Your dress code is a statement about who you are. What you wear can reflect your personality, and you want to put the best idea about yourself out there. And as they say, you can’t make the first impression twice.
Fashion comes and goes faster than most people can keep up with. More often than not, most people wear something just because someone they know or a celebrity is wearing it. But you need to pay attention to what you’re wearing because it introduces you to the world.
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You are supposed to dress according to your body type and the kind of statement you want to put out there. Also, consider the nature of your work, weather, culture, and complexion when purchasing your clothes.
So how can you look fashionable without breaking the bank?
7 tips to help you dress classy on a budget
1. Choose quality over quantity
Always shop for clothes made of high-quality fabric compared to poor-quality material. Isn’t that expensive, you may ask? Yes, but it’s worth it.
Think about it; you can buy a low-quality dress at US$10, but you’ll need to modernize your closet every six months. Alternatively, you can buy a good-quality dress at US$50 that you can wear for five or more years.
Choose fabrics made of natural fibers such as cotton and silk compared to synthetic ones like nylon, polyester, and rayon. Besides getting a bang for your buck, you’ll be preserving the environment too.
2. Remember, less is more
Avoid neon and brightly colored clothes. These clothes are fashionable and storm the market every few months or years, but they always leave as soon as they come in.
Fashionable as they may seem, don’t change your wardrobe each time a brightly colored t-shirt or blouse enters the market. Neutral or dark-colored clothes will always stay in fashion. They can serve you year and out while giving classy, fashionable vibes.
Owning a neutral-colored closet doesn’t necessarily mean staying away from other colors completely. Most of your wardrobe can have standard neutral colors such as navy blue, black, brown, gray, white, and beige, But you can pair them with other color shades that match.
However, avoid wearing too many colors in one outfit.
3. Pay attention to your body size and shape
Some people have apple-shaped bodies, while others have hourglass body shapes. There are many body types, and understanding your body type is critical when choosing the right outfits.
It is also important to choose pieces that fit your body perfectly, neither too tight nor too baggy. You can also play around with pieces of fabric and create a fashion sense that makes a statement about who you are.
Remember to always dress in a way that compliments and reflects the real you.
Be creative with your accessories. A pair of earrings, a necklace, or sunglasses can add a tremendous complementary touch to your simple, yet elegant, look. Of course, choose the right accessories for the occasion, but a little goes a long way.
5. But do not over-accessorize
Try to stay away from clothes with writings and logos. Some people like making statements with text all over their t-shirts, while others want to show off their latest designer brands, such as Dior, Versace, or Channelle.
Come on; people will notice your Gucci without having it written on your clothes. Besides, you wouldn’t want to wear an item of clothing with a huge brand name year in and year out — famous as the brand may be.
Always choose plain clothes; they will serve you longer without worrying if people noticed the same brand last week.
6. Don’t forget your hair and makeup
Remember, you are dressing to make a statement and reflect who you are. Leaving your hair and face looking like you are in despair sends e different message. Your dress code might be elegant, but people will focus on the one thing you did wrong or failed to do.
If you hate doing your hair every morning or it takes up a lot of your time, you can opt for a simple but elegant haircut that is easy to style and care for.
7. Take good care of your clothes
Taking care of your clothes makes them stay in good condition and serve you longer. However, some fabric materials, such as linen, are very fragile and need you to be extra careful while caring for them.
Always read the care instructions on your clothes and care for each piece accordingly.
Timeless fashion tip
Always avoid creases, hanging threads, and holes in your clothes. Also, ensure that you are always clean and neat, and you will surely make a statement about your fashion sense.