Washing And Laundry
- Always read the care labels inside of your clothes.
- Washing your clothes in cool water on the Hand-wash or Delicate cycle in your washing machine will stop your clothes from showing wear far too soon, use a wash bag when laundering brassieres and panties.
- Choose your laundry detergent wisely and always use half of the recommended amount, there are detergents made specifically for washing delicate fabrics and dark clothes to reduce fading — use them!
- Laundry racks for air drying your clothes will not only cut the cost of your electricity bill but will make your clothes last longer with less wrinkles. Always lay sweaters and delicate items flat to dry to avoid stretching.
- Clothes that have been dry cleaned should be removed from the plastic cover bag and hung on a padded hanger to stop stretching and pulling before being placed in your wardrobe.
Pressing / Ironing / Steaming
- Wrinkles make clothes look inexpensive, a pressed outfit instantly looks far more luxurious.
- An iron and ironing board are a necessity, a steamer is also a great investment that will change the clothes in your closet forever!
Take Care Of Your Things
- Making sure all your clothes are washed and pressed is important, but you also have to take care of your things in general.
- Spending money on sending boots and pumps to the shoemaker is a wiser investment than all new footwear.
- Your shoes will seem brand new but the best part is no sore feet, ensure you have your leather shoes polished and suede brushed.
- Use shoes trees and clear boxes to store your shoes.
- Don’t wear clothes with stains or fallen hems and if a button falls off or becomes loose sew it back on!
- Wipe over and clean your handbags after each use, stuff the bags so they keep their shape and store each handbag in an individual cloth bag to protect it from dust.
- Protect your jewellery, wipe it down with a soft clean cloth after each wear and store it flat in clean dry drawer or space to keep it dust free.
- Have your jewellery professionally cleaned once a year and strands restrung every 2 years.
Make Sure Your Clothes Fit You
- A blazer that doesn’t fit well will look inexpensive no matter where it’s from, the same goes for trousers and jackets or coats.
- Hem your trousers to the appropriate length for your footwear, if your blazer sleeves are too long or the waist of your trousers are too loose take the garments to the seamstress.
- Don’t ever wear clothes that are too small, too short, transparent or dramatically low cut.
Take Time For Yourself
- Take care of yourself, have your manicure and pedicure done or do it yourself!
- Wash and blow-dry your hair and always remove your make up every night.
- Adopt a beauty regime, go for a facial or have a spa day at home.
- Wear perfume or a scented body oil, choose a scent that you love!
- Apply a little tinted moisturizer, mascara and lip gloss at minimum each day.
Get A Lint Roller Or Clothes Brush
- A lint roller or clothes brush is an absolute necessary, I carry a mini version in my handbag. Light coloured fluffy things like to get stuck on coats and trousers, remove them ASAP.
Change The Details
- Changing the buttons on a blazer or coat makes a dramatic difference and removing any excessive hardware will make your clothes appear more expensive.
- Shirts and dresses that have their buttons covered in the same or similar fabric always look expensive, tailored and well made.
Invest In Great Accessories
- They don’t have to be designer but it can help, well chosen accessories elevate the look of an inexpensive outfit.
- Always choose leather or suede rather than faux finishes, go for neutral colours — black, tan, navy and nude.
- Both silver and gold are considered neutrals these days and are a great choice rather than garish bight colours which tend to look cheap.
- A string of pearls white or black are classic — baroque pearls are a modern twist on an old favourite. A statement necklace and cocktail ring should always have a place in your jewellery drawer.
- A cashmere wrap or pashmina with leather gloves and a lined wool/cashmere coat are necessities for cold weather.
- If you are on a tight budget, make a list and wait for the sales or search out outlets centres.
- A black blazer, little black dress, trench coat, black leather pumps and a simple well-made black leather handbag are a few of those classics that will definitely look more expensive – no matter the price tag.