Luxury is something we all aspire to, but a concept that’s difficult to explain. It can extend to every corner of our lives – from the pleasure obtained from the company of good friends to the food we eat, the ways we choose to relax and the fabrics we dress in. When it comes to your wardrobe, it isn’t just about a closet full of expensive clothes. Mastering the art of luxury dressing goes far beyond cost, and realising this is the first step to achieving personal style that exudes quality. Here are five key things to consider.
1. Don’t save for special occasions
Everyday luxury is our mantra, and at the core of The White Company identity. We wholeheartedly believe wonderful things should be enjoyed as often as possible – not just saved for best. Incorporating a favourite high-quality piece into day-to-day looks – be it a cashmere jumper, silk shirt or meticulously cut wool coat – will give every outfit a lavish lift.
2. Invest in the pieces you’ll wear the most
Likewise, knowing how much a really well-made piece can impact your whole look, it pays to invest wisely. Your money should go on what you wear the most. If you live in denim, treat yourself to high-quality jeans and bulk buy a fit that really flatters you. If you gravitate to dresses, invest in ones perfectly cut for you, in premium fabrics. Not only will cost-per-wear soon stack up, they’ll last far longer than cheaper options, too. Then fill the gaps in your wardrobe with lower-cost basics you can afford to replace when needed.
3. Keep your colour palette minimal
Although not a hard-and-fast rule for luxurious looks, restricting your aesthetic to a few choice shades certainly has sophisticated connotations. Not only will all pieces in your wardrobe inherently play well together, it also means they combine for a quietly well-put-together finish – and that’s the ultimate goal with luxury dressing. Think polished Parisian style, and never look as if you’ve tried too hard.
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4. Find the perfect fit
You can spend hundreds of pounds on an item of clothing but, if it doesn’t fit you properly, it will never look luxurious. Comfort is key to a sense of quality, and when we feel at our most comfortable, we are free to be our best self – something others also pick up on. Buying well doesn’t need to connote a high price tag – rather, look for timeless pieces which are cut well for you, and get them altered if need be.
5. Embrace, but don’t be a slave to, trends
Eschewing fashion fads will make you look self-assured and in charge of your personal style. This doesn’t mean your look can’t move with the times – it can, and should – however, be savvy with which trends you buy in to. No matter how much you like it on someone else, if something doesn’t suit you, don’t wear it. Similarly, you’re better off incorporating one or two new pieces per season into your existing wardrobe than attempting head-to-toe, trend-led looks. They won’t feel true to you, probably won’t be overly practical and will result in you feeling – and looking – uncomfortable, and certainly not very luxurious.
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