If you’re in need of a wardrobe upgrade, don’t go crazy! These five tried and true techniques will help you dress with more sophistication without buying anymore clothes. You don’t need to spend money to feel a little more on trend. Stick to mature basics and clean minimalism to make an easy impression. Here’s how:
Number Five: Eliminate Color. It may seem boring, but sticking to neutrals is the single easiest thing you can do to look more put together. If you’re not wearing color strategically, it can easily take away from how polished you look. There’s a reason black is classic! Stick to black, white, grey, navy, and sparingly, brown.
Number Four: Avoid Patterns. Eliminate patterns for the same reason you eliminated color. If you aren’t styling them well, patterns can come off a little childish. If you just can’t go without them, stick to black and white, graphic patterns, and stay away from the cutesy elephants and umbrellas.
Number Three: Clean Your Clothes. It seems a little obvious, but drab-looking or faded clothes, no matter if they’re your favorite black pants or not, are not giving off the professional vibe you’re looking for. Removing pilling on pants and sweaters, cleaning the salt stains off your boots, and lint rolling the pet hair goes a long way. Fold sweaters so they don’t stretch in the shoulders, and if you really want your clothes to last and look good, invest in a steamer. It’s easy to turn on and off, and you can steam out any little wrinkles quickly before you get dressed.
Number Two: Cuff everything. Always buy your jeans long, skinny, or loose, to leave enough room for cuffing. Same goes for sweater sleeves, button ups, and even t-shirts. Cuffing your t-shirt sleeves will upgrade your casual wear in the subtlest way.
Number One: Go Monochromatic. How can you make a glitter top look grown up? Do you insist on wearing your favourite printed blouse or purple top? Mix prints, glitter, or pair a top and bottom that are two different shades of the same colour. It’s an all or nothing kind of thing.
NB: Splurge on Accessories. Willing to spend a little extra money? Invest in some quality accessories. Buy a new black handbag to keep it classy, and if you want to accessorize with jewelry, keep it minimal!