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How To Avoid Looking Cheap Even When Your Clothes Are Cheap

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Shopping cheap] and shopping on a budget are two very different things. Your clothes may be affordable, but they don’t have to look cheap per se. However, just because your entire wardrobe costs the same as one Balenciaga blouse does not mean it has to look like it does. Here are 5 tricks on how to make your clothes look not cheap.

Avoid Using Embellishments

We know sequins are pretty. But only if they are handcrafted by highly skilled people. Not so much when they are done by machine on a $20 T-shirt. Even if an embellished piece looks OK in the store or in a picture, you know that once you start wearing it for real, it’s going to fall apart. And nothing looks cheaper than a jeweled sweater with missing jewels.

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No “Expensive” Materials

Lace, silk and patent leather are all lovely when done properly. But they are also a sure-fire giveaway that your outfit is cheap if they aren’t done quite right. Instead of lace, choose a simpler sheer material, swap a patent leather jacket for a classic dark denim and buy a floaty cotton top instead of a cheap silk shirt.

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Avoid Cotton Knit in Dark Colors

Throw them into the washer and dryer a couple times,  the color starts to fade and the materials are noticeably fuzzier than when you first bought them. Instead stick to the ones with light colors like grays, pastels, and white. If you do have dark or saturated colors, please don’t throw them in the washer and wash them by hands instead to avoid the fuzziness and color fade.

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Look After Your Clothes

Missing buttons, loose threads, and scuffed shoes all make it painfully obvious just how affordable your ensemble was. You would never let your Gucci loafers get ruined. You would sew back on a button if your Dior blazer lost one button. You would go to the end of the earth to get rid of a stain on your beloved cashmere jumper. So do the same with your cheap clothes. If you show them a bit of love, they will look a lot better, and for a lot longer.

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Designer Knock-Off Is A Big No-No!

While sometimes the high street can do a pretty good job in during the catwalk, it will never, ever look quite the same and you’ll fool nobody. Instead of opting for direct catwalk copies, take inspiration from trends in a much more subtle way.

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17+ Tending Work and Office Outfits Ideas For Women in 2020

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When we’re getting ready for work in the morning. Hence, our minds are usually racing with thoughts about upcoming deadlines, meetings, and projects. And in the meantime, we’re tasked with picking out the right ensemble to get the job done with confidence. Therefore, no matter how much you love fashion or how awesome your wardrobe is. Hence, there are always going to be days. And even weeklong stretches, when you just stand in front of your closet with a blank look. Thus, wondering what you should wear.

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Fortunately, this is not going to be one of those weeks. Hence, since the internet is constantly brimming with a fresh batch of work outfit ideas. Therefore, thanks to the constant cycle of fashion weeks. And there’s no better place to look for style inspiration. Hence, then on the streets of London, Milan, New York, and Paris in between shows.

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With this in mind, we rounded up our favorite office-approved looks to take note of. Rest assured, each outfit formula hits the style trifecta: Aside from being physically comfortable, you’ll be taken seriously professionally and feel confident. To make your mornings a little easier (and your office a lot more stylish), peruse these work outfit ideas.

The Casual Business Office Look

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It’s the easiest, and it basically translates to jeans office wear. The TIP is to always pair casual work outfits with heels, a very smart/feminine top (think silky blouse, men-shirts, structured tops), a blazer and a professional bag. Have fun with accessories and even shoes and bags depending on your job.

The Classic Look

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Probably the most common and easiest way to dress for the office and nail the wear to work situation, this work outfit is perfect for all jobs. But it’s also the most likely to get you looking boring. Hence, unless you remember this ONE TIP: always wear a statement piece, or add a fun item to your look (shoes, bag, jewellery, watch, lips, nails. It’s all in the details.).

Glamorous at the Office

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This office outfit is for all those sexy women who also run the world. But prefer to do it in glam office attire: bright lips, sky-high heels and office outfits that can go from 9 am to late dinner cocktails. The TIP: fabulous heels, expensive perfumes, rich fabrics, pencil skirts, and silky blouses, long trousers, statement golden necklaces, brand watches and massive bags or clutches. These ladies are not afraid to flaunt it all.

Careless Chic

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A look for those who’ve got slightly more penchant for fashion and ladies office wear, but look like they don’t give a crap, yet, to the trained eye they’re street-style-worthy. The TIP: clash different style items, play with shapes (slouchy versus fitted), with looks (feminine and masculine). Heels look best with this style, yet brogues or oxfords do the trick as well.

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17+ Fashion Trends In Spring 2020

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Let’s take our minds off puffer jackets and snow boots for a second to talk spring. Hence, I know it’s hard to fathom breezy dresses and sandals. Thus, when most of us are still bundled up from head to toe. But, we’re choosing to look on the brighter (warmer?) side.

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So fast forward a few months and what do you get? The best spring/summer trends of 2020. It helps to know what will be popular. So, you can prep your shopping list in advance or shop it now. Therefore, we provided “get the look” options too. Hence, before everyone else starts wearing the items.

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Knowledge is power and with the trend info ahead, you’ll be the most fashionable, smartest dresser in your friend group. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and start reading.

Topless Times

Before you cover your eyes and cringe at the idea of literally wearing a bra as a top, hear us out. While, yes, we saw many designers such as Loewe and Olivier Theyskens display bras that looked more like contents of a negligee drawer and less like tops, we saw the opposite as well thanks to satin bra tops at Givenchy and kitschy co-ord sets at Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Style yours under a blazer or as a top all of its own. Either way, this is one trend we’re daring you to dabble in this season.

Sultry Slips

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We know, we know—slip dresses are nothing new, and by now you probably own at least three in various colors, but this spring, we’re seeing a more literal take of the chemise work its way into everyday looks. We’re talking all the lace and colors that read a bit more boudoir (i.e., soft pinks, whites, and nudes) and a lot less street style. But that’s what we love about this fresh take on the familiar dress for spring.

The 3-Piece

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The addition of a tailored waistcoat is the spring 2020 update we were looking for amid the recurring suiting trend. We also saw these tailored vests make a strong name for themselves as an individual trend (so be sure to keep an eye out for them), but it was the three-piece suit that stood out the most.

Business Casual

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If you’re more of a “limbs out” kind of gal, then this next take on the suit is for you. Remember Bermuda shorts? Well, they are back and were spotted all over the runways showcasing a more casual take on the business-ready trend. Similar to vests, we saw longer shorts of all kinds appear on the runway as a trend on their own, further proving the importance of the shorts movement this spring. From Tibi’s cool-girl take to Givenchy’s office- and night out–ready ensemble, this is one major trend to watch this season.

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18+ Fashion Tips For Woman Over 50

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If there’s one thing that celebrity stylists agree upon it’s that age has nothing to do with style. Great style is possible no matter how old you are—the key is knowing how to flaunt your body and sensibility in a way that works for you.

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Here, we’ve rounded up the most helpful tips from top stylists who have worked with chic sophisticates like Maye Musk, Oprah, and Christie Brinkley. Consider this your new guide as you navigate the complex world of fashion.

Don’t Go For Fleeces

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It all depends on the body type of course, but do certain styles age you before your time?. Now don’t get us wrong – a cosy fleece jacket is great to walk the dogs in, especially come the winter months. It’s when that fleece jacket starts accompanying you on evenings out and lunch with friends that you might want to re-evaluate your wardrobe choices.

Steer Clear Of Old-Fashioned Skirts

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Looking for trendy clothes for a 50-year-old woman? Then you probably don’t want to end up looking like Margaret Thatcher. Note that old-fashioned and classic are two completely different kettles of fish – and one of them stinks. Classic white shirt? Excellent choice. Calf-length pleated tartan?

Don’t Get The Wrong Cut Off Denim Skirt

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They were a favorite in the ’80s, but they aren’t always a flattering choice when it comes to fashion over 50 – unless you get the cut right, that is. Certain denim skirts can be clingy and as uncomfortable as their trouser counterparts, depending on how tight they are. But the denim skirt has been having its moment recently, in various, updated forms. And the results are really rather good. There are plenty of casual-but-cool A-line offerings out there that won’t feel like a denim death grip.

Hide Elasticated Waistbands

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Elasticated waistlines have a bad rep but they’re comfy, so we see no reason to outlaw them. Happily, hiding the waistline of your trousers or skirt is easily done by wearing a longline top or, if you’re after a bit of waist definition, tucking your top in and then pulling out just enough to cover the band (in a cool, slouchy sort of way). Easy as pie. Alternatively, ditch the jogging bottoms and opt for a comfortable pair of loose tie-waist trousers.

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