How to look great without spending a lot of money

Are you getting into a spot of bother about how to look great? You feel your wardrobe needs a complete overhaul? Further, you do not want to spend a lot. And in all of this, you want to continue looking great and trendy. First things first, girls. Do not despair! You heard that right, yeah.

Now take a very deep breath and look around. All around you, do you see people wearing outfits that seem to look fresh? Again, do not despair; it does not mean they are so. Looks can be deceptive. In fact, nobody really has the time or resources to keep upturning their closets. There has to be a better way out of this. And there is, indeed.

Get ideas from fashion apps

There are fashion apps galore nowadays. Chicisimo is one such example. You can download Chicisimo  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.). It is easy to use and practical too. All of your wardrobe possessions get listed on the app. You can then sort them as per your convenience. When you are getting dressed, these apps give you combination suggestions. You can look at yourself virtually too before finalizing. In addition they give inputs on trending clothes too. Use them to turn out stylish each time.

Use fashion apps to look great

Get off-season sales

When seasons change, so do your clothes. Once winter is over, not only you but the stores too need to put away sweaters and coats. Not always do they fancy doing that though. This is where the off season sales come into the picture. Do not think twice when you catch these. Some of the most desired outfits go on crazy sales at such times. And a coat that you had fancied but was too costly is now all yours. Similarly the other way round when winter sets in. Now it is the summer outfits that are on sale. Never think that you do not need them now. Because this is exactly the ‘now’ you need.

Sales is one option to look great

Catch deals online

Online shopping is a great way to save money while being ahead of the fashion game. Not only do you shop from home but also catch great deals. Make sure your outfit planner is in the loop about your requirements. At times one can catch top brands at amazingly affordable rates. You can now pair them with some of your used clothes and dazzle the look. All at a low cost to you. Keep a lookout for such deals always. The best part of online shopping is home delivery. Ensure you know about their return policy though. This is because the fit might not always be what you like.

Online shopping is one option to look great

Go for thrift stores and factory outlets

When looking to dress great without spending a lot, go to thrift stores. In the same way, factory outlets offer wonderful deals. This is one of the easiest ways to upscale your wardrobe. Normally factory outlets have clothes that have undetectable minor defects. Outwardly they look sensational and sport brand names too. Who is to know where you picked it from? Similarly thrift stores are a great way to make additions to your closet. Some very stylish clothes, tops, dresses and the like are found here. The rest depends on you and your outfit planner. What you make of them is what seals the looks deal.

Second hand shopping is an option to look great

Exchange old for new

There are always some clothes in your possession that you never wear. Or they are much worn and not interesting any longer. Find portals or outlets that allow you to exchange them for new ones. These are great bargain deals to own new sets of clothes at least cost.

Girl sitting in her wardrobe thinking about what to wear

Accessorize differently

An outfit that you have worn previously can be used in a new avatar. Let Chicisimo be your guide here. It will show you different accessories lying in your wardrobe. Choose a new set of earrings maybe. Likewise, add in a new bag maybe. Or wrap a scarf around your head. All of a sudden, you are a style diva. Become your own outfit planner at least cost.

A trendy outfit by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Create new combinations

Chicisimo suggests new look to you with new combinations. You can be creative yourself and come up with your own ideas. A used top that you usually wear with a particular skirt looks entirely different with jeans. The entire look changes- and you don’t need to spend a penny. Fashion TV shows and celebrities can give you some great ideas. Implement them with things you posses and see for yourself.

A casual outfit by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Upcycle is the byword

Getting new ideas from looking around is great. Buying them is not always that great. Furthermore, there is the question of storage space too. Think like an outfit planner here. And watch some DIY videos if you must. You will find that it is quite easy to upscale stuff. Adding trims, patches, etc give a new look. And if need be, you can completely change the item. An old sweater can easily repurpose as a handbag. Give it a try.

Add some stickers to your denim jacket to look great

Stick to a budget

Going through Chicisimo for suggestions, pick up small additions. Say a new blouse to go with used trousers. But, here comes the crux ladies. Shopping means getting carried away at times. Make a budget when you go out. Moreover, stick to it. And remember that it is possible to look great while being thrifty.

Girl thinking about her budget for going shopping

Be loyal to style classics

Some things can never be replaced. They are classics transcending time and trends. Ensure you have some such in your wardrobe.Like a white shirt, black pumps, a leather jacket. With these in your possession, you can tweak around a little to get a new look each time. And remain classy to boot.

A basic simple outfit by Chicisimo fashion planner app

As you can see, it is not essential to go with brands. A clear idea of the look you desire is good enough. Use inputs from your outfit planner to look stylish in a budget. Along with this, stock up your wardrobe with some classics. You are ready to conquer the world now.

9 ways to wear a scarf and be stylish

Who came up with the scarf as an accessory- one wonders at times! It has to be the most versatile of all. There is actually no end to how many ways one may use this. They come in all colours and textures one can imagine. Some are checked, others plain, or printed. And they are all weather to boot. The problem is to restrict it to 9 ways to wear a scarf. A problem of plenty, one might say! And what a happy problem this is. The way a scarf lifts an outfit to a different level is to be experienced. Any outfit planner will swear by this.

For those of you using Chicisimo, the fashion planner app that can be downloaded  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.), scarves are a familiar accessory. In fact you must own several in wardrobe. They do up the fashion quotient but need to be styled with care. But is that not true of every garment or accessory? Read on to find out more:

What are the best 9 ways to wear a scarf?

Knot it around the neck

As always, there are multiple ways to do this. As many styles as knots you can make. Do you have a long scarf in your wardrobe? Because those are easiest to knot. For example, you can go with a knot just above your chest and let the ends hang loose. You may begin with a single knot and then put the other end through the knot. Or you could knot the scarf to one side and keep one end at front. Then you throw the other end over your shoulder. 

Girl with a scarf know it around the neck is a way to wear a scarf by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Use on your head

There are endless ways to tie a scarf around your head. You can cover your head fully if you wish. Or you might also opt for partial cover. Use your scarf as a band maybe. Alternatively consider using it as a head tie. You must ask an outfit planner what suits you best. Obviously the vintage style remains. And this is where you fold your scarf into a triangle and drape it over your head. The narrow ends are then held together with a standard knot or bow tied.

Girl with a scarf on her head is a way to wear a scarf by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Infinity style

This is a manner of draping a scarf that is really classy. Surely you have seen many illustrations on magazines or on Chicisimo? Even if you don’t own one, no big deal. Just tie up the ends of a long scarf in a small end and voila! Your infinity scarf is made. Drape it in double loops that hang loose around your neck. Together with polo neck or turtle neck tops, this look is beautiful.

Girl wearing a winter chic outfit by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Braid it

At the cost of sounding repetitive, there are multiple ways to achieve this look too. You are limited only by your imagination. Of course it is a good idea to seek further ideas from an outfit planner. You can also just go solo and do what you wish. Braiding the scarf into a necklace will look good. Alternatively fold your scarf into a triangle and begin braiding the ends loosely. This lends a full look around your neck. It is a great style for winters. Wear it with a dress or top from your wardrobe.

Girl wearing a casual outfit with a scarf by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Brooch tie

Another feminine version of wearing a scarf. It is one of the easiest to try on. And it works best with dainty and soft silk scarves. The more delicate brooch you choose from your wardrobe, the softer is the look. Fold your scarf into a triangle, bringing the ends together around your neck. Thereafter, pin on a brooch to hold them in place against the neck. You are done! As simple as that really.

Girl wearing a stylish outfit with scarf by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Twist it

Wondering how to style that skinny scarf that you own? Twisting it around its ends is what you need. Your outfit planner can do a great job here. All you need is to loop it once around your neck. Take the two long ends hanging over and keep twisting them around this loop. You will ultimately arrive at a classy twisted large loop look. And still have some material for long loose ends. Of course this will be possible if your scarf originally is really long and skinny. Try it out!

Girl wearing a casual outfit with scarf by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Sarong it

Among the popular of 9 ways to wear a scarf is to use it as a sarong. Your beach outing will be a hit in this way. Make sure to pick your favourite from the wardrobe. Obviously you cannot use a woollen one. But that is common sense. 

Girl with a scarf like a skirt for the beach is a way to wear a scarf by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Bow it

A beautifully feminine way to tie your scarf is a bow tie. It adds a special touch to your wardrobe choice of the day. Does not matter if you have a long scarf or a smaller one. The only thing that will change of course is the size of the bow. This choice depends upon where you are headed with a bow scarf. Where you place the bow also adds a lovely touch. For example, a big plush bow to one side, nestling gently against your chin. Even picturing that in mind is so lovely, right? You may also go for a smallish bow right down the middle. Hold clumps on both sides and put a hair tie around.

Girl with a scarf like a bow is a way to wear a scarf by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Bandana it

This style is for larger sized scarves. Do you normally avoid those fearing they would bulk up your look? On the contrary, they do a lot to add to style. Why not go through some suggestions on Chicisimo too? Basically what you need to do is to fold this into a triangle. Now drape it on the front of your neck and take the narrow ends behind your neck. Knot the ends together. There you have a layered look to your large scarf. Bold checks would look great. You can be your own outfit planner here.

Girl wearing a casual winter outfit with a scarf by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Now that you have read through the article, you know the most popular 9 ways to wear a scarf, out of many of course. Plan out your look in consultation with your outfit planner, and you will get the most awesome results. You will turn heads for sure!

How to wear a trench: The basic coat

The most basic coat you can have, the trench. Evergreen, classy, all purpose and all weather. It is a fashion must have. In fact if you do not have one in your wardrobe,go get! More so since it has been dug up from the past and revived now. Everyone is wearing one, man or woman. Every outfit planner is planning looks based on the trench. ‘How to wear a trench’ has now become a sought after query.

And why not, indeed? You will not find a more versatile item to get for your wardrobe. Wear it with anything at all. Well, almost! Which other single item in your possession can boast of this? Whether you watch celebrities or fashion shows or Chicisimo, the trench is ubiquitous. It has the ability to up the fashion quotient of any outfit several notches. You can wear it for every weather, spring or winter.

Girl wearing a basic trench with style by Chicisimo fashion planner app

This basic coat helps its own cause by the sheer variety it has. You may get trenches in leather, vinyl or the traditional type. And of course there are myriad colours to explore too. This piece of clothing is ready to be explored and used. Would you like a guided article on how to wear a trench? Yes? Read on then….

Different ways to wear the basic trench coat

The most popular item of clothing to pair with your trench? Your jeans of course. The ensemble looks smart and is easy to put together.  You would not even require an outfit planner for this. Take a normal pair of jeans with casual tops. Slip into your basic beige trench. If the weather allows, keep it open all the way down. Accessorize with a fancy belt from your wardrobe. Alternatively wear a long sleeved shirt under the trench with your jeans. How about folding the sleeves of the trench and letting the shirt cuffs out? Sounds great too, right!

Girl wearing a total white look by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Finally wear with a pair of wedges. You are ready to step out in casual chic. In case you are going for colour trenches in vinyl, jeans look great with them. The fact that both jeans as well as the trench are flexible helps. You can style your own look too. Glean ideas from fashion magazines and YouTube divas to come up with a new look.

Wear it with a midi dress

You will find many examples of a trench paired with a midi dress. They make a great pair. Check out some options through the Chicisimo app. You ought to check with your outfit planner how a cinched look works. With the advice of an expert you can go for a belt at the waist. This gives definition and shape to the entire outfit and elevates it to a different level. The midi dress ideally ought to contrast with the trench. This is because it will show and contrasting colour schemes will work wonderfully.

Girl wearing a basic trench with a midi dress by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Trenches work great in winter

All you need to do is button them up all the way. No need to worry that the rest of your outfit is not showing. That is how it is meant to be in winter in the outdoors, right? Instead choose an outstanding item from your wardrobe. Something colourful and stand apart. In fact something that contrasts beautifully with the beige trench. For example, a deep purple leather handbag. Or a stunning pair of brown leather boots. The whole outfit will stand apart. Then, give it a try right now. So what if winter is far away? No harm in trying out whenever.

Girl wearing a pink trench in winter by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Oversize your way to style

By their very nature, trenches are a bit bulky. It helps that you do not have to panic if you don’t have the right size. Rather, you can go raid a friend’s wardrobe. Because an oversized trench looks really ‘cool’ actually. And it goes well with any formal clothes you might be wearing. Say you are in a chic top and black trousers, all set for a rendezvous. Pairing this with an oversized beige trench can work wonders. It will be all worth it when your friend sees the effect.

Girl wearing a basic trench with sneakers by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Go pop some colour and texture

Trenches have been around for ages. They have made a great comeback recently. Man or woman, almost everyone seems to have one in their wardrobe. They have remained a fashion must-have through times because they are in new avatars now. And reinvention and adaptation has been the key actually. Because of their constant evolution it is good to have an outfit planner advise you. 

Colours have moved beyond beige. And textures have come in the form of leather and vinyl. Say you are opting for a colourful trench. Deep burgundy or mustard is in vogue. If you are the one who loves adventure in your wardrobe choices, go for these. The pairing is important though. In fact, you can get visual input from Chicisimo. Once you see how the entire ensemble looks on you, take a call.

Girl wearing a red coat by Chicisimo outfit planner app

The appeal lies in detailing

Not only what you wear with your trench is what defines fashion. What detailing is there in your trench matters too! How to wear a trench that has a different colour lining with, say, checks? Leave it OPEN, of course! How else will that little detailing show? Many an outfit planner also is recommending going for a basic beige trench. Over it they are going for an open jacket with bold and colourful checks. The whole outfit looks exactly like a trench but a different zone. A plaid jacket on top of a trench is quite an eye-catcher. And not only does it serve in winter, it oozes style. The entire plain trench is pulled to a new zone.

Girl wearing a perfect work outfit by Chicisimo planner app

As can be seen from this exhaustive write-up, it is all about the trench. Surely you will have no doubts now on how to wear a trench. For more ideas, search on Chicisimo, the fashion planner app that can be downloaded  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.). Use it as and when you feel comfortable. There is no end to its fashion appeal.

9 ideas to be more stylish: Are you ready to try them?

Some people manage to be stylish effortlessly, and they need not necessarily be celebrities. Neither need these 9 ideas to be more stylish. In fact, we see such people around us all the time.  They just seem to get it right every time.  And one is left wondering, what do they do? Do they have an outfit planner tag along all the time?

It is something to be updated and aware of fashion always.  You might also keep updating your wardrobe often. However, it is quite another to think of your fashion feet, so to say. Appearing stylish with what you already have is the key. For instance, giving a twist to an old outfit to take it to another level….

Fashion apps like Chicisimo,  the fashion planner app that can be downloaded  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.), help by keeping track of all your stuff. Just try these 9 ideas to be more stylish to up the fashion quotient by degrees:

Knot it

Take a normal shirt for example, just a plain white or a checked shirt. Anything at all, you know. The point here is not the shirt at all but how you wear it. Leave the top buttons open and work the knot at the bottom.  Do not tuck it in or leave it loose like usual.  Take hold of the ends and tie them in a knot. The effect is sure to be wow. How you knot, how tight, etc. can be decided with your outfit planner. The same applies to much worn tees too.  Knot up the ends and wham! A new look altogether. 

Girl wearing a knot shirt from Chicisimo fashion planner app

Tie up

A new way to jazz up a straight line dress would be to tie it up. Wondering how? Say you picked up a simple maxi dress from your wardrobe. Just pick up the hem on one side and tie it up. The look picks up at once.  A bit more of the leg is exposed too.  Then pair it with a good pair of shoes. This is a sure way to amp up your looks!

Wearing a black mini dress is one of the ideas to be more stylish

Stack it

One ring on each finger? Naah! How about three rings in one? Now you are talking. Jazz up your outfit by picking multiple rings from your wardrobe. Stacking up on accessories is a great way to go. Same goes for earrings too. Depending upon the occasion, you can go overboard on one ear.  Adorning it with multiple clip-on earrings adds to the look. In fact push your hair behind your ears for this. It will add on to the stylish look.

Wearing lot of rings is one of the ideas to be more stylish

Roll up

Have you thought of rolling up the sleeves of your regular shirt? Surely you have seen images on Chicisimo to the same effect? People are getting away with more in fact.  And actually rocking it! Blazers and formal coat sleeves are going that way too.  Ask your outfit planner for best ideas to do so.  When you wear a coat with rolled sleeves, it works magic.  Do not do this regularly though. Because works better if you use it as a surprise effect. You have the casual quotient into formal wear right there.

Girl wearing a denim shirt from Chicisimo fashion planner app

Clinch it

Giving definition to your outfit with a belt or any sort of tie is a clincher. And this works especially well with dresses.  Long or short, whatever you fancy from your wardrobe. Picking a chord or a belt will help break the straight lines.  If you have a waistline to flaunt, you should try this.  If you are slightly broader, definitely do this.  And you can always play with colour, texture and patterns. Chicisimo can help with trendy suggestions.

A perfect festival outfit from Chicisimo fashion planner app

Jacket them

Leather or denim, formal or casual, a jacket ups your style easily. Keep a jacket handy at all times.  Throwing it over your shoulder looks really stylish!  An outfit planner, real or an app, can help with stylish options. You can easily carry off a formal shirt with a leather jacket.  This in fact will create a whole new look for you. Jackets and coats have a way to upping the look like no other.

Wearing a leather jacket is one of the ideas to be more stylish

Mess up

Prim and proper always? That does not always work.  Why not consider messing things up a bit? This is like organized mess.  You know how? Say, doing your hair with great care to look just-washed. Granted this takes a lot of doing. But isn’t that what fashion is all about? Or tucking your top in irregularly, leaving some bits out.  Work on this look for a fabulous effect. This look goes very well with jeans and a belt.  Try this look to get more stylish.

Messy hair is one of the ideas to be more stylish

Lace the look

Have you considered lace additions? Lace adds a distinct feminine touch to an outfit.  Make sure there are different options in your wardrobe. Think alace trimming on the collar of your shirt. Paired with formal trousers and a jacket.  How stylish does that look? Make sure you have Chicisimo at hand to offer your various outfit choices. You can arrange and group your things variously in this app.

Girl wearing a lace top from Chicisimo fashion planner app

Layer and layer

One of the abiding style mantras is– layering.  Remember you can never go wrong with this.  And this helps with colder climes as well as superior styling.  Colour combinations and materials can be played around with. From necklines to lengths, everything contributes to a final look.

Girl wearing layers from Chicisimo fashion planner app

Get your own style

And the last of the 9 ideas to be more stylish is… being you.  In the end, it is all about you.  Each of you develops a signature style over time.  Various trends influence the way you dress. In fact your wardrobe choices are a reflection of who you are. Some of you prefer bold colours and floral designs.  Others like to add a sparkle to every outfit.  Some of you might be totally subtle in your choices.  Go out with confidence in your own style. Your outfit planner can help to zero in on the perfect look.

Girl wearing a very stylish outfit from Chicisimo fashion planner app

So ladies, there is no alternative to a confident you.  Granted that good clothes do help.  But you are the one who ultimately matters.  Make sure to adorn yourself with self belief with these 9 ideas to be more stylish. You are set to go now!

How to dress for your hair colour and look great

Take a look around you at any given time. There are as many natural skin tones as there are hair colours. Blondes, brunettes, redheads, and greys are the basic human hair colours. The different hues are due to changes in eumelanin and pheomelanin. In addition, one can always colour one’s hair any shade. Which colour are you? And have you ever worried about how to dress for your hair colour? It is in fact a very important aspect to picking your wardrobe. Not every hair colour will go with every outfit colour. What you need is expert advice in this matter. Consult Chicisimo for example, a virtual outfit planner that can give you great suggestions. You can download Chicisimo  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.).

Remember that the ultimate goal is to rock and own every look. Consequently you must keep your skin tone in mind. Knowing how to dress for your hair colour is extremely important. This holds true for those of you who colour your hair too. Below are some fashion suggestions to help you decide.

How to dress for your hair colour?

Blondes

Often the butt of jokes, this category ranges from near white to very light browns. And then there is platinum white too. Blonde shades look stunning when paired with dark shades. Platinum white hairs go very well with bright reds. The contrast looks beautiful. In fact many such blondes are seen in red outfits. By and large for lighter browns, pick warm shades from your wardrobe. Have you checked on Chicisimo for suggestions yet? Notwithstanding its virtual nature, it helps by showing you your entire range of clothing. You can play your own outfit planner and pick an outfit too. Keep experimenting with dark shades of blue as well for that contrast.

How to dress for your hair colour if you are blonde by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Brunettes

This category colours range from burnished wood to coal black. Mostly found in people with warm skin tones, this hair speaks warmth all over. Check out for earthy tones in your wardrobe.From fiery reds to deep greens and vibrant blues, all look amazing. In fact they complement your hair colour beautifully. Oranges and yellows are good colour choices too. In fact the range that you can wear is very wide. Not much is left for brunettes to explore as far as colour choices. It is, however, a good idea to give the whites, creams and pastels a miss. They don’t do much for you. Besides, why not make the most of colours? Not everyone can carry bright hues with the élan that you can.

How to dress for your hair colour if you are brunette by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Redheads

Anything from flaming red to warm reds and oranges belong to this category. And surely your outfit planner would recommend cream and ivory shades too. Flaming redheads look sensational in earth tones. And this is because the dark red of your hair totally brings out those shades. Some of these colours are often dismissed as dull or uninspiring. You have only to try out some and experience the difference. The warm hues of your mane need to be offset by these tones. But it is best to avoid pinks and reds. That brings in too much redness to the picture. However, lighter shades of redheads like auburns can carry light pinks better. You might ask Chicisimo to display various outfit options to choose from. The advantage of an online app as an outfit planner is to have options displayed to you. Choose that colour which you feel is really ‘you’.

How to dress for your hair colour if you are redhead by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Greys

Lack of melanin causes hair to grey. But even grey hair has categories. From silver to steel grey, it lends an altogether distinguished look. In fact, some celebrities are rocking the greys. Notably Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton and George Clooney, to name a few. Are you one of those who rock the grey look? One who is supremely confident and self-assured? Suddenly you have made it that much easier for your outfit planner. There are examples galore to style your wardrobe after. Classy pant suits and dresses in dark colours will bring out the grey beautifully. Very dark shades of grey look wonderful too. Thinking 50 shades? Hah, right!

How to dress for your hair colour if you are greyhead by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Coloured hair

Is there really any range here? On the contrary, you are only limited by your imagination. And anything goes really. What do you fancy today? Are you in for purple? With a green streak maybe? Or a vibrant shade of orange? Whatever it is, keep your outfit planner in the loop. Decide in tandem with your skin tone and hair colour. For example, say you have gone a shade of candy pink for your hair. Including shades of that in our outfit would look great. Take a peek into your wardrobe. Maybe that pink skirt over there? Further, wear it with a top that is light in colour to display the contrast more. Colored hair goes with most contrasts as well as matching. You have options aplenty.

A elegant outfit by Chicisimo fashion planner app

To match or to contrast – the eternal question

All this while, the discussion has been on what colour outfit matches which hair. However, girls often face another dilemma. Should they match their dress and hair? Or would it be better to go for a contrast and stand out. And the choice is totally yours and how you feel. Some people have it in them to pull off matching. For instance, a deep brunette in shades of dark browns and chocolate shades would be great. From their hair to their footwear it could all be matching, and still look good. 

A chic outfit by Chicisimo fashion planner app

Contrast this with the group that likes to, well, contrast. Are you in this group? In that case, lots of colour possibilities have been discussed above. And for each category of hair colour too. So, follow those guidelines to arrive at a suitable outfit. And alternatively it would be wonderful if you move out a bit too. Meaning, look for some shades other than those mentioned above. There is no harm trying everything out, is there?

As shown above, pick your wardrobe carefully based on your hair colour. This article would have given you enough guidance on how to dress for your hair colour. It is time you tried out these combinations for yourself.