Cosmo's fashion pros reveal the secrets to looking fabulously fash-forward,without shelling big bucks.
Pick up neutrals
'It' colours will come and go-this season it's a blinding red, next season it may be a mellow yellow. So, focus on the more stable neutrals' palette and build a steady wardrobe around them. The LBD and classic white oxford have stood the tests of time, and lately, the slouchy grey t-shirt adds punch to the comfort factor. Make beige a permanent fixture in your wardrobe since it's not as harsh as brown, or as done-and-gone as black and white.
The nip and tuck
The fashion world is abuzz with the words 'signature style'. So what's the slickest way to own yours? Shove the front of your t-shirt into your jeans, push your sleeves above your elbows or cuff your trousers to flash a bit of ankle. Rough up your ensemble to add a bit more of you.
Don't buckle up
The skinny belt should be your BFF by now, but who says you have to stick to the old buckle bore? Adjust the width of the belt to fit your high-waisted maxi skirt, pleated trousers or that '50s-inspired dress and loop the extra length into a knot. Instant chic!
Identify your jewel personality
Unless you're going to a costume party or as Madame Bijoux, it's advisable to not resemble a jeweller's rack and keep the bling to the minimum. Don a statement piece to accessorise your look (we're thinking cocktail rings, chandelier earrings and unique necklaces). Like bare collarbones and deep necks? Chandelier earrings are just what you need. Wearing your hair in an updo? Drop earrings and bracelets are your aid.
Denim fresh out of the laundry is meant to hug your body and adapt to your shape; a hot iron would just ruin its well-meaning intentions. While you're at it, scuff your jeans and let a pocket rip, there's nothing more contrived that a pair of straight-laced denim legs.
Make your shoes sing
Nothing would break a stylist's heart more than a scratched sole of a precious shoe. Since it was a necessity, there was an invention; a laundry to take care of the well-being of your shoes. Extend the life of your fave pair by getting them re-soled, remove harsh stains on them or fix a wobbly heel. We don't want to hear you're blue for your shoes.
Hunt for hosiery
In between clothing and accessories lies the vast world of hosiery-the impossible-tolive-without black tights, opaque stockings to wear with minis or ankle socks for a quirky twist. If you're looking to pull together your outfit on one of those lazy days, reach for a dark pair of footless tights or show just a sliver of bright socks for some personality.