in a steamer. I used to use a steamer when I worked on photoshoots and they’re honestly the best thing ever. I have my eye on a simple one if I ever reach super boss level.
Those flounces and ruffles I mentioned earlier? Not only am I not interested in paying extra for them but they can totally date an outfit. Those pants that are trending right now with mega flamenco girl flounces will be out of style soon and in a few years you’ll be wondering why…why…?????
Instead try to find your signature style – there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a trend or two but incorporate it into your style. When the world is going flamenco pants, which way are you going?
Pop of color
If you’re a neutral babe like me this will def be up your alley. I love injecting a pop of color into my outfits. It’s usually in the form of a bright red lip but in the past I’ve been known to wear a bright pin, funky nail color, or statement jewelry. Adding a touch of color, especially against a neutral look is an easy way to break things up a bit.
Quality appearing accessories
We’re going for affordable luxe so it makes sense to include inexpensive accessories into your wardrobe. The trick is to make sure it doesn’t look cheap. If the wind blows will my necklace fall apart?
No matter what your style, try to choose accessories that will elevate the whole look. I personally have a limited jewelry collection but my fav piece is a cheapo Claire’s necklace. I love how it can be dressed up or down and it doesn’t look like it’s going to fall off my neck.
Make sure the piece works with your outfit and not against it.
Do you have to have a simple style to look luxurious? No.
Having a simple style does make it easier to pass for team luxury, but it’s not necessary. You can still wear prints, mix materials, play with texture and shapes while looking like a style icon. The key to keep in mind is how can I make this look more glam and expensive than it really is?
Cause I want anyone to tell me I can’t finesse my way into a room full of £300 outfits wearing my £6 midi Boohoo dress…
Tell me below, which one of these affordable luxe tips is your fav?
Glad you liked this post! The fun doesn’t have to stop, here’s some of my favs to explore:
- Why I Don’t Care If I’m Curvy Or Not
- 5 bloggers share how they enjoy a lazy Sunday + lazy day essentials!
- Primark lingerie – sexy for £5!
- Minimalism: 5 Piece Jewelry Collection
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