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Become a Fabric Expert
Your best bet is a natural fiber. "If it’s not from the earth or from an animal think silk, cotton, and wool the material often looks inferior," says Beth Amason, a fabric coordinator for New York City clothing manufacturer Vandale Industries who has sourced materials for Anthropologie and Topshop. Still, not all finer fabrics are necessarily fine; make sure the material is soft and smooth and has a nice luster. To test the resilience of silks and knits, pull the fabric across its width and lengthwise. Lesser quality materials will sag, an effect that will get more pronounced after multiple wearings, says Amason.
But don’t rule out all synthetics. Textile manufacturing has improved dramatically since the 1970s, the era of leisure suits it’s now possible to find polyester, nylon, and rayon that resemble natural fibers. Polyester versions of satin and chiffon can be especially luxurious, as long as they’re not too shiny or stiff. When it comes to blends of natural and man made fibers, like silk and nylon, check the tag, which lists the proportions of each. "Make sure that there’s a higher percentage of the natural fiber," says Amason.
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Choose Your Color (and Pattern) Carefully
Wear one neutral head to toe. Going monochromatic can instantly elevate a look, according to New York City based celebrity stylist Amanda Sanders, who says black, ivory, taupe, and gray are particularly sophisticated. The shades don’t have to match exactly unless you’re pairing black with black, in which case mismatched shades cheapen the outfit, says Samantha von Sperling, a stylist and the director of Polished Social Image Consultants, a wardrobe advising service in New York City.
Expand your palette with deep tones. Go for burgundy, eggplant, or indigo instead of pastels and brights.
Stick to classic prints. Opt for simple, uniform patterns stripes, polka dots, plaids, or color blocking which are nearly impossible to mess up. Splashy florals and abstract designs have the potential to look like projects from an amateur art class.
Be Picky About Embellishments
Subtle is safest. Zippers, small sequins, and beading with a
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Another flourish that looks fancy, not tacky: "Fabric manipulation pleating, ruching, draping is a designer touch that can be done well with synthetics," says Rachel Roy, a designer of both upscale and affordable fashion lines. Unless you’ve dropped big coin on the garment, fake gem embellishments tend to look like something plucked out of a gum ball machine particularly if they’re plastic. The same holds for shiny buttons, large sequins, and lots of logos, which are meant to advertise luxury but tend to have the opposite effect.
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Construction Is Key
Turn a potential buy inside out. That’s where you’ll most likely find loose or jumbled threads (commonly at the hemline) and seams that aren’t perfectly straight, says Christian Siriano, who designs a
replica Michael Kors handbags line of shoes and bags for Payless. Also, make sure that the lining doesn’t look bubbly or hang lower than the hem of the garment.
Check the high stress points. Clothing that has been tried on over and over again may be damaged before it leaves the store. Inspect each item for holes in the underarms,
cheap Michael Kors handbags outlet a stretched neckline, torn tops of pleats, pulled seams at the waistband, or threads dangling from buttons and buttonholes.
You Can’t Go Wrong With Simple Shapes
Think clean lines. A lines, shirtdresses, wrap styles, sheath dresses, and straight leg pants always look polished. Generally, the more complicated the design, the greater the margin for error in the execution. If you have to choose between a sleek pencil cut or something with a more elaborate structure, such as a tulip skirt or a trendy jumpsuit, "go for the basic silhouette every time," says
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Fit Is Everything
Alterations can make an average piece outstanding. Even a $1,000 Prada creation looks sloppy if it’s ill fitting so imagine the effect with a $30 dress. Luckily, you can upgrade a budget buy with a relatively low cost visit to the tailor. Keep in mind: You have more leeway to take a garment in than to let it out. These alterations yield the highest payoff.
Lowering the hem. The most flattering skirt hemline is at the knee. If you have two inches folded at the hem, a tailor will be able to extend the length by an inch.
Narrowing a bodice. There shouldn’t be excess fabric under the arms or the bust.
Stitching up bulging pockets. Have the linings removed and the slits sealed for a streamlined look.
Shortening pant hems. They should stop just short of kissing the floor.
Taking in a saggy waist. You should be able to slide only two fingers inside the band.
Tacking up long shirt cuffs. Full length sleeves
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But don’t bother with these pricey fixes: A droopy crotch area, too big shoulders,
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