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How to dress classy – The Lankan Woman edition

Dressing classy and clean is something we all yearn to achieve. Expensive brands and expensive taste does result in you looking rich and classy, but, do we only need an expensive wardrobe to feel that way?

Given the little high end brand flagship stores that are in the country, having your shopping sprees in places like Mango or French Connection or Giordano would be great, but, but for most of us, it’ll drive us completely broke. It’s great if you can buy whatever you want whenever you want it. But sadly, that is not the case.

Now here in Lanka, there’s 2 types of styling we typically see. The posh style and the godey style. Now this is something I needn’t have to go in detail to. All those ladies you see, getting out of their chauffer driven Mercedes with a branded leather handbag and an absolutely classy outfit fall into the posh category. Then there are ones you see, who may also get down from chauffer driven cars, and step out in contrasting coloured shoes and bags in pants that are some kind of spandex or so, and blouses with patterns and prints that for our eyes, just does not seem put-together. This ladies and gentlemen, is the godey kind.

The difference between the two spheres is that the there’s only so few of the posh kind and so so many of the godey kind. And then there’s the lot that falls in the middle and yearns to dress like the ones at the top of the sphere, the posh ones. This article is here to help the ones in the middle and at the bottom move to the top. Is your wardrobe filled with leggings of different colours or loosely fitting out-of-sorts shades of blue or itty bitty tight t-shirts and ugly patterned blouses? Well, that means it needed some major upgrades!

As a little girl, I used to always focus on quantity and not quality. After my mom and I went shopping, I would always count the items of clothing I bought instead of looking at how pricey or branded they were. Now I get why someday my mom made me settle with just one dress or top after a trip to a shop. Your wardrobe needn’t have as much clothes as much as it should be having good quality ones. As a shopaholic, I am still at the phase where I am learning to resist the temptation to run into a store and grab everything that’s on sale but, I am getting there and you will too. Quality triumphs quantity any day. If the articles you have in your wardrobe are either high end brands or good quality outfits, you’re sorted. But if that’s not the cause and you’ve got a whole ton of clothes that you’ve bought through the years through even places like eBay, you’re bound to realise that your clothes aren’t really as long lasting as the former wardrobe I spoke about, this is why you need to make the switch.

Enough with this, now everything I s told you above is bound to cost you some money. Making the switch to higher end brands or resizing your wardrobe isn’t something you do overnight. It’s something you keep in mind so that the next time you go shopping, you game plan ensures that you only bring well-articulated clothing items home.

Here are some tips to look clean, classy and put-together without spending your money or making a big effort. Being the lazy bums we Sri Lankans are, I’m certain the following tips will spark you up immediately, like it did me.

Tip 01: Fit, cut and Tailoring

Items of clothing like blazers or skirts are essentially needed to fit you well. You wouldn’t want to get a blazer that’s too short or one that hangs too much over your wrists or looks too big or small from the shoulders. It’s the same with other items of clothing. If you’re wearing a blouse or top, you wouldn’t want it to fit you out of proportion. Learn a bit of sewing yourself or ask your mom or someone you know to stich your ill-fitting clothes so they fit you like its being custom made for you.

Well fit, cut and tailored clothes always make you look super classy and put-together. From blazer to jeans, especially blazers and jeans, one thing I see with a lot of Sri Lankan women is the fact that jeans they wear don’t usually fit them and appear very shabby. Its either kept in place with a belt or being constantly pulled up to stay in place, this is the alarm that tells you your jeans are a no-go. Invest in a good pair of jeans, one that fits and looks great on you, you won’t be let down.

Tip 02: Materials and textures

Look for materials that feel and look classy. Don’t go for materials that are too bubbly or stretchy in places they don’t need to be. There may be certain shops you want to avoid and specially in our case, shops, big or little that bring down Bangkok or Chinese clothes that are too stretchy, and won’t last that long. Since you are spending your money, it’s best you go ahead with being mindful of the texture and the material of the outfit. It’s about training your eyes to spot material that look great and classy.

Material is key with outfits like trousers because it really shows when you wear it. Materials that usually look great as a finished piece are items like cotton, silk, wool, suede and always a nice soft leather. Also, if you’re buying tops or dresses and it’s a thin jersey, and it would tend to be see through and having to cover it up with vests or a ton of undergarments like most Sri Lankan girls do, just kills the outfit. So if it’s too see through and you can’t step out of the house in it without being called a whore, its best left at the shop and not your wardrobe.

Tip 03: Colours and shades

The idea that if someone’s wardrobe is made only of black, it’s not because they are in mourning, quite the opposite actually – black is the colour of celebration, the colour of nights that never end, of women who pull the blinds to shut out the dawn. A long, dark silhouette, slender and elegant. Paris has found a name for this particular style – Yves Saint Laurent used to say: “There’s not one black, but many blacks”. He managed to convinced people that this achromatic style is a subtle art.

Another colour that looks classy and put together is Navy Blue, if you haven’t worn too much navy in your life, or haven’t sported in in ages, I’d suggest starting with a solid navy garment such as a shirtwaist dress, pair of trousers, or sweater and seeing how you like it. Navy pairs brilliantly with a wide range of colours thanks to the fact that its dark shade make it a neutral tone.

If you want to go for a timely Parisian look, then neutral and nude shades along with maybe the kaki colour would give it that. I always look into Kin Kardashain’s outfits for inspiration, the colours she usually wears are always super classy and put-together. Having pops of colour, maybe a yellow handbag or an orange statement necklace or so works, but make sure it’s kept minimal and doesn’t make your outfit look too flashy.

What next really takes your outfit to the next level is how you accessorise it. The tiny details really does play a big role in keeping your outfit in the classy sphere. Keep tuned for more!