what makes you look expensive or well put together ?

(54 Posts)
thriftychic Sat 23-Feb-13 11:32:35

in the spring and summer ?

i seem to look ok ( well i hope ) in autumn and winter since i started buying less and better quality. i now have a couple of cashmere jumpers and good boots from john lewis which is an improvement ! and a nice coat.

i am struggling for spring and summer , i think because i need lighter colours which im not over keen on and because we wear less (sometimes !) so my layering and colour coordinating go out the window !

what should i look for and buy to seem well put together in a casualish sort of way ?

what do you think makes people look expensive and well...just great really ?

No idea but marking place.

Although I think I'm the opposite - I do floaty dresses with nice sandals and cardi's in the summer and think I look better than when I'm in my not very well fitting jeans and horrible big fleeces in the winter

novelsituation Sat 23-Feb-13 12:01:19

Natural fibres
Pedicured feet in stylish sandals
Well-cut jacket and trousers
Print dresses

polyhymnia Sat 23-Feb-13 12:07:58

I think whether print dresses look expensive/classy depends very much on the print. Some prints - such as those seen in most Per Una stuff and some, though not all, Boden - look so garish they could have come from a market stall.

thriftychic Sat 23-Feb-13 12:08:37

novel , sounds like a plan but do you have any idea where i might find this kind of thing ?

ujjayi Sat 23-Feb-13 12:09:38

Skin in tip-top condition and perfectly maintained pedicure.

Yy to natural fibres.

thriftychic Sat 23-Feb-13 12:19:48

my feet are my worst feature , not sure if theres any hope there !

MarshaBrady Sat 23-Feb-13 12:25:15

Clothes that fit.

Natural fibre too.

foxysocks Sat 23-Feb-13 12:40:31

well fitting clothes that are , not too tight, made of natural fibres

also key is comfortable but nice footwear. for some it's birkenstocks, others havianas, other canvas pumps like converse or superga, some are fine in heels. find out what fits you well and what you can walk in easily. hot or uncomfortable feet ruin how you feel, your posture and how you walk

Viviennemary Sat 23-Feb-13 12:44:59

I'm looking with interest too. It's just so hit and miss. I've bought a couple of things lately from M & S but I haven't worn them and don't like them much really. It just seems to be luck when I've got something that really suits me and looks good on. In the dim and distant past I've had a few things from Laura Ashley that have looked good but I haven't bought any clothes from there for donkeys years.

novelsituation Sat 23-Feb-13 12:47:16

Natural fibres are increasingly hard to find on the high street without a hunt. Hobbs, Whistles, Jigsaw are good bets, but even here you need to check the labels. I love the cut of Whistles trousers and jackets and Jigsaw jackets.

Yy obviously you need to be careful with your print. Wouldn't go for Boden, Per Una , White Stuff. Would run a mile from any print that looks like it could appear on clothing for ten year olds. I like a lot of the prints in Whistles and some in Jigsaw and Mint Velvet. Mid-range independent boutiques can throw up wardrobe gems - stockists of Avoca Anthology, Fever, Inwear etc. The clothes cost approximately the same or cheaper as high end High Street. I've had some brilliant prints from Anthropologie.

Like you op I buy less, but better quality.

I buy a great leather bag every three years or so. Bought an ink Alexa three years ago which I have worn to death (works out very low cost-per-wear). I'm on the look-out for a new bag this year.

faustina Sat 23-Feb-13 13:28:58

well put together in a casualish way for Spring Summer? i would say good shoes/sandals, good bag, and a good soft tailoring jacket - Whistles did one last summer (called Lena I think) in several different colours. i think they're doing it again this year. Oh and a good belt!

crazycrush Sat 23-Feb-13 13:48:50

IMO not to forget the glossy hair

pixi2 Sat 23-Feb-13 13:50:04

My Muubaa leather jacket.

crazycrush Sat 23-Feb-13 13:50:07

I think it isn't necessary to wear lighter colours in summer? Black all the way if you like it.

StephaniePowers Sat 23-Feb-13 13:54:42

Good tights, no bare legs with fake tan.

Good cotton or linen swathey scarf, not viscose or polyester.

PretzelTime Sat 23-Feb-13 14:08:54

What sort of tights do you wear in summer? If it's a reasonably warm day, I generally find them too sweaty.

coraltoes Sat 23-Feb-13 14:21:32

Nice jackets, good bag, great sunglasses.

What shoes are you wearing? Bloch do great peeptoe flats, get your toes done too.

Trousers, i go for cotton, J crew do great short trousers, kooples too...oh and theory. Look great with a vest top, or a three quarter length sleeved jumper (cotton).

Layer vest tops from Hush, wear with some great jeans and flat sandals ancient Greek had amazing ones last year.

For work i wear well fitted shift dresses, bright heels (or nude), avoid shapeless cardigans. Zara have amazing jackets all the time to add some warmth seeing as summer is rarely hot here!

coraltoes Sat 23-Feb-13 14:22:28

Agree fine to wear dark colours too. Can go lighter with your bag/scarf/jacket/shoes if that makes you happier.

Hopefully Sat 23-Feb-13 15:23:20

Not too much linen! It looks crumpled and scruffy so quickly. Works well in mixes with other fabrics.

Don't feel you have to go all wafty and floaty if it doesn't suit you. I stick to nautical but tailored looks, and slim fitting maxi dresses.

Scarves (cashmere/silk mix, linen or other natural fibres) always lift an outfit. In fact, accessories generally, since you can't rely on layers to add interest.

Pedicure. Even if you have ugly feet, the chances are they'll be on display at some point during the summer.

thriftychic Sat 23-Feb-13 19:08:21

thanks for all the advice , there looks to be some nice things in whistles , im bearing it all in mind for a more stylish new me !

prettyanddainty Sat 23-Feb-13 19:41:27

stephaniepowers what tights do you wear in the summer?

scottishmummy Sat 23-Feb-13 19:46:18

Good bag,accessories,decent hair cut and colour
nice sandals (when weather better)
Wide leg linen trousers

StephaniePowers Sat 23-Feb-13 19:46:49

In spring - in summer I don't!
I hate that chicken-skin-in-Ruskoline look on bare legs on a cold spring day grin

MrsDoomsPatterson Sat 23-Feb-13 19:52:17

A good cut (& colour if it suits to have one)
good sunglasses
a good bag
nice simple jewellery
mani/pedi or buffed nails
great skin

practicality Sat 23-Feb-13 19:56:35

Long black/navy maxi dress. Jersey one with a good weight and no poofage under the bust. Cropped cashmere Cardigan in neutral tones for chillier days or a tie front Cardigan that is cropped. Tan leather/suede bag and sandals. Silver/bronze sandals and matching bangles.
Red lipstick and good sunglasses.

Breton and wide leg trousers worn with wedges or plimsolls.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Feb-13 20:12:28

Sometimes I have things altered if they don't fit me, it does cost a bit obviously but if your clothes fit really well it makes such a difference to the overall look.

I used to have massive problems with jeans until low rise came in and they sat below the dodgy bit of my spine.

Corygal Sat 23-Feb-13 20:17:00

I am constantly being told I look put together when my main style achievement is getting dressed in under a minute. In a word: dresses.

Dont wear more than 2 colours in big chunks - either holiday skin (99p shop) or surgically thick opaques (ruthless re bobbles) - coat and bag in colours not neutrals - no hair accessories (death to style) except sunglasses - hair conditioner - a lone bit of jewellery.

UnrequitedSkink Sat 23-Feb-13 20:18:39

Navy white and tan always look smart and groomed. And well put together people always look squeaky clean!

scottishmummy Sat 23-Feb-13 20:37:29

I find navy and white a bit Tory lady grannyish
But agree simple,unfussy, well accessorized is nice

ENormaSnob Sat 23-Feb-13 20:38:46

I look better in winter wear too.

I always have pedicured feet so I look shit from the ankle up but my feet look great. Combined with decent sandals and a light tan, my feet are definitely an asset in the summer grin

Other than that I can't really help you!

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 23-Feb-13 20:44:28

I wouldn't worry too much about summer clothes as mine seem to hardly get worn.

For spring - I wear lots of jeans with jackets or 'spring coats' - I got a lovely ivory one from Zara last year.

Also as others have said - accessories! So for me that's bags in nice colours and pretty sandals.

Oh and I know this isn't a popular opinion on here but use an iron or get someone to do it for you - light weight cottons/linens/voiles really do look better when pressed.

Somethingtothinkabout Sat 23-Feb-13 20:58:16

A good blow dry makes me feel well put together!

That, some high heels and van leather smile

Somethingtothinkabout Sat 23-Feb-13 21:22:14

Ahem, TAN. blush

LadyFace Sat 23-Feb-13 21:25:57

If you feel uncomfortable about baring your feet I would recommend a visit to the podiatrist. I went recently and it has been the best £36 I have spent in a long time!

thriftychic Sun 24-Feb-13 09:47:29

yes , think a haircut is in order but no idea what i'll have . At the moment my hair is very long , almost one length , almost straight , blond highlighted , i part it at the side and use a kirby grip to keep it out of my eye .

corygal , sorry if im being a bit numb ere but were you meaning DO wear a coloured coat and bag or DONT wear ?

never quite sure about jewellery , always seem drawn to colourful beads and the like which i suspect isnt very posh looking grin

mewkins Sun 24-Feb-13 10:04:19

I really don't aspire to looking expensive and well put-together. If that's the best anyone could say about me I would feel really...old!!! much prefer to try interesting colour combos or find an amazing top or dress, etc. And I also don't care if my unpedicured toes offend anyone! so there.

Clothes should be fun shouldn't they? rather than an endless laborious quest for natural fabrics in muted inoffensive tones.

Think I agree with mewkins to a certain extent. I like to have fun with clothes.

Buying the best you can afford will always make a difference.

MarshaBrady Sun 24-Feb-13 10:25:26

I do like colour, but am not keen on polyester etc, not really because I want to look expensive but because I find it irritating.

But other than that, I just buy what appeals to me the most.

practicality Sun 24-Feb-13 10:38:02

I don't think looking put together equates to old. The reverse actually.

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 24-Feb-13 10:53:58

Style is so personal - I like a classic groomed look so wouldn't be offended like mewkins but I know others prefer a more eccentric look.

MarshaBrady Sun 24-Feb-13 10:54:38

How well put together you look just comes down to personality.

Some people really suit being very neat and others a bit more care-free. And you may as well go with what feels natural to you than not.

thriftychic Sun 24-Feb-13 10:55:17

i would just like to have only a few items of clothing that i can mix and match but always feel great in . i have a casual lifestyle but want to still look good and feel confident wherever i am. i have wasted lots of money in the past buying things without thinking it through first so i want to buy the best i can now . have hardly anything at the moment for spring / summer after a big clearout .
not having a very happy time at the moment and good outfits make me feel better !
love shopping , style , beauty grin

PretzelTime Sun 24-Feb-13 10:58:42

I also would like to look a bit put together in summer instead of having a constantly disheveled, creased and sweaty look, which is easy to do. Doesn't mean you can't also wear fun stuff.

ifso Sun 24-Feb-13 11:06:57

check out Pinterest for some great ensembles

agree with MrsDooms

- good haircut, clean skin, blush & a littleneyeliner mascara
- decent earrings (fake pearl studs/silver studs)
- think navy & gold/ greys/ neutrals/
- leggings, tunic, long grey cardi, gold sandals & pedicure
- cigarette ankle trousers & decent top

neutrals & long necklaces & cardigans & naice scarves too

prozacbear Sun 24-Feb-13 13:10:21

May I suggest Zara's new S/S range - it's gorgeous. A bit ethnic-y, some great spring jackets and coats in short and mid-length, cropped trousers (tapered) and long floaty trousers. They also have a range that seems to be designed to straddle winter/spring or cold summers which is oriental. I've been buying pieces from there pretty much weekly and now have bits that I don't have to think about. They look pretty expensive as they're well-designed, but were easy on the purse.

Also, COS (if you have access to one) is great - looks designer, without the prices. You can't go wrong with a dress or separates. In summer they simply seem to use lighter fabrics, so there's never that, "Why the frack is everything suddenly hotpants?!" moment.

Also, I pretty much only wear monochrome, or monochrome with one piece of colour - summer or winter. I could happily dress in the dark - minimised mistakes!

BelindaCarlisle Sun 24-Feb-13 13:43:56


NickECave Sun 24-Feb-13 15:22:22

As a short-arse I find it much easier to look put-together in the winter months when I can wear long boots which slim and lengthen the legs and my beloved platform boots which give me much needed inches. I've never found a pair of summer heels or wedges that could actually be worn comfortably and walked around in all day, so I always end up in flat sandals which make me feel short and frumpy. If anyone has found a summer shoe which adds height and can be worn all day with bare feet, then please tell me.

NickECave Sun 24-Feb-13 15:23:18

I also agree absolutely no to linen trousers. That creased round the thigh look after sitting down a while is really unflattering.

BelindaCarlisle Sun 24-Feb-13 15:29:07

plus they make the thin look fat and the fat look fatter

CareerGirl01 Sun 24-Feb-13 15:35:32

Less is more! I was about to invest in a new wardrobe when I found out I was pregnant with DC2 (now 29 weeks) so am trying to get away with buying as few clothes as possible in anticipation of a post baby make over.
Am always told I l

CareerGirl01 Sun 24-Feb-13 15:38:21

put together! (iPhone again sorry) good haircut a must /trainers /well cut jeans/ plain wellies and classic knee black high boots with a low hell/ good quality pregnancy jeans (x2) long sleeve t shirts (from jojomamanbebe) and a stylish jacket

kerstina Sun 24-Feb-13 19:54:54

Nickecave I find fly wedges really comfortable. I have yoda sandals and do a lot of walking in them.

soaccidentprone Sun 24-Feb-13 20:03:02

a well fitting bra - see numerous bra threads for advice

shiny hair

clothes which fit well is not to big and not too tight, trousers which are long enough

check teeth for food grin

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