12 tips to look classy on a budget

Hi everyone,

The most popular question I receive is how to be stylish and look great when you don’t have a lot of money. I don’t believe that money equals style. Your style can happen no matter your income level, it just may take a bit more time or a bit more effort and creativity. Here’s some of my tried and true tips to be stylish and look great, no matter your budget.

  1. Hair style: Get the right hairstyle that fits your face shape. sleek up-dos and tied hair can make you look refined.
  2. Have a structured bag:We might have mentioned it before, but having a structured bag is essential to looking chic and elegant. The best part about structured bags is that it retains a defined shape regardless of how much stuff is in it.
  3. Be Smart with accessories: Nothing will make you more polished, classy and elegant than a pair of diamond studs, an elegant watch and a pair of tasteful sunglasses. Smart accessorizing will take any boring outfit to another level of class and sophistication.

  1. Wear pointed toe heels or flats: Pointed toe heels have an elegant shape that adds a show-stopping element to any outfit. They may not be the most comfortable pair, but even flats look a hundred times more classy than regular rounded flats.
  2. Make sure your clothes fits you well: This is just a kind reminder as we discussed about this many many times
  3. Add a blazer: Add a blazer to a dress, blouse, or even a T-shirt and feel the difference. You’ll instantly feel more powerful and better dressed.
  1. Keep things neutral: By this, we mean to buy more clothing items and shoes in neutral colors. This includes beige, camel, brown, and nude colors. These look classy, elegant, and high-maintenance. In addition, darker colors like navy blue are a good option.
  2. Smell good: One of the basics for looking and feeling classy is to have a  signature scent. It needs to be mild, refreshing, and subtle. The right fragrance leaves a lasting impression on people who are around you.
  3. Buy solids: A solid black dress will look more expensive than a floral. A solid blue top will be more classic than a plaid. Prints can look dated quickly. Prints can fade if not done well. Lower-priced garments often try to replicate runway prints = fake. Also, lower-priced prints aren’t as likely to be matched up, making the cheaper fabrication far more obvious.
  1. Don't buy fake: don’t buy bags from lower-end designers that are trying desperately to look like another. No monogrammed fabric, no padlocks, no trends replicated right off the runway. This also goes for shoes and accessories.
  2. Shop for need not for want:  Don’t buy just to buy, don’t buy to feel better. Buy to fill wardrobe holes and to look better today and a year from today.
  3. Quality over quantity: Period just because I write about this on the blog all the time. 

Outfit details
Clothes @lilophia | Shoes & sunglasses @Khiani
Handbag Zac Posen @Luminescense | Belt (available here)

So what are your tips and tricks to always look classy and elegant without breaking the bank. Please comment below and let me know. As usual, your feedback is much appreciated.

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  1. One of your best posts. Thank you

  2. This yellow skirt is show stopping! Great outfit and great tips to follow. I definitely need to think through these when I make purchases.

    1. Thank you Rebecca and glad you enjoyed the tips. Xo,

  3. This skirt and vest combo is fabulous, Iris! That pop of yellow is gorgeous, and I love your jewelry too.

    I hope you are having a great week!



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    1. Hi Amber - Thank you - I have been under the radar taking care of some challenges but all good :-)

  4. Great tips! All are right on point!

  5. More great tips! And this outfit is out of this world! I love the drama of it. You look amazing, my friend!


  6. What a fabulous maxi skirt! I love wearing yellow, it's such a cheerful colour! :)

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    1. Yellow is a very "happy" color - I love it too. Thank you Mica and hope you are having a great week ;-)

  7. You look great, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I am already doing some of your good advice.

    1. Thank you Michele and glad that you enjoyed the post. Xo,

  8. It's delicious I love that colour - bright, vibrant and alive. x Jacqui
    Thanks for sharing on #chicandstylish


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