The harsh reality of today's society is that more often than not our credibility is judged on how we look. Presenting yourself in such a way that it is clear you look after yourself and are confident in your skin will help project to others that you are a capable, confident and knowledgeable person. People love to look at and talk about others so give them something wonderful to say about you by looking the part of an expert.
Thankfully creating a professionally appropriate look is not going to cost you an arm and leg as many would have you believe. There are a few tricks you can use to keep the cost low and the style high.
1: Stick to a neutral colour mix
The point here is to have majority of your clothes in a colour range that can easily mix and match with other. Neutral colours are better for this as they can be brightened up with bold coloured accessories, or glammed up with metallic accessories or darker with muted or sombre toned accessories.
Neutral tones include Browns, black, white, creams, tans, navy, even maroon and olive green.
Depending on what field you are in, too much bright colour or bold prints can be perceived as tacky, so it's best to keep them to your accessories to avoid any dramas. For myself, I go a statement necklace to keep my personality alive in my look but still keeping my outfit respectful to my workplace environment.
|Emerge Cowl Fitted Dress found via Fashion Lane|
|Heine Dress found via Fashion Lane|
2: Research from the comfort of your own home
Get comfy and do your research online. There is an abundance of websites that sell great basics at a fraction of in store prices. There is an even greater range of sites that have basics with a twist, like a different print, colour, a slightly different cut or style.
By looking online you are giving yourself the opportunity to compare pieces and find a cheaper price in your own time, not restricted by opening hours, and it is much more comfortable.
Check out Fashion Lane where sales from over 100 stores like Asos, Shopbop and The Iconic are all in teh one place.
|Lydia Double Layer Maxi Dress found via Fashion Lane|
|Panelled Bodycon Dress found via Fashion Lane|
3: Know your body shape
This one is the most important. If you are purchasing clothes that are not the right style for your body shape you can look frumpy, "fat", and unattractive. You'll feel much more negative about yourself in clothes that don't fit or suit your body. It's a bit like square peg, round hole. Check out this post to help determine your body shape.
Knowing your body shape and what cuts and styles suit your shape will help narrow down appropriate options for you. It will also help you discard anything that won't suit you, so you won't have clothes (essentially your money) sitting in your cupboard doing nothing. Your wardrobe will be full of items that will look good on you, help you feel better about yourself and you will also impress others by always looking the part.
|Midi Pencil Dress in Rib found via Fashion Lane|
|Praslin Plus Body Con Dress found via Fashion Lane|
What tips do you have to look the part on a budget?
*Sponsored Guest Post by Jac Lambert of JacLambert.com - Thoughts and opinions are her own