Find Your Luxury Look for Less

No one *needs* to look expensive, but I love that moment I find a piece that works with everything and brings my outfit together in perfect harmony.

Shoe Choice

Shoes can make or break an outfit and I love mixing my style up this way. Heels look great casually when paired with a white shirt and cropped jeans. Trainers can look just as good and effortless when paired with tailored trousers or shorts. I like my shoes to be minimal but classic. This way they're sure to go with most things in my wardrobe but still standout.

 

Accessories

These play a fundamental part in putting your outfits together and this is the area I will put more money into personally as it allows me to build on shoes, bags and jewellery that bring high-street pieces together well for everyday and formal wear.

 

Investment Coat

Just like shoes your coat is equally as important. Similar to shoes I mostly opt for minimal, classic cut styles that make an impact to my overall outfit. I'm thinking thick wool fabrics that work all year round with that classic camel hue or black that goes well with most colours in your wardrobe throughout the seasons.

Fabrics and Colour

These play an important factor when it comes to the longevity of a luxury piece, will it age well? Does the colour work with other pieces in my wardrobe? This is something you should consider before making your purchase and how well it will clean. I've never really been afraid to buy suede as I think its a beautiful leather and find it more sophisticated compared to it's leather counter part. It's one of the hardest fabrics to keep clean and it's very high maintenance. Leather on the other hand is easy to clean and ages well....

 

Luxury Accessories

As mentioned above you don't need to splash out on shoes, handbags or coats; jewellery or sunglasses work just as good. Sunglasses are my favourite accessory for making myself feel more put together and make a huge impact on my overall outfit. My first pair of designer glasses are from Ray-Ban but I've since treated myself to a pair of YSL sunglasses and absolutely love the thicker frames. Sunglasses can vary in price but I love Ray Bans and think they're the perfect starting point to your designer collection for there affordability. It's not all about designer labels when it comes to luxury as I enjoy working with smaller brands that work with the finest materials and leathers.

Watches and bracelets are perfect examples of luxury pieces that make your outfit look more polished and Micheal Kors do stunning watches with large faces which I love and they look even more chic in rose gold. Bracelets are another wonderful luxury piece when it comes to charm bracelets that you can personalise over the years as a lovely sentimental piece to cherish for ever.

You don't necessarily need to spend more to achieve a luxury look but keep your eye open for fabrics and how well they retain they're shape. You don't want to hold onto something that will shrink after the first wash or loose its colour. I'm a dab hand for ironing and love the clean, crisp look it gives to my clothes; as for wool I like to use a lint brush to remove hairs.

Invest in Luxury Pieces

This is the best way to create a more premium looking wardrobe by taking up clever tactics. I always keep an eye out for staple pieces that work with everything and invest money into these pieces as I know they will last years and I will get my money's worth from them; especially if you're looking for that classic biker jacket, camel coat and blazer as ideas and for shoes you can't go wrong with a classic black/nude court heel. Not only will these pieces give your outfits that something special but they will also pull everything together effortlessly to give you a killer outfit that works hard.

 

My First Luxury Pieces

I can remember saving up for my first pair of designer boots from Stuart Weitzman (it's the most I've ever spent on shoes to date) and instantly feel more pulled together when wearing them! Even better I picked them up for half the retail price. It always makes my outfit feel extra special with these little touches and if your into your fashion/style it's always wise to look out for sales and investing wisely before branching out to more unique designs and cuts. I'm always comparing retail prices and calculating in my mind how well the piece will transition into my wardrobe. My first luxury coat was a suede biker jacket from ALL Saints, something I've dreamed about owning for so long!! As for handbags I've dabbled in a couple of brands but haven't really found the one as of yet. I do have my eye on a simple Aspinal of London tote bag but torn between this and the likes of Mulberry as the Lily's are definitely up my street. I guess you could say it gives me fulfilment to invest in these pieces, knowing that I've spent my money wisely and it will last years if not a lifetime.

Outfit Details

Jumper: AllSaints (similar), JoggersNative Youth, Bag: Marc B, Shoes: Nike, Lipstick: LimeCrime Pumpkin

 

 

What I'm Really Trying to Say??...

What I'm really trying to say is don't be hasty when it comes to purchasing statement pieces! Get a feel for the fabric and compare it with other pieces in your wardrobe to see how well it pairs with everything else. This is the most rational of decisions when it comes to being a responsible consumer... Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world and something we should put more thought into when it comes to buying pieces we will never wear or use and leave at the back of the wardrobe. It's really that simple, be more conscious of what your buying and put those pieces to good use! Don't follow trends if you don't wish to and invest in pieces that will work season after season. I believe this is the most ethical choice we can make to make a huge difference in ourselves and the planet as a whole. 

 

I will now leave you with one of my favourite quotes to inspire you on your own personal journey....

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity.

 

Do you buy in excess? Have you ever considered investing in luxury pieces that last and stay in fashion season after season instead of following the latest trends?

 

xo, Jenny

 


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  • Dunja Mutavdzija

    I really love your styling and that’s some great tips 🙂
    xoxo

    http://beseenbepopular.com

  • Georgia Owen

    Really useful tips! I’m trying to make a conscious movement away from fast fashion to really invest in key pieces. You’re right about how a piece of jewellery can really make an outfit look expensive!

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

  • Very thoughtful notes on being a careful spender. As a personal shopper, one of the key mindsets I try to rid my clients of is the need to spend on every new trend. Trends are expensive and like you said, I find it more worthwhile to invest in pieces that will last. For me, those are not necessarily designer items, but spending a little over $100 sometimes can score you pretty amazing finds, or better still shopping from luxury stores during sales. In the end, quality always wins

  • Brilliant tips! I totally agree with you about investing in luxury pieces, and never more so than when it comes to accessories – I have a ‘thing’ for handbags right now haha! These are lovely photos of you by the way 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • I love this post! I used to want to own loads of clothes but now I’d much rather have a few good-quality items I can wear for a long time. My favourite thing to invest in is coats – it’s amazing how a nice coat can make you look like you’ve made an effort! xx

    Toasty

    • Yes, I love nice coats too! They can make you look really well put together even if you don’t have the most attractive things underneath. haha

  • thisgirlloveschic

    wow you look incredible

    This Girl Loves Chic xx

  • I completely agree with the quality over quantity. Things will last longer and they will have a bigger value (money-wise and in a sentimental way!)
    love you knit by the way!!

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

  • Great tips. I always think about what I would pair the new item I’m buying with. You don’t want to buy a very gorgeous pair of shoes that doesn’t match with anything in your wardrobe.
    btw I really like you style. Great outfit 🙂
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

  • I don’t have any true luxury/designer pieces, but these are good tips.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Love the look! Great pictures!
    xx
    http://www.idressfortheapplause.com

  • Good tips! I have to be honest and say I often go for quantity over quality. But I do prefer luxury/good quality pieces especially for shoes and bag.

    http://www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

  • Love this look, love the colour of the jumper!

    Much love,

    HER FASTEST FASHION

  • Gorgeous look!!

    xoxo, Eva

    http://www.dark-rebel.com

  • I’m all about mixing high and low vintage with trendy 🙂 It’s all about finding the pieces that you love and sticking with them and making sure you don’t break the bank on one outfit! Love this look especially that sweater 🙂
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

    • Exactly! I love mixing up high-street with designer and old finds I just can’t seem to let go off! It’s about finding balance as you mentioned and incorporating everything together 🙂 x

  • Zofia Biała

    You look very cool and calm. I think it’s the hair that makes you seem so comfortable.

    Love, Zofia | fashfactory.com

  • luxury accessories always elevate a look. I spend most on my shoes and go budget on clothing

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

    • I’m exactly the same! Love spending out on shoes and keeping my clothes more minimal! However I have been loving the ALLSAINTS wool pieces which I nabbed in the sales a couple of weeks back and finding them worth the splurge as they go with everything in my wardrobe and super warm! x

  • leah rachel

    I don’t really spend much on my clothes but I will always make sure I have a decent, thick coat for winter so I usually spend more on it. I love the quote, quality is way more important than quantity

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

    • Thank you and the quote is one of my favourites especially at times when we need to cut back and be more economical with clothing and find pieces that we will love and cherish for many months/years to come! I can remember back when I would buy clothes on sale or not and never wear or use them for them to then be thrown out or handed on to charity! I’ve made it my resolution to stop this and think more when it comes to buying into pieces and to only buy something that works with everything else in my wardrobe! x

  • Great tips and I love your jumper. Have a nice day!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Thanks G and you too! x

  • Violette

    I couldn’t agree more with you! Nice tips!

    http://violettedaily.com

  • I love these tips, especially the colour one! Black, white and other muted toned colours are perfect and long lasting! x

    |Georgia Megan|

    • Ohh they so are!! Really happy you enjoyed these tips and find them useful! xx