I’ve had a few requests for outfits that represents my style at a much lower price point and am happy to oblige. While I made a decision to stop supporting fast fashion retailers several years ago there are many affordable destinations that offer well-made, classic styles at affordable price points, like this simple yet chic shift dress from Banana Republic factory that is only $48! (I love the black and red versions but would pass on the white as it looks more like a nightgown.) Similarly, this jean jacket is the perfect cut and wash but only $40?!
But looking elegant isn’t just about the items you wear – it’s about how things are put together and presented, so in addition to featuring more affordable items over the next few weeks I wanted to highlight my top tips for looking put together whatever the price point of your outfit.
- Keep outfits to 2-3 colors – This streamlines your look and helps create visual harmony. Monochrome dressing is a core tenant of the quiet luxury trend and timeless style in general and are a shortcut to easy elegance. (Look at Shiv Roy’s wardrobe on Succession, or classic images of Audrey Hepburn as examples.)
- Invest in your accessories – When you do have the budget to invest in your wardrobe use it towards shoes, jewelry, and handbags. These staples are the foundation of your outfit and can be mixed and matched endlessly with your dresses, tops and bottoms bringing down the cost per wear when you do spend a little more.
- Match your handbag and shoes – This may sound old fashioned, but if you match the color and/or materials of your handbag and shoes it brings visual cohesion to an outfit. Since my dress is a more autumnal red hue I paired it with bright white accessories to make the look more summery, but in August I’ll wear with camel tones to add a richness and warmth as fall approaches.
- Press your clothing – Nothing brings down an outfit more than lots of wrinkles but a nicely pressed dress whatever it’s price point will always look more elevated than a rumpled mess.
- Your posture is key – How you carry yourself drastically changes the overall impact of your look so shoulders back, chin up, and walk with an easy confidence.