As literal and straight-forward as it is, Chapter 2 of DP Fashionology is all about how to make your look look expensive - to look more expensive than it actually is. Before I go on about it, rate the following!
You would have seen this pair of pants everywhere on my blog, guess the price!
They are HKD$250 from YesStyle.com which I got back in 2015.
What about this shirt?
It’s from a Korean boutique, HKD$200.
Surprise?! Shopping Rule #1: Logos and price tags don’t mean everything, the cutting and the texture are the key. That means you can always get something relatively cheap and make them look classy (which I would take as expensive). Now the trick is HOW to make them look elegant and classy.
Disclaimer: I do not recall the exact price of my items, so that's the closest approximate.
Trick 1: Pick the right CUTTING for your body shape
CUTTING is important, and very often, more important than you’ve ever thought. It’s the CUT that determines your body shape, flattens your weaknesses and shows off the body part you are most proud of. It’s also the cut that makes the impression of appropriateness - that you know what you wear in what occasions.
For example, I have short, curvy and chubby legs, that’s why I always go with pants, especially cropped or flared pants that hide my legs. I have a small waist so I’d play around my upper body with cropped tops, strappy bralettes, off shoulders, etc, items that shows off my collarbone or waist (which I like most). For me, I prefer my items a bit loose but structured.
AVOID shorts/skirts/dresses that are too tight or too short. Cameltoe, VPL, stocking seams are not attractive.
Trick 2: The TEXTURE
After you get the right CUT, what ‘bout the texture? For example, cashmere is expensive for a reason, it’s much softer and more comfy. But you’ll always want your shirt or suit to be a little thicker and structured. So I’d say it depends on the item.
Check the lining, buttons and threads, make sure they are not coming out somewhere or dangling. If that’s a checkered item, check the sleeves or linings, make sure the checks perfectly link to each other. Trust me these small details go a long way (*winkwink*).
Trick 3: Go to the TAILOR
I like to keep my things tailor-fit. I have the best tailor in town and I tailor almost 80% of my pants. I do it either because they are too long or too loose for the 5ft3 me. I have to admit my tailor isn’t cheap, but my theory is:
Original price + Tailor < What it looks like
then it’s all worth it.
For example, I got this jumpsuit at approx $300 from Zara for my graduation dinner and got it tailored for $80. But hey don’t they look more expensive than $380?
Trick 4: Invest in SIGNATURE pieces
I’d say it’s a 50:50 for expensive and non-expensive items in my wardrobe. I play around them so that my overall look looks more classy. For example, I’d wear my nice Theory shirt with those cheaper denim jeans.
Or D&G slides with a Zara knit.
Make wise investment on specific items such as a nice shirt, nice suits, a nice handbag or nice shoes. Invest on something you can keep going back and wear.
Trick 5: One FOCUS point
Like it’s said, keep one focus point only. Only sticker books stick all the logos on themselves, human don’t. Keep the overall look sleek and clean, like a major BOOM. Not like a here and there boomboomboom. Simplicity is a kind of class.
Trick 6: Keep sexiness SUBTLE
SEXY and SLUTTY are just one step apart. Girls be sexy but never slutty especially in front of your crush. It’s totally fine to be sexy, but always remember to keep it low and subtle. According to reality checks, dudes are more easily hooked up by see-through lace rather than exposed legs, tight jeans rather than shorts (surprise?).
Also like I said, focus on one point only. You either do an open back OR a deep v OR short skirts. Never, never, never wear a Deep V with short pencil skirts. Sexy plus sexy does not equal to sexier.. Show the body part you are most proud of, and cover the rest, make sure their eyes are locked in that part of you.
Keep it subtle and private, make it cheeky, catch me if you can, boy.
Disclaimer: that’s my opinion only and it does not necessarily to everyone. At the end of the day, it’s the personality and vibes that determine your class, not the outfit. Why not start with the look? Trust me, it’s game-changing.
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