Category Archives: Styling Tips and Tricks

How To Be Stylish On A Budget

It’s sad, I know. But most of us can’t afford either the quality or the quantity of clothes and accessories that we would ideally like.

Luckily, if you learn a few tricks, no one will ever know just how much your pieces cost. All they’ll know is that you’re totally rocking that outfit.

1. Replace those plastic buttons that just scream cheap.  It won’t cost much to buy some prettier ones from any store which sells sewing supplies. Watch how your garment will instantly look more luxurious.

2.  Leave out fancy embellishments. Sequins, studs, chains and other add-ons can usually be a disaster on budget items. They have a tendency to fall off or tarnish. It’s better to buy simple pieces without too much hardware.

3. Find a good tailor/seamstress or learn a few of their skills so you can alter your clothing. Who cares how much your garment costs if it fits you perfectly?

4. Take care of the clothes and shoes you already have. Get your shoes reheeled when they start showing signs of damage. It’s way cheaper than throwing them away and buying a new pair. For clothing, read the washing and ironing instructions and actually follow them. This will go a long way in helping them to keep their colour and shape AND prevent you from burning a hole in your favourite jacket.

5. Learn to shop the sale racks like a pro. The details will come in my next post.

Drop me a line in the comments and let me know how you look your best even when you don’t have a lot to spend.

 

5 Ways to Look Your Best 9 to 5

In Glamour’s January edition they featured some of the women who work at some of New York’s fashion brands and the outfits they wore on a daily basis.

All fab! We don’t roam the Garment District or work with top designers but we can steal a few of their style secrets. Work outfits shouldn’t be boring but they should require excessive thought and planning either. After all, some of our waking hours have to be devoted to actual work.

So here are five tips to make planning that 9 to  5 look a little easier.

1. When in doubt, go monochrome. It could be all white, all black or even a pastel but wearing one colour from top to bottom makes you look very polished.

all white

2. Black isn’t the only neutral. It’s an absolute essential for me and many other women but don’t limit yourself. Grey can often be more interesting as well as navy and even leopard. Yes, a print can be considered neutral.

3. Jewellery that shows your personality. You can get a little quirky here, especially if the rest of your outfit is simple. Whether it’s their colour or size, unexpected rings or necklaces can be great conversation starters.  How about this leopard band from Betsey Johnson that’s available here?

 leopard band

4. Office supplies are accessories. Notebooks, pens and other everyday essentials are easy ways to show some personality in offices that can be quite drab. Know your industry and your office, of course, but if you can take the risk, do it! My iPad case is zebra print because I simply couldn’t bear the thought of having a boring black one like a 50 year old accountant or economist. Check out the notebooks at Target.

notebooks

5. It’s about unusual details.  “Business” and “corporate” can sound all serious and structured. And they should be at times, like when you’re performing your duties. But a small leather or lace trim on the hem of a skirt or a collar can do wonders to overall look.

*In my next post, we’ll talk about workplace shoes. Then it’s on to making sure the guys in our lives are upping their fashion game as well*