How do some women always look so polished and put together? Always impeccably dressed, they look like they’ve stepped straight off a runway or a private jet. It’s nothing you can put your finger on – often, the clothes they favour are quite simple, and they don’t have to be designer. So how do they manage to pull off effortless chic? Well, it turns out it’s something that can be done by anyone, but it not as effortless as it looks in fact, it does take a little bit of extra effort, but it’s very achievable and can give you that rich girl glow, even on a budget.
Go For A Custom Fit
The reason that A-Listers, royalty and the super rich always look polished? It’s largely down to the fact that their clothes are often custom made. We wear clothes from off the peg in the shop which are a standard size – the only problem is that our bodies are not. So finding something from a rack that fits properly and flatters your figure is extremely hard. However, you don’t have to be dripping in couture – after all, Kate Middleton is often in high street brands. You just have to spend a little extra getting things tailored. A great tailor can make adjustments that will fit your body perfectly and really flatter your unique shape – and that will make you look so much more polished. Always pay attention to fit. Retailers are getting much better at offering variation with curve and petite or tall lines, and things like Extra wide calf boots are easier to find than ever.
Fix The Details
They say the devil is in the details, and that is certainly true when it comes to fashion. Taking care of little issues like a loose thread, a missing button, worn down scuffed shoes, a trailing hem, bobbled sweaters or lint on a jacket may seem trivial, but it’s exactly these details that make or break a polished look. So invest in a lint roller, a shoe polishing kit and a sweater defuzzer and use them regularly. Get your hems taken up and your shoes reheeled when they need it – it’s only a small cost. Following the instructions on the label for washing your clothes, dry cleaning items that need it – these will make a big difference.
It’s In The Way You Wear It
It’s incredible how transformational the right shirt tuck or sleeve roll can be, so make sure to learn how to tuck a shirt the fashion way and it gives you a little bit of je ne sais quoi. Other important things include choosing the correct underwear for your outfit, matching your clothes neckline to your necklace, and matching the colour of your shoes and bag. Keep your accessories understated – got for one focal point piece and strip everything else back. Coco Chanel herself said ‘elegance is refusal’ and advocated for editing the number of accessories you wear in one go. Do always give yourself a final once over in the mirror before heading out to make sure you haven’t overdone it and that all the seams on your garments are sitting straight.
With a little extra attention, you can look polished to perfection too!