#1. Make sure everything is freshly pressed.
This seems like something your mother would say and we all know that time in the morning is precious, but taking the extra five minutes to steam or press your look will add instant polish to even the most worn out pieces.
#2. Get it tailored.
Taking an extra two days from purchase to have your local tailor nip and tuck your latest great find, versus ripping the tags off and wearing right away, will elevate the final product way beyond its original price tag.
3. Add a belt and tuck in for polish.
Insouciance is something we’re always pursuing in the style department, but in the case of looking like you know what you’re doing, tuck in any shirttails or a baggy sweater hem and cinch your waist with a chic belt for maximum impact.
#4. Add gold accessories.
There is just something about structural, gilded extras – whether a bag or jewellery, or both – that make you look like you stepped out of the pages of a magazine.
#5. Dress in tonal colours, like all white or all black.
Not only is it incredibly elongating, but a monochrome outfit always looks intentional and put together. (Tip: Just make sure your whites are bright and your blacks match.)
#6. Keep handbags shiny and clean.
Use Windex on patent leather, unscented body lotion on all other leather, re-stuff easily malleable shapes when storing and always, always pack your purses in dust bags when you travel.
#7. Beauty matters.
Polished hair and make-up elevate any look. A sleek blowdry, red lips, flawless skin – these are the ultimate finishing touches.
#8. Layer up.
A tailored jacket is an editor’s secret weapon. It elevates denim, polishes flowy dresses, looks chic thrown over the shoulders and takes slim pants to the board room.
#9. Dress up your denim.
We absolutely love jeans at BAZAAR. Just make sure you always add heels and keep the silhouettes and washes classic.
#10. Buy timeless outerwear.
Forgo the trends each season and focus on purchasing coats that are forever: classic camel, navy pea, black moto, belted trench, raw denim – every time you reach for a cover-up, you won’t regret it.