1 Pressing Concerns
Ensure your outfit is always beautifully pressed. Creases can make your clothes look unloved and uncared for. Take a few minutes to iron each item − it never takes as long as you think!
2 Suit Yourself
Choose well-tailored pieces, or if you want to buy inexpensively, have each piece you buy tailored just for you. It’s a really cost-effective way of elevating your outfits. The Zip Yard is fantastic for minor or major alterations (thezipyard.ie).
3 Go Co-ordinated
Matching bag and shoes always looks smart. Perhaps it’s that nod to the 1950s when women always dressed to impress, or the paradoxical mix of conservatism and glamour that co-ordinated accessories suggests? Either way, give it a go.
4 Embrace Neutrals
Try giving head-to-toe tonal a go. It looks understated, but effortlessly chic, and will help to elongate your body. Mix up shades and textures to add interest.
5 Hair Necessities
A good blow-dry adds instant polish to any look − it’s the ultimate finishing touch. Similarly a red lip and a dewy complexion always elevate an outfit.
6 Outer Edge
A great coat is essential. If your outerwear looks slick and polished, nobody needs to know you’re wearing a mothballed old cashmere sweater underneath. Trench coats are an eternal classic but for aw15, it’s all about the red coat!
7 Elegantly Waisted
A cinched-in waist instantly pulls an outfit together. Choose a belt in a skin such as snake, crocodile or leopard, and warp it around a shirt, skirt or even your coat.