Cheap Chic Style: 15 Tips for a Sophisticated Allure

How to give the illusion of wearing a designer look with clothes at low prices ? This is the challenge that you, a sophisticated woman of the 21st century , must meet every day. Impossible to throw away your wardrobe to replace it with designer creations , is it? So let's see together how to adopt a cheap chic style with your current clothes or your future purchases at affordable prices .

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1. The material: 90% of the chic style

There is no secret: a chic look begins first and foremost with noble materials: natural silk, cashmere and leather are refined materials... which are also very expensive.

choice of inexpensive chic style materials - small prints - women's fashion eshop

As for affordable alternatives, turn to linen, faux suede and good quality cotton (more than 57 threads per cm²). If possible, avoid synthetic textiles that age poorly, become deformed in the wash and block perspiration.

But sometimes, the Small Prints reserve small nuggets. Like this sublime floral red summer dress in natural mulberry silk at an affordable price. Treat yourself to a sublime dress made from the strongest, finest and most breathable natural material in the world!

Prestigious mulberry silk dress - Les Petits Printed - women's fashion eshop summer dresses

Floral dress in prestigious mulberry silk - Les Petits Printed

2. Know how to combine colors

Once the right materials have been chosen, the choice of colors remains. You can play with harmony through a color gradient (example: white, beige, camel) or, on the contrary, play with sharp contrasts with the color block . This daring fashion trend is making a comeback this winter, so take advantage of it!

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Read also: Colorimetry: Which colors suit me best?

3. THE chic must-have: the white shirt

If there is one piece that gives chic to your look on its own, it is the white shirt. Well ironed, without wrinkles and immaculate, the white shirt is a key piece of women's dressing room to choose from a quality material, cotton poplin, silk or linen.

cheap chic style - the white shirt

Also think about the cut: choose a timeless cut to surf the seasonal trends. Opt for a classic white shirt, slightly fitted at the waist, with a piece of fabric covering the buttons.

On the maintenance side, wash it exclusively with white linen to keep it immaculate and iron it with steam before storing it on a hanger, if possible in a protective cover.

Read also: Women's dressing room: the 25 essentials for style

4. The handbag, a luxury asset to your outfit

The handbag is the essential fashion accessory to enhance a chic and even casual outfit. It immediately gives a neat look to the outfit. Provided you choose it well.

Avoid counterfeits, tote bags and models that have already been seen 1000 times. Bet on an original and unique piece, in a durable material with a neutral color that goes with most of your outfits. The details must be sober, discreet and resistant.

Handmade 100% cotton lace handbag - Small prints - women's bags eshop

Handmade 100% cotton lace handbag - Les Petits Imprimers

For a sophisticated touch, we forget the fringes, the big bling bling clasps, the pleats and the embroidery because these details are often synonymous with a low-end bag.

5. Impeccable clothes

Wouldn't you want a sloppy look to ruin your clean, crisp, sophisticated look? This is what is likely to happen if you wear pieces that were once chic but are now washed out, lackluster and bland.

For an impeccable look, try to revive their color with a recolouring product (detergent). If nothing helps, it's time to say goodbye to it by recycling it.

Finally, iron your clothes. Adjust the temperature so as not to burn them or deform them and store them flat on a hanger to avoid creases forming.

Small tip: plan a change of clothes at the office so as not to keep a garment stained with coffee, tomato sauce or wine all day.

6. Always the right size

Pay attention to the size: apart from the desire to wear a loose or downright oversized piece, your clothes must correspond to your morphology. This will probably not have escaped your attention: the sizes vary according to the fashion brands. Alterations are necessary to adjust the clothes to your measurements, in particular the length of the pants or the sleeves.

Once again, the quality of the material is essential to prevent it from relaxing, deforming and no longer corresponding to your size.

7. A subtle perfume

Perfume is the finishing touch to your outfit. Its subtle smell makes you unique. It highlights you, reveals your taste and your personality. Better: it can even mark the spirits of those who will be able to appreciate it.

subtle fragrance - inexpensive chic style - small prints

However, be careful not to abuse heady fragrances, especially if you travel by public transport, work in a closed office or in a confined space. Indeed, a refined woman always respects the private space of others.

8. Handpicked prints

Prints are the perfect option to energize your look. But not anyhow. The chic patterns are timeless classic prints such as stripes, polka dots or animal patterns such as leopard. But some more original prints also do very well, in addition to bringing originality.

Fiona satin pajamas - Little Prints

Other prints can be difficult to combine and even unflattering depending on your figure. For example, you will avoid large patterns if your curves are generous (morphology A, 8 and O).

Read also: How to dress well according to your morphology?

9. Cinch your clothes

Want to look polished but also laid back like you haven't spent hours getting ready? Straight pieces can be very chic if you are very thin (assumed bias). Otherwise, loose fitted dresses, a straight t-shirt or an H shirt tend to age you.

For a chic and sophisticated look, cinch your outfit. It's biological: the human eye needs to visualize the environment of the body to see harmony there. It's up to you to choose where the "middle of your body" is: high, normal or low waist, it's up to you to highlight yourself.

cheap chic style - bend your outfit - belt - small prints - women's fashion eshop

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Either way, tuck your t-shirt and shirt into your pants, shorts, or skirt. Cinch your dresses with a belt (and even your open waistcoats). On the coat side, bend if you are thin but prefer to keep it open if your curves are generous (and if it is not -12°C).

10. The importance of underwear

Are you proud of your carefully chosen outfit? Be careful not to ruin its chic style by the line of your panties visible through the material which cuts your buttocks in two.

invisible underwear - cheap chic style - small prints

Unflattering, the lines of underwear often invite themselves into feminine outfits... and kill the whole style!

To avoid this fiasco, bet on invisible, seamless, sheathing underwear and even thongs.

11. Change Buttons

Nothing to do, plastic buttons give away your cheap clothes even if they are made of quality linen or cotton. These low cost buttons are the pinnacle of cheap details.

So, to your threads and needles to change your plastic buttons and replace them with wooden, metal, glass buttons, etc.

12. Enhance your figure with a nice blazer

The blazer is a strong piece that is enough to radically change your wardrobe. It structures, refines, brings elegance and credibility (even in a casual look).

A classic cut blazer in a neutral color will give you a more relaxed look while a bright blazer will return more sparkle and personality. You choose !

lively blazer - small prints

Bright green long blazer + reptile pattern trousers + lapels + classic pointed toe pumps: the ideal outfit for a chic and inexpensive style with personality.

13. Sunglasses Forever

The accessories add chic by touches. But among them, sunglasses are the queens because they:

  • bring shine to your face (metal frame, lens reflections);
  • add mystery with opaque or smoked lenses
  • play the glamor card

Sunglasses produce a classy and sophisticated effect on all your outfits. Go for aviator, cat-eye and oversized styles in black for a movie star effect.

sunglasses - inexpensive chic style - small prints

And presto, an additional chic touch!

14. Pair of Classic Pointed Shoes

Another essential fashion accessory: shoes. Among the 1001 possibilities, there is an essential must-have: the classic pointed pumps.

This pair of shoes has the gift of emphasizing the professional side, of bringing a touch of elegance without authority or rigidity. Choose leather for more durability and make sure they are regularly maintained for an impeccable look and optimal comfort.

14. The little details that make all the difference

Your outfit should look great on the cheap if you've followed the first 14 tips in this article. However, small details can ruin everything. So don't relax your vigilance.

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Match the color of the metal details of your outfit: silver, gold, brass or rose gold, all zips, necklace chains, belt buckle, bag chain, clasp, etc. must be the same color so as not to clash with your look.

Even better: avoid visible zippers. The pinnacle of chic: clothes where the zips are covered with fabric or are the same color as the garment so as not to disturb its fall, its cut and its classy effect.

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Let's summarize. An inexpensive chic style fulfills 15 criteria of good taste:

  1. An affordable luxurious material
  2. The harmony of colors
  3. The chic must-have: the white shirt
  4. The handbag: luxury asset of your outfit
  5. Impeccable clothes
  6. Always the right size
  7. A subtle fragrance
  8. Handpicked prints
  9. Bend your clothes
  10. The importance of underwear
  11. Change the buttons
  12. Enhance your outfit with a nice blazer
  13. sunglasses forever
  14. Pair of classic pointed toe shoes
  15. The little details that make all the difference

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