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Simple Style: How to look classy every day on a budget

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

You really don't have to break the bank to look classy and put together. There are a few pieces that I like to splurge on but for the most part I shop within my personal budget. This week, I'll share some of my favorite simple ways to step up your game and look good even on a budget.

Leave the logos alone

My first tip is to avoid logos or cheeky graphics on your clothing. Big logos tend to dress a look down and make it look less timeless. Basic, solid pieces are the way to go if you're aiming for a classic vibe. You also don't have to break the bank at all to find great pieces. Just make sure the item isn't made of see-through material and doesn't look cheap. A lot of my simplest t-shirts cost less than $10, and I absolutely love them.

Scope out your local thrift store

Thrift stores are a great place to shop on a budget. You may not always find the hottest trends, but you'll be able to scope out some items that can stand the test of time. Keep your eyes peeled for staple pieces that you can add to your wardrobe. I personally like to look at jackets, coats, blazers and blouses at the thrift store because you can find good quality items for a wallet-friendly price.

Add a watch

Watches are classy, timeless and they go with everything. And there are plenty of budget friendly options out there. I got my first watch from Aldo for less than $20, and it had a chic black strap with a white face and a gold trim. I wore it a ton with lots of different outfits and it always added that extra bit of class to my look. You can even check out your local thrift store (see above) for used watches.

Make sure your clothes fit

 

It never looks good if your clothing is ill-fitted, so make sure you're buying items that fit and hang properly. If your clothing is too tight, you're probably going to be constantly awkwardly adjusting it, and if it's way too big, you might look frumpy and lose your natural body shape. The key to a classy look is clothing that you're comfortable and confident in.

Seek out a good tailor that can style your pieces to you and your body. Once you have items tailored, you won't want to go back to just wearing clothing right off the rack. It takes your wardrobe up several levels because your clothing is specifically made for you.

Last but certainly not least...

Pay attention to the details

To give off that classy, put together vibe, you need to make sure that you actually look put together. This means all your clothing should be wrinkle-free, so fire up your iron or steamer. Also, make sure that things are tucked in properly, there are no loose strings or tags and get rid of anything that shouldn't be hanging out. Once you've checked off all the tips on this list, you can be sure your look will go from simple to sleek in no time!

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(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at thesassypeach@gmail.com, or follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/thesassypeach.)

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