Have you ever thought about ways to make your outfit look more expensive? I’m not talking about spending more money – obviously that would make you look and feel more expensive – but more about small #things you can do that will make your clothes look designer, wherever you bought them from. I’ve been experimenting with some different ideas, and here are my favorite ways to make your outfit look more expensive.
1. Tailor It
Probably one of the #best ways to make your outfit look more expensive is to tailor it. I’m not talking about buying clothes that are already tailored to your figure or that are specially designed, because that will cost a lot more. Those $20 trousers or that cute skirt from Target will look much cuter with some slight adjustments, though. For ultimate #money saving, learn how to do alterations yourself. Otherwise, ask a friend or family member, or look for a professional running a side business. You should be able to get a good rate, and your clothes will #look amazing.
2. Identify the Main Feature
For example, the focal point on your new coat might be the buttons. If the buttons are basic plastic, they’ll be inoffensive but look cheap. Swap them for some classier buttons – say with a pearl effect, or made from metal, or even just swiped from something that you no longer wear, and your new coat will #look a lot better. Can’t sew? Hit up a dry cleaner and they’ll replace your buttons for you.
3. Keep It Clean
It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many #people break this rule. Only wear clothes if they are looking clean and new. Got a stain? Whip it off and either wash yourself, or take to a dry cleaner. Can’t get a stain out? Invest in some stronger detergent or relegate the item to the back of your wardrobe. Do the same for clothing that is falling apart. If it’s not looking new, it’s not fit to wear.
4. Don’t Wash
Overwashing your clothes leads to patterns and fabrics wearing, which makes #everything look cheaper. If you spill something down yourself, try spot cleaning using a toothbrush or washing brush, or even a sponge. The freezer is said to be great for freezing out smells, too. Do make sure you wash your clothes, but remember that it does affect the fabric, so don’t overwash.
5. Steam Success
Wrinkles and creases make #everything look cheap and neglected. A steamer is the best way to solve this, because it’s quicker and more effective than ironing, and #people hate ironing! Try steaming clothing the night before you’re going to wear it, and leaving it hanging in a room with an open window overnight. The cold air removes smells, and the steaming will keep it crease free.
6. Ditch the Glitter
Less is more when it comes to embellishments. Leave pleated tops, fringing and distressed denim on the shelf, because it’s a lot harder to make decorated clothing look high-end. Instead, streamline your look so that it’s plain but posh, and oh-so-chic. Before you leave the house, look in a mirror and make sure that you #look sleek and streamlined.
7. Invest Where You Can
Another of the great ways to make an outfit look expensive is to team it with something high-end. Keep your eye on sales and open houses, and if you find something affordable that you totally love, buy it. Go for timeless, classic pieces, though, that you’ll be able to team with a wide variety of outfits.
I’ve learnt some great tricks while researching ways to make an outfit look more expensive. Always choose black over brown, for example, and ensure that your silhouette is smooth at all times. Do you know of any great ways to make an outfit #look expensive? I’d love to hear how you’re balancing looking great with not blowing your budget!
Catherine Deneuve once said of her friend Yves Saint Laurent that he “designs for women who lead double lives.” Indeed, the themes of contrast and duality were pervasive in the late designer’s legendary body of work: Saint Laurent was the first to bring gritty streetwear (leather jackets, for instance) into the somber and magisterial couture salon.
He appropriated men’s tuxedos and fedoras and put them on women. He glorified proletarian garments (the pea coat and the peasant blouse) in luxurious fabrics. And he debuted African and Asian models on what had been predominantly white runways.
In constantly playing double Dutch with his divergent instincts, he created a new fashion template for the ultra-posh woman with a subversive streak.
This issue is meant to be dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent. A black and white editorial featuring Karen Elson, Linda Evangelista, Guinevere Van Seenus and Iris Strubegger in a funeral Steven Meisel cover story.
Underwear trends are fascinating. Yep, really. Fashion often reflects cultural norms and transitions – just imagine having to wear Victorian underwear today, or dressing in the Dark Ages in Victoria’s Secret! Here are some of the most bizarre underwear trends from the past 100 years – would you wear any of these today?
1. Crotchless Pants
Crotchless underwear first became one of the first underwear trends back in the 1900’s. How crazy is that? Back then, it was more about convenience than sexiness, though. Baggy crotchless pants meant ladies didn’t have to strip off several layers of skirts and corsets before being able to use the toilet, whilst remaining discreet. They were often white and knee-length, with big ruffles. Probably not something that would be popular today!
Corsets were becoming a thing of the past by the 1920s. Waif-like, almost boyish figures were the fashion, so underwear needed to help maintain that slim, bulk-free figure. Cami knickers were perfect. These were full-body garments with spaghetti straps, elastic around the waist, and built-in shorts that ended half-way down the thigh. A daring outfit compared to the far longer #underwear of the older generations! It’s no wonder they became a hit with flappers.
3. High Waists
Miley Cyrus isn’t the only person loving high-waisted underwear. In the 40s, underwear was becoming much more recognizable. Cotton and nylon panties that covered the belly button but ended at the top of the #legs was the trend, especially as they fitted snuggly under skirts and higher hemlines. This shorter underwear was especially important as #women started working away from the home, so ease of movement was essential.
4. Girdles and Garters
Girdles were relatively popular in the 40s, but they became huge in the 50s. The hourglass figure was all the rage, and to get one, most #women needed a slimming, smoothing girdle. Most of them were hooked onto garters that held up stockings, too, which created that co-ordinated vintage #look that we’re all so fond of. Imagine wearing a girdle every day, though! So much effort.
5. Playful Panties
The 1960s were playful for underwear. Youth culture had become popular, and that’s evident in the new styles on display. While high-waisted pants stayed popular, gone were white undies. Instead, black, patterns and pastels became must-haves. The most popular style at the #time? Underwear with the day of the week displayed on the front or back.
6. Low Waists
By the 1970s, high-waisted pants were on their way out. Low rise underwear became a must-have, and the playful styles of the 1960s grew up into lace and silk. Scalloping and details were underwear essentials, and bright pinks and oranges started to make an appearance. #Underwear was definitely influenced by the 70s disco era!
You’ve probably seen celebs rocking high-legged bodysuits in old music videos. In the 80s, bodysuits were in their element, and po pstars like Cher were regularly photographed in them. Ultra-high-cut panties were huge, too – there were no covered up hip bones here! The higher the cut, the more racy the #underwear.
Do you remember Sisquo’s “Thong Song”? Yep, that catchy tune set the underwear tone for the 2000s. Low-rise jeans were huge, and with them came a visible thong trend. You #read that right – for a while, it was uber-stylish to have your thong pulled so high that you could see it above your jeans. At the same #time, new underwear trends were brewing, most notably the boy shorts style which was championed by those who didn’t like thongs. Suggestive messages also started being featured on underwear, making cheeky underwear a must-have.
And after the racy slogans? Spanx. Yep, even our celebs are being snapped in Spanx that holds you in and shapes your figure, letting pretty much anyone wear pretty much anything.
Which underwear trends are your favorites? I’d love to rock a girter for a while, but I’m not so keen on those crotchless panties, or anything too high-waist and visible thongs is a fashion crime these days!
I had a chance to visit the 10 CORSO showroom last week to preview the Fall2014 collection. Words, or even photos cannot even begin to describe to capture how cool this collection really is. Think, California cool, meets swanky NYC street style. This season the collection consists mainly of modernized classics inspired from menswear.
I mean how many times do you go to your boyfriends closet for an over-sized button down or baggy sweater? From casual knitwear and matching separates, to motorcycle jackets with hounds tooth sleeves, 10 CORSO hit everything on my fall wish list dead on.
I rarely meet a motorcycle jacket I don’t get along with. Of course, I migrated toward what I can say is “The leather jacket of my dreams”. The jacket I fell in love with is a belted leather + heavy weight wool combo moto jacket. It gets better, the back of the jacket has laser cut leather detail at the shoulders.
Aside from my dream jacket, I also loved the matching diamond print separates. High waisted trouser pants, and a button down blouse with lamb skin leather pocket detail, both in an evergreen diamond print pattern.
Something else that makes 10 CORSO much more unique than most collections is, the designer, Courtney, gives buyers the option of choosing faux leather, (which felt just as soft as the real deal) or real leather for every piece in her collection. It was hard to leave the showroom knowing that none of this will be available in stores until late summer for fall. I can’t wait to own that jacket!
Check my blog tomorrow to see me wearing some pieces from the 10 CORSO spring/summer collection.