Looking polished and put together isn’t about lining your closet with expensive garments, it’s about paying attention to the little details and investing in pieces you know you’ll wear for seasons to come. And it can be as simple as putting in a little extra effort and pocketing these five clever tips.
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Add a coat or blazer
Outerwear – it’s the workhorse of your wardrobe. One of the things we love about a tailored blazer or coat is that you can put together a seemingly casual look, but with the right outerwear, the ensemble looks polished in seconds. If you don’t have an investment coat or blazer hanging in your autumn winter wardrobe already, it could be high time to add one. Look for one with structured shoulders and a long lapel collar for effortless style.
Aje Rebellion Panelled Trouser $355
Aje Ryka Shirt in Vegan Leather $325
Forever New Kiana Petite Coatigen $149.99
Forever New Polly Chain Hoop Earring $14.99
Mimco Rebel Sunglasses $149
Tony Bianco Yarra Flat $179.95
Witchery Raine Leather Crossbody Bag $179.95
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Polish your shoes and jewellery
You’ve washed, pressed, and de-pilled your garments and put together a chic autumn winter look. The only pieces left in the puzzle are footwear and accessories and unfortunately, this is where many people let their looks down. Scuffs and scratches on your footwear and tarnished accessories will always negate the effort you put into your outfit. So, make sure you polish them (literally) before walking out the door.
Hot tip: the Chux Magic Erasers from Coles or Woolworths will clean any leather shoes beautifully!
Keep your whites bright
Your mum likely taught you this growing up, but there’s a reason we only wash whites with whites. A crisp white shirt will always look more put together than an off-white garment and as a result, elevate the rest of your outfit. Investing in quality garments will also help when it comes to keeping those whites bright, so be picky with your fashion choices people!
H&M Calf Length Coat $99.99
H&M Relaxed Fit Tee $19.99
Hype DC New Balance 327 Primary Pack Sneaker $179.99
Oroton Noa Necklace $279
Oroton Fluid Pleat Pant $349
Seed Heritage Leather Bucket Bag $169.95
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Steam or iron your garments
Stepping out with creased clothing is a one-way ticket to looking less than polished. We get it, few people like to iron, but it makes such a dramatic difference to an outfit when the garments are nicely pressed. Our tip? If you really can’t bring yourself to iron out the wrinkles on a daily basis, then opt for fabrics that need less attention like Tencel, rayon, denim, or wool. A steam iron is another great option, especially for delicate pieces made of silk or pure cotton.
Keep your knits tidy
Living in the balmy climes of Queensland, our knitwear often sits in the wardrobe until the cool breezes of autumn winter roll in. But when they do, and all the beautiful new season fashion starts to line the windows of the Indooroopilly boutiques, we can’t help but feel excited. This year, when you’re taking your knitwear out of retirement, be sure to check for pilling and pulled fabric as these can instantly make your outfit appear untidy. A de-pilling tool and lint roller will come in handy here but if those pesky balls of fluff won’t budge, it could be time to leave them aside for lounging at home or donate them to a local charity and pick up some new investment knits at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. If you want to look polished, that is!
David Jones Love Stories Uma Bralette $89.95
Mimco Form Watch $229
Novo Shoes Daylight Boot $89.95
Sheike Sandstorm Pant $119.95
Sportsgirl Rib Knit Vest $59.95
Veronika Maine Soft Cotton Tie Back Shirt $249
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If your autumn winter wardrobe could do with a polish,our stylists Liz Golding, Cate Massi, and Stacey McGregor, are always willing to lend a stylish helping hand. Book your free styling session here.