What to Look for in Luxury and Designer Styles

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When it comes to luxury clothing, many people assume that the high price tag automatically means high quality and the utmost of style, but this is not always the case. While there is nothing wrong with trusting certain brands, here are a few tips on what to look for when you are choosing designer clothing.

Global Variations
Designers from different countries will produce distinctly unique styles, so this is something to consider if you already have quite a particular style in mind. For example, Italian designers often favor brighter colors, while French designers tend to veer towards femininity, and many American designers opt for a sportswear vibe. By deciphering the different design aspects that tend to come from different countries, you will know exactly where to look when seeking out a new piece of clothing that flatters your own personal style.

Genuine Pieces
If you are visiting a brand’s official store, then you will not really need to worry about purchasing fakes. However, if you are shopping online, you definitely need to be quite wary about whether or not what you are buying is actually a genuine designer piece of clothing. The label is the best place to turn your attention to, making sure that the brand name has not been misspelled. You should also look at the material that the clothing has been made from, as well as the style of stitching, as this will help you to see whether or not they fall in line with what the designer usually produces.

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Know Your Measurements
While many brands used to use standardized clothing sizes back in the day, this has all changed now, as brands are increasingly seeking out new ways to set themselves apart from the competition. This means that they have done away with standardized sizes, and are now creating their own unique versions. While this may be great in some ways, it can make shopping for clothing much harder, as the size on the labels do not really mean that much any more. To make your life a little easier, make sure that you know your measurements before setting off on your shopping trip, as this will make it much faster to find clothing that fits you perfectly.

Trendy Styles vs Classic Looks
When shopping for luxury clothing, you will likely come across many pieces that embody the season’s latest trends, and these will always seem incredibly tempting. However, designer clothing is an investment, meaning that you will want to be able to wear your pieces time and time again, meaning that you are best staying away from trends and fads, and opting for classic cuts instead, as these will never go out of style.

There is no denying that shopping for designer clothing can be plenty of fun, but you also want to ensure that you come away from it with pieces that you truly love. From opting for classic cuts to knowing how to spot a fake, these are all tips that you should keep in mind the next time you set off on a shopping spree.

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Tips For Looking Better When You Dress

No matter how polished your personal style may already be, there are always a few adjustments that can be made to take your outfit to the next level. No matter the occasion that you may be dressing for, here are some tips that will help you to look even better than usual.

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Pay Attention to Fit
No matter how important style and trends may be, the most crucial aspect to dressing well is only wearing garments that fit your body perfectly, accentuating it rather than having an unflattering effect. Since clothing sizing varies greatly between brands, it is time to stop paying attention to the number, and instead focus on how each garment fits your body. If you find that you own a large amount of clothing that is ill-fitting, it could be well worth visiting a tailor and having your clothing customized to suit your shape.

Statement Accessories
Not only are statement accessories bang on trend right now, but they are also a great way to instantly add a fashionable flair to your outfit. Even if you are just wearing jeans and a t-shirt, adding in a statement necklace and ring, along with some bangles and a colorful headband, can completely transform your look.

Upgrade Your Shoes
Your footwear has a huge impact on the rest of your outfit, and can alone be the one accessory that dresses your look up or down. For example, a simple shorts and t-shirt combination can instantly be made more chic with a pair of wedges, while a fitted dress takes on a more relaxed edge when worn with some casual flats. If you want your outfit to seem more polished overall, then investing in shoes that are stylish and sophisticated could be an easy way to do so.

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What’s Underneath Counts
While you may think that it is only the clothes that are actually visible on your body that contribute to an outfit, your undergarments are just as important. If you have not been measured for a bra for a few years now, then it is time to have this done, as your exact size will change over the years. A bra that fits perfectly will instantly give your upper body a lift, resulting in a much more slender figure and silhouette.

Plan Your Outfits in Advance
If you often end up finding yourself in quite the rush when you are getting dressed, then this means that you will not be putting your full focus on choosing an outfit. You are also likely to opt for an outfit out of convenience rather than style, which can often end up looking quite drab. To avoid this, spend five minutes each evening browsing through your wardrobe and deciding what to wear the next day, so that you can take the time to plan an outfit that really pops.

While the fashionable looks gleaming in magazines can sometimes seem unobtainable, it actually does not take too much effort to upgrade the way in which you dress. With the right garments, and a little bit of advance planning, you will soon be dressing better than you ever have.

Minimalist Yet Fashionable

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It is all too easy to end up with a closet overflowing with items that you hardly wear, and this clutter is never going to be helpful in life. The best way to counter this is to try dressing in more of a minimalist style, playing with color, texture and design to put together looks that are still chic and sophisticated.

Classic Staples Rather Than Trends
Fashion trends come and go, and are likely to be the main reason as to why your wardrobe contains so many unworn items. Rather than falling whim to the tempting new trends that make an appearance each season, invest in six to ten classic staple pieces, in neutral shades, that will be able to form the base of your looks. Items such as a white cotton shirt, a black dress, some classic jeans and a black jacket are all ideal, and, if you do still want to partake in the latest trends, you can still do this with your accessories instead.

Trendy Accessories
As mentioned above, dressing in a minimalist style does not mean that you have to completely forgo the season’s trends. Accessories are a great way to give an outfit a different look, whether this may be with a scarf, a bag, or jewelry.

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Experiment with Silhouettes
Having fewer clothes in your wardrobe to choose from, with the clothes that you do have being quite cohesive, means that you can really experiment when it comes to creating new silhouettes. If you usually opt for tight fitting outfits, try incorporating a draped and artfully oversized piece into your look, and vice versa.

Choose a Focal Point
Some minimalist outfits can seem quite boring, and this is because they do not have a clear focal point. Choosing a focal point will go a long way in making your outfit seem compelling and intriguing, and will add a layer of much-needed complexity. In addition to doing this with accessories, you can also pick garments that have special design details, such as a full pleated skirt paired with a basic fitted t-shirt, or a statement jacket paired with a simple dress.

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Pay Attention to Fit
Many people find that their weight fluctuates over time, and the best way to ensure that your minimalist wardrobe will contain enough clothes that fit you at one time is by investing in a number of pieces made from jersey or other forgiving fabrics. When purchasing dresses or other garments for special occasions, try to opt for styles that will fit you if you lose or gain a small amount of weight, so that you need not worry about splurging on a new dress if your weight changes.

Many people tend to worry that they would get bored with a minimalist wardrobe, but, if you appreciate fine fabrics, intriguing silhouettes and proportions, and classic clothes, minimalism is something that you should try. While it may take some dedication to cut your wardrobe down, opting for quality over quantity, and versatility over trends, will serve you well in the long run.

Black Business Casual Capsule

Creating a business capsule wardrobe is a concept that has been rising in popularity. This focus on a limited number of quality pieces makes it much easier to stay organized and de-clutter your wardrobe, while also ensuring that you look professional yet stylish each and every day.

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All-Black Staples
If black is going to be the main color of your capsule wardrobe, then there are a few all-black staple items that you need to have. Black shoes are a definite must, and if you are going to be purchasing multiple pairs, then try to make it a mix in terms of style, heel height, and how matte or shiny they are. The same applies to black belts, with one thinner one and one wide, statement belt. Next, a classic black blazer will always work as a great go-to item, and can be paired with just about any outfit. A couple of black dresses in different styles, as well as a pair of tailored black pants, are also easy to style, as is a classic black pencil skirt. While you may not want to purchase a black shirt, a classy black blouse is always great for work, while a black knit cardigan is handy on cooler days.

Choose Another Neutral
With black being the main neutral color in your wardrobe, it is important to choose a second neutral that can complement this. Sticking to a couple of neutrals will help to make all of your outfits more cohesive, and will also make each piece easier to style. Blouses are the main garment to buy in your second neutral color, and a simple dress will also work well with all of your other black pieces. Depending on how casual you want your capsule wardrobe to be, denim is a fantastic second neutral to work into your wardrobe.

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Color Accents
As much as you may want your wardrobe to be centered around black, having an accent of color in your outfit will help to make it pop. Depending on your own personal style, you could either go for rich, jewel tones, or for softer, pastel shades, both of which work beautifully with black. Accessories, such as shoes, belts and jewelry, are great items to use for adding color to an all-black outfit, as is a scarf or a bag.

Pay Attention to Fit
Black is extremely slimming, which is great when it is the main color in your wardrobe, but it also means that you need to pay extra attention to the way in which your clothes fit your body. Try to avoid any drab or shapeless pieces, opting instead for items that flatter your shape.

Fabrics and Textures
There are some all-black outfits that can look quite boring, while others appear stylish and chic. The reason for this is usually the different fabrics and textures that have been worn together, with a variety of different ones creating interesting focal points throughout the outfit.

When it comes to changing your wardrobe with the seasons, you do not need to do a complete overhaul of your business capsule wardrobe. Instead, keep all of your black pieces, as this works for both summer and winter, and instead go with a different color for your second neutral and your color accents, keeping them in line with seasonal styles and trends.