Wicked Winter Wardrobes and Where to Find Them

While summer is great for showing off a healthy glow and revealing a bit of skin, winter is the ideal season for showing off your wardrobe. It’s the perfect excuse to let your sense of style do the talking as it’s really all we got in these chilly temperatures, forcing us to dress up in layers of clothes.

Spruce your winter style up this season by preparing your wardrobe for the seasonal changes, and you might just be able to snatch up a few of the best buys. They’ll all be gone by December, you know.

Look over your inventory first

Some wardrobes are neat and beautiful while others look a hot mess most of the time. If you belong to the last category, it’s a good idea to tidy up a bit before you start to assemble a winter style. A large wardrobe is also likely to hide a lot of gems which you don’t even know about - and if it’s rather small, you’ll probably benefit from the extra space.

Store away your summer clothes if you haven’t already done so; by vacuum sealing them, you’ll be able to stack away all of those summer dresses and loose tops without taking up any storage space. Put the neatly sealed packs in your suitcase, ready for whenever you need a mid-winter trip to sunnier shores.

Layers and combinations

The fashion industry would just love it if we all made a habit out of upgrading our wardrobes every season. A new autumn look for August, a few pieces of winter garments in November, mandatory spring fashion staples for March and, of course, an entirely new summer wardrobe in June.

It is not necessary, and you probably have a lot of clothes already to create a unique and exciting look with, so take a bit of pressure off your wallet and experiment with what you already have. Try different combinations of layers, and see if you’re able to assemble at least ten different outfits with what you have on hand.

Treat yourself to what you need

When you’ve gone through all of this, you might realize what you actually need in order to create more outfits. If you get tired of garments easily and feel a bit over it after a few months, you should consider spending money on a neat necklace or other jewelry instead. You will be excited about it for a lot longer, and will be able to show it off even when you’re wearing layers of clothes; head over to kopolonia and browse through some fashion staples of this season.

The easiest and cheapest way to upgrade your winter look is to add a few new accessories. You don’t have to go all out and buy every new piece of fluffy knit you can get your hands on - just go over what you have, assemble a few outfits, and treat yourself to what you actually need... Then you can face the snow and ice in style, effortlessly warm and fashionable without spending an entire paycheck on it.

Have fun with colors

Walking out into the gray streets lately, and all we see are black umbrellas. Black coats as well, jackets, scarves, you name it - everyone looks good in darker shades, so they all seem to wear it. Maybe it’s because we tend to gravitate towards conformity, trying not to stand out too much on a dull Tuesday morning in the middle of November - but it’s kind of sad, isn’t it?

Spruce your wardrobe and the view of your passersby up a bit this winter by investing in a statement faux fur. It will keep you ridiculously warm and cozy too, so you get to brighten everyone’s mood while staying comfortable. Pair it with your best skinny jeans, some sturdy ankle boots or those over-the-knee boots that are so trendy this season, and it should be easy enough to feel totally in-sync with winter.

If you really prefer your black wool coat, that’s alright - just think about other ways to introduce a bit of color in your life. Most people are intuitively good at this, and they’ll take a look at their own pale reflection staring back at them, and decide to put a bit of lipstick on for that extra glow.

It really helps, so take a look at this guide to find the kind of lip shades that may be the perfect match for your winter wardrobe.

Focus on staying warm

Some people don’t mind the snow and wind, and we see them walking around in t-shirts still. We’re not all like that and, if given the option, we would easily choose to stay warm and dry rather than looking stylish. Luckily, it’s easy to get the best of both worlds when you have such an amazing selection of knit sweaters to choose from. 

When you invest in a proper chunky sweater, ala those Marius sweaters, you’ll be able to stay dry and cozy. You can just toss one on before a quick trip to the grocery store, and its timeless design will keep you from growing tired of it.

 

By buying quality pieces of clothing, you’ll be able to silence the consumerist inside of you as well - you know, that voice that moved into your head when you turned fourteen, which keeps telling you to buy something new.

Take care of the clothes and accessories you buy now instead, and they’ll hang around for a longer time. You might even be able to let your daughter move into that chunky knit sweater if you take good enough care of it, or watch her rock the same leather bag you used to pride yourself on a few years back.

Winter fashion is exciting, but it should also be sustainable.


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Need Some Fashion Inspiration? The Style Ideas To Consider

Sometimes we can all get ourselves into a fashion rut. Not sure what to wear from one day to the next, or even how you want to go about season changes. We can all be at that point where we stare into the wardrobe and feel like you have nothing to wear. Often, we can be bombarded with too many choices, which in some ways can hinder our chances of making the right outf

So what do you do if you need some fashion inspiration? Look through magazines endlessly and feel the need to buy yet more clothes? Perhaps! Maybe you look for hours on Pinterest about seasonal offerings and how you may wear them. Maybe! But what you can do is try and mix things up a little and certainly step out of your comfort zone once more. I wanted to share with you some of the inspirational fashion style ideas that you could consider if you find yourself in a rut when it comes to your clothing and sense of style. I hope it enables you to feel revitalized by your fashion choices and have the confidence to step out with pride once more.

A capsule wardrobe

Let’s be honest, you don’t need to have a lot of clothes in your wardrobe to be stylish. Making key choices and investing in pieces of clothing that you can mix and match, can often be a great financial and style decision. What it does do, is eliminate the amount of choice you have. A capsule wardrobe means that different items of clothing can be put together to create numerous different outfit options. Less cost and more style, what isn’t to love? So how do you go about creating one? It is simple as choosing key pieces. Top halves bottom halves and accessories, that are a mix of colors and fabrics that can be mixed together perfectly. Thankfully, websites like Pinterest are a wash with capsule wardrobe inspiration. Some people use this principle for all aspects of their wardrobe. For example, having a capsule wardrobe for work attire, going out socially, events and even informal wear. It takes the pressure away and enables you to feel confident with your choices.

Injecting color into your clothing choices

Color is a great way to feel more inspired with your clothing choices. Perhaps you want to consider adding some seasonal colors into the mix when things start to change. For example, yellows and pinks in the summer and burgundy and mustard tones in autumn. Not that you want to be stereotypical. Color can be worn at any time of the year, winter is the ideal time for a bright red, if you wanted. It can be the perfect solution to really inspire you with different fashion choices. Perhaps a shirt would be you go to thing, but changing the color from something you would usually go for makes a familiar item of clothing feel different on you. Color can also really help you increase your confidence, as you find different tones that work well with your skin tone and even your hair or eye colors. If you are unsure on what types of colors would suit you, there are some great guides online to help you distinguish what might work well with the way you look.

Revamp some of your older items

At whatever time of year, especially at a season change, you may find that you struggle more with your current clothing situation. However, you may find that some of those items don’t quite fit the same or look as good as they once did. But don’t be dismayed, this is where you can get a little creative with your fashion choices and feel inspired once more. It doesn’t cost much to reinvent those much-loved items. Perhaps cutting trousers into funky shorts in the summer. Adding some motifs or design elements to t-shirts or jackets. You could even cut sleeves tops and make them look more funky. There are some amazing ideas on Pinterest, and this website can be a great source for things like this.  

Adding different accessories to mix things up

Accessories are a great way to change the way an outfit looks. One method is to use hats, which are great at any time of year. Summer hats in the heat of the day, winter hats when it gets too cold. Or even something more sophisticated can dramatically change the way an outfit looks. But it isn’t just hats, there are other things you can use like statement necklaces or earrings. Perhaps being more adventurous than you would normally. Why not try something new or just slowly start changing things up a little? 

Going all “matchy matchy” with your other half

Sometimes it's worth taking some inspiration from your partner. Maybe even matching or coordinating your outfits in some way. Perhaps starting with matching accessories like gold chains designed by Frost Nyc or taking things on a different level and coordinating with the colors your wear. You have all seen it at things like weddings, where a man is wearing a tie in the same color as their partners dress. But sometimes just taking inspiration, for example if your partner is particularly smart with their appearance, take a leaf out of their book and try it yourself. You may find a new way of dressing and revamping your wardrobe in the process.

Put more focus on the shoes you wear

Shoes are by far one of the easiest ways you can change the way an outfit feels and looks. A pair of jeans teamed with a normal top can be casual one minute and then be completely changed the next by simply changing the shoes you are wearing. Focusing on this side of things alone can help you to start feeling better about the clothes you are wearing. If you always seem to wear one sort of style of shoe, change things up a little. Why not try a different style of shoe for a change and see the difference it could make in regards to how you look but also more importantly how you feel in the clothes you wear.

Clear out the clutter in your wardrobe

Often we can get ourselves into a rut of feeling drab just by looking in our wardrobe and not being able to see past the clutter. Are you one of those people that keep items of clothing just in case? We discussed earlier about having too much choice. Maybe you are one of those people who are hoping to fit back into a particular item of clothing one day or something you think will be trendy again once more? If you haven't worn something in over a year what makes you think you ever will? Is it time to ditch the clutter? Perhaps really look at what you have in your wardrobe and make some tough decisions. You may find that you feel far more inspired with less to choose from. 

Dressing for your figure and body shape

Finally, dressing for your body shape and figure can make a huge difference. Not only to how you look in the clothes you are wearing, but it can definitely make an impact on how you feel and your confidence levels. Sometimes you need some guidance on this, and thankfully there are some great tips online to help you distinguish the type of cuts, fabrics and shapes of clothing that are ideal for your own body shape. Often just making this change alone can drastically change the way you approach your shopping and how you dress daily. Feeling more comforable in your own skin.

 

I hope that these tips help you gain some more fashion inspiration and change up your style. Often just gaining some new ideas is the only inspiration you need.


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Arm Candy: Style Advice For Your Significant Other

Many women find themselves in a tricky situation at some point in their life. Let’s see if some of this sounds similar to anything you have experienced. 

After all, you love your significant other for everything they are. Your relationship is good, you feel like it’s built to last, and you’re genuinely good for one another. You have managed to deal with each other’s annoying habits and it looks like you’re going to stand the test of time.

The only downside? You’re stylish, you’re fashion-conscious, and you know how to put an outfit together even if you’re sleep-deprived and in a rush. 

And your partner? He’s… well… he’s rather challenged in that department. That seems to be about the best way of putting it! 

While your partner should always be the one who decides on his style ultimately, there’s nothing wrong with giving a few pointers and showing what he might be doing wrong. While you might have the grooming and style down when it comes to your own appearance, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fully up-to-date when it comes to men’s hair styles and what should be finding a place in your boyfriend's wardrobe. So you can help him, run your eye over the following pointers, and you might both find a whole new him that completes the picture of your perfect romance. 

#1 - Manscaping

We’ve all heard the word, but what is manscaping and how does it concern your boyfriend?

The term is pretty simple. It means how a man grooms himself, predominantly when it comes to body hair. It’s how he keeps his chest hair under control and, if he has facial hair, how he wears it. There’s plenty of advice online about the latest trends which can help him be as style-conscious and up-to-date as you are. 

#2 - Understand His Proportions

Proportions are tough enough for us ladies, and we have a natural figure that dips in at the waist to help to guide us. No such luck for men, who are pretty much straight up and down. The proportions you have to be particularly aware of are the length of his legs in relation to his back. 

As a general rule, the shorter his legs are, the shorter his shirts and tops should be. Wearing these items longer than below the hip bone on short legs can make him appear stumpier, even if he’s actually over 6ft. For someone with a short back and long legs, the opposite is true; opt for longer styles to help create the perfect overall effects. 

#3 - Hair Today, And Tomorrow

Men’s hair has changed relatively little in centuries; since guys got rid of the powdered wig the general trend has been short and neat. That’s changed somewhat in recent years with “a bit less short and a bit less neat” becoming more popular, but ultimately, men’s hair is a tale of conformity. 

Does it have to be though? If you both like the idea, why not do something truly different that can define his style through its individuality? Hair always grows back or he can throw a hat on, so maybe it’s worth trying something a bit more out there!


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Do You Have These Essential Summer Outfits?

Summer is a lot of people's favorite time of year and with good reason! It's the time of year when the sun finally comes out, and you get to enjoy spending some time outdoors. Whether you're the type, to go hiking on the weekends, or if you'd rather spend your time with friends drinking cocktails in the garden, summer really is amazing. Of course, it does bring with it the problem that you've suddenly got a whole new wardrobe to think about. After all, those chunky sweatshirts and scarves aren't going to be much use to you when the temperatures gets up into the mid-eighties.

To help you survive the summer, here are a few essential outfits that you need to have in your wardrobe.

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One-piece bathing suit

Sure, bikinis might have ruled the waves for the last few years, but one-piece bathing suits are making a serious comeback! There's nothing quite like the wonderfully classy vintage style that they bring. Whether you're spending the day at the beach, or you're just lounging by the pool, you'll be able to enjoy a little Hollywood glamor.

The perfect beach dress

A day at the beach is the perfect way to spend a hot and sunny day, but if you're not dressed for the occasion then it can be a totally miserable experience! Women's summer beach dresses are the perfect choice for not only looking good but staying comfy when you're playing in the sand. Not only that but if you wear your one-piece underneath then you can whip off the dress without any trouble and go diving into the water!

Classy evening wear

Of course, the summer isn't all days at the beach and lounging in the sun. If you're out on a classy night on the town, then you want to be able to look good without sweating through your best cocktail dress. Take advantage of the weather and show a little skin. Whether it's a long dress with a slit that brings a little bit of sexiness and style, or you want to bring some fun to your evening with a little black dress, there are plenty of options for how you can stay classy while also staying cool when you’re out on the town.

Staying cool at work

One of the toughest places to stay cool while looking good is at work. After all, if you're spending all day in smart clothes and a blazer then unless you spend all day under the A/C, you're going to end up roasting alive! Make sure that you have something like a lightweight shirt and a pencil skirt that gives you room to move and breathe without sacrificing a sense of professionalism and class.

 

With these few simple outfits, you should be able to stay cool and comfortable while looking good all summer long. And don't you worry, when the seasons change your chunky sweaters and your boyfriend’s hoodie will be right there waiting for you!


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The Advanced Guide to Wearing Your Boyfriend's Wardrobe

Every woman has been there. Woken up at their boyfriend’s house, only to find the only thing they have to wear is their outfit from the night before. A lot of women may choose to do the walk of shame, looking as though they have just finished their night. Families on their way to taking their children to Sunday sport, or more civilized folk on their way to their early morning gym session shoot judgmental glances at your attire. Rather than building up the courage to walk out the door wearing the same attire as the night before, consider raiding your boyfriend's wardrobe. As odd as this may sound, with the right accessories you can look casual and chic and suspecting eyes will never know the difference. Have a look at some of the outfits from your loved one's wardrobe that you can claim as your own.

Tees

An old oversized tee can look great with a pair of skinny leg jeans and heels from the night before. Not only will it dress down your outfit, but it will look glam if worn right. If you’re worried about the sizing of the shirt, a knot at the front or on the side can allow for the tee to shape your body, and provides an alternative to that dressy top you wore out to the club the night before. If the shirt is over sized enough, you may even want to consider wearing it as a dress, matched with a belt.

 Belts

So, you’ve got the over sized tee, but it isn’t providing enough shape? No problem. The next item you may want to consider adding to your outfit could be a belt. A belt can bring the tee in closer, and shape your body perfectly. Try and position it high on the waist so the shirt shapes the upper part of your body, and then let the bottom still hang loosely around your legs. Belts can also be added to your own outfits, particularly if they have an exaggerated buckle. Try cowboy belts to add a rock chick element to your outfit.

 Hooded Sweater

A hooded sweater is considered casualwear, and that is exactly what you’re looking for, right? Admittedly, a hoodie doesn’t always match every outfit you wear, however, it is much more comfortable than wearing the same clothes from your Saturday night. With a pair of jeans, or even certain skirts you can dress down your outfit while staying ultra comfortable. The best part about your boyfriends hoodie is the fact it can double as something warm to wear on those cooler nights.

Collared Shirts

Getting your hands on a collared shirt to accessorize with your current outfit is another way of turning your formal outfit into casual wear. If you find the sleeves are too long, you can always roll them up to your elbows to make them shorter. The best part about collared shirts is they can be worn in so many different ways. Try wearing it open and loose on a hotter day to allow for maximum airflow. Alternatively you can leave the buttons undone, and tie a knot around the bottom to bring the hem up and have it sit smugly around your hips. Or you can wear it over a singlet and a pair of shorts, using a belt to bring the shirt in closer, and provide a cozy but chic look in summer.  Otherwise, tuck it into your skirt or jeans and go for a casual school yard look.

Ties

So you’ve got his collared shirt, how about matching it with one of his ties? Ties are another wardrobe alternative that can be worn in many ways. You could always wear it loosely tied with the collared shirt you have borrowed, or possibly use it as a belt to hold up the jeans you’ve borrowed off him. You could even add a vest and a collared shirt to the outfit. With this alternative, you can button the collar to the top and add a tie tucked into the vest. Obviously, be careful not to use his favorite Italian necktie when accessorizing, but feel free to dress this style up as you please.

Vest

Vest’s are so outdated on men, but with a nice collared shirt a vest can look amazing on a woman. Wear the vest as a tee over a pair of shorts or jeans. You can always dress it up with a pair of heels, or dress it down with a pair of trainers.

Watches

Over sized watches are all the rage at the moment, and who says a men’s watch has to be only for men? Try add a touch of flavor to your outfit by accessorizing with your boyfriends watch. Again, be careful if it is a Rolex, as it may be too big on your wrist and you can’t risk losing something that expensive just so you look good. An over sized watch may not dress down your outfit from the night before, but it will definitely be the perfect accessory for any outfit you add it to.

Jeans

So, you only have that teeny, tiny mini from the night before, that is too short to wear in daylight hours in front of grandparents, children and other civil minded humans? Grab a pair of your boyfriends skinny leg jeans and you will be fit for a new day. Sure, they may be too big, but that’s why his tie and belt come in handy. To ensure they stay up. There’s a reason why boyfriend jeans came into fashion, and surely it is because of the need for women to get home without looking like they have just exited a club. The best thing about boyfriend jeans (particularly if they are your boyfriends) is that they are ultra comfortable, and go with almost any attire.

 

So, there a few alternatives and ways to wear your boyfriend’s clothes. Some styles are so good that you may never want to give him his clothes back, others may just be an alternative to the outfit from the night before. Regardless, hopefully you got some inspiration on how to accessorize and wear his clothes.


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Sustainable Fashion: A New Craze?

You might think that compared to animal agriculture or heavy industry, fashion doesn’t have an unusually large impact on the environment. But when you realize just how many mines there are all over the world to extract precious metals for jewelry, how many cotton fields there are to make our clothes, and how many giant tankers freight clothing from one country to another, you soon realize that what you wear really does make a big difference to the planet.

Today, many of us are looking to make more ecologically-friendly fashion choices which help the planet and make life sustainable for our children and grandchildren. Here are some things you can do today that are both fashionable and sustainable.

Buy Clothes Second Hand

Every year, Americans throw out more than a million tons of clothing. According to estimates, upwards of two-thirds of those clothes could be resold, giving somebody else a new outfit and saving on all the resource costs of making clothes. The great thing about second-hand clothing is that you’ll often find vintage items - something stylish from the past that you can wear today.

Also, keep an eye out for great bargains. You’ll be amazed at some of the designer items people throw out and how cheaply you can find them in charity and secondhand stores.

Choose Sustainable Brands

Some brands go out of their way to be more sustainable than others, using fewer resources and emitting less CO2. According to a Brilliant Earth review, fashion businesses address everything from environmental issues to education in many of the poorer countries where they operate. Next time you go shopping for designer clothing or jewelry, take some time to look at the brand’s website. Do they support sustainable practices? Or are they exploiting resources and labor in developing countries?

Always Choose Natural Fibers Over Synthetic

Do you know your natural fibers from your synthetic? If you’re interested in saving the planet, you should. Natural fibers include anything which can grows in the ground. That includes wool, bamboo, and cotton (yes, you can get clothing made from bamboo these days!). Avoid synthetic fabrics, most of which are made from the byproducts of an oil refining.

Choose Locally Made

Transporting clothes from one location to another uses up a fabulous amount of resources. That’s why so many fashion-conscious people now prefer to source their clothing locally. And with a growing community of artisanal tailors, the breadth of choices available to consumers is growing by the day.

The great thing about locally-produced clothing is that you get to see the conditions under which the clothing was made up close and personal. Often artisans are hobbyists who employ just a handful of people in small workshops - all of whom want to be there.

Up-cycle Your Old Items

Rather than put an old dress in the trash just because it went out of date, why not make a few alterations or re-purpose it? You’ll be amazed how you can transform any item of clothing from something drab into something delightful with just a few simple changes.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS GROWING FASHION TREND?


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QUEEN PEN x Queen of the South

This post is sponsored by USA Network and Queen of the South, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Anyone who knows me knows that I am a hustler and I learned to develop a tough skin really early on in life because the neighborhoods that I grew up in, did not start off as the prettiest. I had to learn to be resilient, book smart and street smart, fight for what it was that I wanted and never take "NO" for an answer. 

Although my environment was a tad bit rough, I wouldn't change it for the world because it has made me a fighter and appreciate how far I have gotten in life without sacrificing my morals or beliefs for anyone.

  1. Currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Neuropsychology)
  2. Former Jr. research scientist in Cardiovascular Medicine and the Human Genome Project
  3. Behavioral Therapist in communication, cognitive and behavioral disorders
  4. Co-Author of a book in Clinical Psychology
  5. Fitness/Nutrition business owner
  6. Professional dancer and model
  7. National Honor Society member

.... and the list goes on. 

I say this not to brag about accomplishments, but use it as a reminder to help others who look like me know that there is more to life than what your current situation or environment is providing for you.

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:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Dress: Neiman Marcus | Belt: Goodwill find | Pumps: Michael Kors |

Tote bag: Hermes | Sunglasses: Jimmy Choo


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One thing I love about a good series is relating to the main character because it allows me to naturally put myself into their shoes and become immersed in the show for hours. That is how I currently am feeling about the new series Queen of the South. Babyyyyy when I tell you Teresa is a BAD A** , I mean it, and I can definitely relate to her because I consider myself a bad a** too (as any woman should, WE ARE POWERFUL).

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Queen of the South tells the story of Teresa Mendoza who fled to America from Mexico after her boyfriend was suspected of murder. In addition, she teams up with someone from her past to help bring down the leader of a drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In Season 2, we see Teresa start to come into her own as a Queen Pin by recognizing her power and potential.

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If you haven’t watched this show then you are missing out! In honor of Season 2, I am also sharing with you one of my favorite drinks- Hennessy Sangria. This drink is perfect for your binge-watching party because it’s sweet and fruity (sangria), but sneaks up on you and comes with a bite (Hennessy).

Watch the video below….

8 Style Tips For Looking Good on a Budget

If you’re a bit of a style maven, but find that your budget and credit card bill don’t allow you to be as stylish as you like, then it can be a challenge. There is the constant battle between looking good, feeling good, and avoiding getting yourself into debt unnecessarily. But you know what, your wardrobe doesn’t have to suffer. You can still style yourself well and look good on a bit more of a shoestring budget. There are just a few tips and tricks to learn to help you along the way. You just need to know what they are so you can look out for them. Here are some of my top style tips for dressing well on a budget. 

1. If you have a cheaper blazer or jacket, then the chances are that they have some pretty cheap looking buttons and embellishments on them. But the key to shopping on a budget is to not take things at face value. Can you remove some of the embellishments or replace the cheap plastic buttons for some more stylish looking metal ones? If so, your jacket or blazer can look immediately upgraded, at only the cost of a few buttons. So some basic sewing skills are a must for any fashionista!

 

2. Keeping things simple is a great to look good for less. Take your handbag or purse, for example. Some bags have embellishments on them that just look cheap and tacky. It is pretty hard to do embellishments well, when you’re on a budget, in my opinion. So opt for a more plain and simple looking bag, rather than one with buttons or buckles all over. They bag will be much more versatile this way too, so you’ll be able to wear it with a large amount of outfits.

 

3. When you want to look good but spend less, there are also some shopping tips to follow, not just style tips. One of which is to shop online. There are many ways to save money when you shop online. Quite often there are discounts online that wouldn’t be in the regular stores, as well as looking on discount sites like Coupon Sherpa. Again, you wouldn’t get these kinds of discounts in the stores as they are only available online. You can often get discounts for signing up for mailing lists online too, so be sure to look out for those potential discounts. I know some people that are a bit wary of shopping online, especially when it comes to fashion. But at the end of the day, you could always try something on in a store to make sure you know what size or fit to get. Then you can go home and buy it online, looking for a coupon or discount to get it cheaper. Why pay more if you don’t need to?

 

4. If you can’t afford certain materials, then you need to remember that some styles and materials will look more expensive than others. Take, for example, some pumps in faux leather or faux suede. The faux suede are going to look more expensive than the faux leather ones, so they would be a better material to choose. Having said that, they will only look better if they are darker colors. Beige or nude faux suede can look quite tacky, so only opt for the fake stuff if it is in darker colors. They can look just as good as the real stuff when you do.

 

5. Along similar lines, there are other materials that are going to look more expensive than others. Take linen, cotton, and tweed for clothing styles, for example. These are all materials that often look much more expensive than they actually are. So some linen shorts or pants in summer, are going to look more expensive than they really are. Just make sure that you keep the clothes wrinkle-free. Too many creases can make things look less expensive. So a good iron or a clothes steamer is a great investment for any wardrobe.

6. The color of your clothes often is a good indicator of how expensive clothes are. Some patterns or colors can make clothes look quite cheap, so you do need to take your time to look for the good stuff when you’re out shopping. The second thing that you need to do is to choose darker colors. There are a lot of ways to hide how inexpensive clothes are when they are darker. So navy, browns, blacks (and some nudes) are good color choices for clothes to look more expensive.

 

7. Some coats, jeans, or jackets might come with belts or accessories. But often if these are of the budget variety, then the belts or accessories are pretty budget too. So swapping out these extras or accessories is a great idea. If you can find a funky or vintage belt in somewhere like a thrift store, then swap that out for the cheap option. It can upgrade the look of the jacket or coat pretty instantly. A quick little trick that can work wonders! Thrift shops are always a good idea to look for some hidden gems to accessorize with. You might not find a whole outfit that will work, but some accessories and other bits to use can often be found if you know what you’re looking for.

 

8. Most of the time, the inexpensive clothes are going to be the ones that aren’t lined. So investing in a slip (I say investing, but they’re actually pretty cheap), is a great way to make clothing look more expensive. It lines the clothes well so that they don’t look tacky and see through, and can often make the outfit look better on you. It will help the garment to flow better on you, as well as look more elegant. Plus, you’ve got the added bonus of avoiding some wardrobe malfunctions; always a good thing.

 

Have you got any tips or tricks when it comes to shopping and styling your outfits on a budget? Would love to hear what you think.


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Accessorizing: The Right (And Wrong) Way To Get Creative

The accessories you wear can make an instant impact on your look, lift any outfit, and help you stand out from the crowd. But accessorizing the wrong way can result in a severe style disaster. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about how to accessorize the right way, and make sure you stay on point, on-trend, and avoid making mistakes.

Keep It Simple

While accessories can lift any outfit, they are also capable of overpowering it completely. You might wear an attractive bunch of bangles as a highlight, for example, but combining it with five or six necklaces is probably overdoing it - and vice versa. Too much jewelry can look a little trashy, so if you want to pile it on, only focus on one particular area and go plain and straightforward everywhere else.

 

Be Appropriate

Don’t turn up for work wearing your chunkiest, dangly earrings - simple and professional is all you need. Keep your playful jewelry and accessories for nights out and special occasions.

 

Don’t Hide

Accessories should complement your clothes, not hide or overpower them. It’s the same principle for your face. A large, low brimmed hat paired with an enormous pair of sunglasses of your choice will make you appear like you are trying to hide, and won’t do your appearance any favors. So, if you are wearing a hat, be sensible about your choice of eyewear. And if you do go for the chunky looking glasses, consider dressing in a smaller hat, cap, or even a headscarf.

 

It’s All About The Bag & Shoes

The plainest of outfits can look stunning with the simple addition of a great pair of shoes - and even more so when you have a bag or a clutch to match. There’s no need to splash out hundreds - or thousands - of dollars on a new pair of Louboutins, however. There are plenty of budget-friendly brands out there and off-season sales where you can pick up bargains and look great for less.

 

Highlight Your Best Points

Accessories can also help you draw attention to your best bits, and away from your worst. For example, if you have a short torso, wearing an enormous chunky belt will draw attention to it. Similarly, if you have thick wrists, you will draw attention to them by wearing tight-fitting bracelets. Instead, think about your body shape and best parts and use your accessories to show them off and draw attention away from the bits of your body you don’t like.

 

Color On Monochrome

If you are wearing a monochrome outfit, choose a more exciting color scheme for your accessories. Similarly, if you are going out in a colorful floral print dress, keep your jewelry and accessories nice and straightforward. Use the color of your accessories to highlight what you are wearing, too. For example, if you are wearing brown clothing, you might offset it with amber or orange stones, or a yellow scarf and shoes.

 

As you can see, it’s easy to get accessorizing wrong - but it won't’ take much to get it right. If you have any tips to share, feel free to do so below!


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Tired of Mall Store Trends? Here's Your Alternative!

There’s nothing wrong with the mall. It’s where the vast majority of Americans do their shopping, after all, and there are many good reasons for doing so: everything is in the same place, its convenient and there are always ongoing sales.

But let’s be honest, if you are into style and great clothing, the mall often lets you down. It might be great for the basics, but ultimately, no one wants to dress in tired, repetitive clothes that look exactly the same as everyone else’s.

The good news is that there has never been a better time for American fashionistas to find alternatives, and we’re going to take a look at some of those different options - so read on to find out more.

 Imports

Thanks to the Internet, we all have the power to buy from anywhere in the world these days. That means you aren’t restricted to local trends and fashions - you can tap into the styles of any country or city on the globe. Yes, it will cost you a little more in delivery and - possibly - import taxes. But if you love those Japanese denim jeans, it can often be cheaper to buy them directly from an online store in Tokyo and ship them over than it would be to buy the same pair from your local independent clothing store.

 

Boutiques

Independent stores give you an opportunity to find clothes that you might not find anywhere else.  If you want to expand your wardrobe, so it includes unique pieces, it’s one of your best and most accessible options. There are online clothing boutiques, and you’ll find real world independents in the trendy areas of every town and city in the country. They are worth supporting, too - most local boutiques rely heavily on a loyal following from their communities.

 

Thrift and vintage stores

My absolute FAV.....

Want to get more bang for your buck? Then head to your local thrift or retro store and start developing relationships with the owners and store staff. You can often spend hours looking in thrift and charity stores without finding anything nice at all, but if you start talking to the staff, you’ll find they will be happy to keep some of the good stuff for you. And here’s another top tip - head out to charity stores in the wealthier areas of your town or city. Some of the clothes and accessories that people hand over are incredible, and you can pick them up for next to nothing.

 

Get busy

Of course, there is another way to improve your current wardrobe without visiting a clothing store at all. If you can get handy with a needle and thread, why not start customizing your current gear? There is plenty of inspiration and tutorials online and in books, so get reading, learn how to customize, and you will be able to imprint your unique style on any item of clothing you currently own.

 

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