I’m definitely more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl but sometimes, I need to look all smart and grown up. Here’s how I dress to impress on a budget.
OK, I may be too old to call myself a girl but you know what I mean! I’m the sort of person who is much more at home in casual relaxed clothes so when it comes to dressing to impress, I haven’t always been completely comfortable. But I’ve got a bit of a secret now, something that makes me feel much more confident in myself which definitely in my overall body language and attitude. It’s not a huge thing, and you’ll probably roll your eyes when you hear it but it works for me so I thought it might work for someone else too…..
I’m the sort of person who is much more at home in casual relaxed clothes so when it comes to dressing to impress, I haven’t always been completely comfortable. But I’ve got a bit of a secret now, something that makes me feel much more confident in myself which definitely in my overall body language and attitude. It’s not a huge thing, and you’ll probably roll your eyes when you hear it but it works for me so I thought it might work for someone else too…..
Basically, I always make sure that I’m wearing at least one ‘Wow’ thing, something that’s a bit special.
I don’t go for wow with the clothes I wear as I find the stores like Tesco and Asda do some great clothes that are ideal for business at great prices. I tend to stick to quite plain clothes when it comes to my work clothes and have a few staples like plain pencil skirts in comfortable fabrics (£10 each in Tesco right now) and simple tops that are both comfortable to wear and won’t leave me looking like I need a good iron after a day in meetings. Charity shops and car boot sales are great places to find clothes too and they’re much more fun to shop at because you never know what you’re going to come across!
My wow factor usually comes from accessories, where I might spend a little bit extra on a few key items that I know will go with all of my work outfits and liven them up as well as giving me that extra boost when I’m wearing (or carrying them).
My wow piece might be my lovely Kate Spade scarf that I picked up at their outlet shop at Bicester village – it’s always a bit of a talking point because it’s quite bright and really pretty. Honestly, whenever I wear it, I always get compliments!
It might be one of my two lovely designer handbags – both for different reasons though. My Coach bag is a bright sunshine yellow and always gives me a happy boost as well as brightening up even the plainest of outfits whereas my lovely Kate Spade bag (again from the outlet) is just classically beautiful as far as bags go and it’s pretty mint green shade just looks great with everything I wear.
It could be a pair of shoes, never heels though. I don’t feel comfortable in heels and they tend to hurt my feet after a long day so even though I often find myself looking around at the different types on offer when it comes to women’s shoes, but ballerina pumps are usually my go-to shoes. I love these because they’re so pretty and a little unusual.
It might even be a statement necklace but honestly, what I think looks great in the morning is often in my handbag by the time lunchtime comes around as they might look good but they can get on my nerves a bit. 😉
Your wow item could be something designer like some of mine are (only because I got them cheaper haha), they could be an old favourite from your wardrobe that you love or a new to you item from a car boot sale or charity shop.
Whatever it is, pick something that makes you happy when you wear it!
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