The Internet is full of fashion do’s and don’ts, but some of the best style tips come from people you know or random strangers you chat with on the subway. This is some of the best tried-and-true fashion advice you’ll actually use.
- Spend on staples, save on trends - Trends don’t last long, but a classic coat or bag will stay in style forever so they’re worth the splurge.
- When in doubt, go fancier - It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, so if you don’t know what everyone else is wearing, go with the gown instead of the jeans.
- Test trends with accessories - Boots, handbags, and jewelry are a less expensive way to try a look before going all in on clothing.
- Always add a third element - So if you’re wearing jeans and a top, throw on some amazing shoes or a statement bag to spruce up the basic outfit.
- No one can tell your diamond studs are cubic zirconia - Splurge on the real deal if you want, but when it comes to bling, the rest of the world can’t tell if your studs are fake.
- Pair flats with short hemlines, heels with anything longer - When you’re unsure what shoes to wear, here’s a good guideline: flats when the skirt hits above the knee, heels with longer hemlines. Of course, you can make exceptions, but these proportions help you look polished instead of trashy or dowdy.
- Remove the “X” from coats and blazers - Snip off that little “X” that’s stitched in the back of blazers, jackets, and coats, before you wear them.
- Read cleaning instructions on clothing - You really don’t want to ruin your new expensive jeans or cashmere sweater, so before you toss them into the washer, check the tag to see if they should be dry cleaned or hand washed. Trust the voice of experience on this one.