7 Luxury Essentials: How To Improve Your Style/ Luxury For Less
It’s time to upgrade your style.
The problem is that you don’t want to spend a fortune.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t options for you. There are plenty of ways to find luxury for less if you know where to look.
If you’re ready to up your style game, here are some tips for finding affordable luxury pieces and keeping them in good shape for years to come.
The finest things in life are generally the very simplest.
If you're searching for luxury, but don't have the money to buy it, this is your guide.
Luxury goods reflect a certain amount of disposable income. You can find great deals on designer clothing, watches, and swimming gear that are equivalent to or better than what you might see at a high-end retailer. But if you want something truly extraordinary, it's best to go to a store where you know you'll find it: an exclusive boutique or an upscale department store like Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue.
Luxury goods aren't always expensive, but they're almost always high quality — as evidenced by the fact that people are willing to spend so much money on them. So don't overlook the possibility of finding great deals on luxury goods at used stores like Goodwill, thrift shops, and resale boutiques.
Keep It Simple
A good way to create an air of luxury is to keep everything as simple as possible. The reason for this is that when you have too many colors and patterns, the eye doesn't know where to look and everything becomes a mess. A great way to do this is to make sure that your color palette is limited and your prints are limited. Try not to wear more than two colors at once, such as wearing a white shirt with a navy suit, or a blue shirt under a black suit. In terms of prints, keep it to one print per outfit, for example, wearing a shirt with a small pattern on it and then keeping your suit plain; or wearing checks in your tie but keeping the rest of your outfit plain.
Match Your Metals To Your Skin Tone
There are two main colorations of skin tones; warm and cool. Cool-toned complexions have blue, green, or pink undertones and warm-toned complexions have yellow or golden undertones. You can find out which tone you are by checking the veins in your wrist (if they're blue then you're cool-toned, if they're green or yellow then you're warm-toned).
You should always match your accessories to your complexion. For example, if you are cool-toned, wear silver and platinum metal jewelry and avoid gold and copper. If you are warm-toned, wear gold and copper metal jewelry and avoid platinum and silver.
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Choose Versatile Basics
For the luxury shopper, it's tempting to buy in quantity. But a huge wardrobe is only as good as the basics that make up its foundation. An elegant white button-up shirt will go with everything in your closet, while your collection of t-shirts won't do much for your style.
Choose pieces that you can wear in multiple ways and with multiple outfits. You may be able to pull off a leather jacket look or a shabby chic look, but you'll get more use out of it if you can pair the same jacket with jeans, suits, and dresses. For example, you can probably wear your favorite cocktail dress to work with a blazer and heels and then right out to dinner after work without looking overdressed for either occasion.
If you're shopping for clothes on a budget, consider how much each piece will cost per wear. A $200 dress sounds expensive until you realize that it works for weddings, date nights, cocktail hour, and office parties — suddenly it's only $50 per wear!
Invest In A Nice Watch
A watch is the most sophisticated accessory and one of the best investments you can make. It’s a timeless piece that will never go out of style.
Upon purchasing a watch, most people get so excited to wear it that they forget to take care of it properly. If you take proper care of your timepiece, it will last a lifetime.
For leather straps, moisture and oils are the main enemies. Try not to wear your leather watch in the shower or while doing dishes. This will help prevent cracks and deterioration over time.
For stainless steel bracelets, dust and debris can get lodged into the links causing them to become stiff or even worse, rust. A good way to prevent this from happening is by cleaning your bracelet regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and warm water. Check out our top recommendations for high-quality watches at an affordable price Click here to view
Add A Touch Of Leather
Adding a touch of leather to your wardrobe is an easy way to elevate your look. You don't have to go all the way with a jacket or trousers, but a leather belt, wallet, or bag can be the difference between looking like you mean business and looking like you're on your way to work.
Picking out a leather accessory can be confusing. What's the difference between calfskin and full-grain? Does it matter if it's cowhide or buffalo? For the most part, no — at least for non-vegans. Leather is leather, and any of those materials will make you look good.
In terms of quality, what matters is how thick and strong the leather is. This affects durability and appearance. A thin or flimsy belt or wallet looks cheap, while a thick one suggests quality.
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Dress Down Luxe Accessories
The key to transforming an outfit from casual to chic is all in the accessories. Many may be put off by the idea of dressing down luxury pieces, but it’s a fun way to play with style and show the world you can still look fabulous without having to wear your best stuff daily.
The first step is finding out which luxury accessories work for you and which pieces you have that you can dress down. Keep your best items (the most expensive, most valuable, or most sentimental) for special occasions and invest in more affordable pieces that have the same look and feel. It’s possible to find great jewelry at affordable prices — just do your research.
Once you know what you want, decide which outfits would be the best fit for this type of accessory. Luxury items tend to be more polished and intricate than regular jewelry, so they won’t look their best if paired with a grungy top or ripped jeans. Instead, find outfits that are classic and simple — like a white button-up shirt paired with fitted jeans. This will allow the accessories to stand out so people can appreciate them for what they are.
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There is something magical about luxury — it transcends the every day and creates an experience for the senses.
The smell of leather, the sound of cashmere, the feel of silk, the sight of well-made clothing — all of these things evoke a positive emotion that can spark joy in your heart.
Achieving that feeling means finding quality items that will inspire you to put your best foot forward each day.
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