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10 Ways To Make Your Outfit Look More Expensive

Make an outfit look expensive with these ten tips from Style Expert Glenda K Harrison. Fashion over forty. Fashion over fifty. With the holidays upon us, invitations to parties are beckoning. You’ll want to look your very best without cutting into your holiday gift-giving budget. Here I share some simple techniques to elevate your party attire and make an outfit look expensive.

10 Ways To Make an Outfit Look Expensive

Don’t over-embellish:

Too many bows, buttons, frills, etc., can make a garment look cheap. The more streamlined the garment, the more refined it will appear.

Avoid too much ice:

The same rule as above applies with too much ice. An over-indulgence often looks gaudy. There’s a statement my mother use to make, ‘Rich people don’t have to say they’re rich’. I often think of this when I see a person over-adorned with ice, such as: a large statement necklace combined with over the top earrings, multiple bracelets and rings. There is elegance in the simple touches. If you decide to wear a large necklace, select a smaller stud for an earring. If your garment’s neckline is such that it doesn’t need a necklace, now’s the time to wear a unique pair of statement earrings.

Look for pills and pulls:

Make sure your knitwear is free and clear from pills and pulls or snags. Though it may be your favorite sweater or shawl, you don’t want to lessen the value of your look by showing up in a garment that’s seen its better days.Style columnist Glenda K Harrison has fashion advice for women over 40 and 50

What lies beneath:

To create a smooth silhouette with clean lines and a good lift, choose proper undergarments. Ill-fitting underwear is a sure-fire way to cheapen the look of your outfit.

That’s the pits:

Check the underarms before you leave home. Make sure your dark garments are free from deodorant build-up. Watch a quick video on how to remove the stain.

Mani/pedi perfection:

How many times have you seen a well dressed woman with tattered nails? It’s not very becoming. As a matter of fact, it can ruin an entire look! Before the soiree, pamper yourself with a mani/pedi. You’ll look divine sipping champagne with your lovely hands on display, and your perfectly painted toes will enhance your jewel encrusted sandals.

No smears:

This may seem strange for some, trust me, it makes a world of difference for appearance sake. Make sure your eyeglasses are smudge free. Eyeglasses covered with smudges tell me a person doesn’t pay attention to details. Sparkling, pristine eyewear is a must and shouldn’t be an afterthought. Your eyewear is a part of the bigger fashion picture.

Belt it:

If your belt will be visible, it’s important to make sure that it is of good quality. If it’s shedding, cracked, tarnished, etc., it has no place in your closet, and definitely should not be a part of your party attire. Belts are often overlooked, but a good quality brand will elevate your look instantly.

No scuff marks:

That scuff you got on your favorite pumps last week must go before you combine it with your little black dress.  The same rule that applies for men and polished shoes, also applies to women. Keep your footwear in tip-top shape. Scuffs, damaged heels, etc. will make your outfit look shoddy, not expensive.

Stand up straight:

There were reasons our mothers instructed us to stand up straight. Did you know good posture makes you appear more powerful, happy and confident? These are great attributes to take to a party, plus, when you use good posture, the line of clothing hangs much better.

I hope you have an incredible holiday season!Style columnist Glenda K Harrison

Glenda K. Harrison

From the runway to your personal closet, be it advice on the proper attire, or suggestions on how to live life to the fullest, readers throughout the world are being inspired by connecting to “So What to Twenty”, a style blog by creator, author, and freelance style contributor, Glenda K. Harrison, graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising with a degree in Marketing and Merchandising. Although fashion and style are important to her, Harrison's real passion is reminding others of the importance of self-love and using one's God-given gifts and talents. Her blog inspires readers to view fashion as an all-encompassing vehicle and encourages women to explore their personal gifts, style, power, and, most importantly, inner beauty. Harrison has been quoted saying, "I view my clothing as the cast of characters in my life, and together we tell the story of Glenda." The death of her mother spurred Harrison to launch A Daughter's Heart in 2008, a cancer support service that partnered with hospitals to provide love and support to women undergoing cancer treatment. She put aside that work to focus on her lifelong dream of touching lives through her writing and her passionate point of view on the subject of style. Harrison has authored an inspirational memoir titled, A Place Called Peace, and, True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface. Both available on CreateSpace eStore and Amazon.

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elle the elle diairies

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Excellent tips, and so through, even the smudges of glasses are addressed! Brava! Yes, undergarments, too , cab be an issue, thanks for this amazing and thorough list to maximize a holiday look and keep it refined! xx, Elle

Glenda Harrison

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Hi Twin! Thank you for leaving a comment, Elle. And it means a great deal coming from an uber stylish woman like yourself.

Beth @GrannyBeth3

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Oh my, this list is critical. I can't find one suggestion that's better than another. We so need to pay attention to our undergraments- no lumps or bumps and a little extra lace to feel sexy doesn't hurt either. Posture is a dead giveway to how we feel about life- so stand up straight, yup. But the biggest surprise was clean glasses= it costs nothing but you're right it makes a difference in how people see us.

Glenda Harrison

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Thank you so much, Beth! When I feel myself slouching, I can still hear my mother urging me to Stand up straight. Clothes always cascade on our forms when we use good posture. I knew the clean glasses would be unexpected. I happen to view eye wear as an accessory. I change them up according to my outfits. Keeping them clean and sanitary is very important. This idea is very similar to having tidy shoes.


Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Glamorous as always and I still love that LBD with the blue fur shawl on You. My Aunt Florence always say. . . look like a million and smile like you got it all.

Glenda Harrison

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Hi Neti!! It's great to see you over here. Your Aunt sounds like a very wise woman. And thank you. I absolutely adore the fit of the dress and the unexpected blue shawl.

Lois Hoffman

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Great tips and beautiful look!

Glenda Harrison

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Thank you and thank you, Lois. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Cathy Chester

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

First I'd like to say I wish I had your gorgeous legs! Okay, got that out of my system.

These are all great tips (as usual) Glenda. Less sometimes is more and certainly that is true with holiday outfits. I hate when women are dangling all over the place. Loud and simply too much jewelry!

P.S. You are really rockin' that outfit!

Glenda Harrison

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Cathy, you flatter me. Thank you so much. In regards to the legs, fortunately I was blessed with good family genes.

I'm glad you enjoyed the tips. There's such an elegant refinement in the understated.

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