Buy Cheap Look Expensive
There’s no magic in looking good, it’s the power of choice. The choice to spend a lot, or the choice to spend smartly. A Ksh 500 mtumba dress or an affordable bag from Uzando Collection ends up looking better than a Ksh 20000 or so designer bag from any high end shop.
This is the secret; choose wisely, spend less on more.
When out there on the streets or office, as long as you buy your used clothing from a good store, no one can tell the difference between New and used.
Now, how do you look good in used Clothes? Note these.
- Find a tailor.
By now you should identify that one tailor who works well on your clothes. Not all clothes must fit you when you buy them; some of these designer clothes that come in second hand are not easy to find again. So what do you do? Buy, take to your tailor, and let him/her fit them on the right spots before you take them home; it’s worth it. Thank me later.
PICTURE… OVERSIZE…. FITTING
- Button replacement.
Ladies, unlike men are keen on detail, including buttons. You have just spotted a nice dress online, you love it, save for the buttons. You want to leave it? Come on! No way. Buy that dress, change the buttons. In fact, if you can’t find a better button from the shops, you can get one from one of those clothes you do not use anymore. Your local dry cleaner can help you out with this. You will look fresh the following day at work. Be creative with the buttons, you can even mix the colours of the buttons, no one will know it isn’t supposed to be that way because anyway, you are wearing something unique.
PIC… BUTTONS DIFFERENT COLOURS.
- Only Buy pieces in Newly used condition
Please obey this dressing commandment; Thou shall not buy old stuff.
When you buy an item and you notice some stain, of course some clothes or bags can have stains at times, try removing them (I’ll teach you how to remove stains in my next post) or see your dry cleaner and ask them if they can help you out. If the stains are stubborn, kindly donate. It is not bad to donate. In fact, for items with minor defects, I preach the gospel of Donation than returning to seller. There’s always someone needy next door. If it is a loose button or some ripped seam or loose thread, deal with it squarely because if you can see it, other people will also see it.
- Don’t wash all the time.
Listen, I know you want to be clean all the time, but it doesn’t mean you wash all the time. Too much washing leads to wearing down of fabric and colour fading. Few tips for you; if you notice a bad mark on your clothing, use a sponge or toothbrush for cleaning, just that. What if it smells bad? Put it in the freezer. Yes. Did you even know that? Freezer works magic. I’ll be teaching you more about the freezer magic later in another article.
- Get a steamer.
Not all wrinkles on clothing are ironed, a steamer works better and faster and you know most synthetic pieces are not ironable. Steam your cloth and hang it on your balcony or some room with windows open. It will be ready for use the following morning.
- Keeping it simple
Dress simple if you want to look expensive. Buy simple stuff, spends less, don’t buy too much jewels, shop for clean denims, nice cheap cosmetic bags, simple sleek bags, nice dress… you know. Then when it comes to the real dressing room, don’t overstack what you wear. One bracelet is enough for you, your boss and colleagues will notice you. Impressive.
- Put money in pricy statement pieces and trendy items, spend less on basic and versatile pieces.
Don’t spend KES 20000 on a bag that you can find at Bags Centre at KES 1500 or even KES 5000 on a shoe that you can get online at KES 1000. The truth of the matter is that whether you buy a new pricy one from the shop or a newly used one at a 6th of that price, both shoes and bags will wear out before you are done with them anyway. I doubt if anyone, not even you will be able to tell any difference between the expensive shoes and the cheap ones. Simply save money and use it for the trending attention-grabbing items that will be your outfits focus anyway.
- Create a smooth silhouette
Visible Panty lines and bra lines are distracting. Of course you don’t want people to focus on your behind for the wrong reasons. Apart from making some innocent gentleman get knocked on the street staring at your panty line, these lines also make you cloth look flimsy and ill-fitting. Choose a well-fitting bra, lightweight shapewear or a slip that can help minimize the distractions and bumps, thus making your outfit look more luxe.
This way you look better and spend less; for there is more reward in spending less and looking better, than spending more and looking same.