Our preferences evolve and our taste changes, but our appreciation of luxury perseveres through all the trends and style tides we experience in our life. That little black cocktail dress retains its value even though it’s no longer something we enjoy wearing, so why not give it a second, lush-loving home? Even more importantly, as we’re evolving our own look, why not find a way to refine our selection of luxurious garments, combine them in smart and sophisticated ways, and make sure they last longer as a part of our collection?
This is where ingenious accessorizing techniques, a bit of creativity, and a love for finer things in life truly steal the spotlight. It’s quite possible to find timeless, classic pieces that you’ll continue to wear for as long as the material holds, and to enjoy their lush look and feel with the help of a bit of ingenuity. Let’s see how your eco-friendly, slow-fashion mindset can prolong the lifespan of your wardrobe for years with the following tips and tricks.
Conduct that overdue spring cleaning
Before you immediately enter your shopping spree mode, you need to take a close look at what you already own. More often than not, our closets hide long-forgotten pieces that we might have worn once or twice, and that most likely no longer fit at all. It’s time to rid your wardrobe of those unwanted, impulse purchases and make room for fresh garments that fit your well-defined style.
As you go through your wardrobe, start making a list of those must-haves that you realize you don’t own – a pencil skirt, a button-down, perhaps a pair of high-waisted jeans, and a few t-shirts that fit your style. If it’s time to ditch outdated glossy skirts, or if you’ve stumbled across a jacket that no longer fits, pass it forward and make sure that you’ve made plenty of room for new luxe items.
Focus on accessories
Even the simplest outfit can be turned into an extraordinary ensemble when you upgrade your look with a Gucci tote. Then again, you’ll find that much smaller items such as your jewellery can work wonders for your style when you know how to mix and match for your dressing combinations. Black power outfits might seem dull at first glance, but add a classy silver or gold bracelet, and you’re good to go.
The same goes for finding luxurious silk scarves, retro eyewear such as those unforgettable Ray-Ban sunglasses, and of course, let’s not forget about colourful shoes which have become very desirable in haute circles.
Pamper your senses
Sometimes, it’s the invisible details that will elevate your look to a whole new level of opulence. If you haven’t tried this approach before, take a look in your beauty cabinet and see if you’re stocked up on your favourite luxury lotions to truly pamper your senses. Not only do they give you silky-smooth skin, but they also ensure that lingering fragrance for a perfect level of sophistication and sensuality.
Go for scents such as summer-evoking coconut, smooth vanilla, soothing ylang, or refreshing citrusy aromas for every occasion. For a more special event, you can always reach for a bit of your classic Chanel No. 5 and you’ll be ready for a classy evening of sipping cocktails and slow dancing.
Think beyond trends – love your figure
At one point, low-cut jeans were all the rage, and crop tops are still very trendy, but if neither makes you feel amazing in your own skin, or if those pieces aren’t all that flattering for your physique – why not explore alternative options. Fortunately for all of us, fashion lovers, the world of trends is a fickle one, and we have many timeless voices that we can rely on instead of supporting one fad after another.
A classic faux-leather jacket will never go out of style, while a pair of ankle boots makes for an excellent autumn addition to your shoe collection. However, the most important note here is to focus on what makes you feel incredible, comfortable, and lets you go about your business every day. If that means going after the latest Rihanna’s athleisure collection, then by all means, stock up on leggings, crop tops, clean white sneakers, and rock your lush sporty look for as long as you please!
Take your time when you’re devising your luxury look-book. It should be a combination of sophisticated timeless trends and your own personal preferences, while you also explore those choices that help you leave your comfort zone. Make sure to use these tips, and coming up with future outfits will become a breeze.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.
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