Often people are tricked into believing that style has a lot to do with the amount you’re willing to pay for an outfit, despite it being a very personal choice. But as the late fashion editor Diana Vreeland once said, “Too much good taste can be very boring. Independent style, on the other hand, can be very inspiring.” Thus, it’s possible to have style, no matter how much you have in your bank account, though we certainly don’t want our outfits to look like they’ve been picked up from a market stall.
There are loads of tips and clothing hacks out there that will have others believe your ensemble cost an arm and a leg to put together. While many people will advise that you reduce your shopping trips and invest more on quality basics, a budget conscious fashionista would still more likely go on a spending spree at an affordable retailer like H&M rather than splurge on essentials from the latest Coach collection, a brand which Lyst editors have described to represent quality, craftsmanship and innovation — a luxury label beyond the majority’s reach.
It’s true that the quality of designer items is a cut above the rest, but there are other tricks in the book that will refine your wardrobe without requiring you to spend more than you are comfortable with. To make your clothes look sophisticated for less, try the following tips:
1) Find a good tailor
It’s difficult finding clothes that fit you perfectly, especially ones from the sales rack. The fit is a huge factor in elevating your personal style, so if you come across a discounted blazer or pair of dark skinny denim that needs a bit of adjustment, leave it to your tailor to get it right. And if you ever suddenly lose interest in certain items in your wardrobe, ask your tailor to make a couple changes to make them unique and seem brand new, rather than actually buying new clothes. You’d be surprised how a couple of stitches or a switch from plastic to metal buttons can change your appearance.
2) Invest in a steamer
No matter how much you spend on clothing, nothing cheapens a blouse more than wrinkles, as Zanita Studio reminds readers that having clothes pressed or steamed will already appear more luxurious than they might be. Running them under a hot iron will solve this wardrobe woe, but not all fabrics were made to withstand the heat. A steamer is the safer, easier alternative, will eliminate wrinkles within minutes and change your closet forever.
3) Do not underestimate the power of accessories
Remember that it’s not all about your clothes. Those little details can really upgrade your outfits to a new level, so keep your handbags in mint condition, opt for gold accessories for a touch of elegance, or cinch your waist with a chic belt for a polished look.
Do you have any tricks you’d like to share?
If you follow me on Instagram, you're probably already sick of me sharing photos from my recent trip to Budapest. And if that's the case... well you're not going to like the overflow of pictures that's about to follow #sorrynotsorry.
About a month ago now (yes I've been terrible at blogging recently), Sam and I packed our bags for our second trip of the year and headed to a city that's been at the top of my bucket list for a while now. We spent two and a half days there and I honestly couldn't recommend visiting enough! The city is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful architecture in every direction. But the thing I most loved about Budapest was the calmness of the city - I'm not really sure how to describe it, but everyone and everything seemed so relaxed, chilled out and care free . As much as I love cities like London, where the hustle and bustle is all part of experiencing the capital, Budapest was the complete opposite for all the right reasons.
As usual, we managed to squeeze plenty of activities into our short time there, a lot of which are captured below. However, we visited some great places on the evenings which there are no pictures of (bad lighting - ugh), but if you were ever to visit Budapest, I would 100% recommend visiting the Ruin Bars! They're old and quirky and a really great unique experience!
Anyway, I'll stop rambling now, here are some pretty pictures...
Hungarian Parliament Building
The Chain Bridge
The view from Buda Castle
Lunch at Pest-Buda Bistro
The Chain Bridge
The view from the top of Matthias Church (that we climbed a billion steps to get to)
View from the evening River Cruise - The Chain Bridge & Buda Castle
Walking to the Citadella
The River Danube
Lunch at Bagolyvár Étterem
Rowing on Városligeti-tó (so much fun - I would definitely recommend!)
I absolutely loved this trip and it's definitely one of my favourite places I've visited!
If you ever get the chance to go do not turn it down!
BLAZER - ASOS | VEST - ASOS | TROUSERS - GOK FOR TU AT SAINSBURYS | HAT - ASOS | SHOES - FAITH VIA ASOS | WATCH - OLIVIA BURTON | NECKLACE - LINKS OF LONDON
Patriot? Sailor? I'm not sure where the inspiration for this colour palette came from, as I'm really not usually a red trouser kind of girl; but the feeling of summer must have come over me in full swing, as I'm currently finding myself more and more drawn to bright colours and vibrant prints. Alongside my attempts at steering away from the colour black within my wardrobe, I'm attempting to rely upon my trusty pairs of jeans less, and instead opt for more trousers, skirts and dresses within my summer wardrobe.I think it's important to challenge your own personal style every now and then, as it become easy to become reliant on pieces you feel too comfortable in. Without really considering it, I have become programmed to automatically reach for my jeans, before even considering what I'm planning to wear. Stepping out of your comfort zone, no matter how small that step may be, is paramount to progression - in any format!
If there's one this I love in fashion, it's being pleasantly surprised by brands I wouldn't usually think to browse. British Supermarket Sainsbury's has never been on my radar of places I shop, however, their collaboration between their clothing brand Tu and Gok Wan caught my attention through their bold colours and prints. And what better opportunity to dare to wear red trousers!
Oh and you can check out the entire Gok for Tu colourful collection here.
*Post in collaboration with Gok for Tu - All thoughts are my own