Thursday, October 11, 2012
• 3:49 AM •

8 Tips on How to Look Polished

Mango tweed jacket

You don’t need a lot of disposable income to look polished, sophisticated, or “expensive”. Sure, there are some classic pieces that you can invest in to use season after season, but for the most part we all need to learn how to integrate inexpensive items of clothing into an outfit without looking cheap. Styling is everything!

I would say that this is a continuation of the Snob Affair Styling Laws from the How to be a S.N.O.B post. It might help to read that too since I do have some references from that guide. Here’s the short PDF version, available in the Downloads Section:

Here’s a list of Do’s and Dont’s in order to look like a million bucks without spending so much. The key is to look like you own quality items. Keep it clean and simple. The “Less is More” concept is rather important if you want to look polished and sophisticated (but not boring!).

Open knit striped sweater mango


One thing you should always keep in mind is that the quality of your outfit should speak for itself. Basically, you shouldn’t rely on brand labels and logos to be plastered everywhere to prove a point.

    Tip: Stick to a designer or two and limit yourself with displaying monogram/brand logos.
  • Tip: A simple blazer can help give structure in your outfit’s silhouette. Also, if you wear fitted clothes (not skin-tight), it can achieve the look of structure, because then, your body frame becomes the “structure”. From the Snob Affair Styling laws, we learned the importance of balance. So even if you do have a bulky sweater, you can pair it with cool leggings or structured skinny pants/jeans.
  • Asymmetric Blazer by mango
    Tulle turtle neck sweater


      When you pair (fully) black pieces of clothing together side by side. It’s sometimes obvious that the black dye varies a lot. Some blacks are richer than others and so if you pair them all together, the black pieces that seem lighter than others, cheapen your look because it looks washed-out and old (even if it isn’t). Tip: Experiment mixing different black textures/textiles if you’re wearing all black. Polyester and cotton are very common, so once you pair that with a fabric that looks and feels different (Ex: velvet, silk, lace, sheer fabric), it enriches your look while still maintaining an all-black dress code. If you don’t necessarily have to wear all black, another tip is to use “separator” pieces of clothing. Say your cardigan and pants are two tones of black, wear a non-black top underneath your black cardigan to separate the two black items of clothing. This way, it’s less obvious that they aren’t the same tone of black.
    Black Asymmetric Lurex Top
    The outfit on the left is a black asymmetric lurex top from Mango paired with a black velvet skirt.

    Avoid one densely-bulky embellishment which looks like a brooch. It ages you!

    Sheer Embellished dress by mango
    Long Sheer Embellished Dress by Mango.

    Tip: Check for stitching that is more or less the same color as the primary color of the item in question.

    Roots handbag
    Roots Longbeach Tote: Obvious Stitching.

    DKNY Runway Couture Biker Shopper bag

    DKNY Runway Couture Biker Shopper bag: no obvious stitching, structured handbag. Love it!

    Ugly Black Patent Croc Style Handbag
    Ruched leather handbag. Too many unnecessary buckle embellishments.

    Michael Kors Gia Crocodile Structured handbag (and also rectangular). Clean cut.

    True Religion Jeans
    True Religion Jeans. Say no to these washes.

    Jessica Simpson Forever Skinny Jeans
    Jessica Simpson Forever Skinny Jeans. Classy and sassy.
    Black Jeans by Mango
    Black stud jeans by Mango are awesome! It’s a good amount of embelllishments!


    Photo Credit: The Gloss

    Ruched Party Dress
    Unflattering Dress from Here Comes The Girls

    elastic ruching3

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    1. Lelo

      I love your post my darling, very informative. Xxxxo

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    2. Kate

      Thanks I had such fun reading this.

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