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How to Look Expensive on a Budget

September 24, 2017

RO: Cum ar fi sa iti spuna cineva: "Wow! Cred ca a costat o gramada de bani ceea ce porti! Cu siguranta a fost foarte scump!", cand de fapt tu dadusei o suma foarte mica de bani pe respectivul obiect. Ador sa aflu trucuri despre cum sa economisesc bani, asa ca astazi iti voi dezvalui, din perspectiva mea, cum sa ai un aspect ordonat, elegant si scump, cand ai un buget limitat.

 

EN: How would you feel if someone told you: "Wow! I bet what you're wearing cost a lot of money! It must've been very expensive!" when you actually spent a small sum of money on that respective object. I love finding out new tricks about how to save money, so today I will tell you some of my style tricks: how to have a classy, orderly look that seems expensive when you're on a budget.

 

 

RO: 1. Poarta mult alb

 

O tinuta bazata pe articole albe, sau pe culori deschise (roz pal, bej, lila), ofera o eleganta aparte. In opinia mea, "The little black dress" este supraestimata. Desigur, si negrul este elegant, dar mie personal imi inspira mai mult o eleganta masculina, sobra, decat una feminina. Albul, pe de alta parte, imi inspira lux. Tot legat de culori, o tinuta isi pierde din eleganta cu cat are imprimeul mai incarcat, asa ca, de multe ori, aleg haine cu imprimeul uni.  Sa luam drept exemplu poza urmatoare:

 

EN: 1. Wear a lot of white

 

An outfit based on white items of clothing or light colours (light pink, beige, lilac) conjure up a certain elegance. In my opinion, "The little black dress" is overrated. Black is also elegant, of course, but I find it personally more of a sober, masculine elegance than a feminine one. White, on the other hand, suggests luxury. Speaking of colours, an outfit loses its elegance the busier its print is, so, I usually choose to wear clothes with a plain print. Let's take the following photo as an example:

 

RO: In prima imagine este o tinuta cu imprimeu uni. Simpla. Alcatuita din piese deschise la culoare: roz pal si alb. In cea de-a doua imagine este o tinuta foarte viu colorata. O rochie galben intens si o bluza cu un imprimeu mult prea incarcat. Desi bluzele au un aspect similar, fiind cumparate chiar de la acelasi magazin, in cea de-a doua imagine s-a pierdut din aspectul clasic, elegant, din cauza culorilor stridente. Cu siguranta imi place si ce-a de-a doua tinuta si chiar am purtat-o cu mare drag, dar nu in locuri in care vreau sa exprim eleganta, ci in vacata, printre palmieri si cactusi, acolo unde ii era locul.

 

EN: In the first image there is an outfit with a plain print. Simple. Made up of lightly coloured items: light pink and white. In the second image there is a vividly coloured outfit. A sharp yellow dress and a blouse with a too busy print. Although the blouses look similar, as I bought them from the same store, you can notice how in the second image, the classic, elegant aspect, has been lost due to the vibrant colours. I definitely like the second outfit and I've even worn it with great pleasure, but not in places where I want to express elegance; I wore it on holiday, among palm trees and cactuses, where it belongs.

 

RO: 2. Pantofii cu varf ascutit

 

Fie ca au un toc cui de 10 cm sau un toc aproape imperceptibil de 1 cm, pantofii cu varful ascutit schimba aproape complet o tinuta. Nu stiu ce vraji fac aceste varfuri, dar picioarele par instantaneu mult mai subtiri si mai lungi. In mod contrar, o pereche de incaltari cu varful rotund (sau si mai rau, cu varful decupat) ar scurta membrele inferioare si le-ar face sa arate mult mai groase. Gambele mele, cel putin, par duble cand port astfel de pantofi, asa ca ii evit cat de mult posibil. 

 

EN: 2. Pointed shoes

 

Whether they have a 10 cm heel or an almost unnoticeable one (1 cm), pointed shoes can change an outfit almost entirely. I don't know what kind of magical powers these tips have, but your legs instantly look slimmer and longer. On the contrary, a pair of round tip shoes (or worse, peep-toe) would shorten your legs and make them look much thicker. My legs look at least double when I wear this kind of shoes, so I avoid them as much as possible.

 

 

 

 

RO: 3. Accesoriile discrete

 

Oricat de frumoase ar fi niste haine sau o pereche de pantofi, cred ca o tinuta poate fi foarte usor stricata cu accesoriile. Mie chiar imi plac cerceii aia foarte mari care ocupa jumatate de fata, dar, ca si in cazul bluzei inflorate de la punctul 1., oricat de frumosi ar fi acei cercei, nu inspira nici pe departe eleganta, rafinament sau un look scump, fiind potriviti doar pentru o tinuta relaxata de vara si cam atat. Un alt accesoriu care mi se pare ca distruge orice intentie de eleganta sunt acele lanturi imense (statement necklace) care ma duc mai mult cu gandul intr-o zona de kitsch terbila.

 

EN: 3. Discreet accessories

 

No matter how beautiful some clothes or shoes are, I think accessories can very easily ruin an outfit. I really do like the oversized earrings that take up half of your face, but, just like the floral blouse from tip 1, they definitely do not inspire elegance. No matter how beautiful they may be, they only go with a casual summer outfit and nothing else. Another accessory I believe destroys any intention of elegance are those huge chains (statement necklaces) that tend to give me a strong feeling of kitsch.

 

 

RO: O brosa, insa, ar putea sa transforme o tinuta banala intr-una cu adevarat eleganta. In exemplul de fata am optat pentru o brosa tip ac, de la H&M care a costat doar 10 lei. A fost foarte ieftina, dar tinuta pare mult mai scumpa cu acest accesoriu atasat. Si nu este vorba neaparat ca arata mai scumpa sau mai luxoasa, ci in primul rand, mai eleganta si ingrijita.

 

EN: However, a brooch can transform an ordinary outfit into a truly elegant one. In the picture below I've chosen a needle-type brooch from H&M, which only cost 10 lei. It was very cheap, but the outfit looks a lot more expensive with this accessory attached. Also, it's not only that it looks more expensive or luxurious, but above all, cleaner and more elegant.

 

 

RO: 4. Geanta structurata

 

Tot in ceea ce priveste accesoriile, o geanta pare cu siguranta mai scumpa daca este structurata. Ce inseamna asta?! Inseamna ca este o geanta cu margini dure care nu isi modifica forma daca este asezata pe o suprafata rigida (de exemplu pe o masa sau pe un scaun). 

 

EN: 4. The structured bag

 

Since I mentioned accessories, a bag definitely looks more expensive if it's structured. What does that mean?! It means it's a bag with hard edges, which doesn't change its form if placed on a rigid surface (for instance on a table or on a chair).

 

 

 RO: 5. Materialele

 

Alegerea corecta a materialelor cred ca reprezinta cel mai important truc pentru a avea o tinuta care sa inspire eleganta. Daca cineva respecta primele 4 puncte ale acestui articol, dar alege materialele incorecte, atunci intreaga tinuta va arata ieftina si de prost gust fara sa mai poata fi salvata de niciun accesoriu sau culoare magica. Materialele "nepotrivite" despre care tot vorbesc aici sunt cele 100 % sintetice. Am comandat odata de pe Aliexpress o bluza la cativa euro ( 2-3 euro). Parea frumoasa in imagini. Era alba, avea spatele gol si era foarte feminina. De abia asteptam sa vina, dar cand, in final, a ajuns am fost extrem de dezamagita. Era dintr-un material atat de prost incat numai daca o apropiam de mine deja tot parul mi se electriza si aratam de parca tocmai bagasem degetele in priza. Nu mai spun ca se sifona de la cele mai mici miscari... Materialul pe care il port cel mai des pentru ca mi se pare versatil si confortabil este bumbacul (alb, de preferat). Cu bumbacul sigur nu dau gres, desi materialele care cu siguranta inspira eleganta sunt catifeaua sau matasea. 

 

EN: 5. The fabrics

 

I think choosing the correct fabrics constitutes the most important trick for achieving an outfit that inspires elegance. If someone follows the first 4 tips of this article, but chooses the wrong fabrics, then the entire outfit will look cheap and tacky, unable to be saved by any accessory or magical colour. The "inappropriate" materials I'm talking about here are the 100% synthetic ones. I once ordered a top from Aliexpress, which only cost a few euros. It looked beautiful in the images. It was white, feminine halter top. I couldn't wait for it to arrive, but, when it finally came, I was extremely disappointed. It was such a bad quality fabric that if I came close to the top my hair would electrify and I would look like I had just stuck my fingers into a socket. Not to mention it would crumple at the slightest movements... The fabric I wear most often is cotton (preferably white) because I find it versatile and comfortable. I can't go wrong with cotton, even though the fabrics which definatelly inspire elegance are velvet or silk.

 

 

Translated by Mathew B.

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list!

NINA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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